Ag Mechanics Curriculum Project
Projects

The introductory projects below are presented in a standardized form that provides:

Introductory projects are designed to be used in a class where all students build the same projects to achieve overall student outcomes. 

The Small SAE Projects are being developed as a resource for projects that can be used in classes as optional projects or Ag Mechanics SAE.   These plans provide less direction and guide the student toward building a portfolio of skills.  Small SAE projects are designed to be built by students with some basic skills as individual projects.  Worksheets are designed to help the student document the project.  Sample Completed Worksheet.

  Lesson Plans Photo

Skills

Introduction to Ag Mechanics Projects Word PDF AutoCAD PDF JPG   Weld Wood Metal Elec Plumb Concrete
Saw Guide and Square DOC PDF DWG PDF         X      
Oxy-Acetylene Cutting DOC PDF DWG PDF     X          
Welding Rod Holder       PDF JPG   X          
Feed Scoop DOC PDF DWG PDF       X X      
Feed Scoop - Round DOC PDF     JPG JPG   X X      
Dinner Bell Triangle DOC PDF DWG PDF         X      
Battery Terminal Puller DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG JPG     X      
Note Pad Holder DOC PDF   PDF         X      
Note Paper Tray DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG  JPG     X      
Rafter DOC PDF N/A         X        
Meat Hook DOC PDF N/A         X X      
Bolt Bin DOC PDF 1  2  3 1  3 JPG       X      
PCV Cord Reel DOC PDF N/A               X  
Plumbing Project 2 DOC PDF N/A               X  
Sprinkler Stand DOC PDF     JPG JPG         X  
Lawn-Garden Sprinkler DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG           X  
Electrical - NM Cable DOC PDF N/A             X    
Electrical - Wiring Board DOC PDF N/A             X    
Electrical - NM Cable 2 DOC PDF N/A             X    
Electrical - CDE Board DOC PDF N/A             X    
Electrical Wiring Problems   1 2 3               X    
Small Wood Tool and Supply Tote DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG N/A   X        
Boot Scraper DOC PDF   PDF JPG   X   X      
Hose Hanger DOC PDF DWG   1 2       X      
Dustpan 1     DWG           X      
Dustpan 2 DOC PDF   1  2  3         X      
Step Stool 1 DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG     X        
Step Stool 2   DWG PDF JPG JPG X          
Step Stool 3 - use with Plan #1 above       PDF     X          
Step Stool 4 DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG              
Push Stick DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG     X        
Stepping Stone DOC PDF                   X
Stepping Stone 2 DOC PDF     JPG JPG           X
Sawhorse 1     DWG PDF JPG     X        
Sawhorse 2 DOC PDF           X        
Planter Box for 3-4" pots DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG     X        
Planter Box 2 - use plan above     DWG PDF JPG   X          
Sheet Metal Tool Box DOC PDF DWG PDF       X X      
Tool Sharpening Template DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG       X      
Spice Rack DOC PDF   PDF JPG     X        
Clay Pot Hanger DOC PDF           X        
Gate Latch DOC PDF         X   X      
Boot Jack DOC PDF           X        
Owl Box     DWG 1  2 1  2     X        
BBQ Spatula DOC PDF     JPG JPG     X      
Bird House DOC PDF     1 2 JPG   X        
Bookend DOC PDF     1 2 3 JPG   X        
Fence Wire Bender DOC PDF     JPG JPG     X      
Flower Pot DOC PDF     1 2 JPG   X        
Hitch Pin DOC PDF     JPG JPG X   X      
Knife Holder DOC PDF       JPG   X        
Cutting Board DOC PDF N/A     JPG   X        
Paper Towel Holder DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG JPG   X        
Nail Bin DOC PDF     JPG JPG     X      
Sheet Metal Tray DOC PDF     1 2 JPG     X      
Water Wand DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG           X  
Wood Tool Tote DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG     X        
Wood Tool Tote 1x6 (use with lesson above)     DWG PDF JPG     X        
Plant Hanger DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG X
Rope Work & Securing Loads DOC PDF N/A                  

 

  Lesson Plans Photo

Skills

Small SAE Projects Word PDF AutoCAD PDF JPG   Weld Wood Metal Elec Plumb Concrete
Receiver Hitch DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG   x   x      
Receiver Hitch Cover DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG   x   x      
Receiver Hitch Cargo Carrier DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG   x   x      
Lumber Rack DOC PDF   PDF JPG   x   x      
Sprinkler Guard DOC PDF         x          
Fishing Rod Holder DOC PDF         x          
Firepit - Geometric DOC PDF DWG PDF     x          
Firepit - Round DOC PDF DWG PDF     x          
Garden Planter DOC PDF           x        
Simple Garden Bench DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG     x        
Garden Bench DOC PDF           x        
Picnic Table DOC PDF           x        
Garden Bench Wood-Metal DOC PDF DWG PDF     x x x      
6 x 10 Storage Building DOC PDF DWG PDF       x        
Storage Building Resource Page     X X       x        
Salt Box DOC PDF DWG PDF       x        
Garden Trellis DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG     x        
Show Box DOC PDF DWG PDF       x        
Receiver Hitch Bed Extender DOC PDF DWG PDF     x   x      
Shipping Container Shelf Bracket DOC PDF DWG PDF JPG JPG x   x      
Raised Bed DOC PDF DWG PDF   JPG   x        
Garden Tool Rack DOC           X   X      
Sheet Metal Tool Holder (plasma cut) DOC PDF DWG DWG
DXF(zip)
          X      
Wood Workbench (2'x4') DOC PDF           x        
Owl Box DOC PDF           x        
Owl Box 2 DOC PDF           x        
Receiver Hitch Adjustable DOC PDF         x   x      
Sheep Stand DOC PDF         x   x      
Clay Pot Hanger DOC PDF       JPG   x        

Miscellaneous Plans

These plans may just be a drawing but contain some great ideas.  Source is attributed when known.   Some of these plans are old projects.   Consider using the idea but replacing old fasteners as needed with modern fasteners (e.g. rivets with pop rivets, or wood screws with deck screws).  

Plan File Skills Notes
    Weld Wood Metal Concrete  
Steel sawhorse PDF x   x   Plan has wood top, but this can be omitted to support metal projects or machinery.
Wood sawhorses PDF   x     Several plans including one made from plywood.
Sheet metal brake PDF x   x   Bench top brake suitable for small projects.
Key caddy with white board PDF   x     Cool wood project.  Could be made with pine (less cost). 
Cutting Table PDF x   x   For oxy-fuel or plasma.  Disk blade stand.
Trailer Dolly Web x   x   Cool project for moving boats and small trailers.
Picnic Table JPG JPG JPG   x     Classic design. 
Oxy-Acetylene Tank Cart PDF x   x   Design can be adapted for any size bottles.
Hose Caddy DOC DWG x   x x A great project with steel and concrete.  (From Arbuckle.)
Short Sawhorse PDF   x     Short sawhorse made from 2x materials. (From Petaluma.)
CP Plan Books PDF x x x A set of three plan books published by CP and no longer available.  Many plans from sawhorses to trailers. 
Sm Livestock Panel JPG x   x   A small panel design from square tubing. (From Winters?)
             

Credits:

Project ideas for this site came from various sources and are attributed where known.  Students in the Chico State AGED 421 class created the lessons for many of these projects and the final editing was done by Michael Spiess (CSU, Chico) and Dick Piersma (Hilmar High School).  

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