Saturday, March 17, 2012

My Three Year Old's Toolbox



My three year old son and I have been working in the shop together on Monday nights. It has been wonderful "Papa and Eden" time. I have been teaching him basics of woodworking with hand tools. His tool collection was inherited from my grandfather, Paul Klein. It is thrilling to see him using these tools, passing on the family heritage.




Eden and I built him a toolbox so that he can haul his tools to our Monday night shop adventures. He was pretty excited about the project. One evening he exclaimed, "Papa, you gotta gwue it wit hide gwue and cwamp it a-gedder."

Music to my ears.

Salvaged pine, salvaged rope from a local fisherman, distressed National hinges, milk paint, burnt shellac, Raw Umber glaze, and Paste wax.








15 comments:

  1. It just doesn't get any better then that.
    I bet Eden grows in to quite a craftsman, thanks to you.
    Good job.

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  2. Fantastic, thank you for sharing that. Can't for my boy to be old enough to hold a tool.

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  3. The peg locks are just great with the rope handle.

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  4. These are the seeds that will grow a mighty oak of memories and skills to pass on to the next generation. Thank you very much for sharing. P.s. I love the box. Every piece has it's own story of origin.
    Mark

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  5. Beautiful work, I am so eager for my daughter to reach this stage of participation.

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  6. Fantastic Josh. What a cool project. I have such great memories of woodworking with my dad (and mom for that matter) around that age. This is so good and so important. way to go.

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  7. Most excellent. It is as though the Proverbs are running on a loop, commending us on how we should bring up a child. The great blessing for Eden is that his papa loves him enough to show the right path. The great sorrow for our culture is that you would be an oddball for doing so.

    I built 3/5 scale workbenches for my girls, but they never had the interest so now I am waiting patiently for grandchildren to take up the challenge.

    Don Williams

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  8. In time, history, and with a little luck, this website will last to show young Eden, what and where this event took place..
    Its downright priceless, the look on this young man’s face.
    Great job in sharing your passion. Love the peg locks*. Perfect.

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  9. Joshua, keep up the great work man, Eden is one lucky kid, Maine's restoration needs will be met for at least one more generation!!

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  10. Thanks for the compliments everyone. I am glad you enjoyed the post. Hopefully it gives a few people some ideas of how to spend some time with their loved ones.
    I just got back from my Monday night work with him. Short attention span, temper tantrums and yet as I unload him from the car seat at home, he says, "Papa, it was good working with you in the shop." 3 year olds are manic I tell ya.

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  11. These are wonderful skills learned and quality time spent with Eden. Very nice project and it warms my heart to see my father's tools building memories.

    Love Dad

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  12. When my mother read this post she reminded me of building Rascal (the tender to our big boat Wavedancer) with my dad when I was 8. One of the greatest experiences of my life. I think about it every time I sail her now. It was difficult work and I remember getting a bit huffy at times working with him then too, but it was always a rewarding experience.

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  13. I only hope that I thanked my dad for the hours and hours he spent with my son teaching him everything from replacine the brakes in a John Deere tractor to repairing a tornado ravaged roof. My son is considered somewhat of a wonder to his contemporary's as they shake their heads in awe of his multiple talents.

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  14. This is SO cool! What an awesome project for father and son. Not only is he learning valuable skills, but he is also soaking up precious time with his papa. :)

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