Here are a couple of projects the shop class has been working on:
Two of the photos are coffee tables that our 8th grade shop students are making/have made. They are making them for themselves. If they do not want to keep their project, we will put them up for sale to recover the cost of the materials, plus a little more, to help with the needed funds in the shop.
There is a photo that show a stack of future Cornhole boards. The students have them assembled and we are just waiting to spray paint them in our paint booth. They have made four sets of Cornhole boards. Two of them are going to be kept at the school for the phy-ed classes and the other two sets are going to be sold.
The last group of photos are of a sauna that the students are building. It only has a couple of days left before it is completed. The students have framed, insulated, installed cedar siding, installed metal roof, steel soffit and fascia, steel wainscoting, floor drain, tile and grout, T & G cedar, Board and Batt materials, built and assembled a cedar door, door jamb and cedar handles for the sauna, installed an exterior door, wired lights in both rooms, and a couple outlets and the finished project will have LED lighting on the benches in the sauna. They have also installed the class A piping through the ceiling and the roof for the wood stove.
Our goal, with a lot of our projects, is to get the students engaged in building numerous types of projects, while using as many tools in the shop as possible. Another goal is to train our students, so that after graduation, they are prepared for today’s workforce. We want to make sure they understand how each tool is used safely as well as being able to use the tool properly. We want our students to use tools and equipment that are used on today’s construction sites so when they start a job everything isn't completely foreign to them. The purpose of the GoFundMe page is to help raise funds so that the shop class has a budget to work from. We have plans to continue to build a variety of projects that will incorporate as many of the trades as possible. We want to make sure that our students are exposed to a vast amount of trades and not just a couple. Just look at a single family home, there are many trades that are represented in the building of that one home - plumber to carpenter to electrician to painter and many others. Many of our students, as well as probably many adults, have no idea that there are that many different trades used to build one home. This is just residential, now if you get into a commercial building that number jumps considerably. Today's workforce is in need of skilled workers and we want to make sure that every student that leaves the shop is prepared with the knowledge and skills they need to succeed in today’s ever growing trades industry.
If we are able to build up funds to build a variety of projects, be able to sell them for a profit, use that money to replenish what was spent and to be used to build even bigger projects, then the shop could be self-sustaining and our students will have the benefit of learning so much more. Some of the projects we could build are utility sheds, kitchen cabinets, countertops, furniture, garages, saunas, tiny homes, various types of trailers, and much more. The goal would be to have the funds to build a house someday like many other high school shop classes have done. The issue we have now is we need the funds to start. If you are able to help us out, and more importantly help our students out, we would greatly appreciate it. You can be reassured that your money is going to the preparation of our students for today’s workforce.
Floodwood Industrial Arts