In which the five-year old discovers the delight of making holes in wood, and the novice doesn’t have to do very much…
So, I found my tools! Amongst which is a Japanese ryobi saw, the kind that cuts on the pull stroke and has a disposable blade. My woodworking teacher 6 years ago must have recommended this, because I had totally forgotten I had it. In my mind I have a tenon saw, but not in my box. I must say the ryobi cuts a lot cleaner than the bad saw we’ve been using and the pull stroke is much easier for the girl. Recommended if you have kids! We cut the sides of the tray to length today. I’m pretty sure they are the right length, also. I mean, I made this cool cut list and I have been trying to stick to it (and checking it along the way – it’s been right so far).
But irritatingly, we walked into the Swedish department store Åhléns and what should they have but wooden tool totes (see below)! So I say to the Girl “Ours is much better,” and she says “No, it’s not.” So much for “quality time” eh? And it’s only 129kr, about $15.
Anyway, amongst the found items in the big orange cardboard box that holds MY tools were a brace and several bits, and a hand (eggbeater) drill. Girl has always been frightened of my power drill and was afraid that these would also make noise. Her joy on seeing how quiet the eggbeater was was unconfined. She bored several holes and loved it and we even did one from both sides that actually met in the middle first time! How cool are we? Brace and bit were more difficult, she doesn’t have the weight for it, I think.
Oh: so Girl is kind of left-handed, which I keep forgetting. The eggbeater drill can only be used right-handed. Is there such a thing as a left-handed hand drill? Or is there some ratchet you can switch to go back and forth that I don’t know about.
Next time we can assemble the tray and paint more things pink, I think.
-- Building stuff with my daughter (5). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...