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Topic: Cutting thick workbench for square edge?
Posted: Sunday, November 08, 2009 12:38:01 AM
So I know I have ran across the method before, but can't remember or find it now. I have a student who is making a extra thick workbench using a gluelam beam cut in two and bolted together to make a 32x120 inch bench that is 5 inches thick after flattening (using a router sled on steel rails). I am trying to remember how to make a cut on the ends and sides to square things up, but am scratching my head. We could do a skilsaw cut about 2.5 inches deep, but cant turn it over and finish the cut from the other side. I think there was a method using a a router, but think that requires use of the other side as well (the back side is rough and not flattened.) Any ideas or links to pages with methods? Thanks everyone!
Topic: Threading wooden dowels
Posted: Wednesday, March 12, 2008 10:17:46 PM
I have done the reverse in the past, tapping a wooden gearshift knob for a student that they made in my shop. It worked great with a low TPI tap of about 3/8 inch diameter. I would suspect that as long as you are doing larger hardwood small grain dowels and low TPI sizes that it should work fine.
I lucked out when I inherited my class that the previous teacher left behind a nice complement of threaders and a stanley dowel maker with lots of different size cutter heads. I have only had a few excuses to use them, but they are fun and the kids love it when they come out. Suddenly everyone wants to try it and they all need custom dowels for their projects!
Topic: Anyone use or consider monitoring cameras in their classroom?
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2008 9:16:46 PM
Thank you all for the supportive statements on this... I am going to go talk with the principal on Tuesday and see if I can get this to happen. I am hopeful that it will squash the bad behavior from day one and I know I can use it to be a more effective teacher by watching where I spend and divide up my time, then improving that with more efficient methods.

Topic: Anyone use or consider monitoring cameras in their classroom?
Posted: Saturday, February 16, 2008 1:03:44 AM
I have a dilemma that is making me consider a likely unpopular option to resolve. There are a couple (I think) students in my classroom that are damaging equipment and student projects for any number of possible reasons. Since wood shop isn't like any other classroom where you can have one eye on the work and the other on students at all times, they are very aware of this fact and there are the occasional students who chose to act out during these windows of opportunity. Lately there is someone who is vandalizing tools, shop items, and student projects and no matter how many times I ask the class to help me stop them before they cost us something that can't be replaced with our meager budget, or damage yet another fellow students hard work, no one will be a snitch. It's a large shop and I have several students with just me to run it.
This brings about a unfavorable option that I am considering... a DVR security camera or two to monitor the room and record events there. While the downsides are legal, the upsides are rather nice: Catch the culprit, evaluate classroom effectiveness, and in the event of an accident, be able to document the actual event... pretty appealing benefits...

Anyone have any input or experience in this possible option?

Topic: shop projects
Posted: Sunday, December 02, 2007 8:25:32 PM
If someone could find out how to get the projects section back up, I have about 7 or 8 projects that I use frequently that I could scan in and contribute.

Topic: 21 Reasons Why School Woodworking Programs are Important in the 21st Century
Posted: Sunday, November 11, 2007 2:26:18 PM
I like this statement a lot... I am printing it out and going to post it at my classroom door for my students to see as well. Might also forward it in an email to the principal as a little plug for the shop.


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