A common phrase that many people know and have heard before is that the expert in anything was once a beginner. This is true for a variety of disciplines including the art of woodworking. Every experienced woodworker had to have made their first project. Also, each experienced woodworker had to have used their first tool, whether that be a simple hammer or a complex rotary saw, for their first time too.
Even though, however, most woodworkers will easily recall their first usage of a power tool, such as a drill or table saw, more clearly as this is usually the most important step to becoming a professional woodworker. There is, after all, a first for everything. Nobody knows more about the first steps than children.
Children are constantly learning new things everyday which they gather into their library of a mind in order to grow into efficient adults and participating members of society. This is why it’s a great idea to introduce woodworking and the use of power tools for children. Here is an easy to follow guide on how to do this.
Understand the importance of woodworking
Do you want to get your kids a jump start in life? Do you want to build your kid’s confidence? Do you want to show your kids a fun and creative art form that will inspire them? If this is the case, then you should try to get them involved in woodworking. Woodworking has many benefits associated with it.
For instance, woodworking, although tradition, is still an important discipline in today’s work world in businesses that associate themselves with architecture and agriculture. Also, by knowing how to work with wood to create something that is positively impactful, your kids will gain a strong sense of confidence and a positive self-image which will help them to succeed in anything that they want to do later on in life.
To add on, woodworking is as much an art form as it is a job and so, this multi-beneficial activity will allow kids to spend their creative juices into actual pieces of art which will allow them to express themselves in a healthy way while creating something beautiful in the process.
Find the right teacher
To learn anything, having the right teacher is essential. A teacher’s main goal is to teach their students a new skill effectively so that they will remember what they learned and use it for years to come. Often, this is easier said than done.
Traditionally, woodworking was a skill that was passed down along a family line in which the participating was family practiced the woodworking trade for a living. This, however, is usually not the case in today’s modern age.
Nowadays, anyone can learn the art of woodworking. This includes the fact if you are not familiar enough with woodworking to teach your child or if you want to learn woodworking along with your child. There are many resources to where to learn woodworking.
First off, you can enroll your child into a woodworking class at a specialized school or in a workshop at a local hardware store or community center. In addition, you can hire a private carpenter act as a role model for your soon to be woodworking child.
Familiarize kids with woodworking power tools
As it had been mentioned in the previous part of this article, a major skill to have when becoming a woodworker is to learn how to master a power tool. Such power tools include table saws, rotary saws, and electric drills which are reviewed at Sawadvisor.com.
Of course, you can’t just give a powerful tool to a child and expect them to use it in a safe and effective manner. This is why you must introduce kids to the concept of power tools slowly. At first, introduce kids to manual and therefore safer and easier to use tools. Such basic tools include sandpaper, hammers, nails, screwdrivers, clamps and non-electric saws.
After this, you can then introduce kids to electrical power tools. The woodworking teacher should begin by discussing the safety procedures that should always be taken into consideration when working with such powerful tools.
Next, have the teacher describe what each part of the power tool does and how it does it so that kids will have a better understanding of the tool. Finally, have the teacher demonstrates how to use a power tool in a safe and effective manner through a clearly visible demonstration and soon enough, kids will be woodworking all by themselves.Continue reading