I’ve hoped to get my boys interested in tools and building projects, so I purchased a child’s tool kit.
I also built a child’s folding workbench.
My three-year-old loves hanging out in the garage and playing with tools, but he is a little young to build a project. My seven-year-old hasn’t shown much interest. A couple of days ago, he asked if he could build a model Titanic out of wood.
I thought up a design and put him to work cutting up some pine. He used the handsaw from the tool kit. A hand plane was included in the kit, but I haven’t sharpened it or tried to use it. I showed him how to use my Stanley 60 1/2 block plane to smooth the saw cuts.
He used the miter box in the kit to cut the stacks. He drilled the holes for the stacks with a bit brace. I helped with a belt sander to even the height of the stacks. He used a sanding block to shape the hull.
The Titanic is a great first wooden boat project (it’s ok if it sinks).