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Shop Project

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.

Man, boy and girl hammering on woodshop projects.

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Project resources


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.

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.

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.


Some basics

Getting started

More online resources

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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