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    Father/Son "Woodworking"

    OK, more assembly of manufactured "wood like" products. Since I haven't been able to get into the shop - and our bookshelves are overflowing, we broke down and bought some el cheapo knockdown units. Nothing special there, but it did give me an opportunity for some Dad/Son bonding!

    After we assembled the first one, Sam found a few steps in the process he wanted to do.
    First was driving the KD fasteners in with the drill/driver - I started them with a screw driver and he followed driving them home. (thank goodness for clutches!)
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    Next, he installed the wood dowels in the toe kick with his hammer.
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    Finally he drove the nails for the back. (We're working on "letting the hammer do the work.")
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    All in all we had a lot of fun putting these bookshelves together - which is unusual for KD furniture!


    PS The drill/driver is the little Metabo Vaughn had recommended a while back. It's small and slow enough Sam can handle it by himself. My regular driver is too heavy and the speed too high even on low.

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    Way Kool!!!!

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    ABQ NM
    That's priceless, Wes. It'll be something he remembers forever. He looks like a natural, too.
    When the going gets weird, the weird turn pro. - Hunter S. Thompson
    When the weird get going, they start their own forum. - Vaughn McMillan

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    Join Date
    Apr 2007
    No, not all of SoCal is Los Angeles!
    I can already hear his stories . . . "I remember when my dad and I built a bookcase". Priceless.
    Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic.
    - Arthur C. Clarke

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    That is cool. You put the family in family woodworking....

    Its almost a shame these days we have lost out on the dad-showing-son jobs. Years ago it was how you learned a trade. I am fortunate in that is the way I grew up; being farmers/loggers that is, I grew up with my Grandfather, Father and Uncle all showing me how to cut wood, how to drive a tractor, how to take care of cows and grow crops.

    Recently I became aware of how much I learned from them. A a guy at work bought a few acres and is doing the homestead thing. The problem is he has no idea what he is doing. So he buys books and reads magazines. One magazine, Country Life, explains the most obvious stuff that it was almost irritating. A woman at work was laughing too, but she explained it pretty simply. "Travis, this is how we grew up. We know this stuff."

    In this world of day care centers, nannies, maids and cell phones and GPS's, its nice to see people spend more time with their kids. Not just watching them play sports from the sidelines as their children bond with the coaches, but spend time with their parents. Despite being thumped on pretty hard growing up, my family's influence did a lot of good for me. I'm sure it will for you and your son. Good for you my friend, good for you.
    I have no intention of traveling from birth to the grave in a manicured and well preserved body; but rather I will skid in sideways, totally beat up, completely worn out, utterly exhausted and jump off my tractor and loudly yell, "Wow, this is what it took to feed a nation!"

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    Join Date
    Oct 2006
    Tokyo Japan
    Well done Sam, I'm sure glad you are around to make sure your Dad does these things the right way!
    The pessimist complains about the wind; the optimist expects it to change; the realist adjusts the sails.
    William Arthur Ward

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    A true "Kodak Moment"! It seems that there was always a "short person" under foot when I was doing things around the house, and I miss having a "right hand man" that they're bigger it's a chore for them when I need their help. Enjoy it and plan a few more projects!
    Got Wood?

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    Join Date
    Nov 2006
    Mountain Home, Arkansas
    Well done. That was an important day for you both.

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    Sep 2007
    St. Louis, MO
    That's awesome. My 4 and 6 year olds like their shop time, especially the 6 year old. I have no illusions that it will last forever, but for now, they're learning some basic skills and have a "space" of their own. When i work in the shop and they want to join me, they let me know what they want to do (nailing, drilling, planing, sanding, painting, sawing, etc.). I set them up, and we work on our various tasks. My 6 year old son is getting pretty good drilling, sawing, and hand planing (i tuned up a beater #2 for him). I do pick projects to work on together - usually making toys, gifts, simple items for the house, etc. Even when i'm working on something more precise, we definitely do get to share time.
    I remember time in the shop with my dad when i was up to his belt buckle. Those were good times, even if we were just playing with the piles of sawdust.
    On another note, i've got some friends that teach high school - one is an art teacher. The other day she was lamenting the lack of basic skills her recent crop of students have. She's arguing that they should be in shop learning how to make dust pans and coat trees instead of yet another athletic pursuit.
    There's a balance that's gotten rare.
    Paul Hubbman

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    Join Date
    Feb 2008
    Fort Washington, PA
    Thanks for posting that Wes... good to see some father-son bonding other than watching the tube together. My three daughters all used to "help" me in the shop when they were younger. I even named my fledgling little side business Three Sisters Woodshop after them. Alas, at 23, 21 and 16 they have their own worlds to attend to. I asked the older one once when she was around 16 why she rarely came down in my shop anymore... and she thought for a second and then asked me how much time did I spend in my Mothers sewing room when I was a teenager. Had to admit... she had me there. It's OK... they are still my little girls, I'm just not the only man in their life anymore.
    Build it Break it Fix it ...repeat

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