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Forum topic by MT_Stringer posted 06-24-2015 07:54 PM 876 views 0 times favorited 21 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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MT_Stringer

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06-24-2015 07:54 PM

I had some help in the shop today. We are building a toy box. Perfect timing so Bella could help with some of the gluing. She got her first experience at driving pocket screws, and did a god job. Her little hand just barely fits the handle to press the trigger. :-)

She loves to clean up.

And Bubba wanted to help also. :-) Maybe next year.

Happy Grandma and Grandpa here.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas


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#1 posted 06-24-2015 11:51 PM

Great pics! The shop vac is my granddaughter’s favorite tool.

-- " I'll try to be nicer, if you'll try to be smarter" gfadvm

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#2 posted 06-25-2015 01:47 AM

The little boy already has bandages on his legs, well on his way to be woodworker.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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MT_Stringer

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#3 posted 06-25-2015 02:20 AM



The little boy already has bandages on his legs, well on his way to be woodworker.

- distrbd

Just like his grandpa. :-)

Today was his six month checkup with the doc. The first words out of Bella’s mouth were “Bubba got a shot!” :-)

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#4 posted 06-25-2015 02:24 AM

I’m still waiting for my first grandchild, my son is 30 years old and just got married last August.

-- Ken from Ontario, Canada

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#5 posted 06-25-2015 03:21 AM

I’ve always heard that it is difficult to find good help…but you appear to have solved that problem…

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#6 posted 06-25-2015 03:31 AM

Totally love your photos. I’m looking forward to getting my grandson in the shop. He’s 7 months old and not quite ready to make sawdust.

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MT_Stringer

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#7 posted 06-25-2015 03:54 AM

I knew they were coming today, so last night, I got the shop ready. :-) Gotta keep an eye on Blondie. She is a gogetter.

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#8 posted 06-25-2015 12:30 PM

Great pictures, Mike. Those are the best times, its great that they got the bug!

My kids are 1 and almost 3, so they’re limited as to what they can do, but I make sure that on each project, I bring my daughter out to drive a screw or hammer a nail, so that she can proudly tell people that she helped build it.

Home Depot does the free kids’ workshops, I usually show up the day before and ask for a free kit (or 3, if friends are coming over) to take home. They always oblige. Then we can do them at home on our time, with her tools.

When I completed my first real woodworking bench, a laminated douglas fir top, dog holes, vises, the works, I was so proud. I figured what better first project to break it in than to do one of those free kits with my daughter. So we started, and at one point I ended up with a piece on the bench with a hold down, and she was to drive a nail in it. I started the nail, and gave her the hammer (a little 4oz hammer). Well, being 2.5 at the time, and her motor skills still in development, she took off hammering away as hard as she could…missing the nail, and the workpiece. I have about 1/2 dozen dings in my benchtop that’s about 6 months old, and every time I see them it makes me smile.

P.S. Love the shirt. It’s great when kids believe you can fix anything.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#9 posted 06-25-2015 01:34 PM

Hey can I have her come and clean my shop, all the candy you can eat? Grand kids can’t beat em.

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#10 posted 06-25-2015 01:50 PM

Wonderful pics, Mike. Precious memories.

-- Gene 'The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, but because he loves what is behind him.' G. K. Chesterton

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#11 posted 06-25-2015 02:01 PM

That’s a great bunch of pics. I have heard it said that a man who doesn’t spend time with his family can never be a real man. Lot’s of smiles and happiness.

helluvawreck aka Charles
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-- 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 06-25-2015 04:32 PM

Wonderful pictures, the smiles on all the faces are proof that woodworking is fun as well as useful. Thank
you for sharing. When the kids are in the shop all tools except the one we are using are unplugged.

-- As ever, Gus-the 77 yr young apprentice carpenter

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MT_Stringer

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#13 posted 06-25-2015 04:50 PM

Thanks for all the kind words. We had fun. I try to do something with her every time they come to visit. She is always ready and willing.

@Ed – I have seen the kids building projects at HD, but I never know when. I will have to look for a schedule. I like the idea of building the project at home.
Mike

-- Handcrafted by Mike Henderson - Channelview, Texas

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#14 posted 06-25-2015 04:57 PM

Mike,
Here's the link to show you what’s going on. For us, it’s typically the first Saturday of the month. If you show up on Friday evening they usually are getting the stuff ready, and someone will go back and grab one for you. I once went in at like 1 PM on Friday and they guy had to get a pallet down with all the stuff, just to get me 3 kits. But, I figure it was coming down anyways and was very thankful to him.

I like to get the project to-go. Often we have something going on that morning, we like to go out to breakfast on Saturdays as well. And, the setup (plywood on sawhorses and such) is ergonomically way too big for a 3 year-old, and way to small for a 33 year old. The hammers are too big for her, it’s loud because there’s usually 20 kids nailing away, and there’s usually a paint station that makes for more work (have to clean her up before she gets in my truck, and have to wrap the project so it doesn’t get on the upholstery or something). Also, the potty is on the other side of the store, which is a big deal right now.

Plus, I think we both find it more enjoyable to work in a quiet environment, where the workbench is tall enough for me, and she can sit on it. And, we don’t have to complete the whole project in one sitting if she gets bored. And if we do paint, I can hose her down in the back yard.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#15 posted 06-25-2015 07:30 PM

Awesome pics and thanks for lining up the next generation.

-- paxorion

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