My Daughter's First Boxes

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Project by JoeyG posted 07-04-2012 09:00 PM 2264 views 0 times favorited 39 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These boxes were made by my 10 year old daughter. She did everything except use the table saw and router. Needless to say I am very proud of her.

Pic #1 All the boxes

Pic #2 This box was made from the scraps left over from the Discovery Cove boxes I made for her and her mother last Christmas. She used Padauk for the miter keys. This one she made for herself.

Pic #3 Ambrosia/Burl Maple with Padauk miter keys.

Pic #4 This box she made for her little sister. It is made of walnut with purpleheart miter keys. She used purpleheart because that is her sisters favorite wood.

Pic #5 She made this one for her little brother. The box is made of walnut with cedar miter keys. Once again she choose the cedar because it is her little brothers favorite wood.

Pic #6 This last one is made from mahogany with maple miter keys. She made this one for her older brother. She choose the mahogany because it looked golden and the maple because of the contrast in color.

I am very proud of my daughter. She worked very hard on these. She did the glue ups, put in the miter keys, sanded them up and did most of the spraying for the finish work. She use satin Polycrylic as a finish. I told her I would advertise for her if she wanted to try and sell them in the future. I think it will be a valuable lesson in how to earn money and to spend wisely. She will have to buy the materials from me and then try to make a profit. “I’ll give her a good price.” wink wink. It’s the symbolic exercise that we learn from.

This is a good exercise for any of you guys with kids who are big enough to be in the shop and a scrap pile. I could have made these for her, but nothing is as valuable as the look of accomplishment in her eyes.

Good job Bella, I am proud of you.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#1 posted 07-04-2012 09:03 PM

They look awesome, Bella! What a great job you did! :)


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#2 posted 07-04-2012 09:05 PM

hi this is bella thanks for your complement

-- JoeyG ~~~

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Sheila Landry (scrollgirl)

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#3 posted 07-04-2012 09:06 PM

Well, you did a wonderful job! I hope you had fun and make some other things too. Woodworking can be really fun!


-- Designer/Artist/Teacher. Owner of Sheila Landry Designs ( Scroll saw, wood working and painting patterns and surfaces. "Knowledge is Power"

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#4 posted 07-04-2012 09:09 PM

how very cool of her!

always love hearing family time in the shop being done.

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#5 posted 07-04-2012 09:17 PM

A great job on all of these and what a great way to learn about capitalism!

Happy 4th to you Bella! You are “teaching” your dad well!

Again, great job.

-- Use it up, Wear it out --------------- Make it do, Or do without!

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#6 posted 07-04-2012 09:25 PM

Bella, You did good!! You have a great eye for color combinations and proportions.

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

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#7 posted 07-04-2012 09:25 PM

Well Jim, we don’t do allowances. We feel that chores should be done for love of family. You and I don’t get paid to clean our messes up, I don’t want my kids to think that they will either. So I have to find more real world examples of how to earn, save, and spend money. We also “tax” our kids. Any money they get is divided up 4 ways. 25% is taxes and put into a family jar, for vacations or family together time. 25% goes towards savings, and the last 50% they can do what they want with. I wish I had learned that as a kid instead of when I did.

-- JoeyG ~~~

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Jamie Speirs

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#8 posted 07-04-2012 09:35 PM

Bell those boxes are really great

I’m sure that they will sell well

Time to start collecting nice pieces of wood


-- 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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#9 posted 07-04-2012 09:47 PM

Great job Bella, Show your Dad how to make them boxes the right way…..

-- My mind is like lighting, one brilliant flash, then its gone.....

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#10 posted 07-04-2012 09:48 PM

bella: A great job. Some great choice of woods.

-- 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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#11 posted 07-04-2012 10:12 PM

Bella, great job!! You have a great teacher in your father.
joey, it sure is great to teach our children things isn’t it? I know your proud of your little girl too! It shows!
You and your family have a great 4Th of July. Beautiful boxes Bella!!!

-- Don't waste today, it is yesterdays tomorrow!~SisQMark

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#12 posted 07-04-2012 10:24 PM

Bella you did a great job! Of course you have a great teacher. Someday down the road they will mean even more to you. O am sure they already do to your teacher.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#13 posted 07-04-2012 10:25 PM

Bella…you are a very talented young lady and you should be very proud. I know your dad is very proud.

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#14 posted 07-04-2012 10:36 PM

Better step aside, Joey. It looks like she’ll soon be woodworking circles around you. :-)

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#15 posted 07-04-2012 11:13 PM

Great job Bella!! Great to see young people interested in woodworking!

-- If you not making sawdust, your probably wasting your time. Kory

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