As you may know, my 10-year-old son Dino has had a hand in some of my Lefty Loosey projects. He’s my sometimes photographer and sometimes assistant. I love his enthusiasm and I would love to instill the love of DIY in him, just as my parents did for me. For Christmas last year, I gave him a book of woodworking projects geared toward kids. He chose several he would like to make and we had a chance to complete one during his last school break.
He’s a drummer, my boy, and he chose a slit drum for his first project. The projects in
“The All-New Woodworking for Kids” book all include materials, tools, and cut lists. The instructions are straightforward and easy to understand. Dino loved this project because he was able to use a lot of power equipment (with Mommy’s supervision of course!). He wielded a drill, jigsaw, nail gun and electric sander like a champ. He gets all the photography credit as well! I chipped in the use of the table saw and Dad helped both of us with the coping saw.
Next, we marked our measurements and made cuts using the table saw.
Lastly, we assembled the drum using wood glue and brad nails and followed it up with a thorough sanding.
The plans call for making drum mallets out of dowels and rubber balls, but he has mallets and is choosing to use those for now. The drum sounds great!