Archive for December, 2012

Woodworking with Children

children in the woodshopChildren can learn many helpful life skills through woodworking. Woodworking inspires creativity by turning raw materials into a finished project. It teaches the process of careful planning, measuring and the importance of seeing a project through to completion. It promotes fine motor skills, creative thinking and conceptualization. Woodworking also teaches valuable lessons in safety and self esteem that translate to other parts of children’s lives.

Children as young as toddlers can begin to learn about woodworking through simple projects that do not even require the use of tools. You can encourage creativity by working with small children on crafts using basic wood products, non-toxic paint and glue. Using materials such as wood dowel, wood balls, wood discs, wood food parts or even smoothly sanded wood scraps leftover from other projects, an endless number of crafts are possible. You can create a wooden face, allowing the child to paint the parts of the face and assemble them with glue. Seasonal crafts such as ornaments for Christmas, turkeys for Thanksgiving or pumpkins for Halloween are also fun for children and make sentimental keepsakes for parents and grandparents. Young children should be supervised at all times when using any of these materials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Project Ideas for Woodworkers: Furniture with Storage

The amount of clutter in a home greatly impacts its look and feel. Keeping clutter out of sight makes a home more comfortable and inviting, but isn’t always easy in homes that are short on storage space. Clutter often collects when we do not have a designated place for everything. Give your next woodworking furniture project double duty functionality by creating furniture with built-in storage. Here are a few storage furniture project ideas for experiences woodworkers:

Ottomans: A storage ottoman can be as simple as a cube shaped box with a lid. They can be upholstered in fabric or leather, and fit seamlessly into the style of any room. Consider using storage ottomans in the living room to store video game or television remotes, board games or other living room essentials. Read the rest of this entry »

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Project Ideas for Woodworkers: Give your Bathroom a Facelift

wooden bathroom shelfRemodeling a bathroom can add thousands to the value of a home, but can also cost thousands of dollars to complete. Consider these woodworking projects to give your bathroom a facelift without breaking the bank on an expensive remodel:

Freestanding shelf: Many bathrooms, particularly small ones, are short on storage. Make use of often unused vertical space by building a freestanding shelf that sits against the wall behind the toilet. A custom shelf can more than double the amount of storage space in a bathroom while creating a streamlined look. Building a custom shelf gives you control over the size, number of shelves or cabinets and color. Consider making the shelf a built in, extending from wall to wall or floor to ceiling. Read the rest of this entry »

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