So, the first year has gone by, and infact, most of my second year at NSCC has also gone by. The first year was alright, its hard to remember everything i’ve learned since then, but I know its been a lot. Not just about carpentry or woodworking but I’ve really grown as a person since I left grade school.
Our projects in First Year were relatively simple, first being some “task sheets” where we had to do specific things with specific tools, to build our skills with techniques and tools. Then we did basic joinery: lap joints, mortise and tenon, basic mitre, half lap mitre, and dovetail. All the joints were cut by hand on 2” wide x 12” rough length material. Just using up scraps.
Next was a serving tray, using biscuit joinery for the bottom, routing dadoes, and using a band saw to cut the handles. Everything was made of clear pine. We had specific plans to follow as it was being marked, then we were allowed to dress it up however we wanted.
Third big thing was building sheds, this taught us framing, roofing and other things involved with building a basic 8’x10’ shed. We used trusses for the roof which the 2nd Year Carp students built. Also, we built these sheds outside, in -25 degree Celsius weather in February. It was awful.
Our final project of the year was our furniture project, a coffee table. Again specific plans, with a final height of 19” and a top of 20”x40” we constructed the entire project out of clear pine, except for walnut plugs which I cut from a scrap of walnut I had brought in from my house.
Overall, it was a good year, I made a lot of new friends, and, for 2nd Year, I get to stay with all my same classamates.
-- Drummer Gandy