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Topic: Coping Saw Question
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2015 12:08:16 PM
Usually, the nut that's embedded into the handle strips out of the handle itself. I usually can get a tad more life out of them if I epoxy them back in.

If it's the bolt, I might use a dremel and modify carriage bolt to fit.

Also, if your kids are like mine, this happens because the kids cross-thread the bolt. I would raise the issue when you run over what the tool does and show them how to thread a bolt. My middle-schoolers are notorious for crimping down and stripping out bolts on everything.

Topic: curriculum & grading
Posted: Wednesday, August 26, 2015 12:03:58 PM
thibault -

I also am a sci teacher that dabbles in woodshop once in a while. I have a number of projects geared towards the middle school/science demo arena at You can find me at woodshopcowboy at gmail if you what to chat specifics about a project.

Topic: MakerSpace?
Posted: Monday, May 18, 2015 10:48:06 AM
I built a makerspace geared towards students with special needs at my school. You can see my thought process at

It's been a great learning challenge and space. Can't say enough about working in a creative environment, both for me and the kids.
Topic: Only In A Shop Class
Posted: Wednesday, April 3, 2013 11:49:34 PM
On the chance of being too off color and getting banned, try keeping the teenagers from snickering when you are testing a mortise for clearances when building mortise gauges. Whooowee, I couldn't touch that one with a stick.
Topic: community project ideas
Posted: Monday, February 4, 2013 11:49:25 PM
I took my kids to Maker Faire!

I also put on woodworking classes in community shops and often bring my students as teaching assistants. A bit more work for me, but the students (both adult and kid) have a blast.
Topic: Changing the name of my woodworking class to some type of Engineering
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 12:33:58 AM
Just to chime in.

I named my classroom the STEAMWORKS to reflect the intersection of STEM and Art. On kids' schedules, it doesn't say "Room Such and Such". The class is held in the STEAMWORKS.

This year, my students put on a math/art expo, participated in a Maker Faire, working through a STEM Fair, and will end the year in Houston's Art Car Parade. Woodworking through it all, and STEM isn't big enough a descriptor to hold the room.

Topic: QUICK! Advice sought on new drills and routers
Posted: Monday, January 28, 2013 12:00:46 AM
I would be wary of hand held router by HF. Last one I owned had a hard start. I only made the mistake of plugging it in without checking the switch once, I can say that. I wouldn't want my students to even have to worry about that.

Topic: Hand saw recommendations, esp for younger kids
Posted: Sunday, January 27, 2013 10:52:17 PM
I like pullsaws for beginners. Harbor Freight has a $7 saw that's pretty killer.

I've recently did an all-hand-tool woodworking demo at the Houston Mini-Maker Fair - I had 3yr olds to 93 yr olds using those saws.

I'd also make sure to get plenty of clamps. Little bodies don't put pressure on the wood same as the slightly bigger kids can.
Topic: One Week and vacation is over
Posted: Friday, August 3, 2012 2:34:04 PM
I'm in the third day of teacher's meetings (returned Aug. 1st) and the students show up Aug. 21.

And they put me on the Math/Sci team and took me outta the woodshop and into the traditional classroom!


Do I still belong to the forum now?
Topic: Reading and Writing
Posted: Monday, July 2, 2012 7:33:46 PM
I love the idea of submitting a change to the plan. I often use a blog..www.monarchschool . org backslash blog in order for the students to showcase their work. It gives them a little reflection at the back end.

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