It's that time of year again when my daughter, age 12, starts her science
fair project, which means I usually get to help make the display case, the
box or something. She has some good ideas this time, but she needs two
boxes, about 20/16/4 to hold her ideas. Well, yesterday it was just the two
of us (SWMBO had some other duties) in the shop. This year she wanted to do
all the building. I told her other than the table saw that would be OK.
(She's on the short side and the reach would be, IMNSHO, too dangerous.)
With daddy hovering over her shoulder she jointed the boards, ran them
through the planer, used the router table to cut rabbets and grooves,
applied the glue and clamped them up (although this time I provided the
extra hands to hold the clamps as she tightened them, usually this was
If I may brag (try to stop me, dammit!) she did a great job. All those
years helping me paid off, she actually was watching, not just hanging out
in the shop. Her two boxes, although not yet finished, look very good. I
reminded her to check for square and one was dead on, and the other, with
some help from some corner Besseys, needed a bit of tweaking. I'll post on
abpw when she's done.
Secondary gloat - she took first place either in her school or in her
school district in the sci. fair for four years running. This is her first
year in junior high, so she hopes to keep the streak alive. As far as I am
concerned the time we spent together yesterday already made her a winner!
Brag mode off,