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jcurse8
Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 2:46:13 PM
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I teach jr. high and highschool woodshop, and am looking for help with an interesting project idea. For my 6th grade class, we build a bird feeder using hand tools. my 8th grade class builds gumball machines. both of those 2 classes LOVE those projects. I cannot find another interesting small project that my seventh graders would actually enjoy. Right now I have been making pencil boxes with miter joints, and splined corners.(I end up doing most of the work, because of the dadoes and splines. Does anyone have any suggestions. By the way, I only have students for 7 week intervals, and we only work on projects for 4 of those weeks.

Thanks, Curse!
mikeb
Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 5:31:53 PM
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Hi jcurse8,
You can check my website and if you like any ideas you can email me through the website. Here is the link:
http://www2.nksd.net/education/staff/staff.php?sectionid=501
Jeffseiver
Posted: Monday, September 14, 2009 9:50:26 PM
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If you want some ideas check out my school site
www.balljuniorhigh@auhsd.us if you want something contact me at Jeffseiver@aol.com and i will send it to you.
salthunter
Posted: Tuesday, September 15, 2009 1:31:07 PM
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have student make a mystery box ( the old version was a stash box) Cheap to make , uses lots of different pieces of equipment .
I do not have any instructions
francisd09
Posted: Sunday, September 20, 2009 10:28:54 AM
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Interesting, will check those websites.

modern dining table | contemporary furniture | tv stand | modern fabric sofa
GeorgeWildEarth
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 1:10:53 PM
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Minwax has number of project plans available on their site (for free).

http://www.minwax.com/

Just go to the Projects header and you'll get a drop down menu.

George Vondriska
Wild Earth School
JoeNovack
Posted: Monday, September 21, 2009 1:51:42 PM
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Absolutelyfreeplans.com is a little cumbersome negotiating but you will find plenty of projects for beginners...
Jim Bird
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 7:59:16 PM
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I have 6th graders for a nine week period and one of the projects that we do is a mini table top hockey or soccer game. Kind of like a mini bumper pool table. 1 piece of pine for the base-goals cut out of the bottom at each end, diagonal pencil lines laid out to drill and install players (pegs)-one in the center and four more equal distance back down the diagonal lines. Cut, glued and nailed or clamped lattice size strips around the board. Sanded and clear finished. Kids get their choice of a white or black marble to play hockey or soccer.
Good skill builder and fun.
My 7th graders make a classroom set of dominos- careful uniform cutting and squaring, center cross kerf, layout work for die spots and drill press practice with a countersink and depth stop.
They also design a mini golf hole on a sheet of graph paper then build it to that size,flock the green and make their own putter, another white marble. We have a class tournament when finished. Fun stuff!
CanKuhn
Posted: Sunday, September 27, 2009 8:41:29 PM
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These are the projects my 7th graders do: http://web.mac.com/cankuhnster/IntroductionTo7thGrade/Projects.html

I have them for 10 weeks.
ehensel1
Posted: Tuesday, September 29, 2009 5:40:44 PM
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My kids love the bandsaw boxes they make. I bought this book from Amazon, made a few "tweaks" to how my kids make them, and viola! Let me know if you want my instructions.

http://www.amazon.com/Building-Beautiful-Boxes-Your-Band/dp/1558705228

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