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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.

Project Levels

WOODWORKING 1

In level 1, learn the basics of woodworking, use a hammer and hand tools, apply glue, and select wood finishes.

WOODWORKING 2

In level 2, learn wood species, select wood types based on the item you’re making, use a combination square, cut on an angle, and sand wood.

WOODWORKING 3

In level 3, learn about hinges, clamps, joints, stains, angles, and T-bevels. 

WOODWORKING 4

In level 4, use a table saw, router, circular saw, and scroll saw, and experiment with adhesives and chemical wood strippers.

Resources to help you learn

  • Level 1: Measuring Up
  • Level 2: Nailing It Together
  • Level 3: Making the Cut
  • Level 4: Finishing Up
  • Woodworking Helper's Guide

State Fair Exhibit Rules

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

Woodworking 1 (SF 50357)

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.

WOODWORKING 2 (SF 50358)

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.

Woodworking 3 (SF 50359)

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.

Woodworking 4 (SF 50360)

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.

Woodworking Ready4Life Challenge (SF 50362)   

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.

Woodworking Maker (SF 50400)

Counties may submit 3 entries TOTAL combined from all Maker exhibit divisions.

Exhibits in this category are designed to be multi-disciplinary in nature, innovative, and must not fit into any other exhibit category. To qualify for this category, your project MUST abide by the following guidelines:

  • Exhibits must be an object or device that has an intended purpose and uses technology in either a mechanical way, digital (computer) way, or combination of the two.
  • The device must be something that can be used in everyday life by multiple people (a target audience), and MUST be manufactured/built by the exhibitor (If not fully manufactured by the exhibitor, the device MUST be modified structurally or be reprogramed to perform a different function other than what it was designed to do
  • Exhibit MUST be able to interact with the outside world. (e.g. an on off switch, input sensors, feedback, etc.)
  • Exhibits MUST include a detailed build log with instructions on how to make or build the exhibit, AND contain either a 3D rendering or detailed and labeled sketches of the device/product.
  • All parts and software used in the design/build MUST be listed in a detailed Bill of Materials including cost per item and total cost. Total time spent on the build must be documented in your build log.

In addition, exhibitors are HIGHLY encouraged to use tools such as 3-D printers, laser cutters, routers and/or other hand/power tools to help in the manufacturing process (NOTE: Simply 3-D printing or laser cutting an object without the other specifications does not qualify as a Maker Project). It is also HIGHLY encouraged that exhibits use Open Source Software and/or Hardware in the build.