Getting kids involved in woodworking

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I’m trying to think of ways to get my 6 y/o grandson into woodworking. The biggest obstacle is they (kids) have such a short attention span, so there’s just no patience for the cutting and milling part of the project. So I built the feeder, primed and sanded the pieces and included all hardware and the plans so his father can help him “put it together” and paint it. And now to wrap it for Christmas! I’m saving a picture space here for when he finishes it, then he can see it posted on the “innernet”.

Have a Merry Christmas LJ’s!

3-14-08 Gabe has completed the assembly and painting portion and he and his father have set it in the yard. Here’s the final pic of a project I feel was well done! It has already met with the bird’s inspection and approval as well.

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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Bob #2

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#1 posted 2472 days ago

SAS- they all have it I believe they get it from the grand parents. <g>
I find most kids are interested in painting or decorating more than building in their younger years.
You might want to go to a hobby shop and get some latex or acrylic base paints and some die cut decorations for him to glue on.


-- A mind, like a home, is furnished by its owner

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Lee A. Jesberger

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#2 posted 2472 days ago

Hi Dadoo!

That’s a great idea. How do YOU keep focused to get all that work done? That’s the problem I’m having.


-- by Lee A. Jesberger

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#3 posted 2472 days ago

This wasn’t hard to do as the plans were pretty precise. I didn’t care for them calling for 1×10 pine for a max 8” board width (base) so I substituted 3/4” plywood there. They did call for a lot of waste in a couple of 8 footers. Think they coulda planned that part better.

Bob…great idea…I’ll do just that. Maybe I can get the kids help in bandsawing stars, etc.

Thanx Lee! You know, I used to take on 5-6 projects at a time and spend the entire day bustin’ my butt and getting nothing done. This project took a whole, maybe 6 man hours to do. So focusing isn’t the problem anymore…now it’s taking breaks when the body says to!

-- Bob Vila would be so proud of you!

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#4 posted 2472 days ago

This is a great book on woodworking for kids.

-- -John "Do I have to keep typing a smiley? Just assume it's a joke."

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#5 posted 2472 days ago

a great idea.

(marking that down)

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (

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#6 posted 2472 days ago

I’m exicted to see the final picture, this is an excellent idea. It will be neat to see his ideas, I wonder type of birds will use his feeder. Wonderful work.
thank you,

-- If knowledge is not shared, it is forgotten.

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#7 posted 2472 days ago

You can’t start the kids too young Dadoo. You might spark an interest that lasts a lifetime.

-- Grumpy - "Always look on the bright side of life"- Monty Python

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#8 posted 2471 days ago

Good job Dadoo, very nice gift for your grandson. Ive got a little kit like that for mine. But its to hard for me to put together. LOL mike

-- (You just have to please the man in the Mirror) Mike from Michigan -

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Peter Alkema

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#9 posted 959 days ago

I’m not yet a grandfather like many of the veteran LJs on this site (i’m just a humble father of 2 sets of twins ;-) but I am encouraging my children as much as possible. Here my 3 year old son James “helps” me paint his new toy box:

-- Just published my first book - Woodworking for Everyone -

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