A favor for my students

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Blog entry by tooldad posted 10-07-2008 04:21 AM 1053 reads 0 times favorited 12 comments Add to Favorites Watch

One of my assignments, when allowing students to pick their own projects, is for them to make an idea book. What is required of them is to come up with a general project, hopefully on they plan on building, and find at least 20 examples of that type of project. Example: Nightstand or Medicine Cabinet, etc. Each example is worth a total of 5 points equaling 100. They get 2 points for the photo of the project, one point for the manufacturer or the builder of the project, and 2 points for the overall dimensions. They also get a bonus 2 points if they can produce plans or instructions for that project.

What my goal is for this assignment is for them to look at several examples of a project they are about to undertake. Most of them don’t think about or even realize the design possibilities. Some are as simple as rounding the front of a nightstand top, or routing a flute in a vertical piece. Others don’t know how tall to make a nighstand, computer desk, sofa table, etc. So this helps with design and proportion.

This is where you, Lumberjocks, come into my equation. I have encouraged the students to explore this site. about 6 of my 40 have. Maybe this assignment will get more students exposed to LJ. Please be supportive in giving information about your project if one of my students are to ask you for permission to use your photo in their assignment, give them your name, you can use your LJ name for privacy reasons if you prefer, and any dimensions for the project. You can also send them plans or drawings if you would like.

Thanks for your support and help.


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#1 posted 10-07-2008 01:57 PM

Neat idea. You and your students have my support.

-- BLOG -

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#2 posted 10-07-2008 02:32 PM

You can count me in too.

-- If we learn from our mistakes, I'm getting a fantastic education.

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#3 posted 10-07-2008 03:06 PM

I usually have more questions than answers, but I’ll do what I can. BTW, can I just join your class? LOL

-- Robin, California

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#4 posted 10-07-2008 03:30 PM

I’m game for helping anyone interested in woodworking. This is a great idea, and it would have been nice to have something like this, when I was in school.

-- Respect your shop tools and they will respect you - Ric

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 10-07-2008 04:48 PM

I have been pretty busy, but I will be sure to help our future woodworkers out.
If they contact me I will help in any way possible.
Count me in.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana,

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Grant Davis

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#6 posted 10-07-2008 05:05 PM

What a great idea. I am in for helping if I can.

-- Grant...."GO BUCKEYES"

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Don Newton

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#7 posted 10-07-2008 06:04 PM

I’m in! Anything to help the woodworkers of tomorrow.

-- Don, Pittsburgh

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#8 posted 10-07-2008 06:32 PM

No problem tooldad. I taught wood shop and technology for 30 years or so, however it was at the jonior high level. I don’t think that matters though. Glad to help.

-- bobdurnell, Santa Ana California.

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#9 posted 10-08-2008 12:01 AM

Now that’s what I call encouraging your students to explore options. I bet they come up with some really cool designs. Good luck

-- I love the smell of sawdust in the morning....

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#10 posted 10-08-2008 01:45 AM

As a former vocational teacher, I know you can always use more help. Count me in!! I will do all I can to help “your kids”


-- Lew- Time traveler. Purveyor of the Universe's finest custom rolling pins.

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Les Hastings

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#11 posted 10-08-2008 02:05 AM

I’m in,,,,,,,but really busy too. I’ll do what I can.

-- Les, Wichita, Ks. (I'd rather be covered in saw dust!)

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#12 posted 10-08-2008 06:20 AM

If you have a catagory for ” Whatever you do…don’t do this.”

I think I could head up that department…


-- I don't make sawdust...I produce vast quantities of "Micro Mulch."

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