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Grandpa, I need a submarine.

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Project by TopamaxSurvivor posted 08-09-2012 01:18 AM 3064 views 2 times favorited 34 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Another toy made of scraps of pine and /or hem/fir. Notice the “plans and specs” call for the top to be hinged so as to facilitate loading and unloading the crew and other “treasures”. Just like the ambulance , I was concerned about how to make the hinge and attachment durable to stand normal 6-8 year old wear and tear. I thought a hinge with screw attachment would be broken off is short order. I started to make it a dowel hinge, but concluded it would split the top. I made the top removable after hinging up.

The shape was roughed out on my table saw then shaped on the belt sander.

The periscopes were deleted as being too hazardous!

No, it will not float right side up. Too top heavy. But it wasn’t meant to be a “in the water” toy.

Drake look happy, eh? ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence





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Arlin Eastman

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#1 posted 08-09-2012 01:23 AM

Top

Are you going to be a Navy man now. Great work for the little guy. :)

Arlin

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#2 posted 08-09-2012 01:26 AM

You certainly know how to satisfy your customer! And he is great at demonstrating the features of his design :-)

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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canadianchips

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#3 posted 08-09-2012 01:27 AM

I’m thinking Grandpa has kids for summer holidays. They likely love coming to your place and help make there own toys.
HAPPY kids = HAPPY Grandpa !

-- "My mission in life - make everyone smile !"

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#4 posted 08-09-2012 01:33 AM

Our oldest grandson is in the Navy Reserves and taking a year of active duty orders this fall.

We have had them quite a bit lately. 3 or 4 days while the kids prepared for their annual 4th of July party. It takes a little effort to prepare 75# of meat and ect for 125 people. ;-) Then, they came back to go to teh coast for a weekend and again for 2 more weeks of Campfire camp while the kids painted their house.

Being GP is a lot more fun than being dad ;-0 ;-)

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Dan'um Style

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#5 posted 08-09-2012 01:34 AM

fun read Grandpa !

-- keeping myself entertained ... Humor and fun lubricate the brain

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Arlin Eastman

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#6 posted 08-09-2012 01:45 AM

If you have never been in a Sub (Boat) it is some kind of experence.

Arlin

-- Please help me help other Vets click..> http://www.gofundme.com/m1abko.....It is always the right time, to do the right thing.

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#7 posted 08-09-2012 01:52 AM

Only at the dock ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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Bernie

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#8 posted 08-09-2012 02:03 AM

Great job my friend and Drake knows it 1st hand. I can build all sorts of things but I have a hard time with toys because they are small and complicated.

Grand children are great… they wrap us around their little fingures at birth and we love it.

-- Bernie: It never gets hot or cold in New Hampshire, just seasonal!

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studie

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#9 posted 08-09-2012 02:25 AM

Thank God, I was picturing and old water heater tank with a compressor line in a murky lake like happened to me when I was 5.

-- $tudie

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#10 posted 08-09-2012 02:36 AM

Way cool

-- Joe

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#11 posted 08-09-2012 03:03 AM

That’s pretty cool Bob. Nice hinge, and a fine looking young submariner. You should of had Drake draw the plans for ya. :^)

-- Darrell, making more sawdust than I know what to do with

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Dana1972

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#12 posted 08-09-2012 03:54 AM

He looks so pleased with his submarine :) !!! Love the plans :) !! I know my soon to be step-daughter says Dana I want you to build me bunkbeds,.... and a lamp,.... and a desk…. and a table….. lol. yea looks like between her, my son, and my grandbabies I am going to be one busy individual LOL!!!

-- Dana, Tn and Tx artist

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rance

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#13 posted 08-09-2012 07:21 AM

Oh to be a Grandfather. One day I hope.

You’re do-en it right ToPo.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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TopamaxSurvivor

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#14 posted 08-09-2012 07:31 AM

Thanks for the comments guys!

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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bluekingfisher

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#15 posted 08-09-2012 07:50 AM

Something the lad will always remember, spending the summer at granpas and all those toys he made for me.

A very traditional way of providing fun for kids, if parents spent a little more imagination in this department rather than taking them out on expensive day trips then the kids themselves may be a little more content and more willing to try making some of the toys for themselves.

Oh yeah, that used to happen, I think it was called using your imagination -;)

Good for you. better than any computer game

-- No one plans to fail, they just, just fail to plan

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