Introduce your grandkids to woodworking
A simple woodworking project can instill a life-long love of making things.
Sponsored by Elmer’s
I introduced my kids to the joys of woodworking when they were just 12 and 10 years old. For our first project I had them trace the letters of their names onto 3/4-in. thick pine boards using a stencil. Then we drilled holes in the letters that had interior cutouts. They practiced with my scroll saw and scrap lumber until they felt ready to cut out the letters to their names. The project was a huge success. It’s been almost 30-yrs and they still have those their projects.
Fast forward to my grandkids
The folks at Elmer’s recently offered me the opportunity to partner with them and do a wood project using their PROBOND wood filler products, so it made sense to continue the scroll saw project with my grandchildren. I cleared a weekend with my son and daughter-in-law and told the grandkids what we’d be doing. Samantha, 8-yrs old and Raleigh, 5-yrs old were ‘all in.’
When the weekend arrived, I packed them in the car and headed to Lowes to buy the materials. I’ve learned from experience that novice jig saw users will have a few mis-cuts and chip-outs. So we stopped in the paint isle to buy Elmer’s PROBOND interior/exterior wood filler and wood stain.
The girls picked out two different stain colors and we bought matching pre-mixed wood filler colors in tubes. We also bought a pint of Elmer’s stainable PROBOND wood filler just in case they changed their minds and wanted to use one of the other stain colors I had in my workshop.
The girls typed their names into a painting program and picked a bold font. I enlarged the letters so they’d be easier to cut and then printed them. Then I used a light coating of spray adhesive to attach the paper to 1/4-in. birch plywood. Next, we drilled a hole for the interior cutouts and then the girls started cutting out the individual letters.
As I expected, there were some miscuts and chip-outs. Samantha took the lead in filling them with Elmer’s wood filler. After the filler dried, she sanded it.
We had to wait 24 hours for the filler to dry because we were using an oil-based stain. So the next day Samantha did all the staining. She applied several coats to get the right color and set the letters aside to dry.
My son will help them glue the letters onto a wood backer board and then hang their names on their bedroom doors-because what’s more important than letting everyone know which bedroom belongs to which girl?
– Rick Muscoplat, Contibuting Editor
This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Elmers. The opinions and text are all mine.