Cloverdale builds for the United Way

Teams at Kwantlen Polytechnic University's Cloverdale campus build cedar planter boxes for the 2013 United Way campaign.

Carpentry student Sarah Schienke

Carpentry student Sarah Schienke

The sharp scent of cedar sawdust filled the carpentry shop at Kwantlen Polytechnic University’s Cloverdale campus Wednesday, as teams set to work building wooden planter boxes for fun and prizes.

The United Way Build Off involved eight teams of students and staff building planter boxes out of western red cedar during a special contest held in the shop.

The lumber was donated by Southridge Building Supply, and the materials were cut and bundled into starter kits by carpentry students, said carpentry instructor Al Rumpel.

The hour-long contest had participants, measuring, hammering and sawing away, and consulting instructions drawn up by one of the CAD instructors at the Cloverdale trades and technology campus.

“We wanted this to be more than just assembling things,” Rumpel smiled, appraising the progress of the various teams at the half-way mark. “I think they’re doing ok!”

CAD instructors Daryl Massey and Steve Kennedy appeared to be the first team to complete their wooden planter box, but a team of three carpentry students looked to be close behind.

The finished planter boxes will be auctioned off on Friday, Nov. 29, with proceeds to KPU’s 2013 United Way campaign.