Kids in the Shop! #5: 11 Months in the Shop Together- The beginning

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 02-17-2014 07:40 PM 1127 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Ok so as some of you already know my daughter enjoys working in the shop either with me and more and more on her own with little projects. I of course encourage here to do this for many reasons besides just spending time with me. It is helping her to learn problem solving skills, learn math skills, and learn physical skills as well that are helping her to use her hands more and get a bit more strength in them as well as improve motor skills.

Between the two of us we have decided to do (at the minimum) a monthly blog about her adventures in the shop. My goal is to work with her at least once month on a project for her or her shop space and teach her a new skill that she can use going forward. She seems to be very excited about this idea and we have already talked about a few projects ideas. May be starting with a new tool rack for her workbench area. I am still going to encourage her to come in the shop when I am working and work on her own projects. I will be posting one of them a little later on today, once she is finished painting it.

I am by no means an expert when it comes to kids in the shop, I am father that loves the fact my daughter is willing to learn and do. I learned many of my skills from my Grandfather and then on my own. The first goal is Safety! She already knows the rules of the shop having been working in it for several years now.

1. Shoes always on (she keeps a pair of Crocs by the shop in order to observe this rule, I am fine with them in the shop as they do protect the top and bottom of her feet)
2. Safety Glasses always on, especially if there is a tool in your hand.
3. Do not touch the tools you do not know anything about.
4. Ask for help if you are unsure about something. If you do not feel comfortable doing it then Don’t
5. Have fun!

These are the rules that we have discussed many times. Please let me know if you have a set of rules for when your kids are in the shop with you as well. I would be happy to add to my list any good ideas.

I hope some of you out there will find some good information in our upcoming posts. I will post one additional part to this today which will serve as a little recap and history as to how we got to this point.

Thanks, All I am looking forward to the time we will spending together and sharing some of that with others here.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#1 posted 02-18-2014 01:05 AM

First of all let me say what you are doing is great. Sharing time together and teaching fundamentals of building things is priceless. My kids, now adults, spent very little time with me doing woodworking. The one thing I did teach them when working with any power tool was not to extend their body for a longer reach. Hope that helps a little.

-- Dave, Downers Grove, Il. -------- When you run out of ideas, start building your dreams.

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#2 posted 02-18-2014 01:33 AM

Dave, Thanks that is great advice that I need to remember when teaching her to use power tools and some times need to remind myself of.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#3 posted 02-18-2014 05:39 AM

I would add always have ear protection on, well when operating tools. The nail gun, impact hammer seem to get to me the most. ( I have the mindset shucks its just one or two nails/ screws, and then i can feel a little ringing) heck running the shop vac with the drill and kreg system last night put the ole ear muffs on for it. That was louder then running my ts-55.
If you haven’t already picked one up, there’s pink ear muff’s available. I was able to get a small one to fit my daughter, when she was two years old. She just loved the idea it was pink.

-- So much to do, so little time.

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#4 posted 02-18-2014 09:48 PM

Jacen, Thanks certainly a good one. The good news is my daughter wears her ear muffs more than I do. I need to take better cues from her :)


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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