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Jacob Manning

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02-09-2010 10:59 AM

Hey everyone
I am 15 in year 10 i want to be a carpentar when i leave at the end of this year what do u think would be a good idea to make in my wood work class this year as my big project to impres the people i want to get a job with? Please send anything you can that you might think will help.


-- Jacob Manning

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#1 posted 02-09-2010 12:09 PM

Spelling and grammar would be a good start.

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#2 posted 02-09-2010 01:35 PM

So you’re 15 years old in the tenth grade and this is your last year of school? You actually aspire to be a carpenter? You must build a 2 holer in order to graduate and become a carpenter! LOL

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#3 posted 02-09-2010 07:23 PM

What impresses employers is a good attitude and willingness to work hard. But some nice photos of impressive projects can’t hurt. I would say look at projects listed under projects and pick one that you think you can build with what you you know now and the tools you have available and go for it. You know everyone here is willing to help even the grumpy ones.


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#4 posted 02-09-2010 07:37 PM

I´m with a1Jim
and may I suggest one
of the smaller projects
so you have time
enoff to make it
a eyecatcher


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#5 posted 02-09-2010 08:08 PM

Do you want to specialize in finish carpentry or rough construction. There is a big difference, so the project you choose should reflect your future plans. If you plan on rough construction, you could build mock-ups of stairs and rafters- both of these show your ability to understand the more complex knowledge of building construction. If you plan to take the finish carpentry route, a small desk or table with a drawer would probable work nicely. Make something with the best finish you can produce, to show off the highlights.

Hope this helps.


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

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#6 posted 02-09-2010 10:20 PM

Jacob You’re in NSW-that’s Australia, right? Try the apprenticeship programs. They most likely have standards you’ll have to meet but so does a real job.

-- Karen - a little bit of stupid goes a long way

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#7 posted 02-09-2010 10:24 PM

Kids or others may not even try unless we encourage them, whether you just starting woodworking or you are “just rebuilding your stash of tools”.


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#8 posted 02-09-2010 11:20 PM

well spoked a1Jim
he found L J and he will learn and he asked what more do they want

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#9 posted 02-10-2010 12:00 AM

All good woodworkers started out making crap. So i vote you concentrate on making some crap this year and get that out of the way :)

-- "The way to make a small fortune in woodworking- start with a large one"

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#10 posted 02-10-2010 12:13 AM

what kind of work have you done before? That will help people to answer you as well. Jim has some great suggestions/advice though.

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#11 posted 02-10-2010 12:26 AM

Jacob, when I first started in shop class I was 13. We made a small bench and a shelf, then we were allowed a project of our own, mine was a chess board that I still have.

What ever you chose to do consider doing handyman repair projects around your Mom’s house and friends. Take before and after pictures even if it was simple as fixing a fence or screen door. Ask for little notes of reccommendation from whoever you work for.

Just remember always do your best at whatever you do. That doesn’t mean what you do may look perfect or be right. It just means your did your best at that given point in time. I often come across something I did many years ago like that chess board. Sure I could do much better now than I did 44 years ago. But you know at that point in time what I built was perfect and the best I could have done as everything I have ever done since.

Come back often, you know where we all are, we’ll be glad to help.

-- ~Just A Guy With A Hammer~

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#12 posted 02-10-2010 01:24 AM

well for…

1) use proper spelling and grammar on this site don’t talk like some teenage punk
2) stand proud for who you are and what you’re getting into
3) to learn this trade its takes criticism so if someone sounds like they’re insulting you, they’re just making you stronger
4) you’re always learning no matter how experienced you get even from the inexperienced
5) theres no such thing as a stupid question so ask away

as for my first tip for you: design your project before you build it as a guideline

-- M.K.

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#13 posted 02-10-2010 01:59 AM

My advice is to pick something at your current skill level, but don’t be afraid to challenge yourself! Try making a few smaller projects at first and then move to a bigger item. If you build something, post it on Lj’s in your projects section, you can add a link on your resume to your page on Lj’s and use it as a personal portfolio. If you are going to attach a link on your resume I would correct any spelling and grammatical errors, potential employers look for this kind of thing. If there is anything else don’t be afraid to ask, we are all here to help. Welcome to Lj’s.

-- A hammer dangling from a wall will bang and sound like work when the wind blows the right way.

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#14 posted 02-10-2010 02:30 AM

Have you talked to your teacher? Most wood shop teachers have a pretty good idea of projects that you can complete at your skill level, and would likely know locally how you can get into your desired career,whether that is an apprenticeship, tech school or whatever.
You don’t say what you have made in the past so it is hard to know what your interests may be. I tell many of my students to make something that parents will use. Knowing that whatever it is has a specific purpose, and a “client” in mind helps them focus on getting it done and getting it done well.
Put your best effort into your project, whatever you decide. And post project pictures when you are done, I can’t wait to see what you come up with.
Mrs. N

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#15 posted 02-10-2010 02:33 AM

First of all, I would say that you definitely need to identify what work you wish to accomplish. Either way, you are going to need to learn from a professional on how to do the job with efficiency. You need to show a strong work ethic. He who hires you will certainly want you to do it their way anyway.

As for making an impression, I suggest making something that certainly has multiple elements, such as drawers and casework if your skills allow. Also, it would be nice to add in some molding with some compound miters if that is in your skill set, as carpenters need to fit complex angles into their work.

About the grammar and spelling. This is not a job interview, a spelling test or a college thesis. I am appalled that you guys are chastising a young kid for mistakes that you most certainly have made yourself. At least he has taken the initiative to ask for help in starting a hard working career.

By the way, this text entry field has spell check, but no grammar check.

Good Luck Kid,


-- Educator by Day, Wood Butcher by Night!!

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