In the Shop with Noah

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Project by sedcokid posted 01-05-2011 09:46 PM 1888 views 1 time favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I think one of the greatest times in life of a man is when he can spend some special time with a grandchild. I had that opportunity over Thanksgiving weekend when my grandson Noah and I had to whole weekend to ourselves. Noah is starting to take an intrest in the shop and had an autographed baseball bat signed by Curtis Granderson that his father bought him. Noah wanted to make a rack to hang it on. I found a piece of Hickory in my wood pile and we started out.

The finish is 4 coats of gloss poly, then lightly rubbed with 0000 steel wool then buffed with Carnuba wax.

Please take a look at this project all comments are welcome.

-- Chuck Emery, Michigan,

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#1 posted 01-05-2011 09:55 PM

Chuck – I couldn’t agree more with you about having your grandson work with you. Mine are young (4 and under), but they still help me build projects. The display rack is done very well. Noah seems to have put a lot of effort in the finish – the first thing people see. Awesome work. Tell him he should join LJ!

-- I've never seen a tree that I wouldn't like to repurpose into a project. I love the smell of wood in the morning - it smells like victory.

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#2 posted 01-05-2011 10:25 PM

Great work and even better story!

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#3 posted 01-05-2011 10:26 PM

good job Noah :-)
and great to see you use safty gear but remember hearing protection as well next time :-O

way to go Grandpa :-)
thank´s for sharing your preacius moment with us , and a hole weekend in the shop…waow , Congrat´s ,
nothing is better than to give knowledge to others speciel when it comes to seed the ” I can do it ”
in children

take care

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Scott R. Turner

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#4 posted 01-05-2011 10:28 PM

Now make him one of these:

(That’s from this exhibit.)

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#5 posted 01-05-2011 11:06 PM

hi its always nice to pass on your knowledge to someone that wants to learn it is even nicer when it is your grandson
he will never forget the time he spent with you in your shop and the rack you and he made together

love the rack nicely made


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#6 posted 01-05-2011 11:14 PM

Chuck – what a fantastic project. Time very well spent together and an experience that Noah will take with him for the rest of his life. While my grandfather was never a woodworker – I fondly remember the times I spent with my dad in his shop. Those times planted the seeds for my interest in woodworking. Great project, great story. Way to plant those seeds!

I love Scott’s picture above… ...that piece is called Rejects from the Bat factory and was constructed by Mark Sfirri – he is a professor in the Fine Arts/Fine Woodworking Department at my local community college and is the person who taught me how to turn. He does a lot of off center and multi-axis turnings – very down to earth guy with tons of skill and knowlege. He also does some occasional demos for the American Association of Woodturners – if you ever get the chance to see him in action, I wouldn’t pass it up.

Tell Noah to keep up the good work!

-- -Jay Hartman - Morrisville, PA

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#7 posted 01-05-2011 11:36 PM

Good Job Noah !!!
Way to go. What a wonderful job you did. You need to tell Gramps to teach you some more stuff too.

I really like the picture of you sanding. I can actually see your hand vibrating.

You should be proud,

-- -- I'm no rocket surgeon

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#8 posted 01-06-2011 12:03 AM

I think the best part of the whole project is Noah’s huge smile in the first picture. He’ll remember that weekend for the rest of his life.

-- Steopa

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#9 posted 01-06-2011 01:29 AM

Great time together. A real learning experience.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Southern Delaware soon moving to Virginia †

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#10 posted 01-06-2011 04:03 AM

Wow, what a great way to spend some time, and a very nice project. Hopefully many more will come from the workbench.

-- Bob A in NJ

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#11 posted 01-06-2011 04:24 AM

Great Job Noah! Enjoy this time with your grandpa!


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#12 posted 01-06-2011 04:36 AM


I don’t think I’ve ever seen a bigger smile!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#13 posted 01-06-2011 07:32 AM

Hey Chuck, just look at that boy’s face will you, I dont think he cares what he made, he spent a weekend with his “gramps”
But I tell you what, he will always remember making this little beauty to show of his signature bat. & the end result is great.

-- Pete G: If you always do what you always did you'll always get what you always got

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#14 posted 01-06-2011 08:23 AM

Great project, time well spent. Congratulations to you both.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#15 posted 01-06-2011 11:32 AM

Nice work for both of you. He will remember it for a lifetime.

-- Tim, Missouri ....Inside every older person is a younger person wondering what the heck happened

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