Kids in the Shop! #8: 11 Months in the Shop Together- March

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Blog entry by clieb91 posted 03-30-2014 01:18 PM 1843 reads 0 times favorited 9 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well it has been a productive month in the shop for my daughter. She has tackled some pieces for her dollhouse that she wanted to make on her own. The first was a small easy chair and yesterday we worked on two beds.

The chair was her idea and came straight from the scrap bin, at this point the miter box is the easiest way for her to work on cutting the scraps she has been using and she is happy to be using it, just working on those muscles. :)

The chair consisted of just two pieces of wood she cut down and then glued together,

Nothing really special but a great learning experience, for her to be more confident with the saw.

I received a new book the other day. Woodshop for Kids by Jack Mckee which gives some great information about getting kids in the workshop and what they need to be encouraged and succeed. It also has 52 different projects that can be completed by all age groups from preschool to teens. Sophia and I sat one night at reading time and went through the the book to look it over. She immediately saw a number of projects she would like to try, dollhouse furniture was of course one of them.

So yesterday we tackled some beds, another scrap one and a bunk made from craft sticks. First issue was making sure grandma cat will fit in her new bed…

We then decided to that it would hep to have a place to make plans… so a notebook for her was created

I see this as a good step to encourage kids to write down or draw their ideas as well as work on measurements.

then on to cutting…

The book encourages you to use hot glue for doing a number of the projects, which we tried yesterday still not a huge fan of this type of glue for joinery so we have decided if we are in the shop we will be using regular glue and giving it a bit of time to dry.

The bed turned out pretty nice, especially with the Zebrawood head and footboard.

The second bed was created from craft sticks for the time being, I have the feeling we will be tackling another one with scrap wood.

Notice the paperclip clamps, these worked quite well. Craft sticks are a great way to introduce kids to building projects. My daughter has built a number of things with them.

We have a new lathe project to work on later on today and looking forward to it.

Hope you all have a good day in and out of the shop and maybe get some time to work with that child in your life.


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

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#1 posted 03-30-2014 01:26 PM

I think it’s great to get your kids working in your shop at a young age. Lots of life’s lessons can be learned there from pride, craftsmanship, dealing with failures (ooopps design modifications), thinking on the fly, working safely with and respecting potentially dangerous items and of course another way of bonding with your kids.

-- ---Joel; Central MD...rookie empter nester and getting back into woodworking!

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#2 posted 03-30-2014 01:56 PM

Great Job. I’ve found that Bibder Clips are great for gluing small parts.

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

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#3 posted 03-30-2014 02:23 PM

Joel, All of these are very true. I grew up playing in my own workshop from an early age, I am enjoying the fact that my daughter is interested in the same.

Thanks Karson, I was looking for some binder clips but did not have any on hand, the paper clips were right on my desk and they work fairly well in a pinch (so to say)


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

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#4 posted 03-30-2014 03:11 PM

Great. Watch out once her friends see what she is making you’ll have a shopfull and lots of fun.

-- Bruce, Boise, ID

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#5 posted 03-31-2014 12:37 AM

that’s great to get the kids in the shop. We have got to get the next generation going in the right direction. good for you

-- Thos. Angle, Jordan Valley, Oregon

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#6 posted 03-31-2014 01:04 AM

It’s so awesome to see you work with your daughter. Makes me jealous. Great job sir.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 03-31-2014 01:12 AM

AWESOME !!! Woodworking aside, great exercises in problem solving and eye/hand coordination. Sure beats pecking away at a Smart(?)Phone.

But I’m a little jealous. The only thing my dad allowed me to do was serve as his table saw outfeed table. :(

-- John - Central Ohio - "too much is never enough"

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#8 posted 03-31-2014 02:28 AM

You can see the confidence building in your daughter. Little by little learning ideas and how to build them out. Good job teacher.

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

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#9 posted 04-09-2014 10:32 PM

Demonstrating that with a little work (fun), you can do wondrous things. Way to Go Chris!

-- Trying, but lots to learn.....

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