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Posted on Special needs son and woodworking.

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#1 posted 08-22-2017 11:18 PM

I have to agree with a previous poster that you are an amazing father!

You stated that your son is functioning at about the level of an 8 year old. Last Christmas I decided to have my two 8 year old nephews, my 8 year old grandson, and my 6 year old granddaughter come out into the shop with me and each make a Christmas ornament for their tree. (My granddaughter is visually impaired)
At no point would I have ever consider letting them use the table saw. They are good kids but they are still kids.
The scroll saw was the tool I felt the most comfortable letting them use. Very low risk for serious injury and I could really be “hands on” with them.

I made it a point to have all my other machines unplugged and put away so that there was no temptation for them.

Maybe you can rebuild your shop based the scroll saw and various hand tools?
Just a thought.

Either way you go, I commend your efforts!

Best wishes,

-- A bad day woodworking is still better than a good day working.

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