I am need of a easy, inexpensive wood working project for my agriscience class. In the past we have made bird houses and tool boxes but I am looking for a new idea. Does anyone have an idea and/or plans?
One idea might be to build saddle stands. There are a couple different types. One type would be one that would hang on the wall with an eye bolt and a hook. A couple of 1 x 6 and a 4 x4 with an eye bolt and a hook work great. Another would be a free standing stand that could be moved around. I currently don't have any drawings, but could put together something detailed if you're interested.
We do saddle racks that have a storage box built in the bottom!! They work out great and "horse people" really like them. ... I just web searched and found examples that I liked and made up my own design.
If you have the textbook "Agricultural Mechanics:Fundamentals and Applications", it has an appendix in the back with a lot of good project plans. I use the picnic table plan every year with my Freshman students. If you do not have the book, you can request a free copy here:http://www.delmarlearning.com/Browse_Product_Detail.aspx?CatID=16062&ISBN=1401859569.
Delmar's agricultural dictionary is very good as well.
Not sure if you have seen this before but this is something I ran across last year looking for the same thing. http://http://www.yellawood.com/projects/project.aspx?id=63 that is there website I found a lot of stuff on. I attached a book I downloaded off their site.
Lowes website is also very helpful. My Ag 1 kids built an adirondak chair from that site and they walk you through step by step with videos to show the class as well.
Thanks. My students have built adirondack chairs using Popular Mechanics plans. They are a little hard to duplicate because the angles are hard to duplicate. Thanks for giving a different option.
I take my class to the computer lab on day and have them search from free woodworking plans. They have to find at least 3 that they would be interested in completing. They then get into groups and come to a conscensus as to which project they will complete. (I also give them a budget.)
A good website that we get a lot of plans from is:
I also compile all of the plans they find into a binder so I always have some ideas on hand.
A small and easy project that I had to do when I was in school was a key hanger. Just have them pick a design or shape and put it on their wood and cut it out and sand, stain/varnish and then attach hooks to hang keys on. It is very simple and is a great starter project.
Yellawood has a good sized book of woodworking project ideas of various sizes and complexity. The best part is you can download it for free.
I have been wanting to include restoring furniture in the shop. Buy a piece of furniture at a thrift store or have the kids bring in something and show them how to take off the paint, sand it down, fix any broken pieces, add things to it like tile, and paint. This would be an easy project and let the students be creative. They could in the end either sell it in an end of the year silent auction or they could take it home to use.
If you want some nice wood projects go to www.minwax.com/wood-projects/student/ . The log in username is "school" and the password is "projects". Also trying going to "Woodworkers Journal" if you sign up for their monthly flyer they will send you excellent detailed plans that you can download for free. I have about 30-40 different project plans from them all at a variety of experience levels.
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