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Profile: jgstearns
User Name: jgstearns
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Real Name: John Stearns
Location Amity, OR
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Joined: Wednesday, September 06, 2006
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Topic: Almost Blind Student
Posted: Wednesday, October 09, 2013 4:34:57 PM
That probably depends on what you do with your other students.
How can you modify your projects? Can you cut pieces out and have the student join them? Does He/She have a full time aide? That might make it easier.
It definitely makes it more challenging... But I would encourage you to think about how you can help your student succeed in class.
Topic: Washington/Oregon Inservice
Posted: Thursday, October 03, 2013 2:55:55 PM
I wanted to bring it to the top of the list-

If any Washington/Oregon teachers are interested in this free in-service (and lunch is provided) there is still time to register.

Every teacher- Every teacher- who comes will get a donation package to their shop from Bessey Clamps, QuickScrews, Penn State Industries, and General Finishes- Valued at over $350!

Sessions on small shop CNC, Bent laminations, Finishing (Michael Dresdner, author and nationally recognized finishing guru) and more will be presented.

Deals on Hotel Rooms will be available for teachers coming from a distance- Even if you aren't from ORegon or Washington you are all invited. PDX is just across the river from our location at TigerStop.

Friday, October 11th

E-mail me for more information and the flyer.

john.stearns @ amity. k12. or.NOSPAM. us (remove spaces and the obvious)

Topic: colleges with woodworking programs?
Posted: Thursday, September 12, 2013 4:46:58 PM
Here are just a few-

Buffalo State College- Buffalo NY
Brigham Young University - Provo, UT
Iowa State University - Ames, IA
Kansas State University -- Manhattan, KS
Palomar College -- San Marcos, CA
Rhode Island School of Design - Providence, RI
Rosemount Technology Centre - Montreal, QC
University of Hawaii at Manoa - Honolulu, HI
Virginia TEch -- Blacksburg, VA

These colleges had students in the Fresh Wood Competition at AWFS this summer.

Topic: Curriculum
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:44:55 PM
Eric Storm has a really good workbook- it takes me through the first semester of my woods classes. Look him up and see if he will help. Check out -- Joe's stuff is really good.
Topic: Bandsaw problems
Posted: Wednesday, September 11, 2013 12:43:02 PM
I rebuilt the shops 30 year old Powermatic 141- Replaced bearings, drive belt and put Urethane tires on. It ran fine most of the year last year, until the Robotics team cut some of their aluminum on it.

Since then, I cannot get the blade to track straight. I replaced the urethane tires again. Wheels are co-planer without tension (checked middle, right and left side) As soon as the blade goes on and gets to tension, I cannot keep it in the center of the wheel. The adjustment knob is touchy- The blade will fly to the back side of the wheel and as soon as it gets to the middle again, it will fly to the front of the wheel. I have tried different blades and it is still doing the same thing. I have it locked out and tagged out so students cannot use it. But I would really like to get it back up and running so we have another Bandsaw in the shop. Any ideas?
Topic: Washington/Oregon Inservice
Posted: Sunday, September 08, 2013 7:29:51 PM
The third annual Washington/Oregon teacher in-service for Woodshop teachers is being held October 11th at TigerStop in Vancouver Wa. If you missed the first two- you should make the effort to get to this one. We are planning big things for this meeting.

If you need more information- please call or e-mail

John Stearns
Amity OR
503-835-2,one,eight,one ex 242
Topic: Woodworking Skill List
Posted: Tuesday, September 03, 2013 7:27:19 PM
W.C.A. is geared toward industry-
However, they also have an education membership. If you were a part of or heard of Woodlinks- this has taken it's place, only not nearly as expensive.

The year long education membership is $250 for a school. That membership, along with a training credit for one evaluator, gets you $100 in screws at Quickscrews, 2 gallons of Titebond, 150 feet of Veneer from Veneer Tech and $75 coupon from FastCap. Basically it is cost neutral. You also receive a membership at A.W.I. (Architectural Woodwork Institute) that gets you into the A.W.I. adopt a shop program.

Here is my take on it. If I want to have a job for years to come, I can't do a "craft" based class that isn't relevant to what students will do outside of my 4 walls. I have to be aligning myself to industry. The W.C.A. gives my students the opportunity to earn a national credential (that looks fantastic on a resume) that says to potential employers "I know how to safely operate these tools."

I haven't done a point by point comparison to the CTE standards- but in my opinion, the CTE standards are so poorly written, the W.C.A. Sawblade certificate will well surpass the Oregon Standard.
Topic: Woodworking Skill List
Posted: Monday, August 26, 2013 6:56:05 PM
You might want to check with the W.C.A. (Woodworking Career Alliance)

They have put together a pretty comprehensive list of skills and evaluations.

I was trained as an evaluator this summer- I will be using it in my shop this school year.

John Stearns
Amity High School
W.C.A. Certified Skills Evaluator
Topic: Hinges
Posted: Thursday, January 31, 2013 2:16:59 PM
Every year my students do a box, hinged or unhinged, Does anybody have a good source for small hinges? I am getting the cheap ones at Lowe's, swagging them so they are flat and then dealing with the "cheapness" of them. Keeping in mind these are high school kids... mostly freshman...I am trying to stay on the inexpensive side for the hinges.
Topic: Inexpensive Bulk Sandpaper
Posted: Tuesday, December 04, 2012 11:15:53 AM
Klingspor sells a bargain box of belt cutoffs pretty inexpensively.

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