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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Thursday, April 8, 2021 12:48:52 AM

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What's happening in 4th quarter?

It's one of my morning classes with four students. As I look around this class, I see everyone totally engaged in making their projects. It is a delight to see the students working so intently. I don't have to step in to help much once they have been in the shop for so many years. It's the way it should be.








I just renewed my teaching certificate which may well be my last. This is the first time they are extending them out 12 years. By then I'll be well into my 70's. It makes me wonder how much more I will be able to do. I seem to be fighting physical problems one after another, so I'm not sure I can last much longer. However, when that last day for me eventually arrives, it will be a sad day indeed. I have loved what I do and can't think of a better way to spend my time. I get older and the kids don't seem to... especially when they filter in and out each year... ageless.

The on-line learners are in two groups... the returning students and the 4 new ones for the 4th quarter, so I am past the safety and up to the measuring lesson (you have already seen) for the new students and the ping pong ball shooter for the returning 4 students but I also let the new students do this one to make it more fun. Then last week was a "print to the engraver" also for the returning students. A simple quiz keeps them honest... I hope. That's a huge problem with distance learning... in my opinion.

Let me know if there is anything I can do to be of help. Here is my new e-mail address that is also linked to my school account. As always, remove the red.

woodshopteacherprivate@NOSPAMg-mail.com

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Wednesday, March 31, 2021 9:08:30 AM

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Printing to the laser engraver.

For all the 4th quarter students, they will finish up the laser series. It's too bad they can't be here to actually use this equipment.


For the new students who are in the 4th quarter classes, this copied and reused assignment starts them back at the beginning. I wish I had done this last quarter, but then most of the 3rd quarter students did them anyway without being asked, so it all worked out in the end.


While it isn't the most fun to teach wood shop over the Internet, I have found it is possible to do it with the abundance of materials I had already created. I'm glad I have been able to share my google drive with many of you. It's too bad I can't share the quizzes, although you might be disappointed in how simple they really are. For the most part, it was to make it obvious when someone skips right to the quiz without learning at least some of the material.

Anyway, that is mostly what I was trying to determine with these simple quizzes. With no clear standards at this level, there is no road map for where they are suppose to end up. I have always had one simple goal... make them love wood shop and want to continue using these skills their whole life. Make cool projects they have trouble resisting. That is harder to achieve when they can't be here for the in class experience that really hooks them.

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2021 11:34:43 AM

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Manually focus the laser engraver.


Students learn how to manually focus the laser to save time and to make multiples faster.

I will start posting more about our projects as more students come back and on-line fades leaving me more time.

The student have gone crazy with making cutting boards, for their own profit. Yep, I let them keep what they earn and now that the cabinet shop has slowed down, the materials have slowed down. I may have to limit how many cutting boards a student can make during the final quarter, so I don't run out of material.

It has really driven the students workload as money motivates even the hardest to reach rascals. I love watching them get so excited about woodworking. And the parents have jumped in as they post on their Facebook pages and a few students have really been raking in the dough.

They can get double the amount if they laser engrave the cutting board. I think I am seeing just about every major sports team on some of these boards. We have also done them for colleges and universities.

The ones not motivated to make cutting boards are still working frantically on the other projects, so it is a win all around. If you can believe it, even some of the tougher cases are really liking these projects. Some days I have to literally kick some of them out so they will go to their next class.

One last thing, I'm sorry that Google Classroom doesn't allow the sharing of materials like quizzes. I am stunned by this fact. I'm not sure the rational behind it, but no matter what I've tried, I can't share more than the Google Drive and You Tube materials. I hope I have at least helped as many of you as I can.

While my focus is mostly towards the on-line learners here, the reality is there are way more on campus students. I should have been taking more photos to post.

There has been a change in e-mail as cableone discontinues that part of the service. I've tried to catch all of these and made changes throughout the pages of the posts. As usual, remove the red.

woodshopNOSPAMteacherprivate@gmail.com

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Sunday, March 7, 2021 11:30:11 AM

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Curved lettering on the laser engraver.


Students learn how to add curved lettering into a laser design.

It has been a very busy two weeks and I haven't kept up with the posts, but there is good news. Our Governor has told the schools that they should all be open to in person learning.

We already stayed open as much as we could, but now more of our students are expected to return. I could still have a few on-line learners, but I don't expect it from what our Principal has said on the topic.

However, I have made a few extra assignments just in case. I have been exploring how trees can not only communicate, but many times have their own Internet of sorts. Hopefully I will be able to use this material in the future.

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Friday, February 19, 2021 8:02:04 AM

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Add lettering to the laser engraver.


Students learn how to add lettering into a laser design.

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Monday, February 8, 2021 8:34:39 AM

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The Cannon & Cutting Board

I missed getting these out. The assignments are videos of making the cannon and the cutting board.




Some students still haven't checked in for assignments yet, and 9 are currently on the list.

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Tuesday, January 26, 2021 6:45:00 PM

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The New 3rd quarter Assignment

The assignment is a video of making the phone buddy and a fairly easy quiz afterward.


Some students haven't checked in for assignments yet, so 4 are currently on the list. 2 more on-line students are new to the class and will start from the beginning and work through the first quarter assignments.

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Saturday, January 16, 2021 8:36:52 AM

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We began this semester mostly distance learning with a few students coming on campus for their assignments. With much spare time between lessons, I was able to cycle small groups through the wood shop. Mostly we played around with the laser engraver and wood burner, but this 7th grader was motivated to get multiple projects done. Among them is a cutting board and this heart box. I'm sorry I wasn't carrying a better camera so the picture had the contrast adjusted so you can hopefully see the engraving on the top.


I'm so glad I was able to do this. Sitting for long periods of time is not in my nature. This was a fun break for all of us. I even had a few come through who had never been in wood shop before. Everyone who is able, returns to our normal schedule next week.

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Saturday, December 19, 2020 10:29:18 AM

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We stopped early December... 15th since the health department decided three Covid cases in two weeks was too much. We were one of the only places left doing in-school learning when a couple of people tested positive who weren't even on campus. It started to run through their family and they would stop coming to school. I don't know all the particulars, but wood shop was going fine. We all washed hands before entering and washed hands after leaving, wore masks, and kept the door handle and other surfaces sanitized. When the call came in, we couldn't hear it above shop noise and I let my students go for recess. That was 2nd period but we never really got out of 2nd period as the students were sent back. Parents were called and students were released as parents could come get them, and wood shop continued for one boy. We just had to get this done for Christmas and thought we had two more days. We had to cram that into two hours as we didn't know how much time was actually left, so we rushed to get it out the door.

The last project out the door...

This student previously completed an amazing step stool that I wish I would have photographed. You know how parents can be when someone brings home a well made project. Mom's immediately want something, or at least mine did. In my case I ended up doing an entire kitchen at age 15, but now I'm getting off track.

This case a little different, but no less profound as mom see's her opportunity to get something she really wants and likes and knows the final product will be nice. It's happened so many times before in my career. This mom wanted a place to store some stemware and the student brought in a plan from the Internet that I thought was terrible. It lacked all character and was awkward and boxy looking. I told him to bring in a few dimensions for his particular use and we remade the entire plan, but not on paper. No, we were working on it as we went. What do you think? Should we do this? What if we changed that?


The pieces ended up not looking boxy but they do require a ton of sanding since they are made from maple. Bayne spent many days getting out machine marks and burns from his cutting.


Assembled in just a few minutes before closing the doors, this turned out fantastic.


You did a fine job Bayne. I silently wonder if he might end up in the woodworking industry as have so many of my students. He hasn't thought about the future much, but this may have given him an idea.

My own junior high wood shop experience did not go this well. In fact, wood putty was my best friend and took up more space than the wood. All kidding aside, I would never have continued in woodworking if it hadn't been for a school counselor signing me up for it at high school. I figured at the time that it would be a good place to fiddle around even though he assured me it would be much different at that level. He wasn't kidding either as I managed to completely transform myself and my life because of it. I couldn't even imagine what else I could have done that I would have enjoyed more than being a wood shop teacher.


I hope mom thinks it turned out well considering we didn't have much time to get it assembled. I also hope Bayne considers his options with his new skills and doesn't settle for a boring career.

Well, we are scheduled to go back January 19th, but wood shop will not open as I will be helping in other ways. If I'm understanding it right, the plan is for the kids to stay in small groups as teachers will move from room to room. I will also do a study hall late in the day. I'm so excited.... can you tell? I think this also means no wood shop on-line learning. Plans have a way of changing but they start a quarter like this, it has to stay that way through the whole time. We will see what happens. In the mean time, I hope what I have been posting is really helping others.

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Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2020 11:24:40 AM

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I'm up to seven students now in the distance learning... and playing catch up on posts.

The candlestick


The video inspired me to try making the candlestick while only using scraping tools. This age group has a hard enough time getting used to the lathe without stepping it up a bit to "riding the bevel", especially on something like this. I could just see their disappointment if their tool caught and ruined their work day after day.


Scraping is a good way to get them started on the wood lathe. This is a piece of cottonwood from our own on campus trees. The finish is clear Danish oil, no wax. Imagine a set of these on the Christmas dinner table.

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