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Hammer Saw Drill: Intro to Woodworking

Jennie Lou Harriman, MA, MFA
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(4)
In this course, we will review safety guidelines and tool tips, then build 7 projects. We only use hand tools–no power tools are needed! You'll learn all the basics to get started woodworking.

Class experience

8 lessons//8 Weeks
 Week 1
Lesson 1
Tools, Wood, and Safety
This lesson introduces the tools and wood we will use, and how to use the tools safely.
 Week 2
Lesson 2
Sanding Block
In this lesson I'll show you how to make a sanding block you can use to sand the rest of the projects you build. You'll practice sawing.
 Week 3
Lesson 3
Sewing Stick
In this lesson I'll show you how to build a sewing stick. You'll practice your drill skills.
 Week 4
Lesson 4
In this lesson I'll show you how to build a sailboat. You get to hammer, saw and drill!
 Week 5
Lesson 5
Counting Board
In this lesson I'll show you how to how to build a counting board. You'll practice your hammering skills.
 Week 6
Lesson 6
In this lesson I'll show you how to make a bed. You'll learn how to join.
 Week 7
Lesson 7
In this lesson I'll show you how to make an airplane. You'll practice joining.
 Week 8
Lesson 8
In this lesson I'll show you how to how to make a baby using all the skills you have learned.
Students will learn:
-safety rules
-the function of each tool
-the parts of the tools
-how to use each tool effectively
-tips for decorating 
-how to build seven different projects
My "Hammer Saw Drill” woodworking courses have been widely successful with homeschool groups, in classrooms and grant-funded residencies for people with disabilities, in small-group classes in community centers, and with builders ages 2 to 100 in an intergenerational program. I created the woodworking book "Hammer Saw Drill: Woodworking Together" in collaboration with 40 children.

The curriculum is designed to empower learners of all ages and abilities, building confidence and independence through hands-on woodworking skills, the responsible use of tools, and the promotion of creativity and problem solving. 

I have 30 years experience as an art educator, and have earned both an MFA in Interdisciplinary Arts with teaching licensure, and an MA in Early Childhood Education.

My approach to teaching focuses on nurturing individuality, creativity, and discovery to help learners develop skills that enhance self-esteem. I love seeing how woodworking helps learners focus, brings them joy, and builds confidence. I keep my classes small in order to best assist each learner.
Homework Offered
Assessments Offered
I am happy to provide feedback on finished projects. Send at least two photos from different angles, and I will respond.
Grades Offered
This course does not include grades, but I will send a certificate of completion after you complete the class and have sent me photos of each finished project.
I designed this course for a variety of abilities. Learners from ages 3 to 100 have taken woodworking classes with me and have included people with ADHD, ASD, Down syndrome, muscular dystrophy, and cerebral palsy. 
No previous experience is needed.
The specific tools in the lists and videos I provide are the ones I have found are the easiest for children to use. I receive no commission for this. I am simply passing on what works, to save you the hassle and frustration that I have already been through over years of trial and error. I have been teaching woodworking for many years and these are the most successful and cost effective hand tools I have found for young people and people with low muscle tone. 

If you already have similar tools that work for your child, that is great. If you find that any tools you have are frustrating for your child, please follow my suggestions.

Builders will also receive printable checklists and a wood buying guide.

The most important supplies to purchase are the items for safety!

a vice or miter box
safety glasses
work gloves (optional)

drill and bits
tape measure


I will give you exact measurements and printable PDFs when class begins. You can take them to the lumber store when you buy supplies.
Learners will not need to use any apps or websites beyond the standard Outschool tools.
Parents and caregivers, to ensure the safe use of tools, please supervise your learner. The experience may even strengthen your relationship. I learned woodworking from my father and it is still my special connection to him. Remember to trust children and let them use the tools independently. 

However, if any children have low muscle tone, they may need hand-over-hand assistance. I have done woodworking with preschoolers, older citizens, and people with a variety of disabilities. They can do it and most of them love it. Woodworking builds confidence, trust, and respect. If you have any questions about how to adapt for specific needs, please reach out to me.
Average rating:5.0Number of reviews:(4)
I love working with children and integrating themes and different subject areas into my lessons. I have taught preschool, homeschooled my daughter, and tutored learners in math, reading, and writing (including handwriting). 

I have over 30 years... 
Self-Paced Class


weekly or $84 for all content
8 pre-recorded lessons
8 weeks of teacher feedback
Choose your start date
1 year of access to the content

Completed by 16 learners
Ages: 8-12

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