Woodwork technology at the school workshop

Does your school accommodate for woodwork technology? Have you had an assignment from your school workshop where you weren’t quite sure what you were doing?

Well, we have the subject for you. We are going to cover the basics of what is and what you can do with woodworking at your school’s workshop.

What is woodwork technology?

Woodworking is a skill or task that involves making usable items from wood. You can build tables, cabinets, chairs, dressers, and other furniture. This also includes wood carving, joinery, carpentry and more.

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Who invented woodworking?

It is not so much to as who, but at what time did woodworking occur? Like with animal parts, stone and clay, woodworking was among the first materials to be used by early man. Evidence of this skill can be found as far back as the time of the Neanderthals.

Wooden tools were crafted by early humans from sticks to full-length spears. As food and shelter was needed, wood became essential for hunting and gathering. By the time of the bronze age, wooden coffins were built from large tree trunks. Next, the iron age saw a rise of wooden idols being carved from finer woods.

Now that we have a grasp about what woodwork technology is, let’s take a quick look at where it was most prominent.

China

From the spring and autumn period in 770 BC China, Lu Ban was known for non-glue, non-nail wooden builds. Evidence of his teachings left pieces such as alters, tables, flowerpots and more.

Egypt

Well before 2000 BC Egypt was and is still known for its unusual yet beautiful art style. Some of the most advanced woodworking came from these earlier periods. This is where fancy depictions were carved into furnishing or other wooden surfaces.

Furniture included chests, tables, stools chairs and just about anything made from wood. Ancient Egyptians used tools for their woodwork technology. This included axes, pull saws, chisels, and bow drills.

Rome

Rome was known for its dependence on wood. This provided the materials for their tools, household goods, as well as transportation. Even their homes’ structures were used from wood. Their craft also involved using wood for different purposes. The Romans used the material for waterproofing, dye, pipes and heat energy.

What is a woodworker called?

The answer is simpler than you think. A woodworker!

Since it is a generalized term, these workers can be referred to by different names. You’ll often see “tradesmen” as a general term for this skill. Another common name is “craftsmen”.

This is a broad term used to describe someone who craft things by hand. These two terms are like the title “artisan”, all can be applied to different skills.

In 2015, a group of woodworkers were named a “grove”. According to Bill Lattanzio from an article on a woodworking site. This has become the most accepted term to use for a collection of these workers.

What is the difference between a carpenter and a woodworker?

The difference between the two is minimal. With that being said, they still both hold some similarities. Both are skilled workers in their respective fields but with different tasks. Both work with and build things from wooden materials. So are carpentry and woodworking the same? Let’s see how these two compare in woodwork technology.

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Carpenter

These tradesmen are more known for working on a building’s structure. You would expect to see them working on the beams or pillars, also the molding or trimmings of a home. You can almost refer to these as exterior workmen.

Woodworker

You would go to a woodworker for building furniture or household goods. Woodworkers will often build furniture for the home. Pieces such as chairs, wardrobes, tables, headboards and sometimes assisting with carpenters. Viscera.

The trade is in their name, so you’ll know who to go to if you are in need of fine carvings. Their work is usually targeted for interiors.

Primary school woodwork projects

You might be wondering how can I teach myself woodworking? Where do I start? If you are a beginner just starting or a student looking to be ahead of your class, here’s a good place to start. There are many projects for kids and beginners who are looking to start woodwork technology.

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What is a good first woodworking project?

Here is a list of a few simple projects you can get started today.

Napkin holders

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What you will need:

  • balsa wood ( cut two pieces at 4″ x 24″ x 1/4″ and a third piece at 3″ x 24″ x 1/4″ )
  • gorilla glue

To start, make sure your balsa wood is all of the same length. Balsa is a softwood and can be easily cut.

Next dab some water on your finger and run it along the bottom piece’s edges. Add the gorilla glue at the bottom lengthwise of the two identical pieces. Finally, place onto the bottom piece.

Leave to dry for about 1 hour and you have your self a simple, wooden napkin holder. Now you are free to decorate it however you please.

DIY wood planter

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What you will need:

  • one 1″ x 10″ x 8″ board or have them cut into three x 9 1/4″ and two x 7 3/4″ pieces.
  • wood glue
  • drill
  • wood screw
  • stain for a nice finish

Already having your cut pieces, use the wood glue on all three 9 1/4 pieces then stick them together. Next, drill a pilot hole to where the three pieces are stuck together. Then you would drill in the wood screws where you’ve just made the pilot holes.

Once dried, place the base down with the two pieces facing upwards. Then you will repeat the process above so both the 7 3/4″ pieces are together. This will form a box with an opening for your solid and plants.

Now you are ready to do some cultivation! Experiment with different woods and lengths. You can create a full flower bed in no time.

Final thoughts

I remember my first woodwork in the early 2000s. Although it was secondary, we all had fun creating ornaments, stools, chairs and other wooden items. We’ve used hand saws, grips, hole punchers and a bunch of other interesting tools. Everyone passed with flying colours since we had amazing teachers who guided us.

Woodwork technology can be fun, challenging and fulfilling. So when the time comes to make something at your workshop, you’ll be slightly more ahead. There are many simple projects you can follow online that you can impress your friends and teachers.