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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.

Dan
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 01, 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!!!!
Topic: Lathe suggestions?
Posted: Thursday, June 11, 2015 11:46:25 PM
Thanks for the tips!
Topic: Incra® I-Box Finger Joint Jig AND drum vs wide belt sander
Posted: Friday, May 22, 2015 11:14:38 AM
Do any of you have any experience with this Incra device? Looks like the cat's meow. Wonder if it would hold up to daily use in a school shop.

Also, I may be able to get a big sander. Dual drum sanders are cheaper than wide belt sanders. Would I be disappointed if I went with the dual drum? On one hand it would free up money for other things. On the other hand, I don't want to invest in an ineffective machine.

Thanks in advance!
Topic: Lathe suggestions?
Posted: Wednesday, May 06, 2015 3:14:15 PM
I'm looking into getting one or two new lathes. Obviously, durability is first priority. Any suggestions? We are currently using some small Jet lathes but they seem pretty mickey mouse. Good for a hobbyist but don't hold up to the abuse of a school shop.

Thanks!

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