School Metalwork Projects

Updated July 20, 2017

Metalwork is offered by many schools as an optional class. Students learn all manner of metalwork designs. For a final project, a student will likely want to create something out of the ordinary. There are both simple and complex design suggestions a student can follow. A metalwork student should not overextend himself, however, and choose a topic that is within his means of creating.

Helmets or Armor

Helmets or other types of body armour are interesting projects for metalwork students to undertake. They are not commonly made items in workshops, and they will require new techniques to be used. You will need to use ancient methods for much of the metal forming. For example, when shaping the helmet, you will have to use a hammer to achieve the proper shape and curvature. This may require at least some previous experience with non-conventional metalworking methods, such as blacksmithing techniques.


Benches are straightforward items to make. Most of the difficulty will be in the planning of the design. Once you know what the bench should look like and have plotted out all the dimensions, it is simply a case of cutting the metal bars and sheets to size and welding them into the right positions. Making a bench does not require too much previous experience, although supervision is advised, especially during the welding process.

Small Writing Desk

Small writing desks are also simple designs, though they may prove more difficult than a bench. They require only the legs of the desk and a sheet metal desktop. However, difficulty may present itself in creating a desk that does not sink in the middle. Design is key while making a writing desk as you will need to plan steel supports underneath the desktop.


Jewellery making should be undertaken by students who have experience in metal working and with delicate work such as soldering. Making jewellery will require consistent use of pliers, soldering equipment and many light hammer blows. It can be time-consuming and may take several attempts at any given design to get it right. While dedication is required to make jewellery, the final product will be worth it.

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