The boy (10 years) and I descended into the shop last night to begin work on his pinewood derby car.
With really close supervision I let him cut a straight part of the car on the band saw. But I was really happy that he got excited about using some planes and spokeshaves. On a scrap he tried out my woody smoother, block plane, and old #7. He thought it was very cool to peel the shavings off the board. Then it got even better when he went to town using a spokeshave to smooth the band saw marks off his car. I took a picture of him with the plane, which I’ll post later.
My bench is way too tall for him of course so the planing was hard work. The planes were up near arm-pit height so he couldn’t get any of his weight over the tool. I have thought about building a nice small bench for the kids. That just jumped near the top of the to-do list.