Shop Project for Kids | Woodworking Drill Bit Holders


Today’s project is going to be a little bit different because we’re not working on a project per say, but rather just working on something that will give my kids a sense of accomplishment. We are making drill bit holders for drill bits that once sat on a shelf in my drill charging station/rack. The holders we made will mount on the side of the charging station in plain sight for easy access.

Drill Bit Holder

Bigger Picture

Yes, we are working on something to use in the shop, but it’s not too interesting. The main reason we are made these holders and recorded the video is to simply expose my children to the shop environment and the work that I do. Sometimes they just need a little time in the shop to work on something to get their hands dirty and use different tools. Other than the fact of trying to spend time with my boys, I also want them to grow up with a skill that they can use in many different applications.

Kids in the Shop

By letting them help me on a simple project that lives in the shop, there’s a couple of things happening: The first is having a sense of accomplishment. They know they helped their daddy drill the holes, mount the holders on the drill charging station (plan) and organize the bits. That alone gives a kid the confidence it takes to try something else, something new. The second thing is the sight of the drill bit holders in use and knowing that they created something useful with their hands. Hopefully that feeling will stick with them and they’ll want to do more. This is a big picture project here, not a shop session.

Kids in the Shop

You never know the impact you’ll give by spending a little bit of time showing someone how to do something. For my boys, hopefully they will remember just one thing from working on this project. Whether that’s the time spent, the tools used, the satisfaction of completing the project or just the simple fact that they made something. Whatever it is, they might just hang on to that feeling forever and do more with that later. A memory is something that impacted you in some way, take the time to make it a good one for someone.

Kids in the Shop


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The shop vest that my kids are wearing is called the Zane Kid’s Tool Rig. It looks like the one I wear, which is called the JourneyMESH Chest Rig with Cargo Pockets. It is the first thing I put on when entering the shop. I don’t feel right without it now. Try them out for yourself for 46 days and if you’re not 100% satisfied you can return your product for a full refund. Can’t beat that. Tell them I sent ya! 🙂

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The Project

To give you a little bit of a how-to in this project, I will explain the steps we took to make these handy drill bit holders.  The first thing we did was cut the strips of wood down to size on the table saw from a 2×4. Once we cut the strips of wood to the desired thickness, the next thing was to measure and cut the strips of wood to length at the miter saw. Now that we have a few pieces at the correct length and thickness, we can decide the bits we want to store and figure out a good spacing plan. I let the boys lay out the bits however they wanted to initially, but when it came time to actually drill the holes we went by marks on a piece of painters tape. Setting up the drill press was an important part of this project.

Drilling holes

Drilling the holes

I laid down a piece of painter tape on the drill press table and determined where the starting hole would be and made a mark on the painters tape at the end of the wood. From that mark I measured over three quarters of an inch, made a mark and repeated that process to the end of the table. This way I had a mark to move the wood to when I drilled the next hole. My boys may not grasp every part of the project, but they were filing this experience away to recall later on.

Kids in the Shop

One thing I have to remind myself to do is to allow them to explore their way of learning, in a safe way of course. If I expect them to learn the way I want them to, they may not learn at all. That is one good thing about having them in the shop is picking up on how they react to certain things. This is important, especially for someone wanting to teach young kids in a shop environment. I understand there needs to be a universal safe approach to woodworking, but each kid will react differently to each project or task.

Kids in the Shop

I should mention that I also explained to my boys how the depth stop works on the drill press, so we didn’t drill all the way through the wood. Once all the holes were drilled, it was time to pre-drill the mounting holes in the adjacent side of the wood. These holes were drilled between the bit holder holes to make sure we didn’t interfere with the bit storage. We used a countersink bit with these holes, so the screw heads would be flush. When mounting the bit holders, we used one screw to hold it in place and level it before screwing in the other one. The last step in the project before calling it complete was to place all the bits in their new home.

Drill bit holder and charging station

What I learned

It’s true… you can learn something from the smallest of things, even if you’re the one teaching. Having my two oldest boys in the shop with me for this project was a pleasant experience as much as it could be. Those with kids in the shop know the frustrations with attention span and kids being kids. When I say “frustrations” I mean not being able to work on a project like you would by yourself. You have to adjust your workflow, the way you do things to be able to explain things in a different way. I have to prepare myself to answer a lot of redundant questions and get in a mindset of a teacher and a dad at the same time.

For the record, this project was decided on for my kids. I wanted them to be able to complete a project in without any majors issues and have fun. If they’re having fun, more than likely they are learning as well and that’s all that matters. If I learned anything during this project it was that I need to give more creative freedom to my boys when they’re in the shop. The last thing I want to do is to hold them back from enjoying the process of figuring out what they’re good at.

Kids in the Shop

This year I’m working on a course for kids that will take them through a series of projects and reward them with a certificate when they complete it. It’s not only one course, it’s a progressive tiered course with focus on teaching different skills. It could be life changing for some. If this sounds interesting to you sign up below to be notified when the course is complete and ready for enrollment. Share this with someone you know that might be interested.

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  1. Shawn,

    I enjoyed watching your sons work with you. My daughters are older and I always enjoyed the times they would come out to the shop with me, even recently as we worked on a project and posted the pictures on our Facebook page.

    Now that I’m a Papaw, I am patiently waiting and quietly grooming my 3 year old grandson so when he is old enough we can spend more time in my shop together.


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