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Woodworking with Children

Hand Tools and Projects for Kids

I don't have children so let me get that out of the way right now.  I usually avoid topics like this so as not to appear the hypocrite.  However I do have extensive experience teaching woodworking classes to kids from pre-school to 8th grade both in schools and during my time at The Steppingstone Museum so I thought I could answer this question posed by one of my Patrons.  

In short, find a project that interests the child and their focus and ability to take instruction will be greatly improved.  Second you might be surprised at what tools are safe for a child.  I personally found the drawknife to be incredible safe despite its appearance.  Second would be a coping or fret saw.  Japanese saws are easier to use for children but I do find them low on the safety scale and you need to exercise caution because they are so sharp.

Topics in this Session

  • Woodworking with Children
  • Cambered Blades for Jointing
  • Thin Breadboard Ends
  • Sharpening a Drawknife
  • Ruler Trick for Shoulder Planes
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  • 20:04
  • 38:38
  • 43:00
  • 47:50

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