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#1 posted 10-15-2007 10:32 PM

I taught woodworking at a summer camp for 3 years. I had 6 to 16 year olds, both boys, and girls. What I did and it worked for me was to pick several projects that would appeal to them and cut out most the pieces leaving enough for them to do to make it interesting and fun. Now for the older guys I didn’t have to do a lot, but the younger one I did. I alway made a finished example of the project, cut all the pieces that was needed and put them in a plastic bag along with clear instructions and a set of plans, plus a list of tools they needed to complete their project. They built projects like canoe seats, big foot trucks, gum ball dispensers, jewelry boxes, rubberband boats, rubberband guns, flutes, tung drums, and a group of them even made a 17’ sea kayak. The only power tools I ever let them use was sanders, drills, the drill press, and the scroll saw. I let them do all the joinery with coping saws and chisels. I hope some of this helps….Joey

-- Joey~~Sabina, Ohio

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