High School Woodworkers in Texas. What do you think?

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Blog entry by Pimzedd posted 04-10-2013 05:06 PM 4744 reads 0 times favorited 4 comments Add to Favorites Watch

These are photos of the woodworking projects that were entered in the Texas SkillsUSA (formerly know as VICA) Skills and Leadership conference this past week. As you can see from the first photo, there were a large number of projects entered. The projects were judges by a group of about 20 professional cabinet makers. The students are enrolled in Cabinet Making and Carpentry classes.

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. Projects with multiple ribbons were group projects.

One of the Best of Show entries.

This hutch was Best of Show at the District contest I chaired. Glad to see it received a Best of Show at the state level as well.

Another hutch with a granite work surface.

Not all projects were large. This was produced with a CNC router.

This small case was for shotgun reloading supplies.

This hutch and desk was a single entry by four students.

This is an ice chest, Texas sized! The liner appeared to be made of stainless steel, welded to prevent leaks. Another Best of Show.

How about a natural edge cedar picnic table.

Unique folding chair. If I count right, there are 36 hinges.

How about another chair. How much plywood and sandpaper did this take? Also another Best of Show.

Finally, a bunkbed with bookshelves and drawers. A two person project.

This photo shows about half the projects that were entered, some of the examples of what I think is outstanding work for high school students.

Hope you appreciate the efforts of the students and their teachers.

-- 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 04-10-2013 05:14 PM


VICA still is one of the best promoters of Vocational Education. Sometimes, I think if it wasn’t for this organization- shaming the academic world- all trade oriented education would be lost!

Beautiful projects!!


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

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 05:18 PM

Outstanding work there Bill!

I wish our local ISD would entertain some of the manual arts besides agriculture and horticulture and the ubiquitous sports programs.

I’ve tried getting someone interested in setting up a program for Junior and Senior high students, but seem to get stopped at every turn.

-- Improvise.... Adapt...... Overcome!

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 07:46 PM

Very impressive work from everyone.

-- Brian Timmons -

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#4 posted 04-11-2013 03:52 AM

Dallas, hard to do in a town the size of Franklin. Just a suggestion, some Ag programs do some woodworking. Might try helping the ag teacher.

-- 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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