Mother & daughter toolbox #3: Holes and cuts and left-handed question

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 02-22-2013 10:28 PM 1863 reads 0 times favorited 3 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 2: Some things are assembled Part 3 of Mother & daughter toolbox series Part 4: Getting distracted and sidelined »

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 (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#1 posted 02-23-2013 01:33 AM

My very first drill that I had back in the late 1950’s was an egg beater drill. I still have it..Don’t use it anymore…it is just a wall decoration now.. but it is a right handed drill and I am left handed. Just learned to use these tools in a right handed style.

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#2 posted 02-23-2013 06:12 AM

Here in the U.S.A. left-handers are the only minority group that it is politically correct to discriminate against! LOL

Actually left-handers very easily adapt to their needs, so having tools designed for right-handers may make us more ambidextrous than others. I have often wished I could find more tools specifically designed for left-handers, but with my frugality I would probably pass them by because they would be more expensive. Years ago I had a catalog from a company that only made things specifically for left-handers, but I don’t recall seeing any woodworking tools in it. There are websites for companies which supply products specifically for left-handers like this one but I couldn’t find any that carry hand drills.

I will sometimes use my right hand (awkwardly) until it tires, and then use my left hand and turn counter-clockwise. It sometimes means changing back and forth a few times before I’m finished with my task but it eventually gets done. In the shop I use mostly power tools and they are generally quite adaptable to left-handers.

Just keep encouraging your daughter and, if she enjoys what she’s doing, she will adapt.


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#3 posted 02-24-2013 05:33 AM

Sounds like a budding woodworker there

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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