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Forum topic by kaerlighedsbamsen posted 09-20-2013 12:00 PM 1697 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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09-20-2013 12:00 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kids children learning safety

Do you take your kids into the shop?

Woodworking with kids can be both fun and rewarding. But allso a challenge.

My son has just turned 7 and i really would like to share my liking of woodworking with him. Wo often do toy cars, planes, boats etc and he likes that. But when a project gets longer than about 20 minutes he gets bored and tire of his project.

The challenge here is that his ambitions are far greater than his patience. To acommodate this I try to find projects that can be done quickly or can easily be split into smaller bits. I wat to make it a good experience for him on both a social and project-vise level – and it should be fun! At the same time i would like to raise the level a bit higher than putting-things-together-with-a-hot-glue-gun.

Now i ask you knowing guys (and girls of course):
- What are you experience from having kids in the shop?
- Do you have a favorite kids-friendly project you want to share?
- What tools/teckniques do you find suitable?
- I genereally find tols made for kids to be absolutely crappy. Are they nessecary at all?

I am not so much talking safety here (wich i think is pretty obvious to be especially aware of), but more of ways to introduce him to woodwork in a manner that will gently open the worls of wood for him.

Comments are really appreciated!

Last i want to share this little gem of a video by Frank Howarth:

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#1 posted 09-20-2013 12:19 PM


My older son is currently 4 and my younger is 3mo old.
The older one likes to spend time with me in the shop but not for a long period of time – he usually tries to cut random pieces of wood with a handsaw (I’m standing by him all the time) then he starts to measure everything he can and then usually get bored and tries to get me out of the shop.
I hope that he will find as much pleasure in woodworking as I do when he gets older.

Great video – thanks for sharing.


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#2 posted 09-21-2013 09:02 PM

4 is a little young to do much in the workshop. My son had at that age a fascination with sanding. And sawdutt. He collected piles of sawdust and insisted to bring it to his room for his toy truck to carry..

What do you do to encourage him?

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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#3 posted 10-17-2013 08:44 PM

I’ve had my boy with my in the shop several times. He is 4. The best ting is to make something specific with him. a toy or a present for Mom, and then concentrate on that.
We have made small toy cars and he painted them. (he was 3 years at that time) A birdhouse, a serving tray, a trivet, a toy kitchen for little sister, so many swords, a toy helicopter. The latest ting we made was spinning tops on the lathe, ( I was mainly holding the tools, but he had his hands one them as well getting the feel of it)

He can hammer nails in stuff on his own and do some sanding. That kinda limits the options. but then I have him in front of me, letting him hold allot of tools with him. I try to give him the felling that he has made the ting or at least contributed a great deal. So we drill together, saw, spray paint, glue, make measurements and plain together.

I’ve found that its okay to make things over several days working 30-60 minutes at a time, so I spit up the bigger project. sawing on day, drilling another, gluing a third day, painting or finishing a fourth . and some times I make some of the complicated stuff in the evening, when he is sleeping. because otherwise he will just be standing there getting bored if he cant participate.

Its not so much that I want to introduce him to woodworking, he might grow op hating woodworking that’s okay, but it is more about spending time with him and showing him to use his hands and mind instead of just being passive in front of a computer or TV.

Good topic, maybe I should take some pictures of our projects and show them.

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#4 posted 10-18-2013 06:55 PM

Thanks for your post. Sounds really cosy there in the shop.
Would love to see what you guys are making! Will try to do some pictures of our works as well.

-- "Do or Do not. There is no try." - Yoda

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