Building timber skills at Bulahdelah Central School

Bailey Brown, Nathaniel Reitsma and Samuel Smith with their tables.

THE construction of small turned tables has been the focus for Year 9 Industrial Technology Timber students at Bulahdelah Central School.

The project aimed to develop skills in working with timber including the use of hand tools, power tools and fixed machines.

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The construction process emphasised to students the importance of accuracy when measuring, marking out, cutting, and assembling.

Students were also introduced to basic wood turning skills by using the lathe to create the stem for their tables.

Chris Gladys, BCS Head Teacher of Industrial Technology said, “The final stage of the project involved applying a lacquer and wax finish to improve aesthetics and longevity.

“Although the tables were all based on the same plan, students customised their work by creating individual
designs for the stems and tabletops.”

BCS student Bailey Brown said, “I am pleased with my table, it is stable, solid and practical.

“I like the contrasting colours and textures of the pine and hardwoods that I used for the tabletop.

“I enjoyed learning to use the lathe and other machines and I am looking forward to completing the next project, which is the construction of a tray.”

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