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Blog entry by BTimmons posted 08-31-2016 05:43 PM 969 reads 1 time favorited 10 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Turns out that my little girl can rock a spokeshave. She asked me to help her make a mallet for her to use in the shop. I thought that was a dandy idea, so we set to it. We glued up a few pieces of cherry for the head of the mallet. Then I showed her how to use a spokeshave on rectilinear stock, in order to take off the hard corners and make it more hand-friendly.

For those of you wanting to get your kids to spend time in the shop with you, let them use a spokeshave. It’s the kind of tool that little kids can understand right away, which doesn’t need a lot of strength or finesse, and one that they can get good results from almost right away. There’s nothing like building your kid’s confidence by showing them that they can shape the world around them with their own two hands.

You could make a mallet, a walking stick, toy sword, whatever. Just food for thought.

Not sure how to embed video here, so here's the link.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com



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Oldtool

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#1 posted 08-31-2016 05:53 PM

Any time together is great, expecially when children have an opportunity to learn, they have bountiful curiosity.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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jayseedub

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#2 posted 08-31-2016 06:54 PM

You’re so right about the spokeshave—my son picked up my Veritas low-angle model, and loved taking the edge off things, and now is worked his way up through a coping saw, rasps/files, and drill press. He’s surprised me by the number of things he can do with just those tools and some time/patience.

He’s in the school band, plays trombone, and one day forgot his trombone mouthpiece at school, so he couldn’t practice. Then, he comes upstairs from my shop with a wooden, handmade mouthpiece that he fitted to his instrument, and it actually worked! Amazing….

He’s 12—almost 13, and I just introduced him to the chop saw, bandsaw and my table saw (he already has made some bad cuts on the table saw, which ended up not causing any injury—but could have, and provided good lessons, early on.)

Biggest issue: Putting tools back and cleaning up after himself. (Why would my shop be any different from his room? I don’t know….)

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BTimmons

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#3 posted 08-31-2016 07:43 PM


Then, he comes upstairs from my shop with a wooden, handmade mouthpiece that he fitted to his instrument, and it actually worked!

No way….that is awesome.

-- Brian Timmons - http://www.BigTWoodworks.com

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Richard

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#4 posted 08-31-2016 07:53 PM

Biggest issue: Putting tools back and cleaning up after himself. (Why would my shop be any different from his room? I don’t know….)


Well I guess it depends on if your Shop Looks like a 12 or 13 year olds Bed room or not Already . :)
Hopefully the Shop is cleaner and Neater than his room , most likely it is.
I have a 13 year old ( OPPS he is 14 now ) grandson and his room is total Chaos most of the time.

Brian , Enjoy every moment you can get in the Shop with your Daughter the memories will last a life time.
Before you know it you and her could be making stuff for her kids. :)

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jayseedub

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#5 posted 08-31-2016 08:47 PM

I should add that a spokeshave is also a great tool for learning about grain-direction for kids. It provides a wonderful opportunity to discuss how a tree grows, and the importance of paying attention to grain in woodworking!

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Bosun

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#6 posted 09-01-2016 04:48 AM

Sounds like quality time with her dad, which she will no doubt cherish for many moons. Well done.

-- Bosun, Tasmania, http://MarineDirectory.net

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Roger

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#7 posted 09-01-2016 08:06 AM

Very precious moments for you both. They grow up way too fast.

-- Roger from KY. Work/Play/Travel Safe. Keep your dust collector fed. Kentuk55@yahoo.com

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#8 posted 09-01-2016 10:19 AM

Nice post BT, I like it!

Well done

-- Regards Robert

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clieb91

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#9 posted 09-01-2016 08:18 PM

Awesome. May have to add a spokeshave to one of my camp classes and my daughter’s toolbox.

@jayseedub- That is awesome about the mouthpiece, talk about putting the things he learned to a practical application.

CtL

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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CFrye

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#10 posted 09-02-2016 01:43 PM

That’s great, Brian! Cute video, too.

-- God bless, Candy

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