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Rob Lowe Talks DIYs, Kids and Failing Eighth Grade Wood Shop: ‘I Am the Single Worst Crafter’

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Rob Lowe might seem like the total package — handsome, charming, loyal — but he has one shortcoming he’s not ashamed to admit.

“I am the single worst crafter,” the actor, 52, tells PEOPLE. “In eighth grade wood shop, I failed. Not the project — the class.”

Growing up, Lowe’s two sons, Matthew, 23, and John Owen, 21, often approached their dad for help with their art projects. And although he had the best intentions, the star of the upcoming Super Troopers 2 often had to seek some extra help to ensure his sons didn’t suffer his same wood shop fate.

“I once had to build a wooden car for the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. I had, like, shallow breathing, sweating,” Lowe recalls with a laugh. “But I was like, I’m a creative person, I’m an actor. I’ve got this. And within two days I was begging my friend who is a contractor to do it for me.”

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His sons might have more luck than Lowe, however, if they inherit some of their mom’s sense of design.

“She’s amazing,” Lowe says of his wife, Sheryl, 55. “The thing is, a good couple fills in the blanks for each other. So she fills in the blanks for me when it comes to technical artistry.”

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Lowe, who attempts to build a diorama with Busy Philipps in an upcoming “craft-off” video for Michaels stores, says he does appreciate the beautiful artwork of others. A standout piece in his own home calls to mind his famous role on The West Wing.

“One of my favorites is a portrait of George Washington,” he says. “It speaks to my love of history.”

There is one crafting creation of his own, though, that Lowe will proudly display on his property when the time is right.

“I can carve the hell out a of a pumpkin,” he says.