I have been looking online for a simple, REAL, tool set for young
kids. I had one when I was a kid (30 years ago) that came in a simple
wooden box, with a small-sized hammer, saw, screwdrivers, etc. but I
cannot find one like that anywhere.
I have 3 young boys that are ready to do some workshop intro
'projects' that will keep them busy while I work. I just don't want to
lose all my tools at the same time!
Thanks for the input!
My opinion is that many of those "kids" tool sets are crappy garbage. If
they are old enough to be in the shop many of the smaller "normal" tools
(tack hammer, coping saws, real screwdrivers etc.) would be a better choice.
You can buy this sort of stuff at garage sales or elsewhere for pretty
reasonable prices and you can borrow them back from the kids when you need
it. I also have three young boys and they can use whatever they want as long
as they put it back. I have to supervise some of what they do, but how else
are they going to learn? They generally prefer hand tools over power tools
with the exception of the cordless drill which they use with a carbide bit
to drill rocks with.
Anyway, my point is that to teach them to respect and care for good tools,
the best thing to do is to show them how and let them use them.
-j "no, they don't get to use the welding torch"
Better yet, let them make it, or at least help. My 2.5-year-old son can
sink finish nails, and he completely nailed together a birdhouse we
< drive-by gloat ;) >
Good advice, IMO. And put decent quality tools in it. If the kids learn at
a young age to use a quality tool the right way it will be an education for
Depending on age, an 8 or 12 ounce hammer
Flat blade, #1, #2 Phillips screwdrivers
8" adjustable wrench
Slip joint pliers.
I made up toolboxes for my nephews, 8 y.o. twins, with old 220s,
short saws, small hammers, sharpening stones, bevel guages, try
squares, compasses, spring clamps, scribes, pencils, levels and
chalk lines. Mostly antiques that I'd refurbished. The didn't
cost more than I'd expect to pay for new, "pretend", toolsets, and
they were all good quality tools. Look around, you can probably
find what you need to set him up and do a better job than the
Dave in Fairfax
Lee Valley has some "kids" tools, which are grownup tools that are
small-sized. They have an 8 oz hammer that I cut the handle down on for
my very little (4 & 2) boys. They also sell stuff like kids' work
gloves and a kid-sized mallet. They used to sell kids' hearing
protection which has sadly vanished - anyone know another source for
these? I don't do anything *really* noisy while they're around (even if
they're wearing 'em) but it's great to get them in the habit, young.
They also have a "small saw" not linked off their children's page
(anymore) that's probably a good size for little people. Some of those
tools and a screwdriver set is probably a good start for anyone under
six. Once they get a little older, a set of butt chisels and some small
planes would probably be well received. I'm planning on getting my
eldest a saw and some screwdrivers for Christmas; then maybe he and I
can make a toolbox with them.
i use foam earplugs, they can be found in NRR of 30 or so and if they
are too big to be comfortable for your kids they can be cut down.
(and if you forget them in pants pockets they come out of the washer
PS - also think about a brace & bit or egg-beater drill. You can
probably pick one up cheap, and your kids will love it. The only thing
my eldest son asked for for Christmas last year was an egg-beater drill. :)
They carry some at the Toys R Us store here in town. They're Homer tools in
orange boxes , as in the Orange Borge brand. They have small tool kits as
well as project kits. I picked one up for my "tomboy" last Xmas and she
didn't break any of the tools.
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