Monthly Archives: April 2013

Safety Quiz Research

DHS has the opportunity to enter a safety contest and win an awesome new bandsaw for the wood shop.

In order to win the contest we need to get a very high score on an online quiz. Only one entry is allowed per class.

Before we submit an entry we need to research the answers and make sure that we get close to perfect on the test.

The quiz is here: Please read and research the questions to determine what the correct answer is but DO NOT SUBMIT THE ANSWERS!

We will have to pick a “class representative” to submit the quiz on our behalf and we will do that before the deadline.

When I return tomorrow we will continue working on the picnic table project.

Don’t worry, I have not forgotten about the dog house project (I know you were worried).

If you finish the above, do a google search for “single sheet doghouse” – are any of these plans usable for our needs? I want a doghouse that is framed similarly to the house framing exercise that you did yesterday so we may have to do some modifications.

See you on Wednesday.

House Framing Basics

Read the article here about house framing basics:

Answer the following questions and email your response to

1. The frame of a house can be compared to what part of the human body?

2. What determines the size of the framing parts of a house?

3. Why is it important to have knowledge of house components, especially when remodeling?

4. How can non-bearing walls be identified in house construction? Why is it that they are safe to remove when remodeling?

5. Why is the footing wider than the foundation?

6. What are the two basic framing methods? Which one is more common in new construction?

7. Briefly describe the platform framing process.

8. What are the two standard spacing measurements for wall studs? What is one reason that those spacings are used?

9. What is the purpose of exterior wall sheathing?

10. What materials are generally used for roof sheating?

11. What purpose does inner wood framing serve?

12. Why would 2×6 lumber be used for inner wall framing?

13. Provide a short description of the components of window opening framing.

14. What are some advantages of raised floors over slab floors?

15. What are the typical sizes of floor joists?


Careers in Trades

Take a look at

Click on “Where do I start?”

What are some of the steps that you must take in order to enter into a skilled trade? What are the options available for people who would like to do this?

How do you find an employer when you are interested in entering a trade?

Answer the above in a short write-up and submit via email to


Friday, April 12th

The construction industry is generally divided into sectors such as residential, industrial, commercial, institutional, civil and repair/maintenance.

Check out this link that contains descriptions of various construction sectors.

Select one sector (click through the links until you get to a final description) and provide a brief summary of the work that is done in that sector. See if you can find pictures online of some projects that have been completed in that sector.

Submit your completed work to me via email.

Wednesday, April 3rd

a. Learning Skills Assessment

Take a look at the list of Learning Skills and Work Habits listed below. Describe each of the learning skills in your own words, and list an example ot two of how you feel you meet or don’t meet the requirements of that Learning Skill. (for example Responsibility: A responsible person has good attendance, arrives to class on time and completes their course work on time. I am responsible because I try very hard to have perfect attendance and I use my time well to complete my assignments on time.) Submit via email.

Think about how you:
fulfill commitments in class (i.e. attendance, punctuality, prepared to work) ;
complete and submit class work, and assignments on time
manage your behaviour.

Consider how well you:
create and follow a plan to complete work and tasks;
establish priorities and manages time to achieve goals; and
gather, evaluate and use information, technology and resources to complete tasks.

Independent Work
Consider how well you:
monitor, assess, and revise plans to complete tasks and meet goals;
use class time appropriately to complete tasks; and
follow instruction with minimal supervision.

Consider how well you:
accept various roles and an equitable share of the work within a group;
respond positively to the ideas, opinions, values, and traditions of others;
build healthy peer relationships;
work with others to resolves conflicts and builds consensus to achieve group goals; and
share information, resources, and expertise to solve problems and make decisions.

Think about how you:
act upon new ideas and opportunities for learning;
demonstrate a willingness to take risks;
demonstrate curiosity and interest in learning;
approach new tasks with a positive attitude; and
recognize and advocate appropriately for the rights of self and others.

Consider how well you:
set your individual goals and monitor progress towards achieving them;
seek assistance when needed;
assess and reflect critically on her/his strengths, needs and interests;
identify learning opportunities, choices, and strategies to meet personal needs and achieve goals; and
persevere when facing challenges.

b. Sometimes, it’s all about estimating.

Try your hand at the estimating game here. Can you get the lowest (best) score?

I received just three emails with completed work yesterday – please complete the Workplace Health and Safety reading and email me your results. Take some time to check other past assignments as well – email anything that you have not yet submitted.

When you have completed your Vcarve please sign your name on the list that is taped to my desk –  this will be the order that we produce the items.

By the way, you need to check out the site that I found the estimating game on. The site is created by a super detail-oriented woodworking guy who obsessively documents his projects. I like his machines and contraptions.

Workplace Health and Safety

Two things for you today.

Part 1: CNC Design

Among other things you will begin work on a new CNC V-Carve project. If you have not used V-Carve before, here are a few links to tutorials: Youtube and text version.

You will create a V-Carve sign that has a “cut-out” shape – not a simple square or rectangle, but a shape that follows the outline of the sign (like this: example 1, example 2, example 3). You can also make a sign that has a frame such as the one on the right in example 1.

Dimensions will be 12×18 (unless you have a special requirement for something larger). Start by deciding on a graphic or image for you sign and begin experimentation with V-Carve.

Machine time is limited so we will be producing these over the next few weeks while we also work on other projects.

Part 2: Workplace Health and Safety (E1.4)

You may already have a part time job or hope to get one, and it is likely that you will eventually finish school and enter the workforce.

It is important as an employee to know what your rights and responsibilities are regarding workplace health and safety.

Read the following and create a brief summary of the information, focusing on the three rights of workers. Why do you think that those rights are important? Can you think of an example when a worker might use one or more of those rights? If you are currently employed, did your employer make you aware of the rights that you have?

The Three Rights of Workers

The OHSA gives workers three important rights:

  1. The right to know about hazards in their work and get information, supervision and instruction to protect their health and safety on the job.
  2. The right to participate in identifying and solving health and safety problems or through a health and safety representative or worker member of a joint health and safety committee.
  3. The right to refuse work that they believe is dangerous to their health and safety or that of any other worker in the workplace.

The Right to Know

Workers have the right to know about any potential hazards to which they may be exposed in the workplace. The primary way that workers can become aware of hazards in the workplace is to be informed and instructed on how to protect their health and safety, including health and safety related to the use of machinery, equipment, working conditions, processes and hazardous substances.

The employer can enable the workers’ right to know in various ways, such as making sure they get:

  • Information about the hazards in the work they are doing.
  • Training to do the work in a healthy and safe way.
  • Competent supervision to stay healthy and safe.

The Right to Participate

Workers have the right to be part of the process of identifying and resolving workplace health and safety concerns. This right is expressed through worker membership on joint health and safety committees or through worker health and safety representatives.

The Right to Refuse

Workers have the right to refuse work that they believe is dangerous to either their own health and safety or that of another worker in the workplace. For example, workers may refuse work if they believe their health and safety is endangered by any equipment they are to use or by the physical conditions of the workplace. Section 43 of the Act describes the exact process for refusing work and the responsibilities of the employer/supervisor in responding to such a refusal.

In certain circumstances, members of a joint health and safety committee who are “certified” have the right to stop work that is dangerous to any worker. Sections 45 – 47 of the Act sets out these circumstances and how the right to stop work can be exercised.

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