My son has very strong feelings about woodworking show hosts. “Herm” (Norm) is his favorite – he’s in love with power tools. Me? I prefer St. Roy.
In this episode, St. Roy discussed and built several toys from 18th century America. I was especially fascinated by the jig he uses to create small parts. I saw an opportunity to move the jig into the classroom, especially as I wanted to build small wooden sculptures made from patterns created in Google Sketch Up. I can’t say much about the project yet – somethings work, somethings don’t. It’s quickly running away from what I originally envisioned. Not in a bad way either – just different. The students start by making geometric patterns with blocks and polygons. Kind of like this:
You can see the entirety of the jig here. I use the jig upside-down on tables. The crossbar usually sits in a vise as in St. Roy’s show. The students are able to cut safely and securely with a coping saw. I’m going to get a lot of mileage out of these jigs.
I hope to post more as the project develops over the next two weeks. I’m also working on a semester review of the technology classes.
Make it safe & keep the rubber side down this weekend.