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Forum topic by glowworm posted 01-07-2017 11:58 PM 385 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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01-07-2017 11:58 PM

When I was a kid I had I believe what was a Mattel power tool set that was like a mini shopsmith for young kids. It would only cut balsa wood but was a good little tool for kids to learn on. Anyone know of something like that I can’t get for my young boys?


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#1 posted 01-08-2017 12:09 AM

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#2 posted 01-08-2017 12:21 AM

My dad started me with a Shop Smith E-10 from Wards Department store. He changed out the power on/off toggle switch for a key switch and kept the key on his key ring. The first thing we made was a stand for me. The sawing was off limits except to catch the parts but after safety lessons I was allowed sand, turn, drill while under close supervision.

You may also check out http://www.micromark.com/ and https://www.pennstateind.com/

Good Luck

-- Wuddoc

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#3 posted 01-08-2017 01:00 AM

The tool I had was very safe and I started using with little to no supervision at like 5. The saw blades were round with little grooves that would cut very soft wood but would not break skin. It was a very well built tool, but I can’t seem to find them anywhere online.

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#4 posted 01-08-2017 01:39 AM

Seems like a very similar thread was running a few weeks ago. As I recall, there is an equivalent tool out there today that was linked in that thread. I’m too lazy to search for it but it wasn’t more than six or eight weeks ago.

Edited because apparently I’m not too lazy to search:

http://lumberjocks.com/topics/187698

-- Matt - Phoenix, AZ

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