This Week In the Classroom: Progress in 2011

What a  student-driven,  project-based learning  can result in: The joints look remarkably tight in this photo, and the stain quite even, but don’t be fooled.  This is about as rough as work gets. … Continue reading

This Week In the Classroom: Curriculum Plan for Spring of 2011

Good week for struggles and not-quite-there-yets in the woodshop this week.  Three projects left the floor complete.  The first, chalkboard that has been wind-blown, vandalized and otherwise destroyed three times.  We’ll see if… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: It’s that Kind of Day

This Week In the Classroom: What Am I Supposed to Make of This?

What exactly am I to make of this? It sits in the outdoor storage area at work.  What should I turn it into?  My co-workers grabbed it on a supply run I wasn’t… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: The Butterfly Bench & Butterfly Growers

I missed Monday and Tuesday this week – my wife was in the hospital with a parasite.  Luckily, the parasite left on his own and we’ve named him Jack.  Jack is our second… Continue reading

Community Watch: Pine Wood Derby Clinics

Saw this during half-time in last week’s Jets-Colts game over at http://www.coptool.com. It seems Lowe’s and Dremel will be sponsoring clinics on how to make Pinewood Derby cars. I may have to take… Continue reading

This Week In the Classroom: Gettin’ Jiggy Wit It

In the spirit of my saw guide, I had the opportunity this weekend to build a few jigs for future use.   In about twenty min, here they are: From front to back: A… Continue reading

This Week In the Classroom: To Sand or Not to Sand…

Returned to school last week with so much to do and catch up on (I did make it to Boston and missed a long day full of meetings and schedule-making).  I had several… Continue reading

This Week in the Classroom: Squiggle ‘Bots

Here’s a line on what pre-school should be – I actually thought I invented this project a few years ago when I worked with primary school-age kids in VA.  Obviously, I did not… Continue reading

This Week in the Shop: Kid’s Bed Design

Mulling over this design for my kid’s bed.  Any thoughts?  (It’s supoosed to be a tractor).  

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