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Cathie Zimmerman

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03-16-2016 05:48 PM

Topic tags/keywords: resource pine arts and crafts

Hi!

I have two of the young men I mentor with me this week. They specifically asked it tomorrow we could build something in the shop. I’d like to do a simple basics project that they can hand cut, stain or seal and give to their parents. Any ideas!?

Being new myself I have no idea. We’ve already covered shop safety… Both have a little locker with safety glasses, hearing protection, dust masks and aprons at their request.

Thanks in advance! :)


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#1 posted 03-16-2016 05:52 PM

I would go with something simple. A bird house or squirrel feeder. A lot will depend on your tools, but both of those would be doable with a hand saw, hammer, and some nails.

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runswithscissors

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#2 posted 03-16-2016 10:20 PM

I know it sounds way more ambitious than what you were asking for, but I’d love for them to build a simple boat. Dynamite Payson’s book “Instant Boats” has simple designs that don’t use a lot of materials. Also “The New Instant Boats.”

-- I admit to being an adrenaline junky; fortunately, I'm very easily frightened

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#3 posted 03-16-2016 10:31 PM

How old are the 2?

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Cathie Zimmerman

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#4 posted 03-17-2016 03:42 AM

Birdhouse, and boats sound great! I’ll look it up. Also, maybe a simple tool box? I have a TS, sander, drill, coping saws, files, clamps, glue, router… Chisels, hand saw, hammers, nails, screws… A good lil beginner start. Does that help?

They are 12 years old.

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#5 posted 03-17-2016 01:50 PM

This is a “beginners” project that I have done with year 8 students (12 / 13 years) who are doing woodwork for the first time. It is just nailed butt joints with screws for the lid hinge. Dimensions are about 9” x 5 1/2” x 2 1/2”.

Another idea is a pot stand / trivet. Just stand two pieces of wood (about 5” long) on their edges, cross them over at their centres using a lap joint, shape the ends a bit and chuck an octagonal piece of plywood on top.

Another perennial favourite is some sort of tool tote.

Good luck and enjoy. It would be good to see pictures when you are done.

-- I may have lost my marbles, but I still have my love of woodworking

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#6 posted 03-17-2016 02:35 PM

I lean toward toys they can play with when done. Magic pipes, pop guns, periscopes, Jacob’s ladder, etc.

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#7 posted 03-17-2016 02:57 PM

I make little cars out of a block of pine. Shape on the sander, make wheels from a hole cutter bit (the cup kind) the pilot makes the axle holes. A couple of pencils for axles and youve got a little rolling car. Let the kids decorate them. The look on their faces as the block of wood turns into a car shape is amazing!

M

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#8 posted 03-17-2016 03:20 PM

Robots. Check out some of these.
http://lumberjocks.com/projects/tag/robot

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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#9 posted 03-17-2016 03:58 PM

Had the same issue when my 8 year old nephew spent the day with me. We made a tank with a rotating turret. 2 pieces of pine and a spare dowel makes a decent tank. Chisel a groove down the middle to make the “tracks.” The 12 year olds, however, might want something a little more “grown up,” so I like the tool tote idea for them.

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Cathie Zimmerman

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#10 posted 03-17-2016 08:54 PM

Great ideas!!! Thanks so much. They decided on the tool tote, and then the box, and then a boat, then a shed… Then our ideas wildly flew from there as they got excited about the idea of “if you can think it, you can make it!”

I’m going to adapt the robot idea to use with my friends kid who is dying to be big enough to work with the big guys. He’s 6 going on 30… That was also a fantastic idea. I’ll rough cut everything so he can sand, paint and assemble. :)

We will definitely post pics during shop time today and the finished result.

Thanks again guys!

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#11 posted 03-18-2016 03:12 PM

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#12 posted 03-21-2016 03:29 PM

Try making a bird house. Use a 6”x6’ cedar fence picket (cheap). The wood is soft and there’s plenty of wood left to make a mistake. Help them figure it out by designing the parts they’ll need…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#13 posted 03-21-2016 03:32 PM

Try making a bird house. Use a 6”x6’ cedar fence picket (cheap). The wood is soft and there’s plenty of wood left to make a mistake. Help them figure it out by designing the parts they’ll need…

-- "I cut it twice and it's still too short"

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#14 posted 03-21-2016 05:41 PM

start them out with a couple of toolboxes, that way they can use them as they get more tools! my son started WW with me when he was about 2 and now that he’s 7 the little buggar can do some pretty good work.

-- Jesus was a carpenter... I'm just saying

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#15 posted 03-21-2016 05:54 PM


Try making a bird house. Use a 6”x6 cedar fence picket (cheap). The wood is soft and there s plenty of wood left to make a mistake. Help them figure it out by designing the parts they ll need…

- Gentile

Did that with my daughter for a class project. Got a 6” fence board. Left it in the bed of my truck a few days to help dry it out, ran it through the planer. Then she found a picture of the birdhouse she wanted (roughly) and we negotiated design. We then worked through the plan, etc. Added a few details and cut it out and nailed it all together. She had fun. She still has it on her shelf in her room. I grumble. Perfectly good birdhouse she could put up at grandpa’s…. She won’t go for it :)

Kind of wondering how your week went. Oh, late but sort of related. I bought a box of safety glasses a while ago and hand them out like candy to visitors. Harbor Freight has a cheap hearing protection as well, so I have 5 of those.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B002KA00KS?keywords=kids%20safety%20glasses&m=A1T2QV8RUJMJWO&qid=1458582946&ref_=sr_rp_1&sr=sr-1

-- -Steven Peck, http://www.blkmtn.org

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