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Project by wildwoodbybrianjohns posted 05-13-2020 08:25 AM 842 views 1 time favorited 17 comments Add to Favorites Watch

How the Wildwood Woodworking School for Quarantined Teenagers began:

When it became apparant to me that my son was intending to spend every last second playing computer games while quarantined at home, I said, no way, you are going to learn some skills, how to use tools, and begin woodshop class tomorrow morning. The first day of school, it was just a simple matter of my son learning how to screw and glue wood together. Then, we decided to take it to the next level and make a decent box a kid could store all his “private” stuff in, and declutter somewhat.

Round about the same time, my good Coloradoan friend was telling me his son, one of my sons bestest friends, was into drawing 3d pictures, and while on the way to grab us a couple fresh brews, brought out his son´s sketchpad to show me. I was impressed. My friend suggested that his son would probably really like to create something out of wood, so I said sure, thats doable. If you dare to run the gauntlet of police roadblocks bring him to my house, we can start next weekend. Which he did.

So, Theo, my son, made the box. Jatoba and BB ply, lined with velvet.
Dayne, made the serving board. Iroko, Sapele, QSO

Tools they learned to use:
Table saw with cross-cut sled
Mitre saw, and the importance of a zero-clearance deck
Belt sander
ROS sander
Drill
Screw-gun
Trim router
Router

They also learned that Linseed oil and beeswax is the best finish ever, because its natural, and easy. And because I say so.

This past weekend, when their projects were complete, I asked them, so, do you want to do this again. They both said yes. What project would you guys like to do, ya think? Theo said he wanted to make a 3d serving board. Dayne said he wants to make a box, which, is also 3d. Ok.

I am anticipating that word is going to spread, and that I will soon have some more students.

Thanks for viewing.

And have a great day!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.





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recycle1943

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#1 posted 05-13-2020 11:49 AM

well, the cutting board – WOW that is great
the box – whoda thunk ply could look so good. the edge pic of the lid and the handle very impressive

-- Dick, Malvern Ohio - my biggest fear is that when I die, my wife sells my toys for what I told her I paid for them

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#2 posted 05-13-2020 01:21 PM

Thanks, Dick. I hate doing cutting boards, but figured such would be a good place for a novice to start. Simple. This one wasnt all that simple, the glue-up was tedious, to say the least. We did it in stages, blocks of three, then all blocks into one, in a jig to keep everything square and wedged tight.

The box handle was shaped on my makeshift sanding station, belt sander clamped on its side.

They are both very proud of their work, and so am I.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#3 posted 05-13-2020 01:21 PM

Nice, Brian!

-- Dave - Santa Fe

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#4 posted 05-13-2020 01:29 PM

Some samples of what can be done with plain old plywood. The idea for the sculpture/centerpiece was to reverse the idea of squaring the circle, and in the very center there is a crystal that focuses a beam of light when the sun hits it.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#5 posted 05-13-2020 01:36 PM

im far from a teenager but was wondering if i may take the class anyways you must be a very GR8 teacher and the boys both deserve a good pat on the back and an attaboy BOTH PROJECTS GREAT JOB :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN

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#6 posted 05-13-2020 06:33 PM

Well done on all!

Claude

-- https://www.etsy.com/shop/ClaudesWoodcarving

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#7 posted 05-13-2020 07:26 PM

Very cool Brian. Those are both fantastic projects for first-time builds. Way to give them something cool to do and make em want more! My first WW project was a doll seat I made in 7th grade shop class. Why the hell would you give a 12 year old boy a doll seat as his first project? It did not impress me to say the least.. On the other hand, my mom still has it and proudly insists on keeping that POS on display in her house ;-)

-- Kenny, SW VA, Go Hokies!!!

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#8 posted 05-13-2020 08:20 PM

Thanks Kenny. My 7th grade woodshop project was, funny enough, a valet box. I still have it.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#9 posted 05-13-2020 08:57 PM

You must have the patience of a saint Brian, great to hear about your successful venture into passing on a skill to another generation!

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#10 posted 05-13-2020 09:03 PM

I would be proud to have made either of those, and to have a son make them, that would be heavenly!

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#11 posted 05-13-2020 09:17 PM


You must have the patience of a saint Brian, great to hear about your successful venture into passing on a skill to another generation!

- splintergroup

Ha, anything but. It is not unheard of for tools to go flying, or failed projects to get smashed round these parts, my friend.

I do like teaching kids, that way I can feel superior. (sarc)

And thanks.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#12 posted 05-13-2020 09:20 PM

Thank you all, for the great comments. I am sending them along to the boys, itll be super incentive for their motivation.

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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#13 posted 05-14-2020 12:22 AM

Great job getting the kids off the computer and video games! I’m sure, years from now that these projects are what they will remember from these days. Nice project, congrats!

-- AJ

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#14 posted 05-14-2020 04:14 AM

Great job Brian!
Its good to see the woodworking bug going viral! Nice schooling and good on you and the teens.
Glad you got your son interested in shoptime and away from video games.
Great work too.
Jon

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wildwoodbybrianjohns

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#15 posted 05-14-2020 11:59 AM

Thanks AJ and Jon!

-- Wildwood by Brian Johns: Because cheese isnt a healthy source of cheese, I will use grated cucumber to top off this raw food vegan pizza.

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