Category Archives: Kids

The Best Tire Swing Ever

We have a large oak tree in our front yard, and while we have attempted to put up several different kinds of tree swings for the children over the years, this tire swing has been by far the best.  The … Continue reading

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The Folly of “Prepping”

What is the best way to preserve a seed?  I first came across this question in a gardening book, and it’s a trick question.  The answer, of course, is to plant it. I have thought about that question a lot … Continue reading

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Build a Cedar Bench in an Hour

One summer afternoon not long ago, my wife and oldest daughter had gone out, leaving me to mind the little ones.  We decided to make a fire in the fire pit and roast hot dogs for supper.  We lit the fire … Continue reading

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A New Door, a New Bed, a New Daughter

My summer ended with big woodworking plans for the coming year.  (Most people’s year begins on January first, but being a professor, I think as much in school years as in calendar years, so my year effectively begins in mid-August.)  … Continue reading

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She Sure Fooled Me!

Some time ago, I had been working on a big home improvement project for which I had collected a lot of lumber over the past year.  One evening at quitting time, I left some of the lumber out on the … Continue reading

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Little Helpers Who Actually Help

My children have always enjoyed playing at working wood.  I’ve taught them to handle some basic tools, like braces, spokeshaves, and even gouges, but they’ve mostly contented themselves with playing in the sawdust and shavings as I work. But recently … Continue reading

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Making Wooden Spoons (Quickly)

Our local art museum, the Mobile Museum of Art, is hosting an arts-and-crafts fair next month.  I don’t usually sell my work at craft shows, but the table fee was reasonable, so I signed up. The problem is that I … Continue reading

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The Junior Armory–Again

This evening I finished a small commission for a very good friend of mine: His three children will be getting wooden swords for Christmas. These are made from osage orange and walnut, and the two pieces are joined with a … Continue reading

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WIA 2014 Kids’ Corner: Special Thanks to North Carolina Woodworker

The Woodworking in America conference naturally caters to the facial-hair-and-flannel crowd, but our experience this year was enriched by the “kids’ corner” set up by North Carolina Woodworker, a statewide association of woodworkers.  They had several quick, kid-friendly projects for … Continue reading

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The Kids Do Woodworking in America 2014

Attending the Woodworking in America conference was a little different for us this year.  My wife and I were both running cameras for various sessions (which got us in free!).  On the first day, my wife ran cameras for Graham … Continue reading

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