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Well-oiled machine

Mass-production students race to fill cabinet orders

Every two minutes, a solid oak corner cabinet is made in Moffat County High School.

In the school’s mass-production class, 19 students work together quickly to put assembly-line production into action.

That’s fast, said Craig Conrad, the high school’s woodworking teacher.



And the students have to work fast. They are racing to fill orders for 380 cabinets — just about as many as they can finish before delivering them by the end of the school year.

Seeing his class work like a well-oiled machine is the way Conrad wants it.



Conrad has been teaching the mass-production woods class at the high school for 20 years. It was his idea to have students sell the products of their class work to make the program self-sufficient.

It did more than that.

Students earn a commission on every cabinet they sell. Each cabinet sold for $40.

This year’s top salespeople, senior Chelsey Herod and sophomore Colton Conrad, will each pocket $1,020 from the 67 cabinets they sold.

The class involves more than nailing wood together, Craig Conrad said. Students chose the product based on marketability, the cost to manufacture and the time it would take to build.

“We thought everyone probably has a corner in their house, so people would probably want a corner shelf,” Col-ton Conrad said. “As soon as we talked about it, we knew this was the best project.”

Students built several of the cabinets to show prospective customers and then started taking orders.

Students spent about two months cutting the pieces, and last week, they started mass production.

Herod, the only girl in the mass-production class, issued a challenge right off the bat.

“I knew I wanted to beat all the boys,” she said.

Herod sold 40 shelves on her first day. Colton Conrad sold eight.

“The first day, I was all nervous,” he said. “Then I got into it once people started buying them.”

Christina M. Currie can be reached at 824-7031, ext. 210 or ccurrie@craigdailypress.com.


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