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08-14-2012 04:46 PM

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Hey folks,

I’m looking for project ideas and this is the perfect place for it!

The school only has pine and the course is a half year class that’s for 8th graders. I’ve inherited a pretty beat up shop. There are minimal drill bits, no working jointer, and no router table.

Please, please, please share any ideas you have for projects that these kids can do that’s solely made out of pine.

Thanks in advanced!

-- Jess

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#1 posted 08-14-2012 04:56 PM

If you have hand tools, a shaker step stool is good practice for dovetails, no need fro screws and nails and it is pretty easy. Plus you get something useful.

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#2 posted 08-14-2012 05:23 PM

Try bird houses, sliding pen boxes, plaques, small wall shelf, planters,soap box derby cars…..

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#3 posted 08-14-2012 07:01 PM

Projects that are held together by mortise and tenon joints are good and can be held together with a dowel and glue or just glue.
Stools and benches are good projects for mortise and tenon joints, as well as small tables.

Half lap joints make for some nice picture or mirror frames and can be pegged with a dowel.

A suggestion might be to ask the parents to help with some donations of glue, nails, screws and other project related fasteners that may be needed for a project.
For my daughters 8th grade class the school was short on materials and I donated some wood, nails, screws and glue to help out.

Look forward to hearing about some of the projects that the students make and maybe some pics.

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#4 posted 08-15-2012 12:41 PM

In 6th grade, my class built coat racks. The flat, wall mounted style with pegs. My parents still use it 20 years later.

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#5 posted 08-15-2012 12:55 PM

I would NOT let a 12 or 13 year old near a jointer or router table anyway, so good thing they aren’t even there. I’d be afraid of sharp chisels around kids as well, so I’d favor projects with simple butt joints like the birdhouses, stools, toolboxes, shelves (tell them it’s a Wii or Gameboy parking station) pit together with glue and finish nails. Certainly show them other types of joinery but keep the skill needed basic or they will lose interest. You can always ask them what they would like to make as well.

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#6 posted 08-15-2012 01:11 PM

Might I recommend a really excellent book?

The Pine Furniture of Early New England by Russell Hawes Kettell.

I am sure you would find a few designs in there that would fit the class.

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#7 posted 08-15-2012 01:43 PM

Another book recommendation… The Essential Pine Book. There are a large number of fairly easy projects in there based on pine… Worth looking into for you.

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#8 posted 08-15-2012 08:45 PM

Thanks for all the great ideas! Please keep them coming. I will definitely check out the books.

How does a small table sound? I know a hardwood would be the better choice but would a small pine table with a tile center be ok?

-- Jess

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#9 posted 08-15-2012 08:53 PM

Just keep the style in mind. Pine is a popular choice for rustic / country pieces. I wouldn’t want to do anything too fancy with it though.

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