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Project by Tooch posted 05-16-2013 06:17 PM 822 views 4 times favorited 8 comments Add to Favorites Watch

So there is a pretty good story behind this. A few of my woodworking students wanted to learn how to use a lathe; the only problem is that our shop doesn’t have a lathe! So I decided that we would raise the money to buy one. We were able to scrounge some cutoffs from a local lumber yard (thank you Forest County Wood Products) for very cheap. We then mass produced these boards and I put out a email to our district a week before mother’s day. They flew off the shelves and I was able to make a trip to Rockler to purchase our new lathe! (featured in last photo)

The boards are made from a variety of Oak, Cherry, Maple, Walnut, and Sassafras. We finished them off with 3 coats of Howard’s Butcher Block Conditioner and included a “How to care for your new cutting board” instruction sheet for those who have never had the pleasure of owning a fine piece like these :-)

-- "Well, the world needs ditch-diggers too..." - Judge Smails





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ChrisK

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#1 posted 05-16-2013 07:31 PM

Great way to raise money. Have fun with the lathe.

-- Chris K

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MrBagel

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#2 posted 05-16-2013 08:48 PM

I intend to do just that with my students! Nice work! Great idea!

-- Just remember... Keep your stick on the ice! - Red Green

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Jay Wells

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#3 posted 05-17-2013 12:19 AM

Good for you!

The lesson you taught the students by doing this will be more valuable than anything they produce with the lathe.

The world needs more teachers like you.

-- Find your limitations, and ignore them!

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wiser1934

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#4 posted 05-17-2013 02:34 AM

that is what I called forward thinking. the class should enjoy the lathe more now because they worked for it. kudo’s to you and the class

-- wiser1934, new york

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prattman

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#5 posted 05-17-2013 03:37 PM

Well Done , Indeed. I wish I had a teacher like you.

-- Everyone calls me Ed or Eddie , mom still calls me Edward if she is mad at me.

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HorizontalMike

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#6 posted 05-18-2013 12:40 PM

Great job Teach! You have done well.

-- HorizontalMike -- "Woodpeckers understand..."

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#7 posted 05-19-2013 09:29 AM

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#8 posted 05-21-2013 02:16 PM

Wonderful cutting boards! Great work on teaching kids to be resourceful and independent. Everybody can now enjoy the new lathe.

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