Learn skills wood-workers use, such as measuring, squaring and cutting a board, sanding, drilling, and driving nails. Routers, joiners, table saws, tape measures, drills, sand paper and glue are some of the tools you will use to build projects of your choice.
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Level 1 learning goals
Plan a woodworking project; name tools; identify woods and uses for soft and hard woods; identify safety hazards and uses of safety equipment; select the right joint; explain finishing steps.
Level 2 learning goals
Select tools for a job; organize tools by function; name safety equipment needed for a job; explore woodworking careers; measure and cut angles.
- Woodworking Wonders 2 - Making The Cut (40 pages) Find this in the 4-H Mall
- Eight types of wood joints - udemy blog
- Woodworking safety videos - from Fine Woodworking
Level 3 learning goals
Identify and select proper clamps and fasteners; explain clamping techniques; compare strengths of connections; draw and measure angles, and enlarge patterns; build a cutting board.
- Woodworking Wonders 3 - Nailing It Together (40 pages) Find this in the 4-H Mall
Level 4 learning goals
Explore power tools and describe safety features and considerations when using them; identify and learn to make dovetail, mortise and tenon joints; explore exotic woods, veneers, inlays, overlays and finishing techniques.
- Woodworking Wonders- Finishing Up (40 pages) Find this in the 4-H Mall
- Welding Arcs & Sparks, The Ohio State University e-store 4-H curriculum book ($7.50, 75 pages)
- Basic Geometry - Khan Academy
- Safety Is a Major Welding Component - Welding safety module developed by Lincoln Electric
- Welding Connects Your World - Lincoln Electric online introductory arc welding course
More online resources
- TLC Wood Crafts
- Lowes lumber buying guide - Learn about wood types, grades, definitions and defects
- Homes for Birds - U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, things to consider and plans for building a birdhouse
- Popular Mechanics magazine - woodworking projects and resources
- Popular Woodworking magazine
- Wood magazine
- Start Woodworking magazine
Project leader resources
Record keeping & evaluation
To get involved with the 4-H Shop project, contact your county 4-H office.
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