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Handicrafts Made Simple: Woodworking
With Handicrafts Made Simple it’s easy to add handicrafts to your school schedule. The step-by-step demonstrations and accompanying booklet walk you and your children through interesting and useful projects in woodworking. (Grades 7–12)
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Teach your children useful life skills with short and simple handicraft lessons!
Charlotte Mason intentionally included handicrafts in her school schedule. She believed that “another elemental relationship, which every child should be taught and encouraged to set up, is that of power over material. Every child makes sand castles, mud-pies, paper boats, and he or she should go on to work in clay, wood, brass, iron, leather, dress-stuffs, food-stuffs, furnishing-stuffs. He should be able to make with his hands and should take delight in making” (Vol. 3, p. 80).
Now it’s easy to add handicraft lessons to your curriculum with Handicrafts Made Simple. This video presents lessons in woodworking and includes
- Step-by-step instructions with close-up details that will give you and your children confidence as you learn.
- Fun projects that your children will actually use.
- A 12-week suggested schedule with freedom to work at your own pace and accommodate all levels of expertise and skill.
- A complete list of easy-to-find, inexpensive supplies so you can get started right away. (See a list of materials used for each craft.)
- A handy booklet with tips for the lessons and ideas for bonus projects.
- Enjoyable lessons and projects for both boys and girls, older and younger.
- Toy Car
- Cutting Board
- Book Rack
This sample from session two of Handicrafts Made Simple: Woodworking gives a good feel for the short lessons, detailed close-ups, and level of content in a middle lesson.
Here’s a list of materials needed for this Handicrafts Made Simple course:
Power tools are shown in the video demonstrations but projects include instructions for completion with hand tools. We’ve provided a list and instructions for either approach.
- Table saw with miter gauge
- Miter saw
- Scroll saw
- Router with 1⁄8″ radius roundover bit and 45° chamfer
- Drill press with sanding drum and various bits
- Power sander/disc sander
- Handheld drill with various bits
- Coping saw
- Hand saw
- Hand plane
- Drafting compass
- Tape measure/ruler
- Drafting squares
- Masking/painter’s tape
- Paintbrushes, varying sizes for painting and finishing
- Glue scraper (optional)
- Vise (optional)
- Respiratory mask
- Ear plugs or ear muffs
- Eye protection glasses
- One 2″ x 4″ board of pine, approximately 1 foot long
- One 1″ x 6″ board of maple or birch, at least 3 feet long
- One 1″ x 6″ board of rough cedar, approximately 8 feet long
- One 1″ x 4″ board of poplar, 4 feet long (or another straight-grained wood)
- One 1″ x 6″ board of poplar, 6 feet long
- One 1⁄4″ dowel rod
- One 3⁄8″ dowel rod
- One package toy car wheels with 1⁄4″ holes
- Assorted screws, nails, and other small hardware
- Sandpaper in various grits
- Stain or dye
- Polyurethane (top coat)
- Butcher block finish
- Acrylic paints
- Spray adhesive
- Wood glues (general purpose and watertight)
- Paint thinner
- Disposable gloves
|Dimensions||7 × 5.25 × 0.56 in|
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