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Project by jbswearingen posted 12-17-2012 03:47 PM 1580 views 1 time favorited 27 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Emma has been bugging me for months to use my lathe, but understood that I wanted to wait until she was 10 (she will be in July). This weekend I gave in and figured we’d give it a try. Afterwards I realized she needs her hair tied back; it’ll be done next time. She was a bit nervous at first, especially as I repeated the dangers and what not to do over and over. She warmed up to it quickly and loves it. She turned another pen the next day (yesterday) and has already wrapped them as Christmas gifts for her mother and a favored teacher.

Looks like we’ll be making a new pen each weekend for a good long time to come! She’s hooked.

This is a simple Slimline in bocote.

-- Semper fi, Brad





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sb194

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#1 posted 12-17-2012 03:57 PM

Nothing better than getting the kids into the shop.

Sean

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Dubb

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#2 posted 12-17-2012 04:03 PM

Thats is awesome. Keep up the good work DAD.

-- Dubb , WV

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luv2learn

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#3 posted 12-17-2012 04:07 PM

That is totally awesome Dad. You trained her and then had enough confidence in her skills to let her go. Congratulations to your daughter as well, she turned a awesome looking pen.

-- Lee - Northern idaho~"If the women don't find you handsome, at least they ought to find you handy"~ Red Green

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Marcus

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#4 posted 12-17-2012 04:07 PM

I love seeing kids get involved with constructive work like this. She has some great pieces she can be proud of right now and a skill to take w/ her the rest of her life. Great job to both of you.

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woodshaver

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#5 posted 12-17-2012 04:08 PM

I love seeing the younsters in the shop learning and building. Teach them all the safty stuff too like keeping your hair in a hat or away from anyting moving! I could name a ton of things here I’m sure you have told her all this!
I see she had her safty glasses on!!!
And she has made a very nice pen! Good job!

-- Tony C St Augustine FL, My high school shop teacher said "You can do it"... Now I can't stop!

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Monte Pittman

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#6 posted 12-17-2012 04:32 PM

Thank you for getting your daughter involved. You’ll love it and society will be better as well.

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

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blackcherry

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#7 posted 12-17-2012 04:38 PM

So cool to see maybe another woodworking star in the making, nice work on the pen as well…BC

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a1Jim

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#8 posted 12-17-2012 04:49 PM

Isn’t that great,I love to see folks spending time together with kids in the shop.

-- http://artisticwoodstudio.com Custom furniture

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Fishinbo

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#9 posted 12-17-2012 04:55 PM

Consider that an awesome bonding time !!! Great for the both of you.

http://www.sawblade.com

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stefang

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#10 posted 12-17-2012 06:14 PM

Your daughter did a great job on that pen. You might find it difficult to get lathe time in the future! A wonderful way to share time with your kids. I also found your lathe very interesting. It looks like a very good quality and pretty beefy. Is it old?

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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jbswearingen

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#11 posted 12-17-2012 06:18 PM

It’s not new, but not really old. It’s a 1971 Delta Rockwell 46-201 that I found on Craigslist three years ago. It has a 3 phase motor, so I put a VFD on it. As it was, its lowest speed was ~915 rpm, high speed ~3k rpm. With the VFD, I can dial down the speed all the way to 0 rpm. It’s great when turning large, heavy blanks; I can spin it at around 200 rpm—just fast enough to cut the blank, but slow enough that the lathe doesn’t try dancing across the floor. It’s currently bolted to the floor, but I’ll eventually build a better stand for it and put a 1.5hp motor on it.

-- Semper fi, Brad

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BTimmons

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#12 posted 12-17-2012 07:18 PM

You must be really proud! My little girl is almost three. Too young to include during shop time, but she’s eager to “help” with anything I do at this stage. She knows what a hammer is for since she saw me work on my parents’ shed. She calls it a “tap tap”.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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#13 posted 12-17-2012 07:19 PM

your daughter did a great job :-)
so did you now your can relax a little on the honey to do list
and make a father to do list she can make … lol

Dennis

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Hawaiilad

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#14 posted 12-17-2012 08:10 PM

Brad I love to see posts like yours. With so many schools not able to afford to teach youngsters to work in a wood shop, it’s up to people like us to teach them. I have worked with lots of kids showing them how to run a scroll saw.

-- Larry in sunny and warm Hawaii,

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ohwoodeye

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#15 posted 12-17-2012 08:18 PM

She did an awesome job on the pen. Yes definately…..hair tied back and short sleeves.

-- Directions are just the Manufacturer's opinion on how something should be assembled. ----Mike, Waukesha, WI

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