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User Name: Jacob Adams
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Location Jefferson City/MO
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Joined: Wednesday, February 04, 2009
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Last 10 Posts
Topic: Buying Hand Tools
Posted: Wednesday, September 15, 2010 8:48:13 PM
I have haunted antique markets to find good quality hand tools. I taught myself how to sharpen backsaws by reading some of Chris Schwartz's blog posts and by making a saw vice from scrap ash. I also made a few planes out of scarps that would do the job for a class. A few old stanley irons and some dowels and now I have 4 planes that will take decent shavings in pine. In the midwest, I found great chisel deals at Menard's.

hope that helps
Topic: SHop Class as Soulcraft
Posted: Thursday, September 10, 2009 9:46:44 PM

I went out and bought this book after hearing about it from you. I have only read about 30 pages but all I can say is WOW. This totally affirms my philosophy for my class. I know that there are others like me from this forum, but it is nice to see that there are others out there not in the WW Teaching world that believe that what we do has merit.

I can only suggest that everyone buy this book, share it with others and spread this idea
Topic: Table Project
Posted: Wednesday, September 09, 2009 9:58:01 PM

I have that book and it has been great. I have seen the magazine you are talking about Dave. I think that it is basically a condensed version of the book. They are both written by Taunton Press. The magazine had some Maloof designs on the cover.

I saw it a Lowe's then found the book at Barnes and Noble. My local book seller did not have it
Topic: Table Project
Posted: Friday, September 04, 2009 11:37:59 AM
I am starting a design project for my year long advanced classes. What necessary skills must a student have in order to successfully design and construct a coffee table?

I have been thinking about the obvious (tool use, design basics, and joinery) but are there any that I need to keep in mind?

Also, my plan is to give them a set dimension (L x W x H) and they must construct a table to fit it. I am thinking 30" x 16 " (planer width) x 18" maximum but give me your thoughts

Topic: veneering anyone?
Posted: Wednesday, May 20, 2009 6:24:57 PM
I have used an old solid core door with lots of plate weights on it. This worked on a table top that was of a similar size. I actually used Tite-bond 3 and rolled it out evenly.

I did have to swipe about 800 lbs. of plates from the wrestling room though.
Topic: What would you do?
Posted: Thursday, April 02, 2009 1:08:15 PM
I think that you definitely need to require a drafting class in there. The fundamentals of drafting can be so useful in the construction aspect of the class.

As for the completely happy, I am completely happy with a dovetail saw, a sharp chisel and a dovetail to cut.
Topic: In need of shop rulers
Posted: Tuesday, March 24, 2009 8:59:25 AM

I went to the local Wal-Mart and bought 100 plastic rulers for $.15 a piece. They have 1/6th" graduations on one side and are indestructible. I have dipped them in lacquer thinner and the number are still there. I have wrapped them around a pipe and they don't break. The only problem I have had is "sword fighting." When this happens I just throw one away or put it by the table saw to check blade heights with. They work pretty well for drafting, as that is what we are using them for right now, low budget and all.
Topic: Rocking Chaiir Plans
Posted: Thursday, March 12, 2009 2:17:52 PM
Popular woodworking's Arts and Crafts Furniture Projects has a "Morris" rocking chair with inlays and MT's. I got the book for christmas and I have used many of the projects already. Like $20 At Barnes and Noble
Topic: I'm new and have some questions for you please.
Posted: Monday, March 02, 2009 7:37:51 PM
i don't mean to sound depressing. I am in my first year and I love my job. I honestly can't do anything else, this job is in my blood now. I don't love to spend my own money, but the students really see that you care when you are INVESTED in them.

Hang in there, you are doing the right thing. Even with budget cuts we all know that our jobs are important. I know this may sound hollow but to know that you are doing the right thing makes me feel better. tbockman is a model that we could follow

Topic: I'm new and have some questions for you please.
Posted: Monday, March 02, 2009 1:22:20 PM
wow, can of worms is right.

All that I can add being as green as they come is to keep the enthusiasm up. Also, look for good stories to keep you going. Just reading these responses today has made my day so much better.

I agree with the money thing. My advice is to not even keep track of how much you spend on school stuff, it just depresses you in the end

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