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Liam's First Project, a Craftsman Night Table

I have been using the Kreg jig and associated products for a couple years; awesome tool is all I can say. When my wife told me to take my son Liam to the shop to give him hands on experience with the importance of math; which he was trying to retreat from, I gave him a choice of projects to build. He decided to build a night table for his mother, more to win her heart I think than anything else.
Liam designed the table (rough sketch, no drafting or CAD) and began applying his limited math skills. I ripped the wood on my table saw; I don’t let him use it. However; he cross-cut the boards on the miter saw, planed down the spindles with a surface planer, drilled all the pocket holes, drove all the screws and stained the table after completion. I did have to help him with the drawer slides, which required dado’s. He selected the KREG Jig because he had seen me use it so many times and thought it was something he could use with less difficulty than cutting mortises and tenons. Needless to say, the boy has really gotten the hang of it, I think. Liam turned 8 on May 23, 2008.

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Comment by Bob Sanders on April 3, 2009 at 8:42am
Wow, very impressive for such a young man! Please post more!!! I don't know if my daughters would up for such a thing, but it sure is something to strive for.
Comment by Robert on March 18, 2009 at 11:35pm
Very smart boy!
Comment by Derek on March 17, 2009 at 8:25am
Truly inspirational, Liam! Keep up the great work. You are obviously VERY talented!

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