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
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.
Fri, Nov 10, 2006, 6:42am (EST-3) email@example.com (RayV) doth
<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
What's the difference between a cattle grid and a lawyer?
People slow down before they run over a catte grid.
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
Ray.... enjoy those moments. They're too far and few between and
they're gone before you know it.
Thanks for sharing.
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:
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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