As we all know woodworking is an art that has been quite popular and growing more than ever now! I personally love doing wood projects on weekends and sell them to make extra dollars!
Based on my own experience I’ll show you how I made simple woodworking projects for high school students competition when I was a student.
Since not just businesses but schools, colleges, and universities are also shut down because of the pandemic our youth is left idle. Many students sit at their homes taking just online classes without much physical activity. Students who used to take part in sports or other extracurricular activities do not have much on their hands.
Therefore, recognizing the need of the hour I have gathered simple woodworking projects for high school students which are not only easy but also industrious. This way students have to lay around doing nothing. Furthermore, if you feel like woodworking is something that you enjoy then you can continue making wooden projects even after lockdown. It can work as both a hobby and a source of earning some extra money. You can check our other article about woodworking projects here.
Simple Woodworking Projects for High School Students
Here are a few woodworking projects that will help you create something great out of wood.
Project 1: Wooden Spoon
- Heavy hammer
- Iron Wedge
- Small sharp Knife
- Spoon Knife
Making a wooden spoon is quite simple and can be in just 5 simple steps.
To make the wooden spoon you will need a newly cut wood log which is ten-fifteen centimeter long then the size of the spoon. You can use any type of wood for the project however fruit tree wood, such as applewood, is recommended. Applewood is hard and very durable in use and also looks nice with the all-white grains.
Step 1: Once you have decided on which type of wood you will be using to make the spoon you will need a hammer and a wedge to split the log into four triangular pieces.
Step 2: Use a marker to draw the shape of the spoon and cut the rough shape of the spoon as close to the drawing as possible. That way you will have to do less work with the knife.
Step 3: After cutting the rough shape use a knife to finish shaping the outside of the spoon. When it is smooth make the bowl with a spoon knife. The last thing you will make will be the carving at the end of the handle.
Step 4: By now the spoon is almost complete. The spoon needs to be sanded now.
Before sanding the spoon needs to be all dry. It might take three to five days for the spoon to dry depending on the weather. Sand outside and wear a dust mask using sandpaper grain hundred.
Step 5: To finish off oil and wax the spoon.
You can use linseed oil. For the first coat put on a thick layer, let it sit for a few hours then remove the excess with a towel paper. Let it dry to the next day, and then you can ad wax.
Your wooden spoon is now complete and ready for daily use. Do let me know how it turned out in the comment section down below.
- Whenever you work with greenwood you should work fast so that the wood does not dry and crack. If for some reason you need to leave the wood or want to finish it later, then place the wood in a bucket of water or in a plastic bag in the refrigerator.
Project 2: Fireplace Insert
Fireplaces are not of much use during the spring season. Therefore, its time to make the fireplace more attractive and cover the dark gap opening since it is not going to be in use. This insert can easily be moved to be used as a regular fire grille when ready to be used as a fireplace. You may use dry tree branches for the insert.
Step 1: You can use a bandsaw to cut tree branches into two-three inch pucks.
It is not necessary that pucks are of perfect cuts. A little irregularity will add to the realism. You will need larger pucks for the majority of the insert and smaller ones to fill in the gaps.
Step 2: Once you are done cutting the pucks then you would probably require a little time with a sander to create a clean and uniform surface on the pucks.
Step 3: Now, let’s stain the pucks to seal and protect the wood from future damage, and to give it a nice look. Make sure to wear protective gloves and to work in a well-ventilated area when applying any type of varnish, stain, or oil.
Step 4: Before you can stick the pucks to a backboard you will need to measure the opening in which we will be putting the insert into. Carefully measure the opening for your fireplace, measuring all corners in case your opening is irregular or not square.
Step 5: After taking measurements cut out the backboard and paint it with a few coats of spray paint. Wait till the paint dries off completely.
Step 6: Now the dried wood pucks can be glued on to the backboard.
You can also mechanically fasten pucks with the screws. Start with the larger pucks, apply a good quantity of wood glue, and arrange over the backboard. Continue gluing down pucks working down to the smaller pucks, making sure to scatter the sizes. Finish gluing with the smallest pucks which will fill in the gaps between the larger pucks.
Carefully insert the backboard into the fireplace and push it into the fireplace opening until it is fully seated and secure, held by friction.
Project 3: Wooden Box
This one is my favourite as I used to make these wooden boxes with my dad in my summer holidays and I used to keep my photographs in it. These little wooden boxes can hold a lot of your memories.
It’s is a basic method for making a small box using just a miter box and saw. The technique does not require any extensive equipment and can be done fairly quickly.
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Miter box and saw or table saw
- Small Clamps
For this project, you will be using the standard four pieces of wood. The following measurements are accurate for your project.
Step 1: From the end, measure out and cut four – seven-inch long boards, two – five-inch boards, and one eight and a half-inch board.
Try to make the cuts as precise as possible. The cutting will be easier if you clamp the piece into the miter box while you are working with it. Do not sand any of the edges before gluing it up.
It is common for people to want to give it a fast swipe to clean off the edges and such, but what will wind up happening is that you will wreck the straight edge of the board, and you will see gaps after you glue it up. If you have any chipped edges, just smooth it off with your finger, then glue it.
Step 2: Now take one seven inch piece and place a thin layer of wood glue on both of the long edges. Place two more of the seven-inch boards on the glued edges to make a “U” shape.
Make certain the ends line up and everything is straight.
Step 3: Clamp the ends loosely, just to hold everything together. Place the last seven-inch board at the top without glue and apply a clamp to hold it there.
This board is only there to assure that the sides are straight and that the top gap is not wider than the bottom. Tighten all the clamps checking the boards to make sure nothing slid around.
If you have a large gluing area, it is not uncommon for the pieces to move a little. Let it dry for a good hour before touching it again.
Step 4: When it looks dry, remove the clamps being careful with the piece. The joints may still be tender. Set the un-glued seven-inch board aside and place a thin layer of glue on both of the “U” shaped edges. Place both end caps on, being careful to line up the edges as best you can. The closer you get it, the less you have to sand.
Step 5: Clamp both end caps in place and let the whole thing dry overnight. Remove the clamps and admire your work.
Take that last seven-inch board and check the fit inside the top. It should be close, but not overly tight. If it is too close, sand the edges until it fits easily.
If you have trouble getting it out again after you fit it, just screw a small screw in the center and use it as a handle to pull it out. The hole will be covered when the rest of the top is assembled.
Step 6: Take that last eight and a half-inch board and measure out and draw a line three fourth of an inch from each side.
That last seven-inch piece should fit cleanly between the lines. Glue up one full side of the seven-inch board and put it between the lines on the 8 1/2 inch board. Clamp tightly, make sure it does not move. It will be prone to slipping around a little. When the glue dries, un-clamp and check the fit of the lid.
You just finished making a wooden box all on your own!
Care and Maintenance
Even if these are simple woodworking projects, they also need some care and maintenance. Below are some tips to do so:
- The easiest way to maintain your wood projects is to oil them whenever you feel the wood is getting dry.
- Make sure to clean off any dust or dirt that is on the wooden products that you just made. This applies to anything that you use in your daily life because everything requires cleaning to maintain it’s originality!
- If you want to clean your wooden projects naturally then have a look at this blog post. I have listed some methods by which you can clean and maintain your lovely handmade wooden items naturally.
- You can also buy products that are specially made to protect wood items.
These were some of my simple woodworking projects for high school students. If you want me to make any other woodworking project then I’ll be most welcome to help you out in making it by explaining the whole procedure.
Just comment below your idea so that I can make it and give benefit to you!