Category Archive: This Week In the Shop

This Week in the Shop: Make: Plywood Chairs

A few issues ago, Make Magazine published plans for a jigsaw puzzle chair, and I needed chairs for my “dining room”.  In reality, I needed chairs, I had plywood and this plan jumped… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: Production Boxes

If you ask him how to do it he’ll say just like noah built the ark you’ve got to hold your mouth right son and never miss your mark. -Guy Clark, “The Carpenter”

Safety in the Shop: Other People’s Tools

This weekend I attended a welding class.  I’m trying to get some practice laying beads with a MIG welder.  A major safety hazard of welding is being “flashed” by the spark of electricity… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: The Tool Chest

If I haven’t made clear prior to this post, I have space issues at work.  I hold wood-shop classes in the great outdoors, rain or shine (ok, just shine), cold or hot.  Morning… Continue reading

The Bike Shed

Four hours, eight kids, fifteen bikes. Make it safe & keep the rubber side down.

This Week in the Shop: Painting a Table Top

Here’s a quick shot of my “draft” top for the dining room table.  I’m playing with the paints a bit, yah?  Wondering what you think – I’m on the fence about the whole… Continue reading

The Art Crate Lockers

Over the past month my mind (and workshop) has fissured into a melting pot of tools, projects, class planning and plan ol’ creative fury.  I have nothing to show for my troubles right… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: Guy Clark and Boxes

From Guy Clark’s song, “The Carpenter”: He was tough as a crowbar, quick as a chisel Fair as a plane and true as a level. He was straight as a chalkline and right… Continue reading

Physics Carriages

In my MWF fourth period class, my students have been discovering and elaborating on the scientific method. I chose cars & ramps (aka pinewood derby car) as an opening project.  We spent two… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: ReUsed Furniture

My co-worker (also a commenter on this blog, see if you can spot him) made these crate/shelving and desk pieces.  I’m thinking of grabbing a few crates myself now… I should have another… Continue reading

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