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Posted on Getting kids into the shop - How do you do it? What are some easy projects for them?

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#1 posted 02-04-2014 09:55 PM

(like every other post I’ve made lately- I disagree-) They need to be old enough to reach things, without accommodation. They need to have enough hand strength to use a tool. And old enough to have sense enough to not try something they shouldn’t.

That said- rubber band guns, slingshots, rubber band cars all went over well. Had a cute little mouse that was mostly a carving job, with a little drilling involved for tails and ears. Just buy a nice big soft hunk of balsa or bass.

I have let them help with certain aspects of a project- my special needs girl painted on a board, inside at the kitchen table, big variety of colors, it turned out looking okay. So I turned that into a box lid for g’parents.

My son was 16 when he wanted to make a knife (handle) using purchased steel from Koval (or is is K & G?). I still did a little of the power tool work. That save year he did some simple handles/ knobs on the lathe. Now 18, he still does not use the table saw much at all. I suppose one day he may want / need to make something, and want to try it himself. But then, I hope he is out of the house, using someone else tool. But if he never wants to mess with it, that is okay too. Woodworking is not for everyone.

-- Dan V. in Indy

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