Student-Built Seesaw (He see-d, he saw-ed, he fell down)

Yesterday, we completed a physics demonstration: The adjustable see-saw.  This seesaw has holes drilled into the balancing beam, allowing students/users to experiment with the capabilities of numerous levers.  You just shift its position along the beam and viola!  Instantly, a foolish grin hits your face as you try to balance anew.

More pictures after the jump…

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Teacher Tip: Use Pilot Holes for Hammering!

When installing finishing brads and nails, I usually chuck the nail into the bit and punch a hole through the lumber.  This results in a minimal hole (the length of the nail minus the depth of my drill’s chuck jaws) which prevents most splitting. I recently “discovered” a secret – the deeper the pilot hole for my seven-year olds (2nd grade) the more successful the hammering.  Look at that kid go!  One handed, 7 oz claw hammer. He hammered those nails flush.  He could feel the excellence in his small act, see the effect in the larger project, and you … Continue reading Teacher Tip: Use Pilot Holes for Hammering!

This Week in the Shop: A Bed Frame

UPDATE:  You can pick up PDF plans for this project at http://www.woodshopcowboy.com.  More plans coming soon! A little over five weeks ago, a plumbing issue at my residence caused a rather large flood.  Since then, my family and I have been staying with relatives.  The workshop has been closed for personal projects until further notice. This weekend, though, I collected enough tools to make this bed frame for my relatives as a  I’ve-been-here-five-weeks-and-will-be-for-another-two gift. The rails are 1x6s with a 1x4s used as the rails on which the bed/box spring sits against.  I mounted the legs, from IKEA, using wood … Continue reading This Week in the Shop: A Bed Frame

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 son, born on Sun 13 at 5:30am.  A whopping 8 lbs.  A beautiful boy. But this blog is about woodshop & teaching.  Looking over the 3 and a half days this week, the students accomplished many things. First, they braved the cold – it’s 40 deg here in Houston and while it didn’t put me out much, my student’s had a difficult time with the weather.  Especially … Continue reading This Week in the Classroom: The Butterfly Bench & Butterfly Growers