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01-25-2020 11:35 PM

Topic tags/keywords: kids easy beginner workstation tools

We are totally new and never made anything! Myself and my 2 kids (6 & 8) Please can someone post a working station, what we need to get started and maybe a first easy project. I’d really appreciate any help or advice.

-- Elitia, Cape Town, South Africa

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#1 posted 01-26-2020 12:20 AM

Your question caused me to think of my own first experience with woodworking in my grandfather’s shop. I was probably the age of your kids. There was a workbench with a vise. The tools were simple hand tools unlikely to injure me: a small hand saw and a rasp, a hammer & nails. Maybe something for me to stand on, to bring me up to bench height. The starting projects were toys I wanted: a rifle or handgun. “Cowboys & Indians, anyone?”
With my own grandkids, the work setting was very similar. The projects, a simple birdhouse.

-- Phil Allin - There are mountain climbers and people who talk about climbing mountains. The climbers have "selfies" at the summit!

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#2 posted 01-26-2020 02:10 AM

For a first project I sand a 2×4 into the crude outline of a car. A band saw can be used as well.

A hole saw drill (‘cup drill’ from a lock set kit) and some 1/4” ply makes wheels – some hand sanding is called for here. A couple of pencils for axels and a couple of holes thru the body makes it roll once the wheels are glued on.

Sketch the lights, windows, and whatever details you want and let the child color the rest.


-- The hump with the stump and the pump!

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#3 posted 01-26-2020 06:25 AM

Well the kids might be a wee bit young, but Paul Sellers has a couple websites, the one for beginners CommonWoodworking has tips to get started on easy projects, what tools to get etc. I know for kids he usually recommends a spokeshave or rasp. Can make a spatula or spoon together.

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#4 posted 01-26-2020 07:41 AM

Hi Elita, welcome to LJ’s.

Please take on board any advice you may gleam from the LJ’s as they are usually sound and helpful…

However, one thing I would like to emphasise is YOU getting familiar with any equipment/project you may use and undertake before to let those two nippers anywhere in the workshop… supervision is paramount!

Just remember it is metal vs flesh and any lapse in concentration may be catastrophic…

I’m not trying to dissuade you any way, but I cant emphasise enough care… especially with the kiddies.

-- If your first cut is too short... Take the second cut from the longer end... LBD

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#5 posted 01-26-2020 09:15 AM

Birdhouses are a fun project you could do with hand tools, and the kids will look at it/them everytime they pass by.

Or, better yet, a bathouse! Bats consume an enormous amount of mosquitos!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: If you tell the truth, you dont have to remember anything (S. Clemens) Edit: Now where is that darn pencil/ tape measure!

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#6 posted 01-26-2020 09:27 AM

Wow, thank you so much for all your comments! It is much appreciated.

-- Elitia, Cape Town, South Africa

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#7 posted 01-26-2020 11:41 AM

- have a look here,
he sells a book but also has recommendations free online.

- this other guy has a book in the print. He is teaching woodworking in a school (all ages). I don’t know when the book will be available.

- this one has some post on his blog about working with his own kids.

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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