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Woodworking Camps

Come and work with Mr. Pignatora in the Wood Shop this summer and create something amazing you get to keep! Please read each description carefully as each camp has grade level requirements and have additional material/supply fees payable to Mr. Pignatora on the first day of camp. 

NOTE: Enter only through the south side of the building at entrance #M-6 for access to the Art/Technology wing of the Middle School

Yard Jenga

In this 5-day course, students will learn woodworking skills, tool usage, and safety while creating their own Yard Jenga set. They will engage in hands-on activities to build, assemble, and personalize their Jenga set to take home at the end of the project. 

Course #SU24-WWYJ
Grades: Students entering grades 4-6
Time: 8:00-9:00am
Registration Fee: $85 per student
Material/Supply Fee: $50 per student (cash or check payable to Connor Pignatora on the first day of camp) 
Location: MS Room 312

Daily Camp Schedule July 8th-12th:

Day 1: Introduction to Tools and Measurements
*Introduction to different tools used in woodworking

*Basic measurements and their importance in building Yard Jenga

Day 2: Tool Familiarization and Safety
*Hands-on practice with tools under supervision

*Importance of safety precautions when using tools

Day 3: Cutting and Sanding Techniques
*Demonstration on cutting wood pieces to the correct size

*Sanding techniques for a smooth finish

Day 4: Assembling the Yard Jenga Set
*Step-by-step guide on assembling the Jenga pieces

*Testing stability and making adjustments

Day 5: Finishing Touches and Personalization
*Painting or decorating the Yard Jenga set

*Personalizing the set with unique designs

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Cornhole

Students will be able to create their own Cornhole set as well as the bags. Students will have the opportunity to learn woodworking skills and sewing techniques while creating their own Cornhole set! 

Course #SU24-WWCH
Grades: Students entering grades 7-9
Time: 9:15-11:15am
Registration Fee: $165 per student
Material/Supply Fee: $135 per student (covers cost of wood and material for 8 bags). Cash or check payable to Connor Pignatora on the first day of camp.
Location: MS Room 312   

Daily Camp Schedule July 8th-12th:

Day 1: Introduction to Woodworking Tools
*Overview of woodworking tools used in the project.

*Safety guidelines and procedures
*Demonstration on tool usage

Day 2: Building the Cornhole Board
*Step-by-step instructions on constructing the cornhole board

*Measurement techniques and accuracy
*Quality check and adjustments

Day 3: Sewing Cornhole Bags
*Introduction to sewing machines and techniques

*Sewing the cornhole bags with provided materials
*Ensuring durability and weight consistency

Day 4: Finishing Touches on Board and Bags
*Sanding and painting the cornhole board

*Decorating and customizing the cornhole bags
*Final quality check before completion

Day 5: Cornhole Tournament and Showcase
*Showcase of completed cornhole sets

*Reflection on the project and learning experience 

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Planter Box

Students will be able to use many woodworking tools as well as problem solving and creativity to design and create a 2 foot by 2 foot planter box. This will not include soil, but will be take-home ready for your flowers or garden!  Students can make a second planter box for an additional $75. 

Course #SU24-WWPB
Grades: Students entering grades 7-9
Time: 11:30am-12:30pm
Registration Fee: $165 per student
Material/Supply Fee: $100 per student for (1) planter box, $175 per student for (2) planter boxes. Cash or check payable to Connor Pignatora on the first day of camp.  

Location: MS Room 312   

Daily Camp Schedule July 8th-12th:

Day 1: Introduction to Woodworking Tools
*Overview of woodworking tools used in the project

*Safety guidelines and procedures
*Demonstration on tool usage

Day 2: Designing the Planter Box
*Planning and sketching the design of the planter box

*Measurement techniques and material estimation
*Problem-solving strategies for design challenges

Day 3: Building the Planter Box Frame
*Step-by-step instructions on constructing the planter box frame

*Assembling the pieces using woodworking tools
*Quality check and adjustments

Day 4: Finishing and Polishing
*Sanding and smoothing the planter box surfaces

*Applying finishes or paints for protection and aesthetics
*Personalizing the planter box design

Day 5: Final Assembly and Take-Home
*Completing the planter box assembly

*Packaging the planter box for take-home
*Reflection on the project and showcasing individual designs

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Tic-Tac-Toe Project

This project allows students to learn woodworking skills, express their creativity in designing the board, and enjoy playing the classic game of tic-tac-toe with their handmade board and game pieces.  

Course #SU24-WWTTT
Grades: Students entering grades 4-5
Time: 8:00-9:00am
Registration Fee: $65 per student
Material/Supply Fee: $50 per student (cash or check payable to Connor Pignatora on the first day of camp) 
Location: MS Room 312

Daily Camp Schedule July 22nd-26th:

Day 1: Introduction to Woodworking Tools
*Overview of woodworking tools used in the project.
*Safety guidelines and procedures
*Demonstration on tool usage

Day 2: Designing the Tic-Tac-Toe Board
*Planning and sketching the design of the tic-tac-toe board.
*Measurement techniques and material estimation
*Problem-solving strategies for board layout

Day 3: Cutting and Assembling the Board
*Cutting the wood to size for the board
*Assembling and gluing the board pieces together
*Sanding and smoothing the board surface.

Day 4: Painting and Decorating
*Painting the board with desired colors
*Adding grid lines for the tic-tac-toe game
*Decorating the board with designs or patterns

Day 5: Adding Game Pieces and Final Touches
*Attaching game pieces to the board
*Final quality check and adjustments
*Packaging the completed tic-tac-toe boards for students to take home.

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Custom Engraved End Grain Cutting Board

This Custom Engraved End Grain Cutting Board provides students with hands-on experience in CNC machining, design, epoxy inlay techniques, and finishing skills while creating unique and personalized custom engraved end grain cutting boards (12"x12") with a special touch of epoxy inlay. 

Course #SU24-WWCECB
Grades: Students entering grades 8-10
Time: 9:15-11:15am
Registration Fee: $165 per student
Material/Supply Fee: $175 per student. Cash or check payable to Connor Pignatora on the first day of camp.
Location: MS Room 312 

Daily Camp Schedule July 22nd-26th:

Day 1: Introduction to CNC Machining and Design
Overview of CNC machines and safety guidelines
Introduction to the project: custom engraved end grain cutting board (12"x12") with epoxy inlay
Basic design principles for CNC machining on end grain boards

Day 2: Designing the End Grain Cutting Board
Sketching and designing the layout for the end grain cutting board engraving (12"x12")
Using CAD software to create the design
Reviewing design considerations for engraving on end grain cutting boards

Day 3: Programming and CNC Machining
Writing and testing the CNC program for the end grain cutting board engraving
Setting up the CNC machine for engraving the 12"x12" end grain board
Running the program and monitoring the machining process

Day 4: Epoxy Inlay and Finishing
Adding epoxy inlay to the engraved design on the end grain cutting board
Sanding and finishing the surface for a smooth finish
Preparing the end grain cutting board (12"x12") for presentation

Day 5: Final Touches and Presentation
Final quality check and adjustments
Presenting the custom engraved end grain cutting boards (12"x12") with epoxy inlay to the class
Reflecting on the project and sharing experiences

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Custom Cutting Board

This project introduces students to woodworking skills, safety practices, and craftsmanship while creating personalized and functional 12"x8" cutting boards. Students will learn the basics of woodworking and take pride in their handmade creations.

Course #SU24-WWCCB
Grades: Students entering grades 6-7
Time: 11:30am-1:00pm
Registration Fee: $120 per student 
Material/Supply Fee: $85 per student. Cash or check payable to Connor Pignatora on the first day of camp.  
Location: MS Room 312   

Daily Camp Schedule July 22nd-26th:

Day 1: Introduction to Woodworking and Safety
*Overview of woodworking tools and safety guidelines
*Introduction to the project: making a custom 12"x8" cutting board
*Basic wood safety rules and techniques

Day 2: Designing and Planning
*Understanding different wood types for cutting boards
*Sketching and planning the design for the 12"x8" cutting board*
Measurement and marking for accurate cutting

Day 3: Cutting and Assembling
*Using saws to cut the wood to size for the cutting board
*Sanding and smoothing the edges of the board pieces
*Gluing and clamping the pieces together for assembly

Day 4: Sanding and Finishing
*Sanding the surface of the cutting board for a smooth finish
*Applying food-safe finish or oil to protect the wood
*Adding decorative touches or personalization if desired

Day 5: Final Touches and Presentation
*Final inspection and touch-ups on the cutting boards
*Presenting the custom-made 12"x8" cutting boards to the class
*Reflecting on the project and sharing experiences

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