Holiday Door decorating contest at our school

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Project by tooldad posted 12-14-2008 07:48 AM 7458 views 0 times favorited 11 comments Add to Favorites Watch

Here is my woodworking classes’ entry into our schools door decorating contest. We have an unfair advantage that I will exploit to win (anything to win is almost my motto). We are an outbuilding that was connected last year by a corridor, most of the doors in the school open up into the hallway, typical, so teachers are limited to a small area around their door and it is difficult for most to work in more than just a 2d plane. But what the hey, I take every advantage I can to win, right!

When I taught middle school shop, I had a display cabinet that I could put my little tree with it’s tape measure garland and keychain tapes and mini spring clamps for ornaments in so that the kids would not mess with it.

I rec’d the email from the door decorating sponsor and my first reaction was, “that silly door decorating contest, people are just going to put wrapping paper on their doors again” I then headed up to check my mailbox and as I came back, something hit me and I came up with the santa’s workshop entrance idea. I pitched it to the kids and they went to town.

THere are even speakers in the ceiling which run to my office and to finish it off, I have “a toolbox Christmas” playng, where most of the music is created by tools.

My wife even loved it enough to use it as our christmas card pic!

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#1 posted 12-14-2008 02:47 PM

That is a really cool display. As far as taking unfair advantages, I always say if you have it, flaunt it.

Tell the kids great job and keep up the good work!

-- -- Rob Hix, King George, VA

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Tony Mirabella

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#2 posted 12-14-2008 05:17 PM

Real clever! Even having not seen the rest of the entries, its pretty obvious that your classroom’s a shoo-in for that contest.

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#3 posted 12-14-2008 05:59 PM

Great Work!

I am going to pass your idea along to to the Carpentry Instructors at the Vocational School where I used to teach. The school has one of these contests every year and this will certainly bring the first prize to the carpentry kids.

Thanks for the idea!


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

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#4 posted 12-14-2008 06:38 PM

Very creative. You’re having too much fun!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 12-14-2008 06:55 PM

Lew—If they do, get a picture :-)

-- Fred, Springfield, Ma

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#6 posted 12-14-2008 07:30 PM

Looks like a lot of fun! I am sure that the kids at school enjoy it.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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#7 posted 12-15-2008 02:58 PM

Wonderful doorway. Not only creative but it puts their skills to good use. I’m sure the other teahcers are jealous.

-- Bill from Lithia Springs, GA I love the smell of sawdust in the morning.

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#8 posted 12-15-2008 05:09 PM

use the skills available to you or you are just wasting the talent!!
Excellent job.

-- ~ Debbie, Canada (, Young Living Wellness )

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#9 posted 12-17-2008 08:16 PM

I wish I saw this before I wraped my door with wrapping paper. Next year victory will be mine.

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#10 posted 12-22-2008 04:16 PM

Very Nice. i like it, So when can i come get some Toys? LOL


-- Jimmy "Handi" Warner,,, Twitter: @Handisworkshop, @HandisCreations

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#11 posted 02-22-2009 07:57 AM

Thats one of the coolest things I have ever seen! :) Those kids did a bang up job. Hope you gave them extra credit. lol

-- Turning perfectly good wood into sawdust and kindling since 1990.

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