Welding and Woodworking 4-H Project Ideas

4-H Project Ideas for Welding and Woodworking

Source: University of Minnesota Extension

Ideas for Your Project:

1.  Visit someone that works in a metalworking field, such as a welder.  You might find out how he got started in his career and try some of those ideas for yourself.  Ask him if you can shadow him for a day to learn more about his daily tasks.

2.  Use your shop skills to help others.  Join a Habitat for Humanity group, or some other local organization, and help them build a house for a family in need.

3.  Make a design for something you would like to build - a table, a cabinet, maybe even a small building.

4.  Using your designs, or someone else's, build your own article made from metal or wood.  You can start out with something easy, like a birdhouse, and work up to something difficult, like a china cabinet.

5.  Study the differences in woods (hard vs. soft, etc.) and discover which woods work best for various projects.  Make a display showing the best uses for each type of wood.

6.  Does your family have an old antique sitting around the house that doesn't get used anymore because it's scratched or just doesn't look nice?  Try fixing it up!  Refinishing an antique can require a lot of time and patience, but the finished product is worth the work you put into it.  Try using different stains to get just the look you want.

7.  Visit someone who does woodworking for a hobby.  Ask him if he'll teach you some of the tricks of the trade.  Often someone that thoroughly enjoys a hobby is willing to pass their knowledge onto someone else.

8.  Learn about safety practices for using specific tools.  You might ask someone that works in a wood or metal field, or visit your local hardware store to ask them about specific tools.

9.  Create your own toolbox.  Decide what you are going to be building, refinishing, or repairing and then make a list of tools you will need to complete the job.  You might borrow tools from your parents or other relatives, or you may begin purchasing tools of your own.  Check local rummage sales and auctions for less expensive prices on quality tools.

10.  Learn how to use a new tool this year:  a chisel, a jig saw, a scroll saw, etc.  Try to use this new tool in a project to bring to the fair.

11.  Come up with your own activity, or call the Extension Office for more great ideas.  We also have several woodworking project books you can check out.  These books are full of hands-on ideas for you to learn more about woodworking.

Links to Visit for Further Information and Ideas:

***Please note: these are non-ISU Extension web sites.

American Welding Society:  Learn about welding and the society at this page.

Fine Wood Working:  Read articles online from this woodworking magazine.

Metal Web News:  Participate in online discussions and read newsletters about metalworking.

Popular Woodworking:  Read selected articles from this magazine.

Shop-Wood and Metal PLUS Sheet:  Get helpful hints for how to get started on your project and project ideas to try.

Woodweb:  Learn more about the woodworking industry at this website.

Woodworking.com:  Use this website to get advice on a project or to find other woodworking links.

If you need more help or ideas, we have a variety of resources for you in the Extension Office. Feel free to stop by or give us a call at 563-568-6345.

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