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Forum topic by Rich posted 01-11-2018 06:08 AM 667 views 0 times favorited 9 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-11-2018 06:08 AM

What a good guy. We should all do things like this in our communities.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JxNejCCzxWY

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#1 posted 01-11-2018 06:23 AM

Along these lines, Home Depot has kids project day the first Saturday of each month, doing projects like this. My son is 6 and I’ve been taking him for 2 years or so. It has been awesome to see the change, from me doing 99% of the work to him wanting to do it himself with minimal hello from me. It’s already been great and I look forward to bigger projects together as he gets older.

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#2 posted 01-11-2018 04:36 PM



Along these lines, Home Depot has kids project day the first Saturday of each month, doing projects like this. My son is 6 and I ve been taking him for 2 years or so. It has been awesome to see the change, from me doing 99% of the work to him wanting to do it himself with minimal hello from me. It s already been great and I look forward to bigger projects together as he gets older.

- jerkylips

Same here. I’ve been taking my son for the last 2.5 yrs or so. He was so proud when he got his 25 project star. Now he’s almost 7 and can build them himself. But now I practically have to drag him to HD because he’d rather be watching that minecraft crap. ..sigh..

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#3 posted 01-11-2018 04:46 PM

Same problem with Minecraft here, but he is quite excited about finishing his car for the upcoming pinewood derby race at the end of the month.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#4 posted 01-11-2018 06:14 PM



Same problem with Minecraft here, but he is quite excited about finishing his car for the upcoming pinewood derby race at the end of the month.

- bigblockyeti


Yep, Minecraft. Although, as far as video games go, that one seems ok – it kind of reminds me of building with Lego, except electronically. I’ve been impressed with some of the things my son has shown me that he built.

We have the pinewood derby coming up in April, too – going to attempt this – should be fun!

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#5 posted 01-11-2018 06:36 PM

Can you put fenders over the wheels without breaking the rules? I cut out a Porsche 928 for him to sand, seal, paint & assemble but it would look far better without open wheels.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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#6 posted 01-11-2018 06:46 PM



Can you put fenders over the wheels without breaking the rules? I cut out a Porsche 928 for him to sand, seal, paint & assemble but it would look far better without open wheels.

- bigblockyeti

For us, at least, the only thing listed in the rules is the maximum width, which is the width at the outside of the wheels. As long as the fenders don’t extend past the edge of the wheels , it should be ok. To get the proportions of the jeep correct, I’m taking some material off the front and back, so that’s what I’m planning to use to build them. I was actually going to try a prototype this weekend before wrecking the “official” chunk of wood. If I make progress on it, I can post it.

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#7 posted 01-11-2018 10:13 PM

haha, pinewood derby here coming up as well. i had him “help” hold the block of wood while we(I) cut it out on the bandsaw. He liked that for about 10 mins, then once it was cut out, it was back inside to watch TV or play video games.

Finally got him out to sand it and then he painted it. I need to buff the axles and then we’ll put the wheels on.

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#8 posted 01-12-2018 06:21 PM

Lol…my son was out of school for a week because he was super sick. While he was out the class covered some geology stuff and he got back to school just on time for the test for those lessons and the teach told him to take the test just t do something while the other kids were doing theirs and he ended up getting a 94…or something like that.

After that I can’t complain about that one. Now he has moved on to some STEAM thing that is super creative and makes then kids think for challenges. Him and 3 friends wok together to build these crazy machines and things to defeat problems in the game.


Same problem with Minecraft here, but he is quite excited about finishing his car for the upcoming pinewood derby race at the end of the month.

- bigblockyeti


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#9 posted 01-12-2018 06:47 PM

The school board is having a meeting in a couple week on expanding the STEAM program they have which is still in it’s infancy, not that it matters to us since we’ll be moving at the end of the school year, but I’d love to challenge the kids to figure bout how to get the district to stop crying poor when they’re spending $1.00 for every $1.05 they take out of our pockets.

-- "Lack of effort will result in failure with amazing predictability" - Me

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