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Location: Los Banos, ca
I got here because they no longer have industrial arts programs in our local jr high schools. I have decided to teach my 11 year old son at home. My background is 30 years in the electrical construction industry working for one of the largest privately held union electrical contractors in the united states. Over the last several years we have seen young people enter the building trades with ever decreasing fundamental mechanical aptitude skill sets.
I started out exposing my son to basic tool and shop safety fundamentals we then moved on to some basic metal working ( cutting , wire feed welding, fabrication) my new challenge is to transform a 3 car garage into a organized well equipped and laid out work shop.
So far we built our first basic workbench 30" X 44" X 34"h using a worm drive skill saw and a sliding compound miter saw. The boy had a blast and took a liking to wood. Next project was a stand to mount a Wiltron 15" table stand drill press for this we added a Makita plunging track saw to our tool crib ( thank you rod at Bay Tool San Jose,Ca) as the quality of our work improved so has our excitement. We are now building a rolling work cabinet and found the perfect excuse to upgrade a DIY 10" tabletop saw to a more accurate hybrid cabinet saw as the old saw is missing all the safety guards and not a proper tool to teach on. Next on the list is build cabinets and counters around the whole garage. Then on to inside the house projects as our skills improve.
I find myself spending a lot of time surfing this site on my iPad and enjoy most of the postings as a lot has changed since I had wood shop so many years ago!
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