Stanley Jr. Woodworking is Awesome: Projects, Skills, and Ideas for Young Makers - 12 Fun DIY Projects for Ages 8+


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Welcome wonderful world woodworking! You’re about to discover what makes woodworking purely awesome.

Welcome wonderful world woodworking! You’re about to discover what makes woodworking purely awesome.

woodworker, so you should have a space to do your projects.

woodworker, so you should have a space to do your projects.

Building Basic Skills

Building Basic Skills

Introduction

Welcome to the wonderful world of woodworking! You’re about to discover what makes woodworking so purely awesome.

Each project is labeled with a skill level, but you can try any of them. The harder ones just require a little bit more attention to detail, which might mean getting some help from Mom, Dad, or another adult. No matter what, get in the habit of cleaning up after yourself and putting all tools back where they belong.

Good luck, and get making!

The Kid’s Workshop

You’re on your way to becoming a woodworker, so you should have a space to do your projects. Even if it’s in a shed or part of a larger room, a dedicated woodworking workshop will be your way to set things just how you like. The basics for any woodworking shop are: a flat, level work surface, a place for every tool, an uncluttered floor, and a place to store the actual wood. Place your tools exactly where they’ll be needed most, in obvious spots that make them simple to locate. Spend some time deciding where you’ll store particular tools, such as bar clamps. That one simple step will make all your projects a lot easier to construct.

Building Basic Skills

Skills are like the bricks in a big building; once you have the first layer in place, you’ve got a good base you can build on. With woodworking there is always room to improve and develop. Learn the basics and get them down pat. As you read through this chapter, focus on understanding the techniques. Do them correctly from the start and you’ll get better results in the projects you tackle. Something such as correctly measuring and marking a piece of wood, or figuring out angled cuts, can come in handy out in the real world. These are skills that will serve you for a lifetime.

Fun & Hobby Projects

Fun & Hobby Projects

woodworking is that you can create stuff that will help you with future projects.

woodworking is that you can create stuff that will help you with future projects.

craft in a woodshop are gifts

craft in a woodshop are gifts

Fun & Hobby Projects

The best woodworking projects are not only fun to build, they’re fun after you’re done building them. The topics in this chapter dial the fun up to ten! You’ll enjoy these creations long after you’re finished building them and, chances are, so will other members of your family. These are perfect projects for beginners, but they are also interesting and challenging enough even if you’ve already done some woodworking. Build these and you’ll learn a couple new techniques or get better at skills you already have. Just keep in mind that many of these involve relatively small pieces, which means that any errors will be magnified. So, take your time, be careful, and be precise.

Handy Helpers

One of the great things about woodworking is that you can create stuff that will help you with future projects. There are an amazing number of workshop helpers that you can build yourself, and this chapter features three of the best. All three are going to be bumped around the workshop, so you don’t have to worry about the finishing. That said, you can always personalize something like a tool carrier, even if it’s just by painting or stenciling your name on it.

Great Gifts

Some of the most rewarding projects you’ll ever craft in a woodshop are gifts for people close to you. Handmade wood projects are a special way to show how much you care. Heck, you can even give someone in your family a present out of the blue. Imagine their surprise and delight! Moms, dads, and even grandparents will flip out and appreciate something you’ve made with your own two hands just as much or even more than anything you might buy.

Projects from the book:

FEATHERED FRIEND FEEDER

FEATHERED FRIEND FEEDER

BUILDING-BLOCK STORAGE BOX

BUILDING-BLOCK STORAGE BOX

PRECIOUS JEWELRY BOX

PRECIOUS JEWELRY BOX

PICTURE PERFECT FRAME

PICTURE PERFECT FRAME

FEATHERED FRIEND FEEDER

This simple and satisfying project is the perfect partner to the birdhouse, but you have to fill it with the right food. Birds need nutritious edibles, and they aren’t the only ones that love free meals. Squirrels, raccoons, deer, and other backyard visitors will gladly snack at your bird feeder. Place the feeder high enough to be out of reach of four-legged diners and hang it by a cable thin and slippery enough that squirrels or other sneaky critters won’t be able to use it for access. Make sure that the feeder is never empty for more than a day.

BUILDING-BLOCK STORAGE BOX

This design is witty and amusing and would make a great present. Ultimately, no matter what it looks like, this box offers a handy place to keep your stuff. The size is meant to be ideal in case you want to carry the box somewhere. It also has wheels, called casters, and handles that allow you to push or pull the box if it’s full of tools or other items that make it too heavy to carry. No matter what, you can personalize your box by painting it whatever color you want. Gloss is best, because it makes the box really look like a plastic block and it’s easy to clean. But beyond that, go wild!

PRECIOUS JEWELRY BOX

A jewelry box is the type of gift most moms (or sisters, or grandmas) would never buy for themselves, but almost always need. The design is simple but interesting, and the box is just big enough to hold a good collection of jewelry or other valuables. You don’t have to follow the finish details in the project exactly. You might want to paint the whole thing one solid color, which is an easier way to go and can be just as pretty. You can also vary the construction details to suit different tastes and preferences or different gift recipients. Change the shape of the balsa wood applique on the lid of the box. A heart is nice for mom, but a diamond might be better for dad.

PICTURE PERFECT FRAME

There are few gift projects simpler or more satisfying than a handsome picture frame. Everyone can use a well-made picture frame, and it’s ready for gifting the minute you finish it. The nice thing about this project is that you only need basic skills to complete it, but it will look like it came right out of a professional frame shop. Make this gift even more fabulous by printing out a picture of yourself, or you and your siblings, and putting it in the frame before you wrap it. Add a frame hook on one long side to make it more versatile. That way, whomever you give the frame to can hang it vertically or horizontally, depending on the orientation of the photo they want to display.

Publisher‏:‎Cool Springs Press; Illustrated edition (July 21, 2020)
Language‏:‎English
Paperback‏:‎112 pages
ISBN-10‏:‎0760367469
ISBN-13‏:‎978-0760367469
Reading age‏:‎8 – 12 years
Grade level‏:‎3 – 7
Item Weight‏:‎15.5 ounces
Dimensions‏:‎8.5 x 0.38 x 10 inches

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