I only had one shop class, in 8th grade. It was in 1958-59. We all made
two things, a turned bowl, which is still around, and a lamp. My lamp
was the best one of the class (honest), couldn't wait to show it to my
folks. The last day of school I went to get it and it was the only one
left, and it was NOT mine, it was crap. (I think Scott Phillips made
it) I'm still miffed about it, I bet he still has my lamp.
BTW, we did segmented bowl turning as our first project, and I don't
recall wearing any safety gear, no face masks, dust masks, hearing
protection, nothing, and we were a bunch goofy little kids. Our shop
teacher had all his fingers, but had a wooden leg. Today, I wouldn't
let kids, other than mine, in my shop, let alone 25 or so weirdo's I
didn't know, all together acting like fools... Different age I guess.
Add Life to your Days not Days to your Life.
That would be a pisser. Getting off the point a bit, Scott Phillips
really sent the message of doubt to me when I sort'a kept up with his
show during the building of his brand new and relatively elaborate shop.
It was not a year later I was watching the show and he had so much crap
piled up that some of his machines were buried. That simply told me
that he did not use the shop for anything other than a different place
to film his show. You would have thought that they would have cleaned
up for the show.
I was about 9 years behind you. I do recall safety masks but that was
it. I blame the down fall of responsibility and respect on the parents.
Even when I was a kid the teacher was respected and the kids pretty much
acted like they had a brain, well at least when we were in the shop.
IIRC our shop teacher was missing part of one of his fingers. I do
recall that I saw him doing more than just teach. We lived in a
relatively new neighborhood and a block away next door to where I went
to HS a large new apartment complex was being built. I saw him on the
second story roof attaching faux corbels under the eaves and I
acknowledged him as I walked to school. The previous year in his
Jr.High shop class we spent our free time in shop class cutting out
those corbels from treated fence posts on the BS. ;~)
Times have changed.
On Saturday, September 26, 2015 at 11:18:21 AM UTC-5, Leon wrote:
Spent the weekend out of town, 45th class reunion, so I'm just now respondi
Other than building fences, repairing barns, etc., my first project was a s
ide table, in 9th grade Industrial Arts class. I had no idea what a dowel
rod was, then, so on the top of the legs, I carved a dowel protrusion on t
he end of the legs, to fit into the tables' hole. The teacher made a poi
nt of showing the class what I did. I don't think the table exists anymor
e. I think I tossed this table in the fire about 7 yrs ago, when cleaning
out the old barn.
I do have my first picture frame, though. It holds a pic of my Dad, who p
assed away when I was young. The picture hangs in my old shop. I need t
o place it in my newer shop.
On behalf of a non-participant, here, Mom was (girls were) not allowed to t
ake shop, when she was in school. She had to wait for her brothers to fin
ish the class, before walking home with them. She was able to sneak a proj
ect in, while waiting. I'm thinking 1942 she finished high school. She m
ade a small book case for her books. She still has the book case.
My Earliest was a chicken coop up against the shop. I was 5 or 6 likely
six. I got my drill press / drill / table saw / all in one machine from
a newspaper add with the money Granddad left me. I still have parts for
it, the all metal high speed motor finally died and I was glad. Holding
a high speed drill with your hand and the bearings were 50+ years old
took some steel.
The one Mom was proud of was maybe 10/12 somewhere in there when I took
a single horn side of a dear rack and mounted it to (threaded the
bone!!!) the top of three offset and decreasing diameters of turned oak
wood. Then I put Mahogany varnish. It sits in my workroom as both Mom
who used it for her necklaces dad kept his bola ties. I use it as a
hat rack now.
It was my first turning project - bolt through the center except for the
small one that was a face plate screw affixed.
On 9/26/2015 11:18 AM, Leon wrote:
My first project was a napkin holder, made in shop class in the seventh
grade. A bottom with two vertical sides glued onto it. I decided to make
my sides trapezoidal, one angled up, one angled down. An odd choice, but
creative, I suppose.
It was the bottom that was the real challenge. Our teacher gave us a
board perhaps 10" x 6" x 1/2". We had to plane one edge to be straight,
square and smooth; jointing it by hand, in other words. We'd make a
bunch of shavings, then take the piece up to the teacher for inspection
with a try square. He'd mark the high spots with the edge of a pencil
and we'd try again.
I probably don't need to tell you how many times most of us had to
repeat this process before the board passed muster. I was proud that my
napkin holder would fit about 2" of napkins; better than most. Some of
the kids planed their boards down to nothing and had to start again.
Don't have the first project. Pool cue rack made of scrap shoe molding
found at a nearby home construction site. Hacked into pieces with a
pruning saw and nailed together for a Father's Day present. Very bad
design since the cues were stored horizontally, leading to some very
curved cues. Fortunately, the cues and table were very cheap and Dad
wasn't much of a player. Probably made when I was ten.
About a year later, I made this toy boat, which I still have in the
basement storage, rotten rigging and all...
Plans were from a library book, guidance from Dad, but he had me do all
the actual work, after showing me how on scrap. The showing part was
important because much of the work was done on his DeWalt 1400 RAS.
Basic shaping of the redwood hull with the jigsaw attachment after
ripping and crosscutting a 4x4 to size. Further refinement and hollowing
with a coping saw, chisels and sandpaper. Tapered the mast and booms
with the disc sander attachment. Edge treatment on the stand with the
molding head. (I remember that as being a bit scary.) Made a form and
used a tin can on our Coleman camp stove to melt the lead for the keel
weight. Had some awkwardness pouring the lead because the leather gloves
were too big. Mom made the sails. I never finished the rudder system -
testing in the bathtub showed an uncorrectable 30º starboard lean.
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