A basic list of hand tools necessary for children to start in woodworking

You can buy the tools you don’t already have as you get them in the book or you can go ahead and buy them all at once. In the following article, I give suggestions on sizes and styles that can help children get the most out of their use. The advantage of having all your tools ahead of time is that it will save you from having to run around trying to find what you will need the day before you start a new project only to find that you are out of stock. Another advantage is that you can often find all the tools you need online in one place. This can save you time and money.

Here is a list of the tools you will need. Use this to compare what you already have with what you will need to buy. You can buy each child their own set (which would be nice since one of the first projects is a toolbox) or you can share tools. (But getting kids to do that is a whole book in itself.)

A. Tape Measure (12′) They make tape measures that have the fractions labeled on the tape to make it easier to read, especially if your child is just learning about fractions.

B. Wooden rulers (12″) are easier to read than clear or colored plastic.

C. Hammer (7 – 10 oz for younger kids, 16 oz for older kids with better hand-eye coordination)

D. Screwdrivers: Flathead and Phillips

e nail set

F. Saw (Western or Japanese style)

G. Jigsaw

H. Block Plan

I. Brace Drill (manual drill)

J. Rasp

K. Sandpaper (100, 120, 150, 180 grit)

L. Waterproof glue (white or yellow) for outdoor projects

M. Screws and Nails (A box of 1 ΒΌ” and 1 5/8″ drywall screws and a box of 3d, 4d, and 6d finishing nails will help you do most of the projects in this book.)

N. Clamps (see the stool construction lesson for information on clamps).

O. Safety glasses (may take a little extra effort, but find a pair that fits your child. They will quickly get frustrated if every time they start swinging a hammer they have to push their glasses back over their noses.) manufacturers do make child-sized glasses, it might take a little while to look around to find them).

Q. Combined Square

P. Square of speed

Again, this isn’t a complete list of the hand tools needed to build any project imaginable, but it’s a great start. Armed with the above list of hand tools, you can conquer all the projects in our book, “Woodshop 101 for Kids”

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