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4-H Metalworking Project

The metalworking project is designed to help young people learn how to build and design metal projects.  Members will learn about different welders, welding techniques, and metal by participating in the experiences of this project.

Project units are designed for members 8-18 years old and will inspire youth to:

  • Understand the proper personal protective equipment for welding
  • Be able to identify the different weldable metals and the different shapes of metal stock
  • Identify the five different types of welding joints
  • Understand the various methods to cut, bend and shape metal
  • Understand the three most common welding processes
  • Construct a project of metal using the information and skills learned


Colorado 4-H has made a series of videos about the 4-H welding project. You can view the videos here (link opens in a new tab).

Metalworking Exhibit Tips:

Select the Unit that best fits your experience, skills and abilities to produce an exhibit project

Basic Requirements:

  • Unit 1
    • Produce 3 sample welded joints
    • Build a project 3’x3’x7’, under 50 lbs.
  • Unit 2
    • Build a project 3’x3’x7’, under 100 lbs.
  • Unit 3
    • Build a Project 3’x3’x7’, under 150 lbs.
  • Units 1 – 3
    • Photos of the project construction
      • Four photos of the prep work (cutting, torching, bending, fitting, etc.)
      • Four photos of actual welds (individual welds)
      • Four photos of finished work (no painting, no oil, no seasoning, front view, side view, top view, best overall view)
  • Unit 4
    • Exhibit is larger than 3’x3’x7’ or over 150 lbs:
      • A 4’ wide by 3’ tall display board of your completed project with the following minimum information
      • Title or description of exhibit project
      • Left Side – Four photos minimum of the prep work
      • Right Side – Four photos minimum of completed welds
      • Center – Four photos of minimum finish project
      • All project photos must be 5”x 7” minimum
      • Captions for each photo
  • Calculating weights for the project is required. A resource can be found at:
  • The project will be evaluated on the quality of the information in the e-Record and the quality of the exhibit


Click here to download e-Record .docx document for metalworking

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