Tyler's First Box

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Project by Ken Fitzpatrick posted 09-25-2011 09:19 PM 1554 views 1 time favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you have read some of my blog you will already know that my grandson is partners with me on a redo of the workshop. As we worked on it this summer we (his parents and grandparents split the cost) to send him to a 1 week school at the New England School of Architectual Woodworking located in Easthampton, MA. The class was Basic Woodworking. He was to gain experience in many aspects of woodworking but focusing on the safe use of power tools, i.e. table saw, jointer, thickness planer etc.

Tyler had really never built anything special before he attended. During the school he was able to practice his new found skills to build this memory box. The school operates year round and provides the training that unfortunately is no longer available in our high school systems here in Western Massachusetts.

The box is made of maple and cherry with cherry splines at the mitered corners. I think he did a great job. I am extremely proud of him. Since he is my partner in this shop and since his name is almost the same as mine, Tyler Kenneth Fitzpatrick, I thought it appropriate to post his work here also. Thanks for looking.

-- • "I have noticed that nothing I have never said ever did me any harm."....... Calvin Coolidge

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#1 posted 09-25-2011 09:33 PM

Good job! Not only on the box, but also on the nurturing of his interests… Good on both you and his parents!

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#2 posted 09-25-2011 10:08 PM

Nice to see someone attempting to keep old fashioned values in place, I think one day we will all miss the days when grandchildren spend time with grandparents creating something with there own hands. Beautiful box.

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#3 posted 09-25-2011 11:45 PM

If I had a grandson who made boxes that nice, I’d save a fortune on my coffin!

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#4 posted 09-26-2011 04:59 PM

For Tyler,

Nice clean lines, joinery looks tight. Great first effort! Wish you and your grad dad many great shop moments, and Oh wows! How does it feel? What’s next?

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#5 posted 09-26-2011 08:55 PM

Wow! Nicely done Tyler. A beautiful keepsake.

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#6 posted 02-02-2012 10:59 PM

Good job Tyler!!

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