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User Name: melvinator
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Location middleville MI
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Topic: Kayak Plans
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:26:11 PM
don't have time to check this site like I used to, so call or email me 616 723 6884 matthew
Topic: Kayak Plans
Posted: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 6:19:13 PM
Have not been on here in a while, but I have a form for a 14' I believe,you can borrow if you want, or if you want your own I am south of grand rapids Michigan, bring some plywood, we can cnc you some.
here is the kids site that made one a few years ago

hopefully this post is not too late.
Topic: Free down draft sanding table!
Posted: Monday, May 04, 2009 12:46:18 PM
Located in Middleville near Grand Rapids Michigan. Needs seperate motor or hook up to existing dust collector via 2 4" ports. Table is about 7'6"x4'
Works great, just don't need anymore (moving to a new shop with better dust collector!!!)

First one here gets it. email: with any questions and for pictures
Topic: Flavour of the year....Skill Centres
Posted: Friday, April 17, 2009 9:49:34 AM
FYI they do build new schools with woodshops, I know of several near me alone. My school is building me a huge new shop and buying me almost $100,000 worth of new tools! I think you need to run a solid program/give back to the community/be very visible for you district to believe in your program. I think if my students were just making birdhouses and picture frames(not that there is anything wrong with that)they might have cut my position or gave me a smaller shop and less money. We display all our work in the school lobby/internet/news paper/evening news.... and when the school board sees a 16' cedar strip canoe with a blue ribon on it, custom all hand made recure bows, 20 rocking harley davidson motorcycles given to needy families in our community etc. or the local cabinet shops recruiting kids from my program I get support. You need to have a website to get the word out, like this:
take a look at the xmas section, we make 20 rocking toys every year to give away to needy families, its all made out of 2x lumber and only costs about $300 to do the whole thing. It takes less than 3 weeks and is the highlight of my year.

Sorry about the long post so to answer your two questions, 1: the tech centers are great for kids that are going into that field and 2: kids will not go there unless they are really interested in that field. A kid will try one basic woodworking/shop class before they go to a tech center for half the day.
I don't try to produce woodworkers I try to produce PROBLEM SOLVERS!!!! Students that only come to me for help as a last resort, they think through the problem, come up with a solution and implement the idea. That student can go anywhere in life.
Topic: Down draft table?
Posted: Thursday, March 05, 2009 9:46:41 AM
Make your own, its much cheaper and better. Make a box with a pegboard top and hook up one of these on the bottom. Put wheels on your table to make it portable.

I made a big 4x8 myself for around $300 that works great. I can email you a pic if you want.
Topic: canoe-building in your classes
Posted: Monday, February 02, 2009 1:19:22 PM
I have had 2 canoes take 2nd place in the mites convention in the last 2 years. They are easier to build than you might think. Here is a link to the junior girl who built one in only her 2nd year in woodshop.

Here is a great link that explains TONS!!!!!!

If you do it right it can be built for under $400 including the frame and router bit. If yu have any questions let me know
Topic: brands of lathes and scroll saws
Posted: Monday, November 24, 2008 9:19:29 AM
I would have to disagree about the Dremels. I just junked mine after 4 years of hard use. We use them mostly for 3/4" poplar and some oak. I think of them as disposable, get 3-4 years of use out of them and then replace. I run a high school woodshop and we use the hell out of them! I can't comment on the dewalts but I would stay away from delta for a school shop. I would love a $1000 scroll saw but don't have that kind of money in my budget.
Topic: New Teacher Project Ideas
Posted: Friday, February 15, 2008 2:10:32 PM
Wow, Delton, thats funny, I am just up the road in Middleville! My first project for my basic students is a push stick which also gives us a supply for the year. We spend about a month working on small projects before we start the big one which is a night stand made of poplar or oak. I have some great small projects I can get you pictures of if you email me If you are looking for some machinery let me know too. I am getting a new shop and new tools and selling a few of the old ones. Some of my machines were just completly rebuilt (20" powermatic planer, 12" porter jointer, the good stuff! that I am sure you can get super cheap) Good luck and let me know if I can help out in any way.
Topic: Summer camp looking for woodworking teacher
Posted: Monday, January 14, 2008 2:20:44 PM
Raquette lake camps in the adarondaks of NY is looking for a woodshop person for the summer. I would do it but I already run the watersports program there so I told the camp director I would forward this for him. You can check out the site or email me or the site for more info. Pay is about $4000 for the summer and room and board is all covered. It really is a sweet deal if you can be away from home for 2 months. If you are really interested feel free to call me @ 616 723 6884 and I can tell you more about the camp and the job description.
Topic: Student work on school website
Posted: Monday, March 19, 2007 12:58:51 PM
Yes, I do my midterm and final grades by looking at the site. I take all the pictures so the students don't try to sneak any extra items into the shot and make it look like they have done more work, I know its hard to believe a teenager would ever try to do this:)

The great thing is that parents can track their kids from home. The kid can no longer say he doesn't know why he got a D-, a picture is worth 1000 words. Plus parents can see what other kids are doing and how far along they are.

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