A day in the Shop with a 4 & 10 yr old making Pic Frames..

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Project by Ken90712 posted 05-02-2011 02:03 AM 2094 views 3 times favorited 23 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my close friends Dr. Clements and his wife Kristie are on vacation in Italy. It has been a Sunday tradition after they go to church to bring McDonalds over, play with our Lab Kaina, and make silly projects in the shop

This time we decided to make Picture frames with corkboard to pin pictures on. Corey and I wanted them to do as much of the work as possible while being safe. I picked them on Monday being they were on spring brake and theyre parents were away. Grandma could use a break LOL

They got to use the band-saw ( with my hands over there’s so there was no possibility of them getting near the blade. They got to drill making pocket screw holes and screw the frames together. They used a finish nailer, stained and spayed shellac as well. We had a blast, and then went to McDonalds for a hard-earned lunch and play session in Play-Land.

I do not have kids, but I sure love them and it really makes me feel good they want to come over and make stuff with Honorary Uncle Ken.

Thx for looking.

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

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#1 posted 05-02-2011 02:12 AM

good way to spend a sunday having fun

the smiles tell the tail

nice work kids
all of you

and just think
someday it will be

‘uncle ken can i come over and make a dinning set
with your help it should go fast’

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#2 posted 05-02-2011 02:19 AM

Onya Ken

Good to teach kids the art of making things !!!

I am sure they will proudly tell everyone they made those great frames !!!

They came up nice !!!

I think Uncle Ken also got a big tick of approval from the kids for taken them to Macca’s after !!!

Good Stuff !!!

-- Think,Dream,Inspire,Create ! your Shed is waiting for You !

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#3 posted 05-02-2011 02:28 AM

very touching if I still lived in NJ I would be over at my grand parents house every sunday doing that too.


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#4 posted 05-02-2011 03:19 AM

Good projects Ken-time well spent. Lucky kids.

-- Rick, Tennessee, John 3:16

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#5 posted 05-02-2011 03:30 AM

Those safety glasses are almost as big as that little fellow. I believe I can see the devil lurking behind that smile too!!

Those kids will never forget you.


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

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#6 posted 05-02-2011 03:36 AM

I’m sure that will be a good memory for all three of you…

-- If you want it and it's within reason... It's on it's way!

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#7 posted 05-02-2011 03:40 AM

this is exactly the way i deal with my grandkids
i try to teach them to construct not destruct !

nice going KEN i hope to see more uncles like you pitching in and having fun


-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 05-02-2011 03:56 AM

Wonderful use of time, the projects were nice also

-- Norman

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#9 posted 05-02-2011 04:05 AM

Way to go Ken !
You’ve earned that “uncle Ken is a really cool guy” rep.

-- Eric down in sunny Florida.

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#10 posted 05-02-2011 05:40 AM

Very Good!

What a FUN day!

I think you cut the boards & cut rabbets… they did the rest…

Nice project!

Safety equipment n all! LOL

-- Have Fun! Joe Lyddon - Alta Loma, CA USA - Home: ... My Small Gallery:"

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#11 posted 05-02-2011 09:51 AM

Well done Ken and Kids !!

-- Nollie Bay City , Tx .

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#12 posted 05-02-2011 02:42 PM

a great way to spend any day.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe.

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#13 posted 05-02-2011 02:59 PM

thats how it goes when you let them play with the cut of bin
sooner or later they discover the good wood and say lets make a real project …lol

well done children :-)

thank´s for sharing the moments

take care

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#14 posted 05-02-2011 04:45 PM

Sounds like a great day Ken. I need to make some picture frames too. And if you can get a 4 year old to make one that looks that good, maybe there’s hope for me yet. lol. Can’t wait until my daughter is old enough to start building things. Guess I better get good enough to teach her something by then too though.

-- Matt -

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#15 posted 05-02-2011 04:58 PM

Thx everyone. Yes the glasses were a little big. I am going to buy some that fit them for when they come over. Matt is going to be a tough guy like his dad. His daddy played college hockey and still plays on three teams at 36. She like most little girls will be a princess!

They always go through the scraps to make something or draw on them.
The frames went in for show in tell today.

Your right Joe, I used the table saw and router, as I could not come up with a safe way of them using it. I let them turn it on though and they loved that. I do spend time teaching them safety and question them when I get ready to turn on equipment on what are we suppose to look for.. They used the bandsaw with my hands over them so I knew they could not move them.

I’m trying to come up safe ways to let them feel there doing most of it.
Thx for all the kind comments all!

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

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