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