This is a project to put students to work on the first day of class. It's a great motivator. Rather than sit and listen to the teacher on the first day of school, like all other classes, I put them right to work as soon as I take first day attendance.
Our project is to create a simple 1/4 page clipboard. I also provide sheets of paper to finish the product. It is a simple hand tool project with the use of a jig on a Drill Press that is completely enclosed for safety.
Although safety tests are not complete, which I realize will scare some, I have never had a problem with setup in 27 years.
The idea of going home with a project the first day does wonders for the start to the class.