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post #1 of 4 Old 04-25-2017, 05:08 PM Thread Starter
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Best Project to Learn Cabinet Making

I am a woodworking teaching and I am looking for some suggestions on project plans. I am trying to gear my class more towards cabinetmaking and I wanted to find a project aimed for high school students that would teach them the main components of cabinetmaking. If anyone has photos or project plans of something they think would be a possible option, I would greatly appreciate it! I have to maintain my budget so I can't be a full out kitchen cabinet but any kind of suggestions would be a major help.

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When I took shop we choose what projects we wanted to make. If you are looking for a more structured curriculum you might talk to a local cabinet manufacturer and perhaps they would supply the materials to build cabinets for them. Then by making cabinets to fit the needs of the shop you would be forced to adapt much of their methods. It might also lead to graduates of your class going to work for that shop.
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Have you considered looking for books on building small cabinets - say on line or at book stores? Some of those books may also show the basics of woodworking/tools/material required, which could be helpful for your class. Start with a basic box design plan - one that can be adjusted for larger or smaller cabinets as needed. Adding doors, drawers, and shelving could be for advanced projects. Be safe.
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When I taught High School woodshop over 35 years ago, I kept any required projects small because of cost. Large projects were the choice of the student or a group project with no more than 4 to the group.
Grouping seemed to work best when the students themselves decided on which 3 or 4 were to be in their group. If there were disagreements, I could say "you chose to be in that group".
Safety, safety, and more safety with high schoolers.

If you don't have time to do it right the first time, when will you have time to do it over?
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