Woodworking for Kids: 40 Fabulous, Fun & Useful Things for Kids to Make

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If you're big enough to hold a hammer or saw, you'll soon be putting together your own terrific-looking projects with the help of this full-color guide (and every now and then an adult friend).

You'll find everything you need to know about your tools and materials, including how to hammer a nail, how to square a board, and much more, in this ultra-clear, easy-to-read manual.

So what are you waiting for? There's an entire course for beginners like you in these pages. The complete woodworking process is clearly explained in an easy-to-understand text with close-up, full-color photos of every step.

Build everything from a special container for your dog's food to an organized way of storing your CD's and DVD's, and from a doll's cradle to a tic-tac-toe game that the whole family can play.

Each project comes with a materials list, and its skill level is easily identified so that you can tell at a glance whether you want to tackle it. And, there are important safety tips for properly setting up a workshop and avoiding injury.

A small stack of boards, some nails, and a little glue can become just about anything you want--your own wooden tool box, for a start. And, yes, the tool box is one of the first projects in this guide. And there's more: *a bike rack; *a baseball hold-all; *a bird box; *adjustable stilts; *a magazine rack; and *30 more!

Some are simple, like the workbench, and others are more challenging, like the puppet theater, but every one of them is designed to help your woodworking skills to grow. And once you've mastered basic woodworking, there won't be any stopping you. Before long, you'll be dreaming up the "impossible" and building it!

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Grade 3-8-An attractive, well-organized introduction. McGuire explains where lumber comes from, describes basic tools and supplies, and covers the fundamentals of safety, stressing the need for adult help. In his discussion of how to use the tools, he includes directions for left-handed youngsters. To help with learning simple construction, he suggests building five basic wood-shop devices: a bench hook, miter box, bit bin, tool box, and a work bench. The remaining projects-each of which lists materials, tools, and a cut list for the sized boards required-include a wide variety of toys and games, instruments, and art items that will appeal to boys and girls alike. Numbered step-by-step directions are clear and easy to follow. Full-color photos of the finished projects, as well as in-progress shots augment the directions. Where necessary, black-and-white, three-dimensional diagrams are provided. A good update to craft sections that is sure to be a hit.
Beth Irish, Orange Public Library, CA
Copyright 1994 Reed Business Information, Inc.

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Gr. 6-8. This nicely illustrated how-to goes beyond wood glue and nails to explain woodworking techniques and a variety of tools. A selection of projects, numbered to indicate difficulty, follows, including gifts for family and friends and items for pets and for play. The instructions are detailed, and McGuire emphasizes the importance of adult supervision both in helping kids assemble a project and in helping them learn a particular technique. Although McGuire explains size measurements of lumber and includes a list of metric equivalents, he does not discuss rulers and how to read them. Such information would have been helpful, especially for beginning woodworkers. A color photograph of the finished item is included, with some projects also illustrated by exploded-view drawings and photographs demonstrating technique. Children will have fun assembling the projects, but this is definitely a book for kids who have an adult nearby. Christie Sylvester

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