It is extremely beneficial to occupy one's free time with a hobby like woodworking. If your full time job is not carpentry, it is very relaxing to make the wood come to life with your hands when you get in from a strenuous day on the job. Woodworking is enjoyable and worthwhile. After completing a project you will have an item which is either practical or purely for decoration. And if you wish it can even be sold! This is why children should be encouraged to take on woodworking as a fun project from an early age.
Bearing in mind that most of the tools used in woodworking are dangerous, the children will have to be monitored nearly until they have developed a level of proficiency and a respect for the tools they are using. Also the tasks would have to be matched to the child's level of skill. Of course, they should always remain supervised even once they have developed a high degree of proficiency.
Ideally if the child is working on a task at the same time as an adult, then this would foster a greater interest on the child's part. As long as it can be done safely, without the adult's attention being taken off the child.
Being able to see his or her self as being part of something exciting and new while at the same time uncontrived can be beneficial for kids. Education so often takes place in contrived environments like school, so children generally respond well to being let loose on a pastime such as woodworking. Of course, this also allows the adult to better monitor how the child uses the tools as well as an opportunity to teach the child about the potential dangers of misusing of the tools.
This being said, an important consideration revolves around the question; when is a child ready to be introduced to this fantastic hobby? This is something that parents must consider carefully, and is purely for them to decide.
Children vary greatly, so no one figure would suffice. Most educational institutions begin woodworking basics at about age twelve, but it is important that parents evaluate their child's level of security and decide the best age for themselves. It could be at a youngger or an older age.
Once parents have decided that the time would be right for their child to try woodworking, the child can be introduced to woodworking during their holiday breaks. This not only gives them something fun to occupy their time, but also gives them long enough to complete something. Teaching them to complete projects is as important as teaching them about woodworking itself.
The types of tasks that can be given to children should be simple and practical. A dog house, a spice rack, sometimes a stool or a stationary holder are all ideas that can be used depending on the child's ability.
There are so many projects that are age appropriate, it can be hard to choose. The best way of course is simply to ask them what they want to make. Parents can draw up a list of choices to make it easier for them.
If adults are a novices themselves then woodworking could benefit both child and adult alike. However inexperienced adults must take more care to ensure that they are aware of potential safety hazards – it is no longer only their own life or fingers on the line.
To find ideas for projects the internet offers almost unlimited ideas and projects for both adults and children alike. Libraries are also always available. Lastly woodworking shops are another place to get some great plans and ideas.
A great set of woodworking plans will include a large diagram of the item to be made, easy to read instructions explaining the step by step process and all the dimensions you will need. Some of these woodworking plans may also provide you with a level of difficulty rating and recommend the tools that you will need to successfully complete the woodworking project.
Source by Terry Holt