A few weekends ago Mark and the boys set up a work space in his workshop. This was to solve two issues:
1) The boys repeatedly borrowing Mark's tools to work on projects and not returning them. 2) One of our children has a habit of tinkering with things that aren't meant to be tinkered with. Usually, this results in the thing being broken. Usually, it is beyond repair. And usually, it is very expensive. I guess only expensive things are worth tinkering with.
To solve the first issue, Mark purchased each of their boys their own basic set of tools: hammers, wood glue, screw drivers, tape measures, wrenches, and pliers (plus aded some nails, screws, and clamps, from his own stock.)
To solve the second issue, he built them their own tool bench in the corner of his workshop. They are allowed to build anything they want using scrap wood and other specified materials. It's been a few weeks, and so far nothing else has been broken! And some cool creations have been made.
|The boys' workbench|
|First project: a "go kart"|