Woodworking is a national 4-H project. It features curriculum that will guide you through the project. For a copy contact your County 4-H Office or order online at National 4-H Service Supply. For additional curriculum possibilities, explore the National Directory of 4-H Materials and do a key word search for Woodworking.

Woodworking 1
What you can do in this project: learn safety practices when working with wood and tools; use various hand tools, e.g., hammer and saw; identify types of nails and wood; sand and paint a piece of wood.
Grades: 2-4
Resource: 06875, Measuring Up

Woodworking 2
What you can do in this project: identify functions of various tools; practice safety techniques; select a project to build, e.g., birdhouse or foot stool; use a screwdriver and combination square.
Grades: 4-6
Resource: 06876, Making the Cut

Woodworking 3
What you can do in this project: compare different types of hinges; enlarge scale-drawn woodworking plans; use a hand plane and build a laminated cutting board; compare different grades of plywood.
Grades: 6-8
Resource: 06877, Nailing It Together

Woodworking 4
What you can do in this project: use a table saw, router, powered circular saw and sander; learn to make more difficult joints; evaluate exotic and veneer woods; create inlays and overlays; test various adhesives.
Grades: 9-12
Resource: 06878, Finishing Up

Woodworking Leader
Resources: 06879, Woodworking Helper’s Guide
4H500, I’m a 4-H Project Leader. Now What Do I Do?


Want to learn more about Woodworking? Try the links below.

Woodworking Project Training
Many counties hold local training for members and leaders in their favorite project areas, including woodworking. Watch your county 4-H Family newsletter or contact your county Extension office for details.

Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference
If you’re in grades 8-10, check out the next Wisconsin 4-H and Youth Conference, scheduled each June at the UW-Madison campus. The conference offers educational seminars in most areas of 4-H. Contact your county Extension office for details.


County Fair

The county fair . . . what a great time it is! Every summer, families flock to county fairs to see the latest 4-H project exhibits. Exhibiting is a fun and educational way for youth to showcase their project work to judges and to the public. Judging materials are supported by Bill Shaw in memory of his wife, Shirley.

Related Links

There’s so much more to learn in the 4-H Woodworking Project. Just follow these links!

Inside Woodworking
Free online magazine.

Museum of Woodworking Tools
Offers an instructional guide to sharpening tools, permanent collection of tools of the past, and more.

Wisconsin 4-H STEM
Resources and links to science, engineering, and technology activities.

Wisconsin Woodworkers Guild
Not-for-profit organization for the exchange of knowledge and education on woodworking through seminars, demonstrations, lectures and hands-on workshops.

Features woodworking tips, techniques, tool reviews, plans and supplies for woodworkers from the editors of three woodworking magazines: Woodsmith, ShopNotes, and Workbench.

Woodworker’s Central
Hangout for avid woodworkers with everything from tool and safety information to woodworkers’ online games and chat rooms.

Includes free plans for woodworking projects.

Project Support

For more information on the 4-H Woodworking Project, contact the following:

UW-Extension County 4-H Offices
This is your link to a list of Wisconsin County Extension Offices. Select the county of your choice.