Hi, I am looking for new and creative ideas to do with a grade 11 and
12 manufacturing class. We have a budget so pine seems to be the only
wood we can afford. I would appreciate any suggestions to keep the
students motivated even if they aren't wood related.
What sort of tools are you prepared to arm them with? Have enough
benchtops and safety glasses to go around?
Perhaps you could show them how to use the Google SketchUp program to
We have a budget so pine seems to be the only
How about more details.
How many students?
Any previous experience?
Maybe you could call me.
I can generally find a couple dollars to help kids. We sell tools and
safety glases. Maybe a donation?
popguns such as Cabela's sells?
Maybe some ideas from Junior Achievement?
I have no idea how schools work. if I suggest something inappropriate
please let me know.
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HI, I have 22 grade 10 and 18 grade 11 students.
I have experience in most areas
The shop has wood working equipment and a cnc router and 2 metal
I am in Alliston Ontario Canada an hour north of Toronto
I may do a pen project on the metal lathe
cnc router corel draw do a sports name or student name
looking for other ideas
the students are 14-16 years old.
I will look into getting donations of maple as suggested.
thanks, electricity project? not house wiring, pnumatics?,
any ideas help.
Are there any cabinet making shops nearby that may be willing to
donate their scraps &/or cutoffs?
Projects I recall from HS woodshop:
floor & table/desk lamps (electrical too)
The wood shop teacher at the high school
where I taught electronics - lucked out - a food/drink place
burned down. It was in heavy oak. Most of it was just
smoke or water streaked on the outside. The teacher
cleaned up the boards and began to look for his project
as well as students. He did a fantastic pool table his last
year before retirement. It was well done.
The students learned a lot and helped making parts after
a lesson. Lots of wood for better versions if needed...
See if there is a fire in the area - houses or businesses.
On 9/7/2011 5:56 PM, k wrote:
On Wed, 7 Sep 2011 11:26:33 -0700 (PDT), "SonomaProducts.com"
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That's the thing about needs. Sometimes, when you get them met,
you don't need them anymore. -- Michael Patrick King
One thing that Dad built for mom years ago were storage boxes.
Room storage - e.g. put root crops in there as freezing them will
cause them to rot. Onions and potatoes and the like.
5 side box - the front has a U cut leaving some on the side and bottom
front - but round the edges so the had is ok. Make them stack-able.
They are handy in the shop holding rope, string.....
Simple joinery, edging...
Pine - Varnish or paint.
Coat racks - turned pegs into a board that mounts between studs.
On 9/6/2011 3:47 PM, k wrote:
To keep students motivated, I think a problem solving approach is the best
method. Present a problem and let them solve it. The trick is finding a
project that's easy to build simply but can be taken to reasonable extremes
as creativity and motivation allows.
A guitar stand could be a good choice for some students. It can be easy to
build, but adding details and other useful parts (like pick storage) can be
Anything the students can race is a fun project. Race cars (CO2 or
pinewood derby style), boats, and even air planes or rockets (way cool!)
could all be good choices.
Bird house/feeder may allow plenty of creativity? Sounds like you may
as well present the students with a list of several choices. It's much
more fun to make something you would like to make, especially if there
is much sanding involved!
I built a bird feeder in high school too. I believe we were given a
choice. Maybe there's a reason its a standard? Birds aren't too
fussy... For a high school project, time is a firm constraint--so what
are ya gonna do?
For a variation, how about a bat house?
There's a book, "box by box" that presents a range of small boxes from
dead simple to one with a wooden combination lock and another with all
cuts compound angles. Has enough information to make them and some
guidance on how to go about it but it's not at the "for dummies" level.
Something useful to their parents. My shop class it was student chosen but
directed by the teacher. I got directed to choose a bookcase and my aged
parents finally parted with it some thirty years later. They had good things
to say about the school and about the shop teacher.
Good luck on keeping your classes going. Great to hear that there are still
classes where things get built!
"I'm the man who broke the bank at Monte Carlo ..."
*I've been on vacation, so I'm now catching up on past threads.
I've made projects for donating to various fund raisers in the
community, mostly school fund raisers. In some cases, local
establishments were happy to donate lumber for the fund raiser
projects. As someone said, your local cabinet shops should have some
scrap lumber available to you. Here are a few project ideas. They're
not as difficult as you may assume and many of the curve details/edges
are simply pared down squared edges:
These 2 projects have some cosmetic defect on them, so they were never
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