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Topic: Math Worksheets
Posted: Friday, September 11, 2009 1:05:20 PM
If you want to save some time with worksheets here are some websites that offer measurement assignments, fractions, conversions etc.
Look up the following:
The ruler game, online ruler tutorial math and conversions will also print you out answer sheets

Hope that helps
Topic: Videos
Posted: Friday, June 05, 2009 1:17:08 PM
check out
They have some basic dvd's there. If you have a Rockler near you, you can get them on sale all of the time as well.
Topic: Scroll Saw
Posted: Tuesday, June 02, 2009 11:00:08 AM
I've found that in the long run, the Dewalt's were the best of the lesser priced scroll saws. We tried a Ryobi and it lasted I think two weeks before stuff broke or stripped out.
Check pen state ind. for the lathe tools. They sell a brand called benjamin's best that are decent for the money.
If you wanted to go real cheap check out harbor freight, I know they had some as well.
Topic: New woodworking teacher-looking for direction from experienced teachers
Posted: Thursday, May 28, 2009 7:47:25 AM
Some good things to do as well is have kids make stuff for the shop. A clamp rack, a lumber rack, move stuff around and set stuff up. I found that they take some pride and ownership in this and get into it a little more.
You can also turn it into a space planning lesson by telling them this is what is avail for space, these are the sizes of the machines present a shop floor plan layout that would best suit us. Who knows you might be suprised. I know when I laid out a shop some of the kids had some good ideas.
Topic: What type of education do I need?
Posted: Tuesday, May 26, 2009 11:58:02 AM
You may not have to get a typical 4yr degree if you have vo-tech schools out there is Mizzou. Most of those schools want people with real world experience that can be documented to get you started and then most systems allow you x amount of years to take certain classes in education.
Check to find a local tech school and ask them for some info or sites to check out.
Topic: Help! Who knows about cnc routers?
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 10:13:00 AM
If they are going to give you the cash for a 5 axis machine take it and run like hell!!
3 will do it, you just have to watch you tool paths depending on your geometry. They will also do signs, shapes and everything else under the sun. Swing by your local corian countertop place and have them give you the scraps. Makes for some pretty nice projects for the kids.
You can also have the kids design game boards like cribbage, parcheesi and monopoly and have the machine cut out the boards as well. Just another idea.
Topic: IF you have MAC's what Cad do you use in the classroom?
Posted: Thursday, May 14, 2009 7:41:41 AM
MAC's now have that program that can make the desktop run just like a PC standard in all of the machines accoding to the MAC Genius at the apple store in Boston.
Having said this, this keeps your options pretty wide open. You can use the obvious AUTOCAD if you have a king's ransom. If you could just get AutoCAD INVENTOR and not all of the other stuff then you will be able to create everything you need.
You can also use Solidworks, which is very similiar to Inventor but at much less of an intial cost as well as yearly license renewal license as well.
One benefit of the Inventor that I saw was that if you register you school with the online educator community webpage, you can then email each of your students a link, thus allowing them to download a student version of the program for free at home. I used this this year and found it pretty helpful for those kids that actually had machines powerful enough to run these programs.
Topic: Radial arm saw vs. Mitre saw
Posted: Wednesday, April 01, 2009 8:48:35 AM
I guess I take a different school of thought on this. I would use the slider and scrap the radial saw due to the obvious safety dangers.
I guess if you don't have a table saw to use a ripping tool then use the radial arm saw. I've always taught my guys when I was in the shop to use the mitre saw to cut rough length, joint an edge and then rip it on the table saw. This scenario would then have to assume that you have all of these other machines in your shop as well.
I guess it comes down to what do you feel most comfortable with? Sometimes teacher learn new techniques and are not comfortable using them for certain reasons.
Topic: CO2 Dragsters
Posted: Tuesday, March 10, 2009 9:21:42 AM
If you purchase a site license from Solidworks they actually have a whole interactive lesson or tutorial program about designing the cars and then running COSMOS Floworks on your model which allows the user to see the aero dynamics and how it reacts on the model.
This program is just like autocad but much cheaper and easier to use. If you have any questions let me know.
Topic: Down draft table?
Posted: Friday, March 06, 2009 8:52:02 AM
What's that email address to get those pictures of the homemade one? I would like a copy if possible

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