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Profile: Gene Luby
User Name: Gene Luby
Forum Rank: Newbie
Real Name: Gene Luby
Location By The Jersey Shore
Occupation: Industrial Arts Teacher
Interests: Restoring Old woodworking machines/Gardening
Gender: Male
Joined: Friday, September 19, 2008
Last Visit: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 4:02:59 PM
Number of Posts: 0
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Last 10 Posts
Topic: Scientific Discovery - New Inert Elements... My 6th period class...
Posted: Tuesday, November 24, 2015 3:57:46 PM
And I thought it was just me and my students here, I guess the lack of motivation is something we all have to deal with and find a way to spark their interests. You have to think out of the box sometimes, my school district is located in a very small type of town near the ocean and still have enough of woods near us. My HS students duck and deer hunt, go fishing and some are surfer dudes.
I went and purchased four midi lathes ,the students love to turn duck calls and other things, this is a big hit around hunting season. I also went out and purchased plans for a hollow wood stand up paddle board and a surf board ,they will be wrapped in cedar strips, that seems to have caught their interest ,will let you know how that one turns out.Good Luck
Topic: Lathe suggestions?
Posted: Wednesday, May 27, 2015 12:01:58 PM
All depends on what kind of projects your students turn, we have 4 Jet midi's 1014 and a Jet 1221vs with a bed extension, the 1221vs lathe has taken all the abuse a HS student can dish out. Christmas ornaments, mallets, duck calls and small bowls,bird houses so far I like the Jet 1221vs ,would by another in the future.
Topic: N1/H1 3 week lesson plans
Posted: Wednesday, November 11, 2009 12:41:40 PM
Hey, was asked yesterday from my supervisor to right and submit a 3 week lesson plan,just incase the school gets closed down for a long period of time ,anyone else?,so far it has been pretty quite around here
Topic: To buy a Midi or Full Size Lathe?
Posted: Thursday, October 8, 2009 2:37:37 PM
I have four midi's in my HS shop ,two Delta's,two Jets & a big old 12'' Delta,both brands of the midi's are great machines,the students love working on them over the larger one.In five years I think it(Delta 12'') was used a couple of times.
I would go with the midi's,you will be surprized the power in them,if you want to turn longer,go out and buy a bed extention,they make them for both
Topic: early spring break
Posted: Friday, January 30, 2009 12:46:39 PM
We just finished our Mid-Terms today,half of the school year is allmost over.Our Spring Break starts Fri 4/10- Sun 4/19 returning on 4/20 .We do things a bit different here at our district,we go to school all the single holidays,during the school year Presidents Days,Columbus,Jewish Holidays etc.We take a week off in Feb,we call it Energy Savings Week ,it has it's pro's and con's.It is a good time to travel,generaly not a busy time ,shop around to get good rates.
Topic: Industrial Arts position opening in Cape May Co. in New Jersey
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009 12:44:43 PM
Hi, just to let some of you know ,saw a add in one of our local papers (Altantic City Press)There is a posting for a Middle School Industrial Arts Teacher position in Cape May Co.I have no connection to the position or the school.I teach in Ocean County.If anyone is interested,contact me here or better yet at I will get the full add to you & contact info,Gene
Topic: shop tools
Posted: Monday, January 12, 2009 12:33:55 PM
I have allways been a big fan of the saying learn to crawl before you walk,same being with woodworking,I would teach the students the basics of woodworking+ being new to teaching woodshop it wouldn't be a bad idea.I would outfit the shop with handtools first
Handsaws (rip /crosscut)
Copping saws
Try sqs
Combo sq
Wood rasps
Block Planes
Hand drills
Various screwdrivers
Nail sets ,Keep it simple,have them build small projects,as the students progress the use of,Elect drills,jig saw,finally scrollsaw,drillpress,bandsaw,Good Luck Gene
Topic: Money to spend - but on what??!
Posted: Thursday, December 18, 2008 3:04:23 PM
Not to get off subject,I will not let any student use the tablesaw,I inheriteed a Powermatic 66 (3 phase) in the shop 5 years ago,call me to carefull ,just cannot take the chance.The students can use any of the other machines in the shop.I would seriously look into a Sawstop if I was to buy new.
Topic: Money to spend - but on what??!
Posted: Wednesday, December 17, 2008 9:52:31 AM
I agree,purchase lumber and supplies,if things get tough down the road you will have a back-up.You can allways keep students busy with minimule number of tools and a large supply lumber,but not with a supply of tools and no lumber
Topic: teaching jobs? Where?
Posted: Tuesday, December 16, 2008 10:46:37 AM
Joe,Here in New Jersey we have county vocational schools besides our public schools, my first teaching job,I taught a adult evening construction tech class.It was a gauge to see if teaching was really for me.I taught there for two years ,that lead me to my second part time teaching job,teaching a woodshop program in an alternitive HS,man that was an experience. See if your state has the same Voc Schools,it is a good way to see if teaching is for you + get some experience under you belt.Hope this helps

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