skills USA national project

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Project by jjohnson0267 posted 10-11-2012 06:15 AM 4465 views 1 time favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

a project from my last year in tech school, skills USA is a nation wide competition, this is what we had to build. basically you show up they give you a blueprint and 8 hours to build. you can probably tell the facia is wrong because i hadn’t really learned hip rafters so that threw it off but i got 9th overall so im happy with that.

-- i love to play with wood!

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#1 posted 10-11-2012 08:24 AM

Hope you go on to many great years working with wood!

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#2 posted 10-11-2012 08:32 AM

Making mistakes is part of learning. Hiding/correcting the mistakes takes skill. LOL.

Keep trying and you’ll get it.

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#3 posted 10-11-2012 02:02 PM

Excellent, keep up the good work! The difference between a novic and a master is, the master knows how to hide their mistakes. A difficult task on a facia but non the less the point is the same. Enjoy the craft.

-- "Man's ingenuity has outrun his intelligence" (Joseph Wood Krutch)

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#4 posted 10-11-2012 02:04 PM

Hips are tricky. I was in skills usa a loooong time ago. don’t remember how i did but i do remember it was a good experience. Keep on learning and remember to use your resources wisely. that little blue book that comes with the swanson speed squares comes in handy. I’d say the hardest part of it is retaining how to do something if you don’t do it all the time. Like when i have to do rafters or stairs. it’s usually been such a long time since i did it the last time i have to figure it all out again.
Keep hammering away at it and you’ll catch a break.

-- In the end, when your life flashes before your eyes, will you like what you see?

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#5 posted 10-11-2012 07:23 PM

I was eligible for that last year and didn’t take the opportunity. After seeing your picture, I wish i did. Great job!

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#6 posted 10-11-2012 11:43 PM

I knew what the photo was before I read the title. I am a member of the SkillsUSA National Education Team and a Tech Chair for Occupational Health and Safety.

9th is great for that contest. The level of competitors at Natls. is very high.

Now go put those skills to work.

Good luck.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#7 posted 10-11-2012 11:48 PM

Glad you had the oportunity and took it. I have never heard of this before your post, but others have and it appears to be very worth while

-- Norman - I never never make a mistake, I just change the design.

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#8 posted 10-12-2012 01:11 AM

Nice one, I was in the Skills Canada competition in 2010 in the cabinetmaking sector, placed 5th overall, its all great fun. Never did do it again, havent competed in anymore provincial competitions to be able to move onto nationals but the more I think about it I think if I can find the time I may go at it again this year… maybe we’ll both win next time, see you at worlds? lol

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#9 posted 10-13-2012 12:56 AM

Skills was the greatest experience ever, i went to nationals two years in a row i wish i could go back again if i ever could get the chance again i would and for any one else that ever has the chance take it, you wont regret it.

-- i love to play with wood!

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#10 posted 10-14-2012 11:27 AM

Always nice to see someone who wants to master his trade.

You might like Chris Hall’s site :

and also

-- Sylvain, Brussels, Belgium, Europe - The more I learn, the more there is to learn

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#11 posted 10-14-2012 07:42 PM

Also went to Skills USA or actually VICA Olympics best time I ever had. Congrats on making it to Nationals! Nice work in the short time.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#12 posted 10-14-2012 07:57 PM

From Skills USA back through VICA and on back to the Future Craftsmen Of America- all one in the same. These have provided our young Vocational Students the opportunity to show their skills, make new friends and get a leg up on those kids who didn’t have the foresight to take vocational courses!


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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