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#1 posted 10-01-2008 04:58 AM

you must have a good group of self motivated kids. I teach HS shop in St Louis area, and there only a few that I would allow to do such a project. My rule of thumb is that I limit projects to ones that I have done in the past or at least have mastered the joinery techniques. As you well know, most of our job is problem solving and the kids want the answer to how to fix it now.

One of my students is that kind of student, very motivated, self learner. His first year was his jr year in shop last year. Now as a senior, he is taking my class 2 hrs during the day and wants to build the NYW garden bench just because of the challenges it provides. His neighbor has one, so he knows what the final outcome SHOULD be. He is also my tech student director for the school plays, (I am the tech theater sponsor at my school and I am in charge of building sets and running lights and sound during plays).

I am going to actually purchase treated pine and allow him to make a prototype first without charging him. I am banking that one of the staff members will cover the $100 cost. I am actually going to do an email auction when he is done, hopefully kind of a mini fundraiser. I am basing this hope from the fact that last year we sold 72 adirondack chairs to staff members, and they are already asking when we are making them again.

We use the ad chairs as an assembly line project. They cost about $40 each using treated pine and stainless steel screws. Last year we sold them for $50 to the teachers and $40 to the students’ parents. This year price goes up $10. A few mistakes were made, so we broke even. Hoping to make $500 -$1000 to cover cost of a foreman pocket hole machine

Try the ad chair project. It has been a big hit at my school. Email me at for more info. We used the NYW plan which is also same as rockler plan, which came with a video and cardboard templates which I transfered to hardboard.

Have fun.

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