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fivecodys

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10-08-2015 04:47 PM

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My grandson and my two nephews are the same age. 8 Yrs Old.
I have been mulling over the idea of having them make a very simple Christmas ornament for their parents on the scroll saw.
This would be one at a time in the shop and under my watchful eye of course.
They have all been very interested in what I do in the shop and since the scroll saw is one of the safest saws I thought it might be a good opportunity to teach them.

Your thoughts?

-- Chem, Central California


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MrFid

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#1 posted 10-08-2015 04:57 PM

Go for it! I think it depends on the kid, which only you will be able to make a call on. I know a lot of 14 year olds (my students) that I wouldn’t trust near a scroll saw, but then my 2 year old son is maybe only a couple years away from being able to handle something like that (he has a little violin plane he likes to use).

-- Bailey F - Eastern Mass.

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#2 posted 10-08-2015 05:11 PM

Certainly subjective, but I would give it a try.
Bill

-- bill@magraphics.us

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Richard

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#3 posted 10-08-2015 05:12 PM



Go for it! I think it depends on the kid, which only you will be able to make a call on. I know a lot of 14 year olds (my students) that I wouldn t trust near a scroll saw, but then my 2 year old son is maybe only a couple years away from being able to handle something like that (he has a little violin plane he likes to use).

- MrFid


+1 for this idea and I also second the comments. Only you can make the decision as to weather each of the kids should be allowed to use the saw since you know how they act and behave in different situations .
I hope they all get a chance to do it and that you and they have a fun and safe learning experience .

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MrsN

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#4 posted 10-08-2015 05:38 PM

Go for it!
I let a 4-year old cut while sitting on my lap, I am a middle school shop teacher and have my 11-year-olds cutting all sorts of things.

The important thing is to know the kid. Will they listen to your instructions and try to follow them.

The most important thing with kids in the shop is that they want to be there. If the kids show interest in being in the shop with you, give them something to start with.

-- ----- www.KNWoodworking.com ----- --

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BinghamtonEd

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#5 posted 10-08-2015 05:44 PM

Another +1. If you think the kids can keep focused, and respect the tool and take it seriously, I see no reason not to. But, I would let them know ahead of time, in no unclear terms, that their power tool privileges are revoked on the first sign of horseplay/irresponsibility (and they can finish the job with a coping saw). I think that, if while using it, you start to see their attention wander, that’s a good stopping point for the day. Let them come back to it when they’re fresh again.

My daughter is 3, and just recently got to use her first power tool. She used a hand-held 18V drill (well, I supported the battery weight, she weighs 29lbs) in a Kreg jig (pretty safe, as the bit is in a bushing), to build a little house for some of her figurines. She got a safety lecture before-hand, hair tied back, and she knew the rules. She did great, but started to get bored after 8-10 holes, so we stopped, went inside, and called it a night.

-- - The mightiest oak in the forest is just a little nut that held its ground.

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#6 posted 10-08-2015 05:50 PM

I am sure it depends on the child. I recently had an eight year old friend cut out some shapes on my scroll saw. He was cutting 1/2”” Plywood. He did well.

-- "You may have your PHD but I have my GED and my DD 214"

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fivecodys

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#7 posted 10-08-2015 05:52 PM

Thank you all for the kind comments.
I have found children’s safety glasses available thru several different sources.
I will order a couple pairs.

Thank you again.

Chem

-- Chem, Central California

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Richard

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#8 posted 10-08-2015 07:07 PM

A lot of very good points have been provided here.

Make sure you watch them very close.
Make sure they want to be doing it.
Stop when they start getting bored , and they will I am sure.
And I think the Most important one from Ed. I would let them know ahead of time, in no unclear terms, that their power tool privileges are revoked on the first sign of horseplay/irresponsibility
And your idea of getting the Kid size safety glasses as well.

Have Fun and remember it Never Happened unless we see Pictures. :)

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SirIrb

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#9 posted 10-08-2015 07:13 PM

I was using a RAS at 8 and I still have 10 digits. Then again I am inbred and that RAS cut off one of the original 11.

Serious. No one here can tell you how to parent/grandparent. Their your grandkids. Make your decision (with their parents approval) and dont seek that of people who have no face (people on the web). I am sure there are many great Jocks here. But just because someone can handcut dovetails doesnt mean they can parent.

Im a great parent, Just ask me. See, it doesnt hold much water when I state it like that.

EDIT: If I missed the boat and this had more to do with how to keep them safe while they are in the shop, I understand. Though I would think that would be a bit selfevident, I ll still grant you an “I understand”. In that case, I dont let my 6 yr old drink my beer while we are in the shop. That much is true. And safety glasses. Hearing protection, though that is his choice.

-- Don't blame me, I voted for no one.

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Fred Hargis

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#10 posted 10-08-2015 07:32 PM

My grandson used to come out to the shop while I was there and I would let him use the scroll saw….he was 8 at the time. He actually built things like a small chair (I’m talking doll house size) out of some of the thin scraps he would pull out of the scrap can. His own design, and he just used my glue to put it together. I agree with your opinion that’s it’s a safe saw to let them learn on (under a watchful eye, of course).

-- Our village hasn't lost it's idiot, he was elected to congress.

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bosum3919

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#11 posted 10-08-2015 07:36 PM

Depends on the child and their ability to listen and follow instructions. Just this week I heard my granddaughter repeat something to me that gave me a smile and a sense of accomplishment. I started her and my grandson in the shop when they were both 8. She reminded me of a comment I made to the grandson a few years ago when I was attempting to explain something to him and he told me that he already knew. My answer to him was that I wasn’t going to let him use my tools if he couldn’t listen as I still didn’t know everything yet. The granddaughter told me that she now uses that with her parents even when she thinks she knows and it has made life easier for her. MAJOR feel good moment for me.

-- Bob

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GregD

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#12 posted 10-08-2015 07:52 PM

I did a couple of scroll saw projects with my kids when they were that young.
Make sure both parents are comfortable with the idea.
If things go horribly wrong I can’t imagine needing anything more than a bandaid.
In the end I thought it was a very safe activity.

I also found that a nice manual miter saw (the kind with metal guides for the saw) can be operated safely and successfully by children.

-- Greg D.

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DrDirt

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#13 posted 10-08-2015 08:12 PM

Go for it – - I did a fish puzzle with my oldest who was then in Kindergarten – we gave it to his teacher so I don’t have that one any more… gotten from a Wood Magazine issue 10 years ago…others have made it too.

We used fabric/RIT dye in dixie cups of hot water

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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fivecodys

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#14 posted 12-02-2015 06:05 PM

UPDATE
Thank you all for the encouragement.
It all went very well.
I had three 8 year old’s, one 7 year old, and one 13 year old.
This is a combination of my grand-kids and my nephews.
We did this one at a time (very good advice). We had a brief safety talk and the kids did great.
I did manage to take a few pictures. My little granddaughter actually wore her safety glasses over her prescription glasses.

I prepared a blank made from maple & walnut and each child pasted on the paper template of their choosing and we cut it out.
With the exception of the 13 year old, I was pretty much hands on but they did most of it them selves.
I think they enjoyed it.

Thanks for looking.

-- Chem, Central California

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DrDirt

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#15 posted 12-02-2015 06:12 PM

Great job and everybody is smiling.

-- 'Political correctness is fascism pretending to be manners' ~George Carlin

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