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Forum topic by Royalwoodworker posted 04-01-2010 06:14 AM 1079 views 0 times favorited 16 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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04-01-2010 06:14 AM

Just stopping in and saying hi! What a great site this is and I have already found so much in my first day as a member. Anyway, I am a H.S. Woodworking and Carpentry Teacher and am always looking for new ideas/plans/tool reviews, etc. Feel free to check out some of the tools in my shop im my profile. I hope to update it with pics soon!

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#1 posted 04-01-2010 06:27 AM

Well hello royal, and may I say greetings from Carpenters local 131, Seattle WA. Hope those kids are in good hands.

Cuz, apprentices that can’t hit there own ass with both hands are far too frequent these days.

-- measure once, keep cuttin' til it fits

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#2 posted 04-01-2010 06:30 AM

High School woodworking! Now days that has to be a history class. Around here they figured the skill was no longer needed. Welcome!

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#3 posted 04-01-2010 06:37 AM

Howdy! I’m looking forward to seeing some shop photos and especially some projects.

-- Don - I wood work if I could. Redmond WA.

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#4 posted 04-01-2010 06:59 AM

Our basic shop layout and tools from my profile….incase someone was to lazy to check. Here you go!

Main Tools:
-1950s 12” Oliver Table Saw, 8”Jointer and 24” planer
-SawStop 5HP industrial table saw
-12” Laguna Table Saw TSS model
-2 -20” Laguna bandsaws……Top notch machines!
-2 Drill Presses
-1950s Dewalt 12” Radial Arm Saw
-Safety Speed Cut Panel Saw
- 12” Makita Sliding compound miter saw
-Yates America dual 16” disc sanders
-Clayton spindle sander model 125
-Incra Router table
-6 Jet Air Filter units hanging from ceiling
-15 HP dust collector/ 2-55 gal drums/muffler unit

Other Tools:
-10 1/2 sheet PC sanders
-7 to 10 various routers
-4 Dewalt cordless drills
-2 PC biscut jointers
-2 Freud biscut jointers
-MIlwaukee sawzall
-MIlwaukee super hole saw
-Full line of PC air nailers/staplers (15g, 16, 18, 23g, Crown Stapler, framing nailer)
-1 Rigid cordless drill
-Bosch and PC jigsaw

Other Features:
-6 large maple benchtops, Full sizes stain room, 7-10,000 bd ft of lumber on hand and around 150 sheets of various plywoods. Overall, about 5000 sq ft with 20 ft ceilings!

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#5 posted 04-01-2010 07:00 AM

Welcome to LJs
I volunteer in a high school wood shop and teach and adult community college beginning course.
I don’t know how the high school teachers can keep up with all they have to do to keep their programs on course. My hat off to you for being able to keep all those young folks going.

-- Custom furniture

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#6 posted 04-01-2010 07:08 AM

I spend a great deal of time tracking down parts and fixing our older machinery. After 6 years, the shop is finally getting to the level I want it and my kids are excited about the program. I have basically doubled the program in size, which is always a good thing! When I first started, the place was a big mess with numerous teachers using the facilities for years and no one really taking ownership. The shop is now much safer, cleaner and more organized. I am very thankful of our budget and my schools continued efforts to fund our tech programs.

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#7 posted 04-01-2010 12:57 PM

Hiya Royal. I, too, am a High School Woodshop teacher. I teach in a school with about 350 students. Luckily, here in Kansas, there are still quite a few schools that have Woodworking.

But I see the coming day…

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#8 posted 04-01-2010 01:10 PM

Welcome aboard

-- Larry "Work like a Captain but Play like a Pirate!"



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#9 posted 04-01-2010 04:01 PM

Hi Royal, welcome to the site, I have the highest respect for Shop teachers unfortunately too many school districts are doing away with Shop Classes. I attended a Technical School and if it weren’t for the training I got in Carpentry Class I would not be doing any woodworking. I think the educational system is going in the wrong direction by not expanding the technical classes. All they focus on is Academic courses. We do need workers in the Blue Collar Industry in which at one time the USA was a world Leader.


-- never enough time in a day so use it well

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#10 posted 04-01-2010 05:44 PM

Hi Royal,

Welcome and enjoy. This is the best WW forum on the net. Great people who’re always willing to help out.


-- Kenny... The man who needs a tool he doesn't have is already paying for it.

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#11 posted 04-01-2010 06:01 PM

Hi Royal,

Glad you found us! Be careful, you may loose yourself in here.

-- Branum

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#12 posted 04-01-2010 06:03 PM

Welcome! I’m looking forward to seeing some photos of that great-sounding shop and classic old tools.

-- Charlie M. "Woodworking - patience = firewood"

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#13 posted 04-01-2010 07:03 PM

I took woodshop back in the Mid 80’s . I even won the woodshop medal award for Excellence in the class 1 year. Got to watch & learn a lot(like to keep your fingers out of the saw, Watched a kid in class do just that, put a groove down the middle of his palm)

Great memories

Welcome !!

-- Pat - Worker of Wood, Collector of Tools, Father of one

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#14 posted 04-02-2010 10:08 PM

Welcome to LJ’s. Glad to have you on board . Looking forward to your posts.

-- Methods are many,Principles are few.Methods change often,Principles never do.

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#15 posted 04-02-2010 10:29 PM

Hi There

I taught high school industrial arts many years ago. Then I worked in prison industries for 30 years. I have been retired now for the last two years. I put in a shop at my home and just build things for me and my family. Welcome to LJ’s.

God Bless

-- Mc Bridge Cabinets, Iowa

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