Here she is marking a cut line 50" from the end.
Hey, I don't want to use your tape measure she says, so she gets her tool set and drill we gave her for her eleventh birthday.
That's a handy little tool bag from Walmart. They also have it in black, if pink is not your color.
Here she is cutting the door. The little saw only cuts 3/4" deep so we had to flip it over and cut again.
Grandmommie seemed surprised that she did all the cutting. No problem, she wore safety glasses. Circular saws are notorious for getting sawdust into your eyes.
The problem with using a hollow core door is that the inside is only framed around the perimeter. After cutting the desk top 50" long, one end is hollow so I cut a piece off the top to insert into the end.
Ugh, it won't go in.
You go girl.
While that was drying we cut the other door into two 29" pieces to make the legs.
Next, I cut some braces with my full size saw. Her little fingers were tired and the little saw was charging.
Next she drilled pilot holes for the screws to go into. Pilot holes are very helpful with alignment and keep the wood from splitting.
I just bought a new pack of drill bits and I knew one or two would be sacrificed during this part but she held the drill steady and straight. No drill bits were broken.
That's my hand holding the brace.
Here she is putting the last few screws in. I told her to push hard and she did. I only had to give three of them an extra twist with the drill to get them down a little more.
Here we are both in the picture showing off the various tools used, she is checking to make sure the desk is level and I am acting like I am measuring something.
Well it was a great way to spend a rainy afternoon. I should have taken a picture of the painted desk. After the paint cures in a few days, they will move it into her room and her things on it. I hope to get a picture then.
So how much did each of us do? I trimmed the insert for the hollow core end, cut the braces with a bigger saw because the little one needed to charge, and I drove the screws through the desk top into the top of the legs while she helped hold them. All of the other measuring, cutting, sanding, drilling, gluing , and screwing was done by her. Can your eleven year old accomplish a project like this? Sure they can with help and direction.
My wife wants some bookcases built for our den. We might have to schedule a spend the night party with Alysa.