Kids Stilts - Built by my Daughter

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Project by Wingstress posted 10-24-2010 05:56 PM 5416 views 10 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

For my daughter’s 8th birthday, I bought her a tool box complete with a miter box, eggbeater drill, 10 oz hammer, tape measure, safety glasses, coping saw, and sanding block. For our first project we decided to build some adjustable stilts. I modeled it up at work and then made a blueprint with solid colors similar to lego instructions. I taught her how to read dimensions, angles, and third angle projections.


She soaked it up like a sponge. I was so impressed with her ability to read the blue print and just start building. After looking over her shoulder and making sure she was safe, she looked up at me and told me to go and work on my own project. At that moment I was in heaven. I flipped on the radio and started hacking away at my stuff. We spent 3 Saturday mornings together, which normally would have belonged to cartoons. I can’t wait until our next project.

I can email the plans if anyone would like them.

-- Tom, Simsbury, CT

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#1 posted 10-24-2010 06:05 PM

Sheesh…I couldn’t get my 9 year old nephew interested in building our potato cannon. If you’re going to do any spray can finishing, get one of those trigger attachments – we found out that even a big 9 year old doesn’t have the hand size or grip strength to spray without one.

-- "A man may conduct himself well in both adversity and good fortune, but if you want to test his character, give him power." - Abraham Lincoln

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#2 posted 10-24-2010 06:10 PM

Awesome! The blue prints are a great idea. I had a pair of stilts made out of 2×4s when I was a kid. This adjustable design is great. I’m excited for my son to be old enough to do these things. If he doesn’t like it I’ll use them!

-- some day I hope to have enough clamps to need a clamp cart!

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#3 posted 10-24-2010 06:41 PM

So very cute eye and ear protection.
Good way to start them.

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#4 posted 10-24-2010 06:52 PM

Thats great!!! I try to get my daughter in the shop as much as I can!!! she’s only 4 so thats not too often.

-- I didn't go to college, I was too busy learning stuff - Ted Nugent

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#5 posted 10-24-2010 07:28 PM

real cool project – even cooler is how and by whom it was made!

-- ㊍ When in doubt - There is no doubt - Go the safer route.

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#6 posted 10-24-2010 07:33 PM

You must have had fun together just what a dad and his daughter need time ,precious time.She’s a little angel .Wow wish I had a daughter LOL still I have grown up now three wonderful sons.Have fun.Alistair

-- excuse my typing as I have a form of parkinsons disease

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#7 posted 10-24-2010 08:19 PM

That’s wonderful, way to get her involved :)

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#8 posted 10-24-2010 08:30 PM

That’s so very great to be able to spend father and daughter time in the workshop. Great first project, too.

My father taught me a lot when I was young in his workshop. I was so disappointed in high school when the school wouldn’t let me take woodshop (as it was called then) because “girls” didn’t do that!!! Obviously that was a number of years ago.

-- Verna -- Indianapolis, IN

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#9 posted 10-24-2010 08:36 PM

Way to go DAD! The plans were an excellent way to establish student independent mastery of the subject. YOu get an A+ on project project planning! Daughter gets an A+ on project completion.

-- Homer : "Oh, and how is education supposed to make me feel smarter? Besides, every time I learn something new, it pushes some old stuff out of my brain."

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#10 posted 10-24-2010 08:36 PM

She looks so serious! My daughter is grown and lives out of the area and I wasn’t into woodworking while she was growing up but I sure miss doing things together with her. Treasure such moments because before you know it she will be out of the house and married with kids of her own.


-- A veteran is someone who, at one point in his/her life, wrote a blank check made payable to "The United States of America," for an amount of "up to and including his/her life".

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#11 posted 10-24-2010 08:53 PM

fantastic story and pictures
tell your daughter (what ever her name is ) :-) that she has make a great job
on those stillts
A+ for her way of working with safty gear and job well done

take care

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#12 posted 10-24-2010 09:40 PM

Gold star for Dad for believing in his daughter.. trusting his daughter… inspiring his daughter.. encouraging his daughter.. and being aware of her skills and providing the opportunity to sharpen these skills. (and the plans are brilliant!)

Gold star to the woodworker for the skills, the determination, the focus, the belief in herself and her follow-through.

Great project … great experience… pass the tissues!

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#13 posted 10-24-2010 10:35 PM

A true woodworker in the making.
I see the tongue is in proper position,
and she has a bandaged finger.
My kinda girl…really gets into her work.
She did a great job on these !!


-- Imagination rules the world. ~ Napoleon Bonaparte ~

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#14 posted 10-24-2010 10:40 PM

A fun project buy a super woodworker


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#15 posted 10-25-2010 12:35 AM


I can merely echo the comments of those who have beat me to this.

Great project.

I see your daughter has already mastered the most important technique in woodworking, the ability to hold your tongue “just right” when concentrating on doing a critcal task…

To both you and your daughter, keep up the good work.

Be Careful!


-- Herb, Florida - Here's why I close most messages with "Be Careful!"

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