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Grandkids in the wood shop #1

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Project by rustfever posted 06-20-2011 01:17 AM 1479 views 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Last week, I had the great opportunity to teach my Grandsons some of the steps in the art of woodworking. Our experiences started in St. Louis with a five day drive to California. We made some side trips and new experienced new sights while crossing the western US. After a weekend with friends and family, the boys then spent 5 long hard days in shop. Our first endeaver was baseball batts.
Our first challenge was to measure an existing legal hardball bat and to convert those measurement into a plan.
Each boy, 17 yo Jonathn and 9 yo Andrew. then learned the basics of ‘Turning’. They started with kiln dried billets of Ash. Granddad would only do a single step, just enough to demonstrate the proper & safe operation. Each boy had to do all of the remainder of the work including the measuring and confirmation of the their work.
Of course, Granddad was standing within a foot or two, observing everything, continously.
Andrew had a major problem, however. My brand new [as in 2 weeks old] Wixey Digital Calipers went wild and would reset itself with a ‘bogus’ measurement. [It will be going back to Woodcraft on Monday.]
Jonathan’s batt ended up at about 33.5” in length. Andrew’s was 30” long.
By the way, we had only one ‘Injury’. The older boy found a sliver of wood while sanding. That ‘find’ drew a drop of blood. One Bandaid later, and he was back to work.
I will soon be sending more pictures of their skills, successes, and results.
Ira

-- Rustfever, Central California





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#1 posted 06-20-2011 02:11 AM

Great job Grandad…sounds like a great education and a lot of fun.

-- I came, I was conquered, I was born again. ἵνα ὦσιν ἓν

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#2 posted 06-20-2011 03:30 AM

Congratulations Ira. Nice to spend some time in the shop fith the grandkids.

Some nice bats.

-- 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 karsonwm@gmail.com †

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#3 posted 06-20-2011 03:31 AM

That’s awesome. Great memories!!

-- If you build it, they will come

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#4 posted 06-20-2011 04:58 AM

thats awesome

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#5 posted 06-20-2011 05:01 AM

cool

-- www.carvingandturningsbyrick.com, Rick Kruse, Grand Rapids, MI

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#6 posted 06-20-2011 06:25 AM

Looks like they did a great job and had some fun.

-- Russ

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#7 posted 06-20-2011 04:23 PM

nice. You look like you had a blast.

p.s. great looking shop.

-- Anthony

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#8 posted 06-20-2011 08:23 PM

great work grandad keep them safe great looking bats

branch

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#9 posted 02-06-2012 11:37 PM

Sounds as if you got the Grandpa handbook down pat,,,,Enjoy those kids

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