A good day in the shop...

The other day my 3 year old asked me to take her out in the garage so she could build something. Not wanting her to pick up my bad habits I told her we need to think about what we want to build before we start working.
Thinking very hard she said, "Hmmm, Lets build a toolbox like Handy Manny!" So I had her draw a picture of the toolbox she wanted to build. I had to stretch the truth a little and tell her that "Daddy always draws a picture of what he is building before he starts". Got her off to bed by telling her I would buy the wood tomorrow and we could build it when I got home from work. After she went to bed I went out and cut everything for two mini totes like everyone had to make in HS (She often forgets about her little sister).
The next day when I got home she was already waiting with her nail pouch on, so out to the garage we went. The future foreman said to me, "OK, we need screws and wood and a handle and a screwdriver". Had her put on the glue (she may be the only woodworker that uses more glue than Norm) and put the pieces together. I clamped it up and helped her screw them together. Not surprisingly she didn't have much interest in sanding when everything was screwed together.
She proudly picked up her new toolbox and paraded around the shop looking for things to put in it. So she could go show Mom what she made. Her sister's box stayed empty because "My sister is too little to have tools"
A very good day in the shop.
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RayV wrote:

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That's a *real* gloat, Ray. Thanks for sharing.

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Sorry, you'll have to do it all over again ... you didn't have her put in "a couple of brads until the glue dries"!
Bet you'll hate that! ;)
Thanks for sharing.
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RayV Wrote:

you are a very lucky man.....
I hope you have many more..
-- Tom Bruce
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my grandson who lives with us is coming up to 2yrs old and i can't wai
for him to be able to help grandad "make things".so i'm looking forwar to sharing your experiences ray
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Fri, Nov 10, 2006, 6:42am (EST-3) snipped-for-privacy@comcast.net (RayV) doth sayeth: <snip> A very good day in the shop. I would imagine. I raised two sons on my own, and didn't have money for a shop at that time. Got a grand-dau now, but she doesn't spend any time with me in my now shop - shop's too small anyways. However, making something like one of those four-tone train whistles, for the grand-kid(s), and then going home, also makes for a very good day in the shop. Payback is Hell. LMAO
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People slow down before they run over a catte grid.
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J T wrote:

the noisest most annoying toys I could find. Guess what my kids get from their uncle...
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[snipped for brevity]

Doug Miller is right...that is a 'real' gloat.
Reminded me of my oldest daughter and I working on her doll house. Now she's building and asked me to attend a meeting between her and her architect. Ray.... enjoy those moments. They're too far and few between and they're gone before you know it.
Thanks for sharing.
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That is a real inspiration.
Must try to get my son involved in a project or two.
:-)
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Try HARD and do it! You will never regret the effort.
My youngest daughter, who is now 21, designed and help build this when she was just 16:
http://www.e-woodshop.net/images/BedsideStand1.JPG
Out of the furniture I've built down through the years, before and since, that simple, cheap, pine prototype is guaranteed to bring tears to my eyes whenever I walk into her bedroom while she's been away at college these past couple of years.
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