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Forum topic by KiltedCarpenter posted 10-10-2012 11:06 PM 1183 views 0 times favorited 10 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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10-10-2012 11:06 PM

Topic tags/keywords: educate train apprentice toolbox joining maple

My 14 yr old nephew just spent a few days with me out in the shop. He has enjoyed helping me out in the past so I decided to have him stay a few days and work just with him. I gave him a few of my old tools and we started building him his very own toolbox. I found a plan in a magazine and modified it some to fit his needs and some nice boards I had. The primary wood is curly maple with walnut accents. The photos below show him with his first set of hand-cut dovetails and then a shot of the box test fitted. When done, the handle will be walnut; there will be a walnut trim piece along the top edge of the sides; and there will be a drawer at each end with beautiful curly walnut faces. Oh, and there will be a track and latch on each side for a saw. He really enjoyed what we did so far. I think he’ll make a fine woodworker someday.


-- "I've cut the dang thing three times and it's STILL too darn short" - Name withheld to protect the guilty

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#1 posted 10-10-2012 11:17 PM

Good on you kilted carp, ushering in new generation of woodworkers. Dovetails come out great. Youre not taking any other visitors are ya?

(BTW – that man hammer in the background of pic #1 NEEDS to be shown further)

-- Its not a crack, its a casting imperfection.

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#2 posted 10-10-2012 11:20 PM

my hat’s off to you! my 2 sons want nothing to do with my shop (never did as it migrated from basement space to garage space to my 30×40 heated space). Sad I think…but the grin on that kid’s face makes me feel better!

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#3 posted 10-10-2012 11:27 PM

Those are the precious times to be remembered by all….... The grin says it all…..

-- What we do in life will Echo through Eternity........

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 01:10 AM

looks to me like he already is a fine woodworker, nice job on the toolbox

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 02:17 AM

Amazing! I’m really impress in your work. It looks like a professional to me.

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 03:45 PM

The memories will last forever. He is starting out as a very good wood worker. Looks like he has a very taneted teacher. Thanks for sharing such good memerirs with us.

-- WJ Brady

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 03:53 PM

He’ll be much better than his teacher someday. lol

-- "someone has to be wounded for others to be saved, someone has to sacrifice for others to feel happiness, someone has to die so others could live"

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#8 posted 10-11-2012 06:49 PM

He’s on the road to success and I’m impressed. Keep him on the straight and narrow.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#9 posted 10-11-2012 06:54 PM

He will be going home with a very fine tool box. Good on you for getting him started!

-- Kay - Just a girl who loves wood.

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#10 posted 10-11-2012 08:17 PM

Thanks to all of you. He loves coming over here and working with me in the shop. The only problem is that he plays Soccer in school, on a summer team, and an indoor travel team in the winter. Whew, way more energy than I think I ever had! So he has a limited time to come out and hang out. Plus, he has discovered something more interesting… girls.

Chrisstef, you mentioned my ‘Man Hammer’:

I have an assortment of carving mallets ranging from 12oz to 18oz for use with my carving and bench chisels. When I’m chopping a mortice or hammering in a holdfast I reach for my traditional 18oz beech-wood banger. But… When I really need to WHAK something I grab “Thor’s Hammer”. It is 38oz’s of vintage Scottish pursuasion. Made by Mathieson long ago in a land far far away, it may be well used, but continues to thump when called upon.

-- "I've cut the dang thing three times and it's STILL too darn short" - Name withheld to protect the guilty

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