My Daughter' s wood project-with dad's help

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Project by ToddTurner posted 11-28-2010 04:36 AM 3152 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I asked my daughter today if she wanted to learn a few woodworking skills and of course being one of dad’s best helpers, she quickly accepted my offer. I thought she could make the letter T, which is our last name, out of some 4/4, 2in maple i had been using on my cabinets. She could hang it on her wall at her mother’s house.
I helped her with some fundamental skills, like letting dad do the cutting on the table saw. She did however chose the legnth and it turned out pretty good. She did the domino jointing with the Festool domino machine and then glued the domino and let it dry whilst we ate deer meat hot dogs. Then she sanded it smooth with 180 grit with the Festool Rotex. She was pretty happy with the result and even sanded off some of dad’s burn marks from the table saw (its maple, what else will it do but burn?) Then I eased the edges off on the router table on the end grains then showed her how to use the router table carefully and even guided it with her.
Who really cares about all this-I taught my kid some woodworking!!!
She hung the T on her wall as soon as she got to her mother’s!

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#1 posted 11-28-2010 04:38 AM

As a woman who loves tools and building things, THANK YOU!! for taking the time to teach your daughter this stuff. And I don’t think I could have made a better “T” :)

-- A woman's work is never done-but power tools help!

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#2 posted 11-28-2010 05:17 AM

She (read her name) you did a wunderfull job there and an be proud of it
in your age I still struggled alot with the hammer and bend all the nails there should
have been straight in the wood to hold our house :-(

thank you Todd for sharing your best moments in the shop with us
continue the good work with her :-) she will thank when she is grown up
and have to take care of herself

take care

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#3 posted 11-28-2010 05:37 AM

I have two sons that both get out in the shop and help me from time to time. However, a couple of years ago, my niece wanted to build a toy barn in which she could house her collection of toy horses. We spent several days working on them. She actually learned how to use the table saw (her mother was not very happy when she found out about that) and lots of other tools. We actually built it using miniature post and beam construction. It was great fun. She is the closest that I have to a daughter and that time was pretty cool for me.


-- Hey, woodworking ain't brain surgery. Just do something and keep trying till you get it. Doc

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#4 posted 11-28-2010 08:32 AM

God job dad, she will remember these days for a long time and look back fondly on them.
You are teaching her a great life skill

-- Scott "Some days you are the big dog, some days you are the fire hydrant"

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#5 posted 11-28-2010 08:58 AM

Proud of ya! I love having my kid’s in the shop helping…they love building anything they can get their hands on!

Be sure to tell her how impressed we all are with her work!

-- Darrell B.

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#6 posted 11-28-2010 11:22 AM

way to go!

“a t -built to the “t”

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#7 posted 11-28-2010 11:59 AM

What a precious time.
No better feeling than teaching your kids something you love.

That young Lady is going to be a wonderful woodworker.

I think that is one of The best “T’s” that I’ve ever seen on Lumberjocks.
Watch out Dad, you have competition.


-- Who is the happiest of men? He who values the merits of others, and in their pleasure takes joy, even as though 'twere his own. --Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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#8 posted 11-28-2010 02:29 PM

My daughter’s name is Taylor- and when she was little she always used to say “T for Taty!” So I really like your daughter’s T. Being a 2X ex wife myself, I couldn’t help but think that in the event that your ex-wife no longer has a name that starts with “T” I hope you daughter hung her lovely new T in her bedroom! LOL

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#9 posted 11-28-2010 03:13 PM

As a Dad of two beautiful girls I cant help but love this. That right there is the good stuff Todd. I have had my oldest help out in the shop a couple of times and enjoyed it immensely. Now that she is getting older (just turned 17) I don’t get to see her near as much as I want to much less have time for projects together. My word of advice is do stuff like this as much as you can now. Luckily I still have my rowdy 8 year old “Mini Me” baby girl here at the house hounding me to learn the scroll saw.

Thanks for posting this up Todd…... Think I’m giving a scroll saw lesson today….. Good stuff!

-- Dan ~ Texarkana, Tx.

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#10 posted 11-28-2010 03:59 PM

Todd, Awesome post. Your daughter did a great job, she should be very proud to hang it on her wall and tell her friends she made it.

My daughter is only 4, but loves to try to help daddy in the shop. We are planning to do some projects for her classmates at school after the holidays so all of them can get involved. The time spent with her in the shop is one of the greatest things, I am hoping to make it last a good long while. :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 11-28-2010 04:32 PM

Fun, fun fun, My daughter used to hang out in the shop with me. Some of the best time I ever spent with her. She would take scraps and make “cities” or homes out of little blocks. I had a peice of plywood that I cut out into the shape of a flame, it had been hanging out in the shop for a couple of months. She took it and mounted it on a peice of plywood, built a frame around that, colored the flame, then burned the words Harley Davidson on the vertical peices of frame. It was awsome. She also took another peice of Plywood and cut it into an oval, She kind of made a 3D self portait from it using Walnut lathe shavings for hair. One last thing, she also made bookmarks for Christmas one year and burned evreyones name into it. Now she walks around the garage all together. I have hope that she will come back to spend time in the garage with me.

-- Even a broken clock is right twice a day, unless, it moves at half speed like ....-As the Saw Turns

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#12 posted 11-28-2010 04:45 PM

Yall are simply the BEST! ‘Nuff said!

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#13 posted 11-28-2010 05:10 PM

What a great post! I really enjoyed reading it and smiled while doing so. What a special time spending it in the shop with one of your children. Won’t be long before she is a Master in the shop, as she seems to be ahead of the curve already. Did she stain it or finish it ?

Again thx for the post.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#14 posted 11-29-2010 12:03 AM

Freaking AWESOME! You got to do some woodworking AND spend some QUALITY time with your daughter!!

-- If you don't work, you don't eat!.....Garland, TX

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