I am going to be volunteering again this year for one day a week in a
high school woodworking class. It is billed as "Introduction to
Woodworking" and students start out with learning to use a ruler,
drill, bandsaw, and so on. By the end of the semester they will build
a small table with a drawer. The teacher is a carpenter, and pretty
much hands out the plans and lets the kids go to it. He has suggested
that I create an extra credit project to be done by those who are
getting ahead of the class. I am looking for some input on what might
be a reasonable project. I am thinking I would start out by doing
three or four 15 minute 'lectures' to go over the plans and techniques
and then help students as needed when I am there. One of the goals is
to get more kids to take the follow-on classes. Really fine woodwork
is out of the question as cost is a factor. Oak is available for the
students to buy, poplar is available for free. It is a reasonable
shop but most tools are not nearly up to my standards for sharpness.
Well, that's what "prep" hours are for - or, as I prefer, that's what
comprises a part of the advanced class - tool maintenance.
Extra credit available to those who learn how to, and help maintain the
equipment. Grade the bandsaw setup, the sharpness of the edges they
produce, and then have 'em make a jewelry box with a full-bright finish.
as i recall in my high school wood shop class, tool maintenance was
part of the course, lubrication, sharpening and such,our second year ,
we built tables as well, but the more advanced woodworkers built
tables using the lathe for the legs, just a thought for your more
advanced ones. fred
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