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Here’s a kick-ass present for your favorite “apprentice” — or “the boy” as my father always called me: a miniature wood workshop complete with a lathe.  This looks like a great way to help kids develop and hone skills that should apply well when they’re are ready to step up to the big versions — and will last a lifetime.

The “mini apprentice” workshop combines the functions of five real tools, each capable of the same tasks you’d expect from its big counterpart just in miniature.  Children can cut and shape with the reciprocating saw, smooth rough edges with the disk sander, drill holes cleanly and accurately with the drill press, and even make intricate lathe turnings either in freehand mode or using the wheel-guided tool post. 

All the tools are driven by the same motor that attaches to each tool much like a ShopSmith — only at about 1/20th scale.

Let us also state for the record that we are not suggesting that you run out and get one these for the young’n and send them off to remove a finger. Always supervise children when using tools of any kind.  That said, for $99 bucks I would jump at the opportunity to give a kid the chance to experience woodworking at a young age.  I wish I had one when I was little.

Apprentice Woodworking Machine [Micro-Mark]
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5 Responses to Get The Kids Started Early

  1. Yeah… I had a mini-scroll saw similar to one of those when I was a little kid that was my father’s when he was a kid.

    It was a lot of fun until one day I decided to take it apart to see how it works. With it still plugged in. That’s when I discovered electricity.

  2. Dan says:

    I had something really simular to that. Except the motor on it burnt out quickly. Worked great though for a bit when I was working on Pinewood Derby cars. I remember I mounted the wheels on there and ground them down to a point for less resistance. That might be why I burnt out the motor though. . .

  3. Kurt Schwind says:

    For the kids? Why can’t I just get one for myself? 🙂 Seriously though, I think my daughter would have a blast making her own ‘doll furniture’ with that.

  4. Jessica says:

    It’s NOT just for kids, I hope – this looks like a great tool for a certain adult I know that works on miniature models. Does anyone know what the dimensions of the tool are? Or where I could find dimensions? I’m wondering: will it take 1/4″ dowels for the lathe, does it have enough or too much power to sand popsicle sticks? Responses are cool, but otherwise, I think I will continue hunting down this info. It really does look like a neat tool and a fairly cheap experience/opportunity for kids.

  5. PutnamEco says:

    Get a real lathe, your experience will be much more rewarding. Pen turners are fond of the Jet mini.

    http://woodworking.jettools.com/Products.aspx?nav=ByPart&ClassID=333132&Part=708375

    or you might try Turncrafters.

    http://woodenpost.com/products/TurnCrafterPlus_Pen_Turning_Lathe.htm

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