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Forum topic by Albert posted 02-14-2009 07:35 PM 1108 views 0 times favorited 6 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-14-2009 07:35 PM

I’ve been asked to host some kids (very young, about 1st grade level) in my shop. I am looking for some simple plans that I could cut out and have them assemble. It would need to be very basic and restrict use of power tools. Any ideas? Seems like it could be a positive experience for them (and me).

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#1 posted 02-15-2009 06:23 AM

try lowe they have a grow and build class they may have kit they will give you. they are very basic all you need is a hammer

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#2 posted 02-15-2009 06:28 AM

Home Depot has similar kits.

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#3 posted 02-15-2009 05:15 PM


Please don’t take this as shameless self promotion, but I was faced with this problem a few weeks ago myself and I had the kids build little stools. I precut all the parts and the kids merely assembled and pounded the wedges in place then sanded. I did it this way because I had to go to the school. If the kids are in your shop, your could probably do more. You can check out my podcast on this topic here. This will walk you through the build if you are interested.

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#4 posted 02-15-2009 09:43 PM

Thanks for the tips, I will check out the Lowes and HD idea also but I really like Shannon’s plan.


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#5 posted 02-15-2009 10:54 PM

I was requested to build a redwood arbor with all the kids at my son’s daycare, as a background for their graduation day. I brought all the carpentry stuff to the place and we did it there. All the kids were in some way atracted and interested trying the noisy tools (skilsaw, mitter, drills)......but the real fun started when I took my #4 smoother from my bag….they were totally amazed seeing that shiny, nice and “magic” little tool doing those golden swirls of wood….

I would sugest to work with them simple things, like making shaves with the handplane, cutting a board with the saw, nails driving…etc.

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#6 posted 02-15-2009 11:53 PM

I also had a group of Girl Scouts put together some small stools. I pre cut and drilled the holes and they used glue and screw drivers and cordless drills to put them together. Each girl put her own together and took them home to paint or what ever they wanted.

These girls where in third grade at the time and in sixth grade I had some mothers say they still had and cherrish their own stools. They can reach the book shelves better, watch TV, brush their teeth and many other uses, they become very personal item to them.

-- Ron Central, CA

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