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Old 08-05-18, 10:16 AM   #1
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Default Metalwork for a little 'un.

I have a young relative that pops round very infrequntly with his granny and likes to help me in 'the shed'. He is about 8 - 13 and has difficulty concentrating on anything for very long.

Does anyone have a suitable small project that would be rewarding, using the minimum of hand tools/pillar drill/lathe etc under close supervision of course?

With the demise of smoking, the old brass ashtray is out!

Cheers, Tony.
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Old 08-05-18, 10:23 AM   #2
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How about a small steam engine with a boiler?
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Old 08-05-18, 10:29 AM   #3
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I've got a couple of Suffolk foundry engines (or derivatives of them).

Neither run, but perhaps a good one could be made from the pair? good fun for sure.

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Old 08-05-18, 04:04 PM   #4
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I don't think even I have all the workshop knowledge to construct an egine. I'm afraid his visits are very rare and as I said his concentration lapses quite quickly. I was thinking about something more basic.

Thanks for those answers. Cheers, Tony.
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Old 08-05-18, 05:55 PM   #5
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(snip) With the demise of smoking, the old brass ashtray is out!
Ha ha - did we all make one?

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Old 08-05-18, 06:02 PM   #6
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Nope, but I've still got a boot scraper and a coat/hat peg .....

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I made a brass three legged jewelery dish for my mother
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Old 08-05-18, 07:04 PM   #8
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I produced a cold chisel that I still use, and any number of kung fu stars - until I got caught...

If your infrequent visitor struggles to concentrate, there's no point in starting anything like a little steam engine. You could set him to cutting and filing out a name plate for his bedroom door, or something like that?

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Old 08-05-18, 08:36 PM   #9
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A little "Unit" steam engine is a good introduction to metal work, they are extremely simple and can be bought as a materials and plans kit, part machined or fully machined.

https://www.forest-classics.co.uk/al...ngine-kit-no-2

Once well run in, they will tick over on air supplied by an aquarium pump.

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Old 09-05-18, 08:03 PM   #10
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How about something really basic, like a traditional shape junior hacksaw. It was the first thing I made as an apprentice, took less than an afternoon, and I still use it 49 years later.

Ours were made from a drawing, but if you have one for him to copy there are all sorts of skills to be learned, and he can use the existing one to cut the end slots for the blade. Then he'll have something he can actually use, and is a suitable size for small hands.

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