Wooden Tools for My Son

Since my son was born, my tiny boss has been directing the vast majority of my woodworking projects. I made these wooden tools for my son, and they were the very first small set that I made for him. Since then I have made several more sets, and they have all gotten more realistic.

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I am close to finishing a book on making wooden tools for kids, which I will announce after it’s published. The set I made for him (and for the book) is has over 20 pieces. It also has a toolbox to carry them around in. This is a great looking set, and can end up being a family treasure long after the kids are grown and gone.

wood tools for my sonThis is the first small set that I made for him from scraps. The saw and square have Walnut handles with Maple blades, the wrench is Maple only, and the hammer is Koa and Poplar.

When I first gave these tools to him, he used every one of them as a hammer. The look on his face when he received the tools is something that is hard to put into words. The only thing I can say is that if you want to feel amazing about making something for someone, make something for a kid.

Kids really light up when you give them something. You will feel amazing too because you made the source of that young child’s joy. I have sold many pieces of woodworking, and have never received the overwhelming joy and happiness that I get from my son. I know he has no idea that I made them myself. However, the feeling is still amazing.

I also wrote a small kids book for my son right after he was born. I knew that I would be teaching him words as he began to talk. Eventually, I knew I would be teaching him tool names as well. Since there was nothing available, I wrote a kids book for him. 100 Words For Kids: Tools is a picture book with 100 tools, and their names. There are a few tools on each page, and they are easy to identify.

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With this book, my son can learn his tool names in a fun way. It’s interesting, because even a few non-woodworking adults that saw the book said they did not know all the names themselves. This is a great way to get children interested in tools, and learning their names only adds to their vocabulary.

If you have any questions on Wooden Tools for My Son, please leave a comment and I will be glad to answer them. Also, please share my work with your friends on Pinterest! Happy building.

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