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He is obviously showing interest so how about encouraging him to watch you
(assuming you are able to work with wood...) and then let him, under your
supervision, practice on scrap until he gets the hang of the tools and then
get him to make his own tool tray and then a simple square topped and square
legged table etc. IYSWIM ?
As others here say, you can't "teach" somebody by getting them to read about
a practical subject - they have to be lead, carefully, by the hand until
they achieve a degree of competency, after which they can read (and prosper)
as much as they like.
However, as "practical" skills diminish, some method of how to operate a
machine which does the same job might be appropriate, and time is running
out for that as automation takes over. I fear the "Chippendale Years" are
"They" said that automation would lead to more leisuretime and freedom for
the workers - it leads to redundancy and fear!
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Not when they're only 9. Just throw them a pile of timber and some
basic tools, and let them learn which way up to hold them first.
There's a lot of "sub-basic" hand skills to pick up first, and most 9
year olds just won't have them, unless they've already spent time
hanging around a workshop.
I spent this afternoon in my workshop with a 9 year old (he's a
regular). I think he learned which way Allen screws rotate (knows
screwdrivers - never seen an Allen key before), why I drill pilot
holes for screws in MDF and how he should hold a spokeshave to stop it
chattering. I don't think that's a bad start for an afternoon.
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