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Project by hein posted 06-14-2011 10:27 PM 2115 views 0 times favorited 14 comments Add to Favorites Watch

I am a woodwork teacher at Westview Special School. Last week the school was 50 years old and we celebrate it with exhibitions in the different workshops. Our school caters for LSEN (MMH) learners from grade 8 to 10.
The reason why I sent this post is that we get a lot of inspiration and ideas from LJ.
The learners of the school did all the work that you see on the photographs.
Ninety present of the articles are made of recycle wood that we receive from a sponsor in the form of pine pallets.
We will love to hear comments from you, specially other shop teachers that are in the same position.
Thanks for looking.

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#1 posted 06-14-2011 11:02 PM

Nice projects. I’ve never thought of cutting a block of cheese on my bandsaw. I HAVE done frozen hamburger on my Radial Arm Saw though.

-- Backer boards, stop blocks, build oversized, and never buy a hand plane--

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#2 posted 06-14-2011 11:03 PM

Great work guys and I love the finish on that pine.

-- Cad a dheanfaimid feasta gan adhmad.......?

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#3 posted 06-15-2011 03:42 AM

Nice projects! The closest I have come to thisi s helping a scout troop build kayaks. It was pretty rewarding to see the happy faces at the end of the project. I’m sure you get that same reward every year. Thanks for sharing.

-- Steve - Impatience is Expensive

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#4 posted 06-15-2011 03:44 AM

Very cool to see a new generation of woodworkers!

-- "They who dream by day are cognizant of many things which escape those who dream only by night." ~ Edgar Allan Poe

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#5 posted 06-15-2011 04:30 AM

Nice !

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t. rector

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#6 posted 06-15-2011 05:22 AM

it is nice too see shop class is even offered anymore, not many schools are keeping this skill building class in their schedules anymore. All of the furniture looks great, you can tell they have a good teach….nice job

-- I often wonder "how did I get this lucky?"..t rec

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Chris Wainscott

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#7 posted 06-15-2011 06:40 AM

You tell those guy in the pics nice work and keep it up.


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#8 posted 06-15-2011 06:55 AM

I second Chris’s emotion

-- Tree, wood, and box lover from Pennsylvania

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#9 posted 06-15-2011 02:41 PM

Great work by all of you!!!! Keep up the effort, the world needs more teachers like you.

-- TurnTurnTurn

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#10 posted 06-15-2011 03:07 PM

I’m glad young ones can get inspiration here. There are a lot of talented people here.
Now I gotta ask.
In the last photo, please tell me more about what looks like a giant @$$ wooden wedge.


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#11 posted 06-15-2011 05:59 PM

Great to see kids making actual things. And nice things too. However, my first thought was they don’t have eye or ear protection? Even when I was in school, way way back, decades before the Sawstop and splitters and anti-kickback pawls, we had to have shop glasses/goggles at all times when in the machine or bench areas.

-- tim hill

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#12 posted 06-17-2011 04:38 PM

First of all I would like to thank you for the great service you are providing our youth. Woodworking is a thinking mans game and a wonderful craft to obtain. My interest in woodworking was spark at the same age as you young fellas in the pic’s. Some may not realize at first the magic of woodworking but the seed is planted and may some day grow into a useful hobby or profession. More and more school are letting there vocational shop fall by the waste side due to budget restraints and liability. This is such a terrible situation and it worries me at times, these kids need to exercise the creative juices that flow in all of us and what better way than though mother natures wonderful materials of woodworking. I would venture to say that most Lumber Jocks started out the same way as your student and this web site is a testament to the teacher who make a difference… thanks again Blkcherry

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#13 posted 06-20-2011 11:12 PM

Thanks a lot for looking and taking time to make all the nice remarks.
About 5 years ago, all woodwork and metalwork classes were discontinued in the mainstream schools in South Africa. What a pity! Nowadays it is only the special schools that offer the students the opportunity to carry on with practical subjects. There are only three special schools in the whole province of the Eastern Cape.
Ranche & William it is a wooden wedge. I mentioned earlier that we receive our timber from a sponsor in the form of pallets. They provide the big wedges as well and as a return favor, we cut it up into three smaller one that they use as stoppers in their plant. We use a band saw blade that is 50mm wide to cut the wedges. I would love to hear the story on the hamburgers and the radial … I once cut a frozen tuna on my band saw at home…
newTim Safety equipment is very important but the kids all want there face on the pictures!

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#14 posted 06-23-2011 12:56 AM

Nice projects!

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