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We have our grandson staying with us and I always like him to come to the shop with me and build something but there was never much interest by him for any length of time .
Last night I ask my wife if she had an Idea and just as I said it came to me MIND CRAFT that is the thing they play with these days and I thought that may be the project to tap into.
After thinking for a while I came up with the Diamond Sword idea and ask him this morning at breakfast if he would like to make one with me .
Well he was in the shop before I finished eating and had everything ready to go .
With a little drawing we had the sword planned out and I could see the excitement growing and I cut the sword out on the band saw but left a few cuts that I thought would be good for him to cut by hand .
First thing he ask Grandpa can I use your new vise for that I and said of course that’s what it’s for ,well into the vise he put it and started cutting and filing and sanding and about two and a half hours later it was done .
I was just amazed at his attention span and thought this is what I have been missing all along with the boys ,I always made things with them that I thought of but I guess I will have to change my thinking and tap into the new reality and adapt it to wood working projects .
I am sure I have a new apprentice now and he will be back soon as there is also a axe to go with his sword .
Thanks Grandma for helping him with the painting !

-- Kiefer 松

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#1 posted 160 days ago

Great Fun! Potentially the next Great crime fighter. Defending truth, justice, and the American way.

-- John, Colorado's (Wooden Wizard)

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#2 posted 160 days ago

Very cool Kiefer….....get them learning young…...well done…..

-- Jeff - I have not failed. I've just found 10,002 ways that won't work.

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#3 posted 160 days ago

One of my VERY First self made projects were really simple boats. Like the tip of the sword and a block of wood nailed on. Then took them to the Park Lagoon and set them on the water. Asking kids what they want to make is a great concept. He looks dangerous. LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#4 posted 160 days ago

Great to see generations working together striving for the same goal. Nice job and good teamwork. Looks to me he handled the vise well. Maybe grandpa ought to build him his own workbench.

-- --Dave, Downers Grove, Il. When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams

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#5 posted 160 days ago

Good job Grandpa ;-)

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

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#6 posted 160 days ago

Great work and nice to read about it Kiefer. Your workbench…wow..that is awesome as well! All the best, thanks for sharing.

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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#7 posted 160 days ago

Thanks John
Fun It is ,nothing like it .

Thanks Jeff
Young is the way and I hope they keep on going with it .

Thanks Tom
I learned something important today !

Thanks Dave
I got a hunch I be building a few more of these vises and he new how to use it intuitively like he had used it before .

-- Kiefer 松

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#8 posted 160 days ago

That is AWESOME! Great job buddy, to both of yall. Always good to spend time with the kids/grandkids in the shop. I look forward to seeing yall’s ax

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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#9 posted 160 days ago

Fantastic…! You are seeing the rise of a future generation of woodworkers. That is how I got interested in woodworking when I was a young boy…

-- If retiring is having the time to be able to do what you enjoy then I have always been retired.

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#10 posted 160 days ago

I have a friend who is also a woodworker,makes or rather shows his grandson how to make basic toy cars, and he got a small instrument package from Grizzly that they put together.

My dad fixed me up with a bench and hand tools and a bunch of wood if I promised to stay out of his tools. LOL! Of course I said yes.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#11 posted 160 days ago

It’s always wonderful to bond with the grandkids in the shop like you did here Klaus, and now that you have the right formula I’m sure that you will be doing it a lot more. They may lose interest again when they are in their teens, but that early exposure to the shop will be a memory they carry with them for a lifetime, and there’s an excellent chance that fond memory will get them back into the shop at some point.

-- Mike, an American living in Norway.

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#12 posted 160 days ago

Some good quality time with the Grndson. Priceless.

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

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#13 posted 160 days ago

Sharing and Passing on your woodworking skills and knowledge to the younger generation is so nice to see. Not only are you making something for keep sake but building Memories to last a lifetime.
And it’s just as Roger says! “Priceless”!

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

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#14 posted 160 days ago

Great project for him. Looks like it came out great. It’s always fun when the kids start asking for things they would like to build. My daughter uses her bench to come up with new stuff for her dolls and doll house. I better not show her this as she is an avid Minecrafter as well.


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

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#15 posted 160 days ago

Very well done. I remember when I was in the fourth grade of school when my Uncle came to visit us. I will never forget the time when he took as piece of 2×4 and made me a wooden sword using only the table saw. To this day it still sets in my mind how I thought he was the great American Hero for that act of education to for me. I was so proud of that sword and I wish I had not lost it. I bet he will cherish this memory for the rest of his life. Very smart of you to get him into the project.

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