This fall the eighth graders built a project that has become a standard achievement for right of passage through the DCG Middle School. About 130 students built a mission style oak end table in a 45 day period. With the completion of these 130 tables this fall the total number of mission style tables made by DCG eighth graders since the fall of 2001 has been 1,500. The completion rate for an eighth grader finishing this project in a nine week class since 2007 has been 100%. During the last eleven years there have been two end tables produced for every 45 minute class period that the eighth graders have been in the shop. The table includes a drawer and a bottom shelf. The retail price for one of these tables ranges from $100 up $595 (as seen at the 2010 State Fair) which means the DCG eighth graders have potentially produced a total of $150,000-$892,500 in market value during the first decade of the twenty-first century. The students each select their own stain and drawer handle. Since there have been 1,500 end tables produced in the DCG MS shop the odds are very high that you have seen one in a home of a DCG student or alumnus. You may even have one of these tables in your own home. If not, you may have an end table coming to your home in the near future.
This is an image of the new cutting board design that will appear in our new Middle School shop online store in the fall of 2012. There will be other items available for purchase also including the wooden tops.
Galyn Wiemers is the middle school shop teacher at Dallas Center-Grimes Middle School in Dallas Center, Iowa. Mr. Wiemers' classes in the shop consist of an introductory class for sixth graders, 18 modules for seventh grade that include industrial and technological projects and a nine week woodworking class where each eighth grader builds an end table from oak.