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#16 Sawdust OFFLINE  

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 10:24 AM

This sounds like a fun project. It's hard to keep remembering it's their project & not all yours...been there many times. I do a lot of HO scale train modeling & cut my own scaled lumber to 1:87 scale. Most pieces are around 1/4"-3/8" or some are larger for the O&G modelers. Let me know if I can help with what you need.  I also have plenty of mailing tubes so I can get this out quickly...free!

 

This is from poplar or cedar scraps from my job of building cabinets & trim.

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Posted November 14, 2014 - 10:42 AM

Several years ago our granddaughter came home and said they were assigned a project to make one of those things that one action causes another reaction (can't remember what they are called).  Like if a ball rolled down a ramp and then landed in a bucket and the bucket came down and did something else type thing.  Anyway she said they were divided up in groups and there were 5 of them to work on it.  As she walked out of the room she said "Oh Grandpa I volunteered you to help us."  So one weekend they all came over and we built the project. It was fun watching the girls learn how to use the tools and when I brought out the nail gun that was funny.  I was a fun weekend and well worth the time spent to make the project. 

 

Troy I think you will also have a great time working with the girls and it will be one of those priceless memories that you will share with your daughter for the rest of both of your lives.  Have fun!


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Posted November 14, 2014 - 10:52 AM

This stuff is good to hear about & makes such good memories for everyone involved. I can't wait to see the pics & hope there's plenty to look at Troy  :D  My last two kids were home schooled & we had a co-op one day a week. I volunteered to give a wood shop class of just an hour every Thursday. I'm thinking a lot of boys but no the class took about 3 hours each time because it had to be mobile on my part & I had 13 girls & two boys. I had so much fun & the kids were like little sponges. We all had a great year with each other...memories.


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Posted November 15, 2014 - 04:39 PM

Made a little progress today. After determining the pitch and height of the starting hill, we got some of the main supports cut to length, as well as some of the cross members. I'm cutting all of the wood by hand with a hack saw blade, as some of the pieces are a little to short to handle on my sliding compound saw. It takes some time, and is a little hard on the fingers after a while, but I think it's starting to come together. Here is what we got done today:

 

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I know I said I was going to use a scale of 1"=10'-0", but at this point and time, we got rid of the scale and decided we will just wing it and build it to what looks right. Hoping to get more done tomorrow, as tonight we have to attend a Cross Country awards banquet for Caleb, so there won't be much happening this evening. Oh, and just in case this doesn't work out or we don't get finished in time, I have a piece of clear wash machine hose and a marble ready to go as a back up! :smilewink:

 

 


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Posted December 04, 2014 - 06:09 PM

Well, it's done. Finally! :dancingbanana:  It didn't go bad, and it actually turned out looking like a rollercoaster. Who would have known? We had fun, and the time spent with the girls was quite the experience. The teacher gave all of the students a couple of days extension, so they take it in tomorrow. I guess we'll see what happens. Here are some final pictures:

 

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Posted December 04, 2014 - 06:17 PM

Cool!


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Posted December 06, 2014 - 11:06 PM

That looks like it was a load of fun to build! I love the sign too!

 

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Posted December 07, 2014 - 01:08 AM

Turned out nice looks like you had a lot of fun. I like the view of the shelter area. Let us know how she did.

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Posted December 18, 2014 - 02:05 PM

The girls received an A+ on the coaster.  :dancingbanana: Their normal teacher was off the past week and a half getting some unexpected knee surgery done, but he came back on Tuesday and graded the projects. I'm very proud of them. 

 

So......anybody want a roller coaster?  :(


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Posted December 18, 2014 - 02:15 PM

Now I know who to get to build a RC!


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Posted December 18, 2014 - 05:16 PM

The girls got an A+, what did you get?
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Posted December 18, 2014 - 06:49 PM

Some very big smiles and hugs! Well worth the time and patience. :smilewink:


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Posted January 04, 2015 - 09:21 PM

Great job by all I like the sign also
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Posted January 12, 2015 - 01:42 PM

    I have such a hard time with things like this !!!!   I forget that it is their project ! and wind up taking over.  remember it is their's and not yours, hope you have a great time and teach the girls lots of good stuff.

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I know that feeling, I guess I wanted to have fun with my ideas but my kids got tired of me having all of the fun. Finally my daughter just plain out told me to stop! From then on I just gave them the tips and tools and let them go on their own. They still did better than most of the other  'Dad' made projects and had much more pride in their own accomplishment.


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