Tea Trays in Time for Christmas
Students on the Introduction to Joinery NOCN course at Falmouth Marine School have completed their tea trays in time for Christmas.
The five students began their projects at the beginning of term in September, starting off with a blank piece of wood that they cut to length themselves. Tea trays were chosen for the project so the students would have something useful and valuable to take home at the end of term.
After cutting the timber to length, the students cut the handles to shape and cut the base to size before going on to use a variety of hand tools including a router and a jigsaw to shape the trays. They then glued all the parts together and finally sanded it down and varnished it, before taking the completed trays home.
The trays are just one of the projects the students have been working on this term. They also made a bench hook, which is a joinery tool used for cutting timber and also enjoyed a sailing trip on one of the Falmouth Marine School student-built luggers. On the luggers they talked about the wood used in making the boats as well as the tools involved in the build.
Next term the students will be split into two groups to begin work on making free-standing shelving units for the Falmouth Marine School Learning Centre.
One of the students, David Willoughby, will be using his tray to eat his dinner while watching Christmas TV. "It's been really brilliant making the trays. I've really enjoyed using machine tools and stuff that real carpenter's use."
Peter Thomas, tutor on the course, said: "They are all great students and really fun to work with. They've all learnt many valuable skills especially in using hand tools. I'm looking forward to working with them next term on the shelving units."
Dave Linnell OBE, Principal of Cornwall College, commented: "It is great to see students getting so involved in their projects, enjoying themselves and learning valuable skills.