Designing for Young Woodworkers

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Killenwood Tim Killen, contributor
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Our local woodworking group will have a special challenge this summer - working a wood project with a group of 7-10 year olds. We will not have much time, less than one hour. What can you teach and build in that short time, and have something that is inspiring and interesting?

We have a candidate project and I will "build" it in a video provided below. The project should give the kids a chance to:
• Drive nails
• Spread glue
• Drill holes
• Saw a dowel
• File and sand

The project is what we call a Secret/Treasure Box. The box has eight parts that will be already cut to length and width. The corners connect with rabbet joints. These will be glued and nailed in the session. The holes for the Lid Tabs or Dowels will be drilled by the students. Perhaps some of the shank holes for the nails will be drilled by the students. We think the box can be held temporarily with large rubber bands while nailing. A miter box can be used for sawing the dowels, if we have enough time.

Here are illustrations of the SketchUp model before showing you the video.




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