Simple woodworking projects are great for kids. They learn basic skills that will be helpful when they get older, and they get to make useful objects that are a source of pride. Wooden key holders are ideal beginning woodworking projects for kids because they are simple and inexpensive to make and very practical. You could have a class or group of children work on wooden key holders or they could be done individually.
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Types of Wood
Wooden key holders generally consist of a wooden background that holds several hooks for holding keys. Using this basic framework, you can make many different types of wooden key holders. You can have the kids make key holders out of standard plank lumber, beadboard, plywood or even particle board. The wood could be plain, unfinished wood, or the kids could use reclaimed wood from a recycling centre or construction project.
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In addition to a variety of wood, you can provide the kids with a variety of hardware for their key holders. Simple nails could be used for holding keys, as long as they are pounded in at an angle. Small hooks with screw backs can be inserted in the wood and are easy for kids to turn if holes are pre-drilled in the wood. Picture hangers also work well as hooks on wooden key holders.
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Kids can be introduced to wood finishes as they work on wooden key holders. They can use paint, wood stain, clear polyurethane, linseed oil, lacquer, wax or shellac. They can also use a combination of these products. As you teach the kids how to finish their wood, make sure they wear protective masks and work gloves.
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If the kids are making the wooden key holders as gifts, they could stencil the recipient's name on the wood. They could also paint or stencil designs onto the wood. Permanent markers can be used for detailed writing or drawing. The more you allow the children to be creative, the more invested they will be in the project.