Mother and Daughter workshop #4: Making some shop tools

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Blog entry by ejvc posted 07-15-2014 01:32 PM 1492 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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I may have previously mentioned that I don’t actually know anything about woodworking. I have these two benches, but not much idea what to do with them. Children’s books to the rescue! In Sweden apparently hand-tool based woodworking is alive and well and is taught to children.

I got “Min Första Snickarboken” (My first carpentry book) and it not only has lots of good projects (not including a five-story treehouse, although Charlotte is sure that we will make that soon), it also has good bench accessories. Following the directions of the book, I’ve made bench hooks for both her Japanese saw and my Western saw, and I know how to make a holder for big and small dowels.

It is difficult to work on a single project with my daughter, who has the attention span of a gnat. But today we used a mitre box to make cuts in a piece of board (she likes to saw) so we have pieces for a small frame. Quite inaccurate pieces. But we will nail them together anyway, cause that’s what we’re like.

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

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#1 posted 07-15-2014 02:29 PM

I think its great that you take the time to be with your daughter and not make everything having to be perfect makes it even better. The time you spend together is worth more than any project in the world, that makes you a great mom!!!

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#2 posted 07-15-2014 04:49 PM

Keep doing what you are doing, and her attention span will grow. “What was I saying?” LOL! Other than the “Tree house” see what projects she wants to do. Or pick one of your own and let her learn by watching. Another trick is telling me I can’t…LOL!

-- Cau Haus Designs, Thomas J. Tieffenbacher

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#3 posted 07-15-2014 05:28 PM

I didn’t really enjoy wood shop in eight grade. My dad did occansional carpentry tasks when I was growing up. I did some myself as part of model railroading.

It wasn’t until I was in my late twenties that I became interested enough to buy a table saw.

Even though she doesn’t have much attention now, you could be planting a seed that will eventually grow. And she’ll remember the time you spent together.


And most of us don’t know anything about wood working either. But don’t tell anyone. ;)

-- Measure it with a micrometer, mark it with chalk, cut it with an axe.

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#4 posted 07-16-2014 04:12 AM

Glad to see at least one country is still teaching woodworking. Woodworking teaches so much more than just how to cut wood

Thank you for sharing

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

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