“Special Projects” Oct. 13, 2015

Sometimes we at CVCEC are asked to build projects for schools or centres in our school board. Usually, we do not simply construct these projects for the schools, but try to involve our students as an additional learning opportunity outside of the program of study. We only ask students who have finished their exams, who are ahead of the class in the work they are required to do, as an enrichment activity, or if there are special situations that need addressing in a smaller, more intimate learning environment.

In this case, we had been asked to make some sandboxes for Heritage School in Huntingdon. These boxes had to have removable covers so as to prevent the local cats from turning them into a communal litter box. The covers should transform into seats for the kids to sit on while playing. The school gave us a photo of a sandbox that they would like to have, and we designed and created two boxes for them.

Students who participated in this project included some recent graduates, a student waiting for remedial session and a couple of students ahead of their class in the Alignment module. Here is a little portfolio of the day:

We started by cutting the 2 x 12’s to length:



These were screwed together to create the bases for the boxes:


Then the tops were cut out of 5/4 x 6 stock:


and placed on top of the boxes to determine spacing:


Then the seats were screwed together and hinges installed:



When all was said and done, they looked like this:


And here are the builders enjoying the successful completion of their work with the two boxes – one open and one closed:


Luxury…thanks to everyone who participated! I hope you learned a few new techniques!


About jhcarpentry

I am a teacher in the Construction Carpentry Program at the Chateauguay Valley Career Education Centre (CVCEC) for the New Frontiers School board. This blog is a way for me to connect with my students.
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