Mother and Daughter - Crayon Truck #2: New tools for girl and me

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 06-17-2014 05:24 PM 1270 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
« Part 1: We start a new project Part 2 of Mother and Daughter - Crayon Truck series Part 3: Roughing it »

The crayon truck has stalled, but not crashed. Because the girl’s saw is Bad, I don’t dare let her saw the bits. And because my drill is too big for her, she hasn’t been drilling either. And that means she hasn’t been participating. And that means? Grumpy Girl.

So today I ordered some kids tools from Dieter Schmid – a small brace and bit set, a small eggbeater drill, and a child-sized but actually sharp saw.

And for me, some diamond sharpening stones so I can get some of my tools in order properly.

While we wait for the new tools we may do something else. I need to look for a project where accuracy can be sacrificed on some things, and where there is lots of nailing. She loves to nail stuff.

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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#1 posted 06-17-2014 05:37 PM

Maybe you can do the cutting and she the assembling and painting. When I was a kid my dad brought home furniture factory scraps for firewood in our basement stoves. I made simple boats, with basic forms and shapes so I could let them go free on our local park Lagoon.

“Natural Wooden Toys: 75 Easy-To-Make and Kid-Safe Designs to Inspire Imaginations & Creative Play by Erin Freuchtel-Dearing (Nov 1, 2011)” on Amazon can give you some good basic toy ideas.

Good luck on your learning journey.

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#2 posted 06-17-2014 05:45 PM

Those tools are nice. Thanks for the tip. It will be nice for you both to let her do more of the build.

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#3 posted 06-17-2014 05:49 PM

I gave my kids a bucket of shingling nails and they pounded out letters and pictures with the broad nail heads. You could draw the lines and she could follow them or she could just freestyle her own pictures!

-- "Checking for square? What madness is this! The cabinet is square because I will it to be so!" Jeremy Greiner LJ Topic#20953 2011 Feb 2

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#4 posted 06-19-2014 09:25 PM

Great ideas guys, thanks!

-- Building stuff with my daughter (6). Pretty new to woodworking, I mostly sew...

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