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Project by outsidethebox posted 374 days ago 726 views 1 time favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch

This is a bench my 10 year old stepdaughter and I made for a class project she had involving toys from the 1800s. The rules of the project were that no power tools could be used. I helped her design it and lay out the parts, and she cut out all the pieces…I give her a lot of credit for cutting it all out by hand with a coping saw! In the end, she got an A+ on the project, we got to spend some quality time together (I think I got myself a new helper in the wood shop! :D), and her little brother got a cool new bench to sit on while watching Bob the Builder! lol

-- Corey, Renville, MN





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JustJoe

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#1 posted 374 days ago

Great job – is that a knock-down design? (I’m looking at the dowel up front that looks like it slides out to release the sides. And the head sits down in a slot?) I agree on the extra credit – coping saws are only fun for the first 30 seconds.

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outsidethebox

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#2 posted 374 days ago

Yup…there’s a dowel on each end that slides out of holes in the rails. It’s made up of 6 pieces with no hardware, another rule for the project. I cheated a bit and used a drill for the dowel holes and drilled starter holes for the slots that the rails fit in, I didn’t have a hand drill. It took her quite a while to cut all those pieces, but she was a trooper! lol

-- Corey, Renville, MN

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#3 posted 374 days ago

What a cool assignment! She did a great job on it, the grade is well deserved.

CtL

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

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Monte Pittman

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#4 posted 374 days ago

Those smiles say it all. Great job.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it. - It's not ability that we often lack, but the patience to use our ability

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#5 posted 373 days ago

That’s my favorite post for today – those are some happy kids! Good job!

-- Robb

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#6 posted 373 days ago

Great job on this , and it is never really to young to get them working in the shop with you. Just have to start small and work them up to the bigger tools as they get old enough for them. Must have been a lot Fun for both of you.

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outsidethebox

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#7 posted 373 days ago

She really enjoyed it, the kids like to join me in the shop when they’ve been invited to birthday parties. Their creations have been very popular gifts!

-- Corey, Renville, MN

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clieb91

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#8 posted 373 days ago

Corey, That is a great way to have them work in the shop with you all last year each party my daughter went to she made a very simple top and then decorated it. All the kids seemed to like them and had fun playing with them. Making a gift for a teacher is another good one. For my daughter I always make upa card for the teacher that has pics of her making the gift. The are usually quite surprised.
Look forward to seeing more.

CtL

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

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outsidethebox

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#9 posted 373 days ago

That started a couple years ago when my stepson couldn’t figure out what to get a girl for her birthday. They had just been on a class trip and he had a picture of the two of them together that she wanted a copy of, so we headed out to the shop and put that picture in a hand made desk frame. Pretty soon ALL the girls in his class wanted one! We’ve built about a dozen or so of those frames since then.

-- Corey, Renville, MN

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