|Project by ihadmail||posted 03-31-2017 01:53 PM||412 views||0 times favorited||7 comments|
My 5 year old son had a homework assignment from his pre-k class. He was to construct a boat, then bring it to school to determine if it would float.
He asked if we could make one with his tools, which consisted of a dovetail pull saw, a 6’ tape measure and a small hammer. Not quite enough for this project. We made a quick trip to the local home improvement store and added a rasp and a coping saw to his arsenal.
I donated a piece of maple that was originally destined to become a cutting board, and some scraps of black walnut. I helped him mark a center line and the overall size of the boat. Then I drew the curves for him to follow. He made a small test cut on another scrap of maple to see how the coping saw worked, then went at it on the actual project.
He struggled a lot, and made some very wavy lines. I let him keep going, trying different teqniques, until he asked if I could help. I finished the cuts and then cut the center portion out using my jig saw. We were running over budget on our time.
I showed him the four different profiles on his rasp and let him practice for a few minutes to see which part was fast and which part made the wood smooth. Then I let him round over all of the edges while I cut and made the half lap joint in the paddle. He made a very consistent round over on the entire project in short time.
I let him use my combination square to mark off the cabin, then he cut it out and rounded over the edges here too. Next up we sanded it. I let him sand the boat body while I took care of the cabin and paddle. He really enjoyed the sanding, surprisingly.
He spread the glue on the cabin and put it on where he wanted it. I helped him get a pair of clamps on it and tightened down. He was not a fan of how the glue felt on his finger.
After everything dried I put two coats of wipe on poly in clear satin on it. I was very thrilled with him wanting to make his boat out of wood, and his enthusiasm through the entire project. This morning he told me his boat was going to be the best, because I helped him with it.