Re: Woodworking class for kids
You say the kids are 8-15 years of age.
Originally Posted by JMAC
First some safety rules. Like no fooling around in the shop. Teach them to wear safety glasses.
An 8 year old just barely has the motor skills to use tools.
I would start them out by having them build a box. I would use lumber they only have to cut to length. Or cut all the lumber and have them just assemble the box.
For the older kids I would start by showing you a drawing of a box. TOP, FRONT and SIDE view and teaching them that to build ANYTHING you have to have a plan.
That is what my first shop class was all about. Learning to make a drawing then building the box.
Just use lumber that can be cut to length with a hand saw.
Then have a class about HOW to use simple hand tools like a plane, a saw, a hammer and the different kinds of hammers. Show them different tools, like chisels, drills etc.,. Finally a project that you approve that can be built in the time they have. like a bird house, dog house, cat scratching post , simple pond sailboat.
I love the smell of fresh cut plywood in the morning.