Well it has been a productive month in the shop for my daughter. She has tackled some pieces for her dollhouse that she wanted to make on her own. The first was a small easy chair and yesterday we worked on two beds.
The chair was her idea and came straight from the scrap bin, at this point the miter box is the easiest way for her to work on cutting the scraps she has been using and she is happy to be using it, just working on those muscles. :)
The chair consisted of just two pieces of wood she cut down and then glued together,
Nothing really special but a great learning experience, for her to be more confident with the saw.
I received a new book the other day. Woodshop for Kids by Jack Mckee which gives some great information about getting kids in the workshop and what they need to be encouraged and succeed. It also has 52 different projects that can be completed by all age groups from preschool to teens. Sophia and I sat one night at reading time and went through the the book to look it over. She immediately saw a number of projects she would like to try, dollhouse furniture was of course one of them.
So yesterday we tackled some beds, another scrap one and a bunk made from craft sticks. First issue was making sure grandma cat will fit in her new bed…
We then decided to that it would hep to have a place to make plans… so a notebook for her was created
I see this as a good step to encourage kids to write down or draw their ideas as well as work on measurements.
then on to cutting…
The book encourages you to use hot glue for doing a number of the projects, which we tried yesterday still not a huge fan of this type of glue for joinery so we have decided if we are in the shop we will be using regular glue and giving it a bit of time to dry.
The bed turned out pretty nice, especially with the Zebrawood head and footboard.
The second bed was created from craft sticks for the time being, I have the feeling we will be tackling another one with scrap wood.
Notice the paperclip clamps, these worked quite well. Craft sticks are a great way to introduce kids to building projects. My daughter has built a number of things with them.
We have a new lathe project to work on later on today and looking forward to it.
Hope you all have a good day in and out of the shop and maybe get some time to work with that child in your life.
-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- PortablePastimes.com (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)