String Art 40

Twin Birdhouse ,46

Single Birdhouse 52

Sturdy Stool 56

Cricket Cage 62

Perfect Toolbox 68

Horse Sawhorses 74

Flip It 82

Allegra's Table 92

Bookhouse 102

Lemonade Stand 114

Puppet Theater 126

Wc wrote i his hook as a family, each of us bringing our own skills and perspective to the project. Craig is a builder who has remodeled many homes, including two of our own when our daughters were young. He has more than twenty years of experience in carpentry. Barbara is the director O.f education at an art museum and has spent an equal number of years teaching art to children and writing curriculum and lesson plans. When wc began I he process of writing this book, Camtlle was eleven and Allegra was nine. (The "to kids" boxes scattered throughout the book are written by Camille.) They'd both been sv\ inging hammers for many years and had plenty of opinions they were eager to share about the subject of carpentry. Having lived through many building projects together, we thought it might be fun to write a book about carpentry together, too. And it has been. We liope you'll have as much fun learning carpentry with your family.

A word about safety: There will always be some danger in working will 1 carpentry tools, and beginners need to be made aware of potential hazards. Even if you are tackling the simplest projects in this book, make sure you arc comfortable with the task you have set for yoursell and your family. Read and reread the sections on tool use, take your rime, and pa}' close attention when working with a sharp or powerful tool. Remember, (he competent use of a tool will always be the safest use. We have done our best throughout the book to point out where risks lie and strategies for coping with them. But we can't put in writing every solution to every potential danger; use common sense and seek more help if you need it.

The organization: This book is organized into two basic sections. The first gives you information and tips for using the tools that will become your trusted friends and companions in carpentry. Read this section first! For each tool, we have provided safety tips and handling advice, as well as a project that will help you get started using that tool correctly.

rhe second section contains woodworking projects, arranged in order from the simplest to the most complex. Read through an entire project belore you begin, even before you purchase your materials! Thoroughly preparing before you begin your project will save you time and money and encourage blessed family happiness. Make sure you know everything you can about the tools, materials, skills, and estimated time it will take to make a project before you begin.

We have written the directions for projects as though a child would be doing each step. But that doesn't mean thaL you should enforce a chilcl-only regime. I here will be times when an adult will want to take over, especially for some of the more challenging measuring and cutting and the more repetitive tasks. Work together and choose the most appropriate person on your team to do each job. Over time, you may find that the children's skills outpace the parents'! Approach each project with an eye for maximizing family fun. Save the best jobs for the kids, and let them experiment and make some mistakes, too.

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