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Profile: johnm
User Name: johnm
Forum Rank: Newbie
Real Name: John Moorhead
Location Lakeport, CA
Occupation: Component mfg, prototyping, furniture building and
Interests: several, thanks for asking.
Gender: Male
Joined: Saturday, May 19, 2007
Last Visit: Thursday, February 22, 2018 6:16:24 PM
Number of Posts: 0
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Last 10 Posts
Topic: Akeda Dovetail Jig or Stots Dovetail Template
Posted: Tuesday, July 25, 2017 11:06:56 PM
Folks -

The Akeda Dovetail Jig made quite a splash a few years back. I heard they had a fire or some other issue and may or may not be around any more. Have any of you used their jig? Know of anyone that selling? It got good reviews and the time and seems more straightforward than the Leigh and ALL those parts for students to lose or ???

In a related vein, have any of you heard of the Stots Dovetail Template? I bought one years ago, and though the TOS were really kind of over-the-top goofy, the construction of the jig from the template was straightforward and the joinery I produced with it was quick and airtight - I was very much impressed, especially at $40.

Does anyone know if these guys are still around, either? Thanks for any input!

Topic: what's happining
Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:24:32 PM
I do use the site, but don't post as often as I have in the past. The site and the posts are very valuable. I find inspiration here when I'm in a funk about the class, and find really great ideas. Part of my lack of posting is partially because I am wicked busy, and partially because I am because I am becoming more sensitive about my digital trail....
Topic: Student Injury
Posted: Thursday, February 11, 2016 6:16:35 PM
Folks -

Haven't had a serious injury in the shop in years.... until yesterday. I was setting up the disc sander for a student. The miter gauge had an auxiliary fence for sanding miter joints. It turns out the table was not parallel to the disc. When the miter gauge slid forward, it jammed into the disc and was pulled into the sander, where it then was pulled out of the miter slot and ejected, violently, about 12 feet away. It hit one student in the shoulder, then the base of the gauge hit the other student in the face. The gauge hit her with enough force to cut her lip and put about a 2" gash adjacent to her nose. She needed a couple of stitches and was pretty shaken up.

Turns out the table was out of alignment by about 3/8" going the *wrong* way. We don't use the miter gauge on that sander very often, so it hasn't come up.

I have since repaired the misalignment and used the event for a teaching moment for all of my classes.
Topic: Scientific Discovery - New Inert Elements... My 6th period class...
Posted: Wednesday, November 18, 2015 6:31:26 PM
Folks -

I've tried just about everything I can think of to get some of my advanced students off their butts. It is beyond lack of motivation.... it's not even on the radar. The students *just* don't care... and no support from the parents.... "He's just that way" or "it's a phase"... I am almost to the point of asking that my advanced classes simply be dropped or greatly cut back. I'm not here to babysit or be a drill sergeant. I have enough good students to fill two classes to a minimum.... The students feel generally that they are entitled to a "B" if they show up, and an "A" if they do *anything* on clean up day.

Sorry, but I had to vent. Any ideas are welcome.

Topic: Suitable Woodworking Texts for Beginning and Advanced Wood
Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 11:00:07 PM
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....
Topic: Suitable Woodworking Texts for Beginning and Advanced Wood
Posted: Wednesday, April 08, 2015 2:02:33 PM
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 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
Topic: Grading Rubric/Description
Posted: Monday, December 08, 2014 5:12:31 PM
Folks -

I am looking for a descriptive grading rubric for my classes. My advanced students are all on independent projects and getting and keeping them motivated has been an issue. Fighting their use of electronic devices is beyond an uphill battle. They try to be sneaky with them, but if I went ahead and continued to take them away, I'd never get any shop time for them in. I want to teach woodworking, not babysit or be a smartphone cop.

If any of you could send me your rubrics or anything in support of clearly lining out expectations, I'd appreciate it. I need to change my approach for the second semester as my current strategy is wanting.

My email address, should you choose to email me an attachment is with the obvious change.

Thanks so much!

Topic: Dust collection issues
Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2014 12:52:21 PM
The seals at the top of the dust bins were all shot. I did replace all of them and renewed the closures, so that is all air-tight. I did think that this was the problem when I first started, but I'm still getting snow, even though the volume is reduced.

It doesn't matter which kind of wood debris is being collected. Big chips from the jointer blow out just as readily as MDF dust. If the system is airtight, and the motors are spinning correctly, what else might be the cause of the snowfall?
Topic: Dust collection issues
Posted: Monday, December 01, 2014 11:43:50 AM
Folks -

The maintenance guys are getting surly with me for the "snow" I've been getting out of the cyclones. The school and shop were built in 1966 - I went to High School here. The tablesaws have very poor dust collection, and are the farthest from the cyclones.

The dust collection works *okay* on the other tools, but no matter how I have the blast gates set up, I am getting a significant stream of sawdust and wood chips discharged out of the top of the cyclones out into the back parking lot. It does this whether the dust bins are full or empty. The system is sealed well, but we've always had this problem with varying degrees chip discharge. When we use the planer it makes the back lot look like a snow globe.

So, I have two issues - one is less than optimal suction at the farthest (furthest?) leg of the DC conduits, and the second is the chronic chip discharge out the stack instead of into the DC barrels. I'd appreciate any feedback.
Topic: Roll Call
Posted: Monday, March 10, 2014 5:17:37 PM
I don't always log in but do check the forum for goings on several times per month. I'd hate to see it go away; will try being more active in my participation.

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