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Suitable Woodworking Texts for Beginning and Advanced Wood Options
johnm
Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 2:02:33 PM
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Location: Lakeport, CA
Folks -

I am looking for input regarding good woodworking texts. I don't care if they are "official" textbooks or not. I am currently using two different texts that are now nearly 20 years old.

I need something VERY basic for my beginning wood classes, and this is probably more important. For most students this is their first exposure to anything to do with tools, or the process of planning or building anything at all. Roughly 20% are unable to even identify a hammer or screwdriver during the first week of school.

All of the school woodshop textbooks I've looked at are really not right for a variety of reasons - too many "ifs" and "thens" for having students really "get" the fundamentals. Also, at $100 a pop, a bit more than what I'd like to spend for the information that I would use.

I don't have a problem with assembling some comb bound self assembled lessons, tool and skill introductions and plans. If you have any lessons or other useful articles, plans, tool instructions, books or textbooks, I would *LOVE* to hear from you. You may send links, suggestions for titles or your own proven lessons, plans and skill builders - I would really appreciate seeing what other folks are successfully using in their programs. This would also be true for any Advanced WW classes you may have, but for the moment, I want to tackle beginning wood.... You can send attachments and emails to me at jmoorhead@lakeport.k12.ca.GOAWAY.us with the obvious correction. Your comments and general remarks may be emailed or posted here as well, and I want to thank you in advance for your insights and suggestions.

John Moorhead
Clear Lake High School
Lakeport, CA
tbockman
Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 4:29:56 PM
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John... Three e-mails with an offer about a set of 26 books have bounced back to me. I guess it's not so obvious what to remove in your e-mail after all. I'm trying again adding .us to the end instead of .com.

woodshopNOSPAMteacher@cableone.net
johnm
Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 11:00:07 PM
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All -

Durrr.... The best laid plans. I never email myself, and so natch.... went with .com instead of .us.... The email in the OP is now correct, just remove "GOAWAY" and that'll do it. Mea Culpa! If you sent a response and it bounced, please try again. I'll give you a grade bump....
tbockman
Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2015 8:40:05 AM
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OK, I think at least two e-mails may have gotten through. Here is what I'm trying to say just in case. Would you want a set of these for only the price to ship? They were barely used, still crisp, clean and fine condition. My other school was going to throw this set and one slightly older set (same book) into the dumpster.... and one of the janitors snatched them up and brought both sets to me. I have never needed them with this age group. You get first dibs.

Also, send along a 64 GB flash drive for another curriculum upgrade. I think you have had only one upgrade and I'm sure there are new things since then. Don't forget a pre-stamped self-addressed return envelope so I can put it directly into my home mail box to send it out.
MrsN
Posted: Thursday, April 09, 2015 9:23:35 AM
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I use the book that Tom linked to in his last post with my high school woods kids. I really like it as far as textbooks go.

I also use the "exploring woodworking and construction technology" book from http://www.woodshopteachersrock.com/lesson-resources.html
The measurement and safety stuff make really good stand alone packets for my middle school kids. There are rules, machine pictures, and the cool stories to make it pretty comprehensive.
tbockman
Posted: Sunday, April 19, 2015 8:48:50 AM
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John- 5-6-15... The books are boxed and shipped media. They should get there around Tuesday. The two flash drives are also on the way, 1st class and should arrive on Saturday.

Every curriculum consortium member needs to remember that if your computer trashes your current curriculum flash drive, you can always contact me for a free upgrade. Send a new flash drive and self-addressed pre-paid envelope so I can upload and send it back. I know I can set it and forget it, but uploading large flash drives take several hours because there is so much curriculum to share.
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