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User Name: ejaguar
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Topic: Recruiting to "hook 'em".
Posted: Saturday, December 12, 2009 5:10:30 PM
John, can you give me the name and publisher of the 2x4 building book? Sounds very interesting as I share wood related ideas with some of the elementary schools.

Thanks for the nice comments on my skateboards.As you may have read 80-90% of all skateboards are made in Mexico and China! Most from their planted forests or Russian birch.

That's why you skaters found mine so durable and "snappy". They are made from 70 year old maple trees, hand selected in N. Wisconsin.

If any of you are new to the site and want some ideas, look at my posts under, ejaguar. If you have questions, my email is
I taught 33 years. This site has dozens of other excellent, experienced teachers to also draw from. I taught 33 years.

Bob Merriam
Topic: How can high school shop program's be saved?
Posted: Thursday, December 10, 2009 11:31:46 PM
If I had a schools that was extending the math requirements or thter subjects, and eliminating some electives, I'd convert one or more of my shop classes to a shop-math combination or other combination. It wouldn't be hard to review the curriculum, choose the main themes and develop a shop based program utilizing those concepts into the wood program.

The students would be better able to apply the concepts far better that just taught in a book.

The first year might be very time consuming as you'd have to convert the test book to shop activities, but I'll bet the graduates will understand the concepts better.

I for years taught one math class in my shop and was able to integrate many of the math concepts into the woods part.

The students enjoyed it and really could apply what they had done.

I realize, that some states require a subject specific degree and one would have to get around that somehow.
Bob Merriam, Santa Cruz, CA.
Topic: New woodworking teacher-looking for direction from experienced teachers
Posted: Tuesday, July 14, 2009 11:45:51 PM
I have sent in some ideas. If interested in any, eamil me. Good luck,Bob M
Topic: Bandsaw Boxes
Posted: Sunday, November 16, 2008 1:35:24 AM
Go to the posts from 4/4//06 and 11/18/06 for some bandsaw boxes made in an 8th grade class. Bob M
Topic: Bob M.
Posted: Thursday, October 30, 2008 7:49:51 PM
The decks and tapes are on the way. I got your email. Thanks, Bob M
Topic: Where is everyone located?
Posted: Thursday, October 16, 2008 3:04:11 AM
Bob Merriam, Santa Cruz, California
Topic: Safety Videos?
Posted: Saturday, September 27, 2008 2:55:11 AM
Several of you emailed me to order my 2 safety films. I have now made 8 copies and emailed those that wanted them 2 address I had didn't go through.

If you didn't hear from me and emailed earlier, send me your address at:

Bob M
Topic: Measurement worksheets?
Posted: Thursday, September 04, 2008 1:06:26 AM
I taught a math class in my shop for one period a day. This si what I did to teach a simple way to read a ruler with any measurement scale.
First, many students don't know how to read a ruler as they don't know where to start the measurement counting. Often, they count the first line on the left end of a ruler.

I showed and explained that any ruler measures distance, and if you could the line on the left edge, you haven't gone any distance, so that is a 0, and once you move along the ruler you begin counting the number of marks.

At first forget the fraction, just count the numer of marks from the left edge to right edge of the ruler.

I made a simple work sheets of large sections of rulers with different numbers of divisions on them, 10ths, 13ths, etc. and had then count the divisions. I never labeled the divisions. I put small arrow heads above some of the marks. From this they learn to not count the first line and not worry about the correct fraction on the ruler. Just the numbers of divisions.

Then we'd go back and mark what the division was on the sample where the arrowhead was. They quickly learn that it may be 9/13ths, 4/18ths, 15/39ts, etc. After that they should be able to pick up any ruler, count the lines and figure the measurement.

I used this on many tests.

I also make a large 1' ruler enlarged on my front wall out of art board that was 4'X2', in black felt pen. I marked it as 1" long divided into 16ths, and the division made different lengths and the correct division written above that division.

Then when a student asked what a measurement was they were working on, I'd point the the frontwall where the large inch was.

After this exercise, once or twice I never had students ask what the division was on a ruler or scale they had.

Bob M

Topic: class ideas
Posted: Thursday, April 03, 2008 12:10:08 AM
Will the engineering class be a semester? How does your school define "engineering"?

I had to do a lot of "invented" progarms over the years do to lack of materials, funds and facilities. Bob M
Topic: Power Mechanics
Posted: Wednesday, February 13, 2008 12:50:28 AM
I taught a 9 week power mechanics class for 15 years or more in my woodshop. I used Briggs and Stratton horizonial shaft 1.5 hp engines.

They fit my vises so could be held in them and run. A group of 2 students got an engine to disassemble, measure all parts for wear, clean and reassemble. The engines had to run at the end of the quarter for a grade.

I worked electronics,, fuel, tools, service manuals into the program and had a small dynometer. I had a lot of girls take this class and they loved it.

It was one of my favorite to teach.

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