XXL Projects for Junior High

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XXL Projects for Junior High

Post by woodworkerbob » Thu Jan 31, 2019 5:12 pm

Just finished assembly and running 'hello world' on serial number 9980.

Now I'm tasked with finding projects that will work for 6, 7, 8th graders.


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Re: XXL Projects for Junior High

Post by WillAdams » Sat Feb 02, 2019 6:20 pm

When I was that age, I made a simple open toolbox, as well as a screwdriver.

What is the availability of materials? Are the students expected to pay for materials out of pocket or will they be provided?

What sort of CAD/CAM expectations are there? Will the students be designing the project from scratch?

My inclination here is to work from the principle that there are two different kinds of furniture / 3 kinds of projects:

- boxes
- platforms
- sculptural things

6th grade --- a simple single bookshelf
7th grade --- a simple open box
8th grade --- a box with a hinged lid and possible other features depending on the student's skill level
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Re: XXL Projects for Junior High

Post by EfrainDon » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:03 pm

I'm a fan of various toolboxes, depending on the grade. You can go as simple or as complicated as you want with a toolbox.

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Re: XXL Projects for Junior High

Post by CrazyBillybob » Tue Feb 26, 2019 3:31 pm

I made some simple toolboxes with some 5-7 year olds. For them I had all the parts cutout and they assembled them. I used a saw to cut the blanks and Shapeoko to personalize the ends but with older kids the whole box could be CNCed. to add difficulty you can add box joint construction. With the personalization that would require them to flip the part and zero the start point correctly.

In this style of toolbox to keep the handle tight you need to split the round stock and wedge it like hammer/axe handle on both ends. Only one of the boxes in the photos has had this done. If the student doesn't use it as a toolbox they can use it for art supplies or many other things I'm always amazed how these 3 find ways to use theirs.

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