Popular Woodworking 2009-08 № 177, страница 6
- Out on a Limb —-
b¥ chbistophek schwaek, editor
The Best Teacher Might be a Rodent
had three hours in my Saturday to do about eight hours of work in the shop. So I pulled on my shop apron, crammed my hearing protection into my ears and reached for the table saw's switch.
But before I could depress thai blessed green button, my 13-year-old daughter Maddy and her friend Sierra walked into the shop. They announced that they wanted 10 build a house for Sierra's hamster.
My hand dropped away from the saw's switch and my head shifted gears. Instead of a dayof careful stock preparation and even more careful dovetailing, 1 was goingto help slap together a rodent shack
During the last 13 years I've found that when you bu ild th ings wit h children, you have to use an entirely different set of ski lis than when you build something for yourself.
You need to build quickly. If the process lakes more than a couple hours, many kids will lose interest. You need to allow t hem to do as much of the planning and assembly as possible. And yet the final result also needs to look somewhat presentable.
Accomplishingall that isharder Forme than building a dovetailed carcase. Luckily, nails and pocket screws usually make this a do-able task,
1 began by gathering scraps from the offcutbinandsendingthetwogirlsintothe other room to design their hamster bungalow. 1 told them I needed a drawing with measurements (here's a tape measure).! needed to see what the house looked like from the from and the side.
10 ■ Popular Woodworking Au£usi2O09
They came back withtheir project plans drawn in inkon a Kleenex. (Tobe fair, I've seen worse construction drawings from adults.) I gave them a combination square and made them mark out all the cutson the biisolscrapsl had gathered forthem. To save time, l made the cutson the band saw, I let them make measurement mistakes and figure out how to fix them. I told them to do a dry-fit of their parts to make sure everything would go together.
And then, with an 18-gauge brad nailer and a lot of glue, we nailed thelittle cottage together.
They were thrilled, but 1 wasn't. I've always wondered how to gel my daughters to bui Id something more ambitious than these little projects. So I was delighted to read Joseph [lardo's solution: ready-made kits. (See the "Out of the Woodwork" column at the end of this issue for the full story.)
These approaches share something in common: They focus onthe result and not the process. Most peopleget into the crafl because they need some shelves, a cupboard or a barn Tor some plastic horsies. Only after they complete that project do they think; Wow. I really liked building that. What should I build next?
Those are the first steps to learning the most difficult skill in woodworking: patience, pw
"1 T 7 POPULAR I .
Learn How. Discover Why. Build Better. XX
Customer Service How can I contact customer service with questions regarding my subscription, including a lost or damaged issue? Visit popularwoodworking.com/customer service. Or write to Popular Woodworking, P.O. Box 420235, Palm Coast, FL 32142-0235. Or, if you prefer the telephone, call 386-2463369 and a customer service representative will be happy to help you.
When does my subscription expire? The date of your subscription expiration appears on your magazine mailing label, above your name. The date indicates the last issue in your subscription.
Can I get back issues of Popular Woodworking? Back issues are available while supplies last. Visit popularwoodworkirig.com/backissues. Or it' you know the exact month and year of the issue you want, call our customer service department toll-free at 800-258-0929 to order.
What if I want more information about the projects and tools I read about in Popular Woodworking?
For all editorial questions, please write to Popular Woodworking Editorial, 4700 E. Galbraith Road, Cincinnati, OH 45236. Or e-mail popwood#fwmed ia.com.
Does Popular Woodworking
offer group discoun t s?
Group discounts are available by special
arrangement with the publisher. For more
details, send an e-mail to Debbie Paolello
at email@example.com or call
Our Privacy Promise to You
We make portions of our customer list available to carefully screened companies that offer products and services we believe you may enjoy. If you do not want to receive offers and/or information, please let us know by contacting us at:
List Manager, F+W Media, Inc. 4700 E. Galbraith Road Cincinnati, OH 45236
Safety is your responsibility. Manufacturers place safety devices on their equipment for a reason. In many photos you see in Popular Woodworking, these have been removed to provide clarity. In some cases we'll use an awkward body position so you can better see what's being demonstrated. Don't copy us. Think about each procedure you're going to perform beforehand.