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Your Questions About Wood Crafting Tools

Sharon asks…

What would be a good simple/cheap hobby/craft for a kid like this?

12 year old boy. Loves video games but we limit his usage because we’d never see him again because if we didn’t set a time limit he’d probably play until his eyes were bleeding…. so nothing with a screen.

He’s kind of tech-minded; he likes to take classes at his homeschool coops like clamation, video game programming, Lego engineering, crime lab science, etc… a few years ago he loved the “wood working” workshops at Home Depot, but has outgrown those projects as too easy.

He is puzzle-minded, he likes doing mazes, brain teasers, etc.

He loves big Lego sets, but not to play with randomly. He likes to put them together and put them on a shelf for display… but he is bored with the little sets because they are no longer a challenge and we can’t afford the $300-$400 sets he would like now.

Has always enjoyed things like Kinex, Magnetix, Light Bright, Snap Circuits, science/chemistry kits.. but like the Legos, he doesn’t like doing things “freestyle” or “artsy,” he likes the challenge of following diagrams/instructions to make something. But again, doesn’t really use these things as much as they are generally kits for younger kids.

He has wanted to be a chef since age 4, loves pastry & candy making, again all into the techincal aspects, Alton Brown is his hero; we got hims some of his own kitchen gear but he can’t cook all the time.

I watch craft shows and the one that peaks his interest is the stained glass/cut glass shows. I’m not sure though, I know nothing about that stuff and I’m not sure if he’s old enough to just jump into that without someone experienced instructing him at this age.

No patience for things like drawing, coloring, painting, paper mache, sculpting, etc. as I do all those things and he bores very easily. I sometimes freelance in photography and he learned a lot from me, loves photoshop & digital ediing software but I am looking for something to keep his attention off screens.

I’m looking for more every-day or rainy-day type stuff that is not tooooo expensive to let him keep up with. Also can’t take up too much room because we have a small apt… and we don’t have any major tools other than hammer, screwdriver, wrench, etc… no place for wood working (no experience to teach him either)

I was thinking of little model car kits or model ships maybe?

Any other suggestions of something that might peak the interest of this kid?


Dusty answers:

Well have you tried getting him into sewing? I know this is going to sound lame, and you probably wont go for it, but since he likes video games he might enjoy making costumes from those games. is a good site to find examples of this. Does he like Halo? He can make his own armor out of cardboard and ductape! (here’s an example of a more detailed costume: ) Costuming is fun, creative, and if he gets good enough he can even sell his pieces! Then he can go to gaming cons later in life and meet more people.

Its just a thought.
Also, when it comes to baking, its always fun to have one or two nights a week where HE cooks dinner for the family. That way he does what he likes AND you dont have to cook either.

As for stained glass, there are art kits for it, and instead of being glass its like plastic you can paint. Cheap way to try getting into it.

Take a trip to your local joanne’s with him and tell him to look around and see anything that piques his interest.

Hope that helps ^^

Maria asks…

How do you think they nailed Jesus to the cross?

I mean if they nailed him after they put the cross up, it would require a few guys to hold him up. And his body would be limp because he walked all the way up that hill.
On the other hand, if they nailed him to the cross, then erected it, it would take a lot of man power. I couldn’t imagine the Romans having the tools to hoist the cross with the full weight of Jesus.

Or do you think that God made the Romans especially strong, because he could see into the future and knew they would need the strength to nail his son to a piece of wood.

And on a side note.. do you think Jesus crafted his own cross? I just think that would’ve made a nice touch.

Dusty answers:

You seriously don’t think they would have the engineering skills to hoist a cross with the weight of one person into the air?

Ever see the aqueducts? The Colosseum?

Daniel asks…

which woodwork lathe is the better buy?

im am a recent graduate from a craft degree course, i am working part time as a design technology technician/ wood-shop technician is a secondary/ high school. I am also starting up my own woodworking business making a variety of work including sculptural pieces and kitchenware.

Im looking to buy a good woodworking lathe, I have used a few different lathes while at uni, a wadkin and a victory – i have been given the chance to buy either of these – 600 pounds for the wadkin or 700 pounds for the victory – unfortunately my budged is 500 pound so i cant really afford either of these. – also neither of these lathes have electronic variable speed – you have to change the pulleys on them to change the speed.

so i have been considering some other new lathes:


when taking into account delivery they are nearly the same price – one has slightly large dimensions the other has clockwise and anti-clockwise rotation (i dont really know what this would be used for)

anyway which lathe is best?

or should i spend a bit more and buy this one:

and i have also now found this one:

- which is draper, who i have heard are quite good?

or is it worth it to really push it a buy the wadkin from uni?

or do you know of any other better lathes on a 500 pounds budget?

i know its a long one, thanks for your help!

Dusty answers:

Try posting this question in one of the home/garden categories- surely there’s a tool or do it yourself section?

Mark asks…



NO. – 1
Standard Decoy in Witchell, has been making traditional wooden hunting decoys since 1927. Cyrus Witchell began the business by carving a couple of ducks a day by hand. Demand and competition have long since driven the company to use modern machinery and assembly-line techniques, and they now turn out two hundred ducks daily even on the slowest days.
When Steward Alcorn, Cyrus Witchell’s grandson, took over the business, he knew things needed to change. Output had not fallen, and the company was surviving financially despite competition from what he called “plastic ducks” from the Far East. But Alcorn noticed that the productivity per worker had stayed the same for ten years, even during the period since the company had bought the latest equipment. While touring the plant, he noticed many employees yawning, and he found himself doing the same. No one quit. No one complained, They all gave him a smile when he walked by. But no one seemed excited with the work.
Alcorn decided to undertake a survey. He appointed a respected worker at each step in the production process to ask each of his or her co-workers questions and to fill in response sheets. One conclusion emerged from the survey : The “fine-tuners”, as Alcorn thought of them, were the most content ones. That is, those who used fine tools and brushes to get the ducks’ heads, expressions, and feathers just right seemed to enjoy their work most. In contrast, the people who planed and cut the wood into blocks, rough – cut the body shapes, spray – painted the body colour, and applied the varnish were all pretty bored.
Alcorn had heard about a technique called “job rotation” and decided to try it out. He gave all workers a taste of the “fun” jobs. He asked for volunteers to exchange jobs for one morning a week. The fine-tuners were skeptical, and the other workers were only slightly more enthusiastic. The whole programme turned out to be a disaster. Even with guidance, the planers and the spray – painters could not master the higher – precision techniques, and the fine-tuners seemed to give them only limited assistance. After one trial week, Alcorn gave up.
During a lunch break that Friday, Alcorn was wandering outside around the plant bemoaning his failure. Then he noticed one of the rough-cutters, Al Price, whittling at something with an ordinary pocket knife. It turned out to be a block of wood that he had cut incorrectly and normally would have thrown in the scrap heap. But as Price said, “It kind of looked like a duck, in an odd way,” and he had started whittling on it in spare moments.
Alcorn liked what he saw and asked Price if he would be willing to sell him the duck when he got through with it. Price looked surprised, but he agreed. The following week, Alcorn noticed that Price had finished the whittling and was getting one of the fine-tuners to help him paint the duck in a way that made it look even odder. When it was finished, Alcorn offered it to one of his regular customers, who took a look at it and said, “You’ve got this hand made ?” and asked if he could order a gross.
By the middle of the next month, Alcorn’s “Odd Ducks” programme was in full swing. Workers were still responsible for producing the usual number of conventional ducks, but they were allowed to use company tools and materials any time they wanted to work on their own projects. There were no quotas or expectations for the Odd Ducks. Some employees worked on for weeks. Others collaborated and produced one or two a day.
Some wouldn’t sell their ducks but crafted them to practice their skills and brought them home to display on their mantels. Those who would sell them kept half the selling price. That price usually did not amount to more than their regular hourly wage, but no one seemed to care about the precise amount of income.
The response to the Odd Duck programme was so great that Alcorn put up a bulletin board he called “Odd Letters, as a place to post appreciative notes from customers. Most of the customers, it seemed, had no interest in hunting but just liked to have the ducks around. And when Alcorn learned that some of his customers were in turn selling the ducks as “Cyrus Witchell’s Olde Time Odd Ducks,” he did not complain.

Questions :
1.How did the “Odd Ducks” programme enrich the jobs at Standard Decoy ?
2.What motivated workers to participate in marking the Odd Ducks ?

Dusty answers:

This is special education for those who have additional needs. Your question would be better posted in a different category.

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