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CNBT 1411 Construction Methods & Materials Photos
Building layout photos
Students learn to use a variety of power tools, such as:
Power drill
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Skill saw
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Chop saw
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Radial arm saw
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Table saw
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Jointer
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Router
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Closeup of the router on a router table
closeup of router with a block of wood
Planer
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Band saw
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Students practice using a Ramset "gun" to shoot a nail into wood and concrete (used to help secure the frame of a house to the concrete foundation)
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To gain experience with concrete and woodworking, this class built tables with a concrete top and a wooden base. This and other projects introduce the students to a variety of power tools.
Using the jointer to remove uneveness from the table legs
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Assembling table base
studentsassembling table's base
Staining table's wooden base
student staining the wooden base of a concrete-top table
Concrete table is done!
student kneeling by her concrete side table
For the concrete unit, this class created a steppingstone. Each student built a wooden form to shape and hold the concrete until it cured (hardened).
Adding concrete to a form
adding concrete to wooden form
Screeding concrete (making the top flat and even)
screeding concrete
Trowling concrete - first step to to smoothing the top of the concrete.
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The final step is to use an edging tool to create a clean edge.
2 students finishing concrete
More woodworking:: Cutting wood for a set of steps
student using rotary saw to cut 2 by 6 wood for stairs tread
Marking where risers (side boards holding steps) are to be cut
students using a framing square to mark where the 2 by 10 riser boards will be cut for the steps
Cutting risers for tread (steps)
students using skill saw to cut the riser
Connecting risers
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Back vertical braces are added...and the risers are even and stable!
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Connecting the bottom brace
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Finishing the supports
student adding the final supports to the steps
Rounding the corners of the tread with a router
students using power router to round edges of steps
Step after being routed
closeup of step after routing with curved edges
Finished!
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Students get more carpentry experience by building a toolbox...
using a band saw to cut out the ends of a tool box,
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using a router to make the toolbox handle round
student using a router
Sanding the toolbox
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Finished tool box - ready to take home!
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