Group 2 (advanced) - project ideas and examples 

Students will work with: 


-Sanding blocks and woodworking clamps

-Hammers, nails, screwdrivers

-Power hand drills

-Japanese pull saws


-Various natural wood finish, paint or oil pastels for decoration



Project Ideas and Examples


1. A scooter with wheels and a steering system (project usually completes in 4 to 5 sessions) 

Students sketch their scooter with measurements, proportions and lengths of all scooter parts. They use large boards for the base, they measure and cut using a hand saw to the proper lengths. The two boards are attached by screws with thin pieces of wood across the two boards. The steering system is built from of long boards measured and cut to the correct lengths. The steering system is then inserted into a hole in the base made with a large drill bit and using a dowel attached to the steering system and the board that will hold the wheels. The wheels are attached with screws, making pilot holes with a hand drill first and driving the screws in with a screwdriver. The seat and borders and any other unique details are built as per the students’ own design. The scooter is covered with a waterproof natural wood finish.


2. Folding Ladder (could be finished in 2-3 classes) 


Students measure and prepare by cutting all the pieces for the two parts of the ladder and the top base parts. All the pieces are sanded to make them smooth before assembly. They attach each step with screws by making pilot holes in the frame making sure the holes are on the same level on each side. Students use hand drills for pilot hole sand crew driver to drive in the screw. The two sides of the latter are held together with hinges so that the ladder is foldable. The finished ladder is then covered with a natural waterproof finish

3. Small cabinet with a door and shelves (Could be done in 2 classes) 


Students measure out all the parts for the cabinet, first measuring out the sides for the box with lid and then the shelf inside. All the parts are sanded. The outside box is assembled by using nails and making pilot holes first. The shelf is then attached with screws to the base and the sides. The door is attached with hinges and the handle is placed on the outside of the door for opening. A lock can be attached if desired. The cabinet is decorated with paint or oil pastels and then covered with clear lacquer. 


4. A bow and arrow with arrow heads made by flint knapping (could be finished in 2 classes) 


Students measure out all the parts of the bow the base and the arch. They use their own imagination to come up with the base design of the base. All the pieces are sanded. They then use a saw to cut the pieces. They attach the arch pieces with dowels, glue or screws. The arch is then attached to the base and holes are drilled to place the rope or screw eyes are used to attach the rope. The arrows are made out of long dowel pieces and the arrowheads are made with rock or lava stone by flint-knapping to shape it to be sharp. In the process students use primitive tools such as rock and deer antlers to earn how prehistoric man made their tools. (The arrowhead making is a class of its own). The bow is then decorated with paint, beads and feathers.


5. A project of the student’s own design

Students sketch a project they want to build discussing potential problems and edits of the design of the project. The instructors then prepare the wood materials for each project for the next class. Students work together with the instructors building the project based on the sketch.


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