|Project by Dick, & Barb Cain||posted 09-26-2006 11:34 PM||2204 views||0 times favorited||15 comments|
I thought it would be fun to reminisce about the experiences I had in my 8th grade woodworking class at Hibbing High School in 1945-46.
The school was very well equipped with every machine you could imagine. We had an instructor by the name, Hank Kangas. He was a very good disciplinarian, but was still a very likable person. If you did something wrong you deserved it.
To start out we had to learn all the basics of hand tools. We had to square up a board with a hand plane. With which we made a cribbage board. We went on to using power tools.
We built a nice cabinet with two bookshelves with a drawer at the top. The dimensions were about 12×20 x 30 inches. The choice of wood was Gum wood. My choice of finish was walnut oil stain & varnish.
It was getting close to the end of the school year, so our instructor allowed us to stay after class so that we could complete our projects. I was applying the oil stain to my project. When the staining was finished, I started cleaning up the area. I put the lid on the can of stain, picked up a hammer and tapped the lid on. Just then, my instructor walked up to see how things were going. And SPLAT !! he received the brunt of the spray from under the lid, all over his shirt & tie, He had just taken his shop coat off. What a revolting development. You should have seen both of our faces .Brown specks and all.
That was a lesson well learned. Never put a lid on a can without covering it with a cloth.
After all that happened, minus one shirt and one tie, he still rewarded me with an A on my project. We still have that piece of furniture in our home, and every time I look at it , it reminds of my poor teacher who had to put up with all kinds of things.
It’s still hard to believe that 60 years have passed by. At the time of construction, I never thought it would be an antique someday.
PS: Notice my woodturnings on the shelf
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