Woodshop

MIDDLE SCHOOLwoodshop

All middle school students take Woodworking for one marking period.  A marking period lasts for 10 weeks.

This is the first time these students are exposed to woodworking.  They are introduced to basic hand tools and have a varied project selection.  The students learn to use portable electric sanders.  They also learn to use stationary sanding machines, such as an oscillating spindle sander, and belt sander.  The students learn about different types of nails, and are taught the proper use of a hammer.

Examples of projects for Middle School students:

  • Variety of shelves
  • Tool boxes
  • Bird houses
  • Coat racks
  • Letter cut outs
  • Sport themed cut outs
  • Knock hockey boards

Grading:

There are no formal tests or quizzes.  The students are graded on the following:

  • Class participation
  • Use of all equipment
  • Clean up procedures
  • Project completion
  • Behavior

Middle School Students are shown the proper and safe way to use all machines.  Safety is paramount.  Students are supervised until they are comfortable on a particular machine.

They are also given the opportunity to use a variety of finishes, including stain, paint and polyurethane.  Students are taught the proper and safe way to apply finish.  They have the responsibility of finishing a project, which gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment.

 

HIGH SCHOOL

High School Woodworking is an elective class.  It runs for one marking period of 10 weeks.  If a schedule allows, a student can select Woodshop for more than one marking period.

In this class the students use hands on applications of the basic woodworking tools and machines. The students have the opportunity to make larger projects, and have a larger group of projects to draw from.  They are introduced to different types of project design and material selection.

The woodworking elective is open to High School students for all four years.  As the students become more skilled, they have the opportunity to make more advanced projects.

High School students are introduced to the following machines:

  • Drill press
  • Portable drill
  • Jig saw
  • Saber saw
  • Band saw
  • Jointer
  • Plate Jointer

Examples of projects for High School Students:

  • Small book cases
  • Benches
  • Larger shelves and corner shelves
  • Small tables
  • Small blanket chests
  • Larger bird houses
  • Small boxes

Grading:

There are no formal tests or quizzes.  The students are graded on the following:

  • Class participation
  • Use of hand and power saws
  • Clean up procedures
  • Project completion
  • Behavior

 

High School Students are shown the proper and safe way to use all machines.  Safety is paramount.  Students are supervised until they are comfortable on a particular machine.

They are also given the opportunity to use a variety of finishes, including stain, paint and polyurethane.  Finishing techniques are reviewed with all students.   They have the responsibility of finishing a project, which gives them a sense of pride and accomplishment.

The Woodshop classroom & program:

The woodshop is a place of respect and support for all.  The atmosphere is relaxed and friendly, but safety rules are always strictly enforced.

This program gives students a sense of accomplishment and pride in their new abilities.  Students get great satisfaction in taking a project from start to finish.   They also have something tangible to show for their efforts.  It gives students a place to be successful.