Grandkids in the workshop--a new tradition

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Project by Granddaddy1 posted 07-24-2012 03:43 AM 1396 views 0 times favorited 18 comments Add to Favorites Watch

We had our three grandkids down to stay with us last week. When they were with us over Spring break we did a lot of neat stuff—the beach, swimming pool, etc. We also spent time in the workshop and each of them built and finished a keepsake box of their own. The plan was to have them over for a week this summer and to my delight they wanted to know what woodshop project we could do while they were here. So this time they each built a simple bird house and also a bird feeder. We let them paint their projects with child-safe paints. They had a blast! We cleared out the center of the workshop, spread a 12×12 plastic tarp and let them make all the mess they desired. The projects we pre-cut kits purchased at a hobby shop. Now we have a new tradition for whenever the kiddos come to stay with Granddaddy and Grandmommy!

Shown in picture #1 is Parker, age 6, Bailey, age 8, and Carter, age 4.

-- Ron Wilson - maker of fine firewood!

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#1 posted 07-24-2012 03:55 AM

What a great idea! I’m gonna have to wait for a bit yet – my granddaughter’s only 1.

-- Kevin - Keep the shiny side up

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#2 posted 07-24-2012 05:08 AM

Before there was Xbox and Playstation~~~ There was ingenuity…

Good job~

-- Ride hard or go home~

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#3 posted 07-24-2012 11:32 AM

You accomplish two good things by this, get the youth involved in woodworking & more importantly you spend quality time with them. Good job.

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

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#4 posted 07-24-2012 11:46 AM

Good times had by all there Grndaddy.. Precious moments.

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

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#6 posted 07-24-2012 12:05 PM


Work Safely and have Fun. – Grandpa Len

-- Mother Nature should be proud of what you've done with her tree. - Len ...just north of a stone's throw from the oHIo, river that is, in So. Indiana.

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#7 posted 07-24-2012 01:30 PM

Judging from the smiles, I’d say that plan was a hit !
Good job !

-- Nothing is particularly hard if you divide it into small jobs ~ Henry Ford

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#8 posted 07-24-2012 02:23 PM

Good job, grandpa. Those memories will stick with the kids for the rest of their life.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#9 posted 07-24-2012 02:26 PM

It dont get better. :)

-- 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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#10 posted 07-24-2012 03:48 PM

Yes! Having grand-kids in the shop with us is the GREATEST!!!

-- Kelly, woodworker under construction

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#11 posted 07-24-2012 04:14 PM

Way to go Granddad, It sounds like everyone had a great time.


-- If a man does not keep pace with his companions, perhaps it is because he hears a different drummer. Let him step to the music which he hears, however measured or far away. Henry David Thoreau

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#12 posted 07-24-2012 05:16 PM

All those new little woodworkers sure look proud of their projects. The did a great job on them. Good grandparents like yourself can create some wonderful memories for their grandchildren this way. Well done!

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#13 posted 07-24-2012 09:23 PM

That is just a great way to spend time with the Grand Kids. I just wish I had a real shop area to do this with my Grand Kids , but then again with the kits I guess you could do it just about any place since you don’t really need a bunch of tools to work with. Have to try this one.

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#14 posted 07-24-2012 09:36 PM

Wonderful just wonderful. :)

-- Michael and Matthew

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#15 posted 07-25-2012 01:11 AM

Love seeing kids in the workshop. It will be something they will remember for a very long time.. trust me.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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