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Sometimes a little talking-to (and video surveillance) is all it takes.

I have noticed three things about tools and kids. Kids can find tools even if it requires tunneling under the garage wall. Kids can claim complete innocence when asked why tools are missing. Two days after the tools go missing the same kids manage to build a tree fort complete with lattice work.

Power tools are dangerous. To prevent your budding carpenters from doing irreversible harm – to the tools, not themselves – you should give them a quick course in power-tool safety. Here’s what to tell them:

“First I will demonstrate the proper method for cutting a 2 x 4. What? No, we will not be using a blowtorch. That’s later.

“Notice how fast the blade on the saw turns. This allows it to cut through wood. Can it be used to create shaved ice? I would have to check our insurance coverage.

“Please keep in mind that it is illegal in all 50 states to enter your Dad’s shop without his permission.


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