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Topic: Teaching one week class 3 hrs each day, project ideas?
Posted: Friday, July 20, 2018 4:02:35 PM
Will have about 15 students ages 12-14. 3 hrs/day for 5 days. Not much time. I'm thinking: something simple on the lathe, maybe a 2 part mallet. I'm not much of a turner, though. I can't hollow out something like a cup without it grabbing.

Also thinking some sort of box, still deciding what kind of corner joints. Someone suggested using hand tools but I'm wondering how one cuts precise enough to avoid gaps in the joinery.

Anyway, maybe some of you have ideas for me? TIA
Topic: Changing CNC software-looking for advice
Posted: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 1:10:18 PM
We currently have MasterCam but am interested in a possible change to something that's better for woodworking.

Looks to me like V Carve Pro would be better because of the ability to do more carving and contouring.

Would that be a good move?

Topic: OPen Tech Ed Position in Southern NH
Posted: Thursday, June 22, 2017 12:23:14 PM
Interesting. Here are some questions that I, and possibly others may have:

1. Do you know how easily or how difficult it is to become licensed to teach in NH if you're from out of state?

2. How much of a budget is there for this program?

3. How are the labs and associated equipment? What condition are they in?

4. How much outside support does this program get in the way of volunteers, an advisory board and/or industry partners?

5. What is the typical class size?

Topic: Sharpening chisels and planes
Posted: Friday, March 10, 2017 11:02:49 AM
Question: what do you all use for sharpening chisels and planes? Traditional stones? Low speed grinders? Diamond stones?

I saw an ad for a diamond stone (company is called DMT). After spending over an hour sharpening chisels on a set of regular sharpening stones (with only so-so results), this diamond sharpening tool is quite enticing.

Thanks in advance.

Topic: Sanding belts-repair?
Posted: Friday, November 18, 2016 11:55:43 AM
I have a lot of sanding belts (3" x 24") that are "new" in the box. The word new is in parenthesis because they are actually quite old, and the glue or tape that holds these together is weak, rendering these belts useless. (No, it's not the sander or technique because I have no problems with new belts).

I have heard that there is a type of tape that can be used to shore up these joints. Is that correct? Or is there another way to fix these?

Thanks in advance.
Topic: Substitute Plans
Posted: Thursday, May 12, 2016 10:58:15 AM
Here is an activity that I came up with:

Students are told that they're in business making a certain item (I chose their freshman year project-a stool). They know what machines and tools are required and I told them to plan for $2000.00 per month fixed costs like rent and electric (I grabbed that number out of the air to keep things from getting too complex). They have to go online and do cost calcs on the machines and tools and add that to the yearly fixed costs. Then, using the cost per stool they had to figure out how many stools that they have to make to break even. Next they had to decide what their yearly salary was and figure out how many stools they had to make to earn their salary.

I could have gone even more complex with this and had them factor in time for mis-cut parts, etc but I only had 90 minutes.
Topic: How do you have your students finish their project
Posted: Thursday, December 17, 2015 3:10:59 PM
I use a mixture of 1/3 odorless mineral spirits, 1/3 boiled linseed oil, and 1/3 polyurethane. Wipe on, wipe off. No brushes hardening up. I have them put on at least 2 coats; 4 if they have a really nice project. Some sanding between coats may be necessary.

Only problems are: 1. still kind of stinks and 2. making sure the dispose of the rags properly.
Topic: New Project Ideas
Posted: Tuesday, July 28, 2015 9:45:08 PM
Both of your daughter's projects are quite impressive! I have a few questions if you don't mind:

Was this a 9th grade class?

How long did each project take?

Thanks! And again, nicely done!
Topic: Shop fee conundrum
Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2015 5:04:50 PM
Thanks for all of the great input! It's definitely going to be a challenge but fortunately I have the summer to figure things out.

Thanks again!
Topic: Shop fee conundrum
Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:54:24 PM
Starting next year, I can't charge shop fees. School says all students have the right to a free public education. So, all students can participate in shop classes whether they pay for materials or not.

There is a caveat to this in that if the student wants to take their project home, they have to pay for materials. This is fair.

Now I am all in favor of allowing anyone in the class regardless of financial means. But I'm also seeing downsides to the free ride that I need to work through:

First, I've seen students who aren't happy with the result of their project so they just walk away without paying.

Second, without paying for the material, they don't value it.

Third, what do I do with all of the abandoned projects?

Are any of you in a similar situation, and if so, do you have the same issues that I am seeing and if so, how do you deal with them?

Thanks, and enjoy the summer!!!!

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