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sanjuanwoody
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 9:42:44 AM
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I am a new woodshop teacher with extensive experience in the building trades and cabinetry. I have a 6th grade class and would like some project ideas that use hand tools. The 6th graders are not too coordinated and can be impetuous so I think I want to stay with hand tools.
Mike Walsh
Posted: Wednesday, October 13, 2010 2:08:48 PM
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I hate to break the news to you but by tenth grade they are still impetuous and lack co-ordination.

There are at least three books all titled "Woodworking with Kids" - one is old, one available from Taunton. All have some good projects and tips but may be a bit below your kids. Goodheart and Sterling have some good project books.

You should look at the other older posts as there are several tool totes, boxes, CO2 cars,turning projects... that have been discussed. Most can be done by a twelve year old. Also check back issues of magazines like "Wood" "Boy's Life"... for simple projects. Many web sites show projects done by kids.

A tip - kids that age have a lot of trouble with a traditional "carpenter's handsaw". I used some 1/2 sized ones that were OK but found that Japanese style saws (cut on pull stroke) were MUCH easier for kids.
JonM
Posted: Thursday, October 14, 2010 10:37:56 AM
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I have 6th graders. To start, we do dice to learn some basic layout and to practice with the saws. I use box saws with miter boxes which they can handle. We also do a game board with golf tees for more layout and drilling at the drill press. And they just finished up whistles which go over nicely with the other teachers when they blow them in the halls. :)

Jon
mstang64bb
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 6:56:30 AM
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JonM wrote:
"And they just finished up whistles which go over nicely with the other teachers when they blow them in the halls. :)"

Jon~

Would happen to have a plan of the whistle to share? I would like to build them with my students...

Thanks, Bob

A project isn't finished, until a FINISH is on it....Bob~
JonM
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 2:58:55 PM
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I don't have my laptop with me but as soon as I do, I'll send you what I have.

Jon
mikeb
Posted: Monday, October 18, 2010 5:57:33 PM
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A simple product requiring a back saw, sandpaper, a hand drill or drill press and a coping saw. My kids loving blowing them when they are completed :)!!!!!
Jeffseiver
Posted: Wednesday, October 20, 2010 12:29:48 PM
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woody, Send me your question and I will e-mail you back several coping saw and hand tool project plans. Jeffseiiver@aol.com
CanKuhn
Posted: Thursday, October 21, 2010 6:28:49 PM
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I do this project with my 7th graders that uses just hand tools:
http://web.me.com/cankuhnster/IntroductionTo7thGrade/Memo_Holder.html
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