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Start with a piece of wood and end up with a handcrafted piece of art, household item, or item for sale. Woodworking's usefulness can be applied to many areas of life through learning how to safely use tools to build with wood. The woodworking project teaches the full scope of constructing a wood piece from design to completion.

  • Learn how to use tools correctly and safely
  • Design your project, including all steps from start to finish
  • Develop a materials list
  • Select wood suited for your project
  • Use of hand and power tools to cut, shape, join and sand your wood
  • Learn techniques, including turning, joinery, and finishing

State Fair Exhibit Rules

Each county may submit 2 entries total from 50357, 50358, 50359, 50360, 50361; and 1 entry from 50362.

The size of exhibits larger than 3’ x 3’ should be noted on the  online electronic entry form.

50357    Woodworking 1

Any item made of wood constructed or refinished by the member, appropriate for their age, skills and ability in this project. Pre-cut kits assembled by the member are not acceptable. Exhibits must be portable and cannot be exhibited on a trailer.(Exhibitors will be allowed to drive to the 4-H Tents for drop-off and pick-up of these exhibit items.)

50358    Woodworking 2

Any item made of wood constructed or refinished by the member, appropriate for their age, skills and ability in this project. Pre-cut kits assembled by the member are not acceptable. Exhibits must be portable, and cannot be exhibited on a trailer.(Exhibitors will be allowed to drive to the 4-H Tents for drop-off and pick-up of these exhibit items.)

50359    Woodworking 3

Any item made of wood constructed or refinished by the member, appropriate for their age, skills and ability in this project. Pre-cut kits assembled by the member are not acceptable. Exhibits must be portable, and cannot be exhibited on a trailer.(Exhibitors will be allowed to drive to the 4-H Tents for drop-off and pick-up of these exhibit items.)

50360    Woodworking 4

Any item made of wood constructed or refinished by the member, appropriate for their age, skills and ability in this project. Pre-cut kits assembled by the member are not acceptable. Exhibits must be portable, and cannot be exhibited on a trailer.(Exhibitors will be allowed to drive to the 4-H Tents for drop-off and pick-up of these exhibit items.)

50361    Woodworking Clover Challenge

Open to 15- to 18-year-olds enrolled in the Woodworking Clover Challenge Project who have completed Woodworking 1, 2, 3 and 4

Exhibits in this category should go “above and beyond” what the 4-H project books cover and should represent an accumulation of years of project study. The exhibit may include, but isn’t limited to, original works, objects, demonstrations, digital presentations, programs, websites, games, apps, performances, or posters which you have made. Choose whatever method best shows what you’ve learned. You must furnish any equipment you need for your exhibit. Internet service will not be provided for the exhibit. All exhibits must include something visual, such as a printed copy of a digital presentation, which will remain on display during the exhibition. Electronic equipment will only be used during your personal judging time and will not remain on display during the entire exhibit period. The completed Illinois 4-H Clover Challenge Agreement must be presented with the exhibit.

50362    Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge

Open to 11- to 18-year-olds enrolled in any Woodworking project

Exhibits in this category must include the following: a) a physical representation of the career or business product such as a model, prototype or display/portfolio that includes images of accomplished work; b) verbal or written explanations that demonstrate knowledge of the related career or business fields, potential careers, and the appropriate requirements for achievement in those fields. The judging criteria for this class values thoroughness of career and/or business exploration and pursuit above the workmanship of the physical specimen on display.