High School Woodworkers in Texas, 2013. What do you think?

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Project by Pimzedd posted 04-10-2013 05:37 PM 4745 views 2 times favorited 24 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am again posting photos of woodworking projects completed by Texas high school students. The projects were in competition this past week at the Texas SkillsUSA State Conference. (NOTE: SkillsUSA used to be known as VICA). I have posted a blog at that shows additional photos.

We have some very active programs in Texas. The programs are vocational/career education programs, typically either Cabinet Making or Building Trades/Carpentry classes.

The students may enter a project built in class, either singly or as a group. All projects were completed this school year. Each project was entered at a district level competition and if judged to be of acceptable quality, it advanced to the state conference.

The hutch in the first photo was chosen as one of the Best of Show projects at the state competition. It was the Best of Show at a District level competition that I helped with about a month ago.

Photo #2 is a matching hutch and desk made by four students.

Photo #3 is a CNC project.

Photo #4 is a bunkbed made by two students, note the bookshelves and drawers.

Photo #5 is a shotgun reloading box. We like our guns in Texas.

Photo #6 is a hutch with a granite work surface.

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. As I have stated in posts in past years. 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 04-10-2013 06:08 PM

Wow! The work is fantastic! All I can say is that your school has some extremely talented and gifted students. Congratulation to all involved and thank you for posting.

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#2 posted 04-10-2013 06:43 PM

Bill, it honestly & truly warms my heart to see such fine work from our young folks.
Makes me hopeful that there is a future for our fine craft.
Congratulations to them & you !
Well done my friend !

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#3 posted 04-10-2013 07:29 PM

Excellent craftsmanship on all projects, pass on my complements to the builders, they did outstanding work. These are projects to be proud of.

-- "I am a firm believer in the people. If given the truth, they can be depended upon to meet any national crisis. The point is to bring them the real facts." - Abraham Lincoln

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#4 posted 04-10-2013 07:33 PM

Glad to see that wood shop in High Schools has not completely gone the way of the dodo yet.

Really nice projects, super talented young people.

-- - Terry

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#5 posted 04-10-2013 10:09 PM

Super job….makes me wish I hadnt slept thrugh shop now….lol

-- Buster, Ocoee TN (Critics are men who watch a battle from a high place then come down and shoot the survivors - Hemingway)

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#6 posted 04-10-2013 10:42 PM

Very awesome work.

-- Nature created it, I just assemble it.

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#7 posted 04-10-2013 10:51 PM

It has to be hard to pick one project over another when they are all on the same level. Superb.

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#8 posted 04-11-2013 01:24 AM

They did some wonderful work,impressive.


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#9 posted 04-11-2013 01:31 AM

Terrific projects and obviously terrific students with great talent. The hutch is stunning and the Last Supper box is amazing. Nice to know the trades are still being taught in high schools

-- Dee2, OH Aromatherapy....fresh cut wood!!

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woodshaver Tony C

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#10 posted 04-11-2013 01:37 AM

This is really great work for high school students. Not long ago I asked a neighborhood young man if he took woodshop in his school. With a disappointed look he said no sir they don’t teach it in our school. Glad to see some schools still teach it.

-- St Augustine FL, Experience is the sum of our mistakes!

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#11 posted 04-11-2013 01:53 AM

That Last Supper box is beautiful! Any chance for more pics? Great work by the students on all the projects!

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#12 posted 04-11-2013 02:11 AM

I coach youth baseball (competitive) and am a woodworker. Have tried (for many years now) to get some of these kids (ages 10-12) interested in woodworking with zero success. If there is some sort of national program (SkillsUSA?) that could be a format to get this going, I sure would like to hook up.

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#13 posted 04-11-2013 02:31 AM

Bill, I am sorry I missed these over the weekend. My hats off to these students they have all done a great job. Competing is a great thrill and all of these folks should be very proud of their achievements and the work the skills they will be able to put into use in the future.

GO Skills USA!!

VICA Alumni

-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#14 posted 04-11-2013 03:45 AM

BusterB, if you had slept in my shop class, you would have found yourself performing machine maintenance ie. cleaning very dirty machines :-)

woodshaver, sadly the old industrial arts wood shop has pretty much gone away. Thankfully, the vocational programs still exist in some schools. It is also sad that vocational has a negative connotation since most of us have a vocation!

SawdustTX, go to the blog at, there are several more projects shown.

kajunkraft, go to and you can learn more about the organization. I believe Texas is the only state that has competitions with projects. The projects I posted at shows one of the many competitions that students may enter in SkillsUSA. Most of the competitions are hands-on skill contests.

Thanks to all for the comments.

-- 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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#15 posted 04-11-2013 04:26 AM

Great job. Very talented students. Congrats

-- The Old Rednek Workshop

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