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4-H Wood Science Project

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Woodworking is a valuable skill for a hobby, household repairs, or even a career. Learn about types of wood, uses for various kinds of wood, how to make connections and joints, safety tips, common tools and project ideas from the very simple to impressive! Develop an understanding of fiber products from the forest. Learn about and develop responsible attitudes toward the science, engineering, technology and math behind the woodworking process. Learn about environmental protection and the wise use of natural resources.

Ages and Stages of Youth Development


Learn safety rules, tool safety settings, measuring techniques, and the use of safety gear and hand tools. Identify various woods their texture. Learn to connect woods using glue and nails. Finish sanding and painting wood projects.


Learn to use the right hand tools, measure and cut angles. Learn the importance of proper sanding and finish application. Have detailed knowledge to determine which woods are good for a project. Use stain to emphasize the grain of the wood.


Seniors can use power tools correctly. Discover joining, clamping, and connecting techniques. Understand differences between wood, laminates, and veneers. Learn and apply principles of design/function. Explore entrepreneurial opportunities.

4-H Programming Priorities


Conduct a basic building workshop for a younger club or be a project helped for younger members.

Health & Wellness

Learn about environmental protection. Discover the impact trees have on air quality and health benefits of spending time outdoors.


Learn hands-on math skills when measuring and cutting materials. Gain knowledge about tree farms while learning about diseases from an arborist.


Gain knowledge into the natural resources, engineering, and manufacturing industry. Attend wood working shows to learn about tools, techniques, and products.

Get Involved

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Youth Voice

  • Presentation on wood working tools
  • Demonstration on safe woodworking tool usage
  • Develop an exhibit comparing different wood finishes
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Community Service

  • Build shadow box or bench
  • Give a tour of your tree farm
  • Build a bird feeder
  • Join a Habitat for Humanity build
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Career Connections

  • Park ranger
  • Lumber yard
  • Forester
  • Manufacturer
  • Lumber jack
  • Arborist
  • Architecture engineer

Exhibit Ideas

  • Repair/make and finish a piece of furniture
  • Build a tack box for your show animal project
  • Build a birdhouse, bird feeder, or doghouse
  • Create your own design…table, cabinet, etc.
  • Poster on safety precautions
  • Presentation on ‘green’ woodworking