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Forum topic by AngieO posted 08-26-2013 02:29 AM 1265 views 0 times favorited 13 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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08-26-2013 02:29 AM

You may have seen my post from yesterday about the new compound miter saw I got for my birthday from my mom yesterday. My shop is all clean and I was out there today filling some holes with wood filler and I had a special little guy come out and help me. He thought my shiny new saw looked cool and wanted to see it work. BUT…. Before I was allowed to turn it on… HE went over and got my safety glasses on and then said “mom… I need something for my ears too” and he grabbed my ear plugs and put them on. I guess I’ve said it enough to the kids that just him standing back watching me pull the trigger and not actually cutting anything made him think he needed his safety gear on.
As I said… My birthday is Thursday. The cms is an awesome birthday present. But the best present ever was nearly five years ago. This guys birthday is Wednesday. He was born on his due date the day before my birthday.

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#1 posted 08-26-2013 02:39 AM

That is nice to start them young, but they need a real education about the dangers in the shop and what they are allowed to touch and what not to touch and WHY.
He’s a cute guy and I think he will be a great help in the shop when he gets a little older and learns the do’s and don’ts of your machines. You might want to kill the power for the dangerous ones until you see he respects them and will not touch them without you around.

You never want him to get hurt!
................Cheers, Jim

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#2 posted 08-26-2013 02:46 AM

I started my little ones in the shop about the same age. They are 8 and 10 now and love being in the shop. My daughter has quite an artistic bent and really want to push my skills in some of the designs she comes up with. My son can cut a board square and clean with my pull saw. Both enjoy planing and each has their own safety equipment. My son has his own tool kit which he is very proud of ( a gift from my brother who got it from our Dad). He’ll go and get it for every project and he even took it with him to my brothers this spring to help them with some chores while he was visiting there. I am looking around for a scroll saw for them to start to use this fall.

Sounds like you have a great shop and helper, and I suspect you enjoy having him in the shop as much as I enjoy having my kids there.

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#3 posted 08-26-2013 02:47 AM

Usually my miter saw is the only thing that gets left plugged in. But this new bad boy is too big for my narrow workbench where I kept he old one. So its not plugged in. The kids are NOT EVER allowed in the shop without me. And James actually hates the sound of them on so he rarely comes out. Which is why he enjoyed working with me today. Not tools got used for what we were doing.

Another feature on that new CMS is that there is a place you can put a pin or padlock in it to keep it locked. But the other stuff, is just unplugged. I could never forgive myself if one of my kids got hurt out there. So i’m very overly protective about their safety when they are out there with me. Apparently I harp on the eye and ear protection enough that this little guy has learned it without me having to say a word. He knows… don’t come in the shop when a tool is running and if you are in there when mommy is working.. you wear your gear.

Remarkably… it’s the 17 year old that I need to remind of certain things. One rule I have… if you hear a piece of equipment running… don’t come in the shop till it turns off. My 17 year old son has a habit of coming in there and he’s scared me more than once. I’ve told him knocking doesnt do any good. But lately I’ve just locked the door. Don’t want to take any chances.

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#4 posted 08-26-2013 02:47 AM

I just acquired a son by the laws of marriage and unlike a child born unto you, he arrived at the back door. I tried everything but I doubt he ever had the luxury of a CMS as a child

-- "Good artists borrow, great artists steal”…..Picasso

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#5 posted 08-26-2013 02:49 AM

Very nice present. Starting at that age is good for a number of reasons. They learn skills they can use a life time. It can inspire them to create and it provides self confidence. Keep it up.

-- We must guard our enthusiasm as we would our life - James Krenov

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#6 posted 08-26-2013 02:49 AM

Moron… LOL!!!!!

Mark.. I’m looking for a good scroll saw too. My daughter is 13 and has made a few projects. She is very artistic too. I think she would love using a scroll saw.

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#7 posted 08-26-2013 02:50 AM

You done good mom. You have created a culture of safety. It’s a great gift that you have given.

-- Mother Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#8 posted 08-26-2013 04:34 AM

Your doing something right if at least the little guy grabbed safety glasses and asked for earplugs. In our old house you entered the shop before the family room. One day my son at 8 yrs. decided to turn on the table saw on the way to the family room to scare his buddy. Needless to say, nothing bad happened, I was at work, I got in trouble, I got yelled at, I put in a separate elec. panel, and I was still in trouble.(he got corrected) I ended up rebuilding the staircase to enter the family room first. And yes, a LOCK on the door to the shop. A little setback, but safety first.

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

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#9 posted 08-26-2013 04:57 AM

Ya.good mom that thing.You could tell your daughter to join the c
atering courses.


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#10 posted 08-26-2013 09:35 AM

“Train up a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not depart from it.” Proverbs 22:6
Way to go Angie! I wish my husband was so trainable! lol

-- God bless, Candy

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#11 posted 08-26-2013 09:50 AM

Great picture, love the look on his face!

My 8 year old is showing some interest and has used the drill press and sander with my supervision. It adds a whole new level of enjoyment to woodworking.

I often roll my tools outside and work there in the Summer, and both kids know NEVER to approach me when I’m working with a power tool. They are to wait until I’m away from the tool and then get my attention.

Keep up the good work Mom!

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#12 posted 08-26-2013 07:32 PM

Good for you Mom! Sounds like he’ll be fine in the shop environment.
And does Bre still come out and make little things when you’re in the shop? We haven’t seen any of her projects in a while.

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#13 posted 08-26-2013 11:09 PM

Gifts, Birthdays, and safety, sounds like you have everything covered Angie, Happy early BD to both you and your son and congrats on the gifts.

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