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This project requires that you enjoy working with wood, using tools and building things. Can you see yourself building a table, a wood toy or a chair? As a beginning woodworker, you can build many items. As your skills grow, you will be able to make most of the objects in your house or even help build a home. No matter what you make, the joy of completing a woodworking project is great! From the basic skill of measuring, to using advanced equipment such as routers and jointers, this project has something for everyone.

Things to Learn/Do in the Project

Ages 7-9

  • Identify woodworking tools
  • Practice woodworking safety
  • Learn how to measure and mark boards, use a square, hand drill and a hand saw
  • Make a sandpaper block and a household item

Ages 10-13

  • Identify types of lumber and select wood based on grain
  • Learn about more woodworking tools
  • Use a combination square and make a miter cut
  • Make a bird house

Ages 14 and Older

  • Learn to use a powered circular saw and radial arm saw
  • Discover technology in tools
  • Explore career opportunities
  • Make an advanced wood item

Project Materials

Reasonably priced materials are available for every project in Kansas 4-H. You can order the materials for your project online or contact your local Extension Office.

Woodworking, WW100

General Woodworking Resources

Project Leader Resources

Awards and Recognition

County Level
Award: Medal presented at your 4-H Achievement Banquet
Donor: Star Lumber & Supply, Inc.

State Level
Award: Medallion
Donor: Star Lumber & Supply, Inc.

National Level
Award: $400 National 4-H Congress Scholarship
Donor: Star Lumber & Supply, Inc.

Career Connections