Rules for Grownups
1. Set an example of caring craftsmanship.
2. Supervise the kids, answer questions, and show them how to use tools safely.
3. Mill lumber to thickness, according to the cutlist. Make any preliminary cuts as specified in the instructions and make extra parts to allow for mistakes.
4. Leave project designs open for students to test their own ideas, create problems for themselves and find solutions. Encourage them to discover and test their own solutions.
5. Be a cheerleader for their best efforts.
6. Congratulate the kids on a job well done and be specific.
Rules for Kids
1. Listen to what the grownups tell you.
2. Ask a lot of questions.
3. Always use tools exactly as you're told.
4. Have fun.
Rules for Working Safely
1. No woodworking without adult supervision.
2. No horsing around!
3. Use clamps or a bench vise to hold work for cutting, sanding, or drilling.
4. When using a saw, either hold it with both hands or put one hand behind your back.
How to Build the Box
1. Grownups mill stock to thickness and cut it to the lengths given in the cutlist.
2. Grownups cut a saw kerf in the 24-in.-long piece to fit the birch-ply top, as shown in the plan. Check the fit of the Baltic birch and widen the kerf as necessary.
3. Kids measure, mark, and cut the 24-in.-long board for the long side pieces. That will leave a piece almost 6 in. long. The kids cut it lengthwise along the saw kerf to make the board 1-3/4-in. wide. Kids use a plane to smooth the sawn edge of that piece.
4. Kids measure, mark, and cut that 1-3/4-in.-wide board to length to make the ends.
5. Kids nail the sides to the ends, being careful that the bottom edges of all the parts align.
6. Kids cut the 10-in.-long board to length for the bottom. Kids use a plane or sanding block to shape the edges of the box bottom.
7. Kids nail the box bottom to the box sides.
8. Kids slide the box lid in place, mark it for the desired length, and cut it to size. Then, kids use a drill with a 1/8-in. bit to make a hole for the lid stop dowel, cut the dowel to length, and fit it in the hole.
9. Kids sand everything smooth and fill the box with whatever they want the box to hold.