Ideas for woodworking with kids
We went live on YouTube where Ben was joined by his son, Orazio, and they discussed ways of safely introducing kids to woodworking.
Check out our Kids in the Shop collections page for more projects created just for you and your kids.
Be safe! Here are some good rules when working with little ones.
- Nobody knows your kids like you do. What is in the comfort zone for some might not be for others.
- Before you set foot in the shop with kids, set some ground rules. Ben Brunick once told me his golden rule with kids in the shop is “Push No Buttons!” and it sounds like a great start to me.
- They’re watching you, so when you’re operating the machinery, set a good example.
- No messing around while a machine is running.
- Don’t underestimate the “biting” power of hand tools. I once saw a kid nearly cut himself at a tool show clearing a shaving from the mouth of a spokeshave. Show them the blade and create a no-go zone for them.
- Have extra parts on hand. It’s likely someone is going to screw something up. If you have extra pieces, it’s no big deal.
Here is the writeup for the scrapwood sculptures we talked about:
Razi recommends reading this book, “I Make” by Traci Blom and Jimmy Diresta. It’ll get your kids to get them excited about becoming makers.
Be sure to download the coloring sheets from the book as well!
Tracy Blom, co-author of “I Make” did a really fun video demonstrating how to make “Jimmy’s Shop”, a plan included in the book.
There are lots of great kids shop videos on the I Like To Make Stuff channel.