|Whitley County 4-H Board partners with Whitko High School|
|Wednesday, 18 July 2012 15:30|
In January of this year, a partnership was formed between the 4-H Fair Board and the Welding Technology class of Whitko High School. The partnership goal was to upgrade and enhance the current railing system surrounding the arena inside of the show barn.
The design of the new railing was based upon safety, cost, aesthetics, and practicality of production. Many different designs were considered prior to the final decision. The current gate system was also evaluated. It was determined that this system was adequate and no changes would be made other than it would need to match the new railing. The final product would consist of a 1 1/2 inch square tube frame with one inch square tube uprights every four inches or less to meet local safety codes.
Fabrication of the railing panels began in late March at Whitko High School as the Welding Technology students applied their skills. Layout techniques were honed as the students figured out that the concrete floor of the almost forty- year-old building was not level. Each upright in all of the panels would have to be shimmed prior to welding. Students were also quick to realize that metal, like wood, can have twists and bows. Clamps and jigs would be their answer. On the first panel, students also learned that if a spacing jig was off by one sixteenth of an inch every four inches, over the course of 16 feet, this would be a huge problem. These and other lessons were learned on the first few panels. As production continued, each panel became better than the previous. Twenty-two panels would be the final production tally. The panels were shipped out to the paint shop May 30.
This was a great project for all of the Welding Technology students. Each student received a chance to learn and apply their skills within each area of production. Not only were mathematic, layout, welding, and finishing skills used, students had to collaboratively problem solve. This project was the largest that most of these students had ever been a part of. Leadership and teamwork became a huge part of this project.
The following Whitko High School students were involved in this project: Team leader, Preston Keim, Joseph Bowers, Ross Harvey, Cord Feasby, Ian Pherigo, Brett Ruckman, James Dimmick, Logan Sapp, Jacob Bolinger, Colton Huff, Michael Sims, Garrett Meadows, Kenny Meadows, and Carlin Dierks. The Welding Technology class would like to thank Dalen Geiger, Jason Arnold, the Whitley County 4-H Board and its sponsors, for the opportunity to collaboratively create and produce a community minded project such as this.
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