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Topic: Shop Teacher training
Posted: Monday, November 07, 2011 11:40:39 AM
TY Mike and mrb1977..this is great
Topic: Shop Teacher training
Posted: Thursday, November 03, 2011 9:48:42 AM
Hi guys

It's been a while since i have posted on the site, but here goes. I need some info on the best university programs for woodshop (vocational) teacher training in the US. My university in SA is currently restructuring the program for vocational teacher training, and I was wondering if you guys could suggest universities with great programs that I can maybe take some leaves from? Any advice will be greatly appreciated.Thanx
Topic: Running "business" out of shop (ramble)
Posted: Monday, February 09, 2009 2:10:51 AM
I must agree with Jeff.. fund raising and running a business are two different things. At my school the metal workshop teacher rents a empty storeroom on the school grounds from where he runs his own business, making security gates etc. The school charges for electricity (installed a meter), and floorspace. For him its much cheaper than getting a space somewhere else, and both parties are happy. Depends on your admin's attitude really.
Topic: Cleaning old surfaces
Posted: Wednesday, December 10, 2008 4:53:53 AM
Mike,now thats a good idea. The finer stone method makes a lot of sense. I've started of with very fine steelfleece (000) and elbow grease. A bit tentative on the courser stuff.. but thanx for the advice. I'l be careful.
Topic: Cleaning old surfaces
Posted: Tuesday, December 02, 2008 4:26:04 AM
Thanx guys. Jeff, I did receive your mail. Did you get the photos I send you?
Topic: Cleaning old surfaces
Posted: Monday, December 01, 2008 9:00:20 AM
Hi Guys. I just bought some old woodworking machines at an auction. The work tops of the circular saw and the planer is all rusted and gritty. How do I get the surface back to its original(or almost) state?
Topic: Where is everyone located?
Posted: Wednesday, October 22, 2008 10:42:07 AM
Potchefstroom, North West Province, South Africa
Topic: Tormek sharpening system
Posted: Wednesday, October 08, 2008 6:18:25 AM
I have two of them. One at home and one at school.Can't imagine life without it. You can sharpen almost anything with it, jigs available for different jobs, easy to use and very accurate. Highly recommended.
Topic: Hey guyz. Are we professionals?
Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2008 4:03:19 AM
Woodwork as a lone subject was removed from our curricculum this year. It is now incorporated into Civil Technology along with Civil engineering, building construction, bricklaying and plastering and basic plumbing. Woodwork make out about 25% of my total curricculum. The size of the projects are much smaller now, and the emphasis is not on wood alone, but on all building materials.In the past learners took Civil Engineering and building construction if they wanted to go to varsity, and become architects and engineers. The other learners who didn't want to take that route ussually took woodwork, bricklaying etc. to maybe start their own bussineses. I took Civil at school, and fortunately had a great teacher who concentrated on woodwork for practicals. Thats where i got my love for wood.
Topic: Private projects
Posted: Saturday, May 03, 2008 3:41:41 AM
My province is the only one left in the country that gets the occasional supplies from the department, which includes handtools, glues, sanding paper and wood of course. The quality of the wood was bad at one stage (SA Pine) They got a new supplier and we get pretty decent teak now.All the materials go on stock and belong to the school. I also use my own wood for projects, but it is like you said - a fine line. Some other faculty members don't like us making things for ourselves, so i get regular (casual)visits after some stories going around.It is a great perk, but building a whole dining set is a bit extreme. I still pick my job over any other in my school.

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