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Forum topic by rustfever posted 11-24-2014 04:22 AM 1153 views 0 times favorited 8 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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11-24-2014 04:22 AM

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I have been asked for assistance training for 7 girl scout each about 12 year old . One of these is my granddaughter who has a bit of time with me in the wood shop. The others have no experience whatever in woodworking.

What kind of a project could I use to introduce these young ladies to woodworking?

One of the restraints is time. These young ladies will be in my shop form a maximum of three hours on one afternoon.
These projects must be something can be completed in a few hours.

Obviously, any project must be one that would interests young ladies.

What can you suggest?

Central California

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#1 posted 11-24-2014 04:30 AM

I would concentrate on very simple boxes, which are the basics of any further woodworking projects, something they of course could take home.


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#2 posted 11-24-2014 04:38 AM

bird house

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#3 posted 11-24-2014 04:39 AM

Great Idea. I had not thought of Boxes. A lot of the work can be completed before hand to allow the girls an opportunity to complete the project in just one session.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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#4 posted 11-24-2014 11:49 AM

The timing is bad, but could you make a small planter box? You could put pansies in them and they would survive the winter. If you really wanted to get fancy, you could precut 3 different types of joint, one for each corner, and explain how each works. You could let them cut the final half lap, miter, or something else simple and assemble the box. Have some trim strips ready to run through the router table. You can miter it and attach it to the top and bottom of the boxes to give it a little flair. If you use pressure treated wood (please don’t) you would need to line the interior with plastic to keep from poisoning the plants. Drill holes in the bottom of the boxes for drainage. I have had a lot of fun showing kids turn of the century tools I have restored such as an “egg beater” drill, and a transitional hand plane. Its also harder for them to injure themselves with these. The girls could also finish the outside of the boxes with something durable and easy like Danish Oil or Poly.

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#5 posted 11-24-2014 04:26 PM

Ira; i’d suggest a small jewelry box or box for memories.

If it’s like the boy scouts that I’ve worked with they are not allowed to use power tools, A power hand drill is probably OK. But no saws or planers. We had a couple of woodworkers assist in the cutting process and then they could do the assembly but see what all has to be done.

A lot of pre-planing and jigs to assist in the cutting process goes a long way in getting it done in the time allowed.

Make sure you have enough ear and eye protection.

-- I've been blessed with a father who liked to tinker in wood, and a wife who lets me tinker in wood. Appomattox Virginia †

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#6 posted 11-24-2014 04:56 PM

What about a small tool/gardening tote? Basically, open-top box with a handle. You could cut sides and handles from various species of woods and let them pick from the assortment, so they could customize their own. The sides could be pre-drilled for dowels. If you drilled the ends of the long side for dowels, and a matching hole on the end boards, the girls could put the glue on the dowel and in the hole and pound the dowels home with a mallet. You could show them a block plane can be used to flush up the dowel (they wouldn’t all need to do this, just a demonstration for them).

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#7 posted 11-25-2014 12:54 AM

Wow, some really great ideas. i will need to bring the mothers into the planning. But I now have some great ideas. Thanks!

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#8 posted 11-25-2014 01:10 AM

Just taking with one of the girls’ mother. She asked about picture frames. Might just work if we made ‘lap’ corners [vs mitered].

I would cut several sizes of rails and stiles. The girls could match four boards and dowel with a bit of glue. later, they can finish.

-- Rustfever, Central California

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