High School Woodworkers in Texas, Do You Measure Up?

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Blog entry by Pimzedd posted 03-30-2010 05:04 AM 6660 reads 1 time favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

If you saw my project entry, you know I said I would post more photos of the woodworking projects that were entered in the Texas SkillsUSA Skills and Leadership conference this past week. There were in excess of 200 projects entered. All had to compete at a district level and receive a blue ribbon at that level to advance to state. While looking at the primary project in the photo, you can see some of the many other projects that were entered.

Here are some of the examples of what I think is outstanding work for high school students.

This bumper pool table was one of four projects awarded Best of Show. The photos in the project post showed the excellent joint work. This photo shows the center post that was turned. Looks like quite a heavy piece of wood.

This view of the Best of Show desk shows the raised panel work on the end. The top is walnut burl.

This Best of Show cedar cabinet advanced to state from the district competition that I was able to judge. Glad to see that the state judges agreed with me concerning the quality of work. Note the door and drawer pulls made from the brass ends of shotgun shells (it is Texas!)

This table was the last of the Best of Show awards. The legs are made of alternating walnut and maple, each piece was at least 2 in. thick. Each leg was an exceptionally close match to the next.

This Asian style bench was very impressive. The seat was made from book matched walnut including the angled front and back of the seat.

This wine rack came from the district contest I judged. It was my Best of Show at that level.

There were some nice turnings as well. The notebooks are required for every entry. They contain hand drawn plans, list of materials and a description of the construction process.

Each walnut piece of this coffee table had an insert of maple. The legs appeared to be maple with padauk inserts.

This walnut coffee table had laminated edges with pieces joined at an angle. All pieces were well matched.

Not all the projects were large furniture. I loved this rebuilt camera.

This oak bookshelf has multiple ribbons since it was a group project

This coat rack was made by cutting multiple strips of walnut. They were then coated with glue and held against a form using hand screw clamps. Lots of smoothing and shaping.

Nice chest made with multiple pieces.

Nice oak gun rack.

How about a wooden trumpet! Lots of well matched miters.

Students also compete in a hands-on timed skill contest. The ten young men and one young lady won their district contest to qualify for the state contest. They had approximately six hours to complete the cabinets shown. The winner will compete at the SkillsUSA National Skills and Leadership Conference in Kansas City in June.

Best of Show in Auto Collision repair was pretty impressive as well.

Best of Show in welding was impressive also.

I hope you are as impressed with the quality of the work of these high school students as I am. I believe it is outstanding. Given the opportunity and the right teacher, students can accomplish great things.

-- Bill - Mesquite, TX --- "Everything with a power cord eventually winds up in the trash.” John Sarge , timber framer and blacksmith instructor at Tillers International school

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#1 posted 03-30-2010 05:22 AM

Given the opportunity and the right teacher, students can accomplish great things

I don’t think anyone could have said it better than this.


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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#2 posted 03-30-2010 07:36 AM

Fantastic works. No, I don’t measure up to their levels. haha Hope to see them continue with their work and bring fresh ideas to this wonderful craft. Too many things are lost in this generation coming of age.

Thanks for the great post.


-- Scrap Wood's the best...the projects are smaller, and so is the mess!

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#3 posted 03-30-2010 07:52 AM

very impressive. Those kids have some serious talent.

-- ~ Inspiring those who inspire me ~

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#4 posted 03-30-2010 08:47 AM

I don’t measure up to the work I did in junior high either. lol. Those kids are great. I hope they find a future that allows them to continue to develop in the ways they desire.

-- Jim

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#5 posted 03-30-2010 11:33 AM

great show /pictures
thank´s for sharing


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#6 posted 03-30-2010 12:35 PM

thanks for the look .

it is good to see that there is still some opportunity ,
for these skills to blossom .

around here ,
they have cut everything ,
from reading to shop to music .
all the kids do ,
is smoke dope and have babys ,
and drive around in ‘mommy’s ’ car .

-- david - only thru kindness can this world be whole . If we don't succeed we run the risk of failure. Dan Quayle

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#7 posted 03-31-2010 07:49 AM

I took wood shop but never made anything as nice as these entries. Thanks for giving us a look.

-- Aaron - central California "If you haven't got the time to do it right, when will you find the time to do it over?"

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#8 posted 03-31-2010 10:42 PM

It’s great to see some students in this country have the opportunity to explore skills that engage not only the brain but their hands. I wish schools in this state had shop classes and competitions like shown here.

When I grew up, I wanted to teach wood and metal shop.

Thanks for the pictures of some great projects.

-- Tyvekboy -- Marietta, GA ………….. one can never be too organized

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