My Grandson turned 9 years old today. My boy brought him over to pick up some toys and shit The Wifely Unit bought for him.
I handed him twenty bucks and dragged his little ass out in the garage.
I then informed him that I have been patiently waiting for him to get old enough for me to start teaching him Manly Things and how to start playing with Man Toys.
Told him to dig around in the scrap pile and find me a piece of steel bar. Then I dug out a new pair of Safety Glasses out of the pile Irish sent me and had him put those on.
He found a hunk of 3/4’s Cold Rolled about six inches long and I told him that was perfect. Then I took him over to the Smithy, showed him how the controls worked, had him run the table back a bit, showed him how to chuck up the bar and tighten it down and then proceeded to have him flip the power feed on to turn down a bout two inches of the bar after I got it all set up.
He’s pretty sharp, it won’t take him too long to get it figured out. I then coached him in turning it down a bit while he was using the hand controls.
Then I took him over and showed him how the Horizontal Band Saw works to cut the turned end off and then took him over to the old belt driven bench grinder and deburred it.
Then I took him back over to the Smithy and went over it all again and had him make a couple more cuts before I deburred it with a file, had him shut it off and take the piece out of the chuck.
My boy was out there with us and it was a learning experience for him too.
He’s a licensed electrician but the lathe is a new animal in his zoo.
I told him he needs to come over with the kid so I can teach them both how all these things work and especially to show the kid how to work in a shop full of power tools safely.
It worked out nicely that I had made a rolling base for the new shelving yesterday and had put a bunch of stuff on the shelves because it gave me enough room for all 3 of us to be out there without tripping over a bunch of shit. I showed him how I had made the little cart from the angle iron standing up next to the shelves using the saw and how I welded it up. Told him to come around and I would teach him how to weld too.
I let the kid keep about two inches of the cut off bar to give him something tangible to remember. He will lose it by next week but that’s OK.
He will be able to show it to his mother and I would pay money to be a fly on the wall at that moment.
Keep coming around boy, Grandpa has all kinds of interesting things to teach you.
All preliminary stuff working towards a having a Man Card when you get older.