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  1. Being a Shop-teacher part 2

    I left off on talking about the fringe benefits. To continue that here are a few more.
    • This job works well with your children's schedule. I know many teachers that are on the same school schedule as their children. With vacations it really maximizes your time with your kids.
    • Snow days
    • Teacher respect-most people have respect for teachers, even more for teachers that work with teenagers, once you tell them you let the kids use tools they think your superhuman.
    • Job security! Even in
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  2. Being a Shop-teacher

    I am starting this blog because I want to share my experiences as a teacher. The fact is that we need woodwork, industrial arts, and tech. ed. teachers badly. Currently if schools can not find a teacher for something like a carpentry class the class and the facilities go away. Schools in my county have converted production facilities into computer labs, orchestra rooms, ROTC rooms, etc. If this blog helps one person decide to try teaching it will be well worth my time.
    To start I am going ...
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  3. Birthday Waterfall Bubinga #2

    I'm off finishing LOML's Cherry Blanket Chest and a hundred other "Honey Do's" While I'm doing that, I will be finding a local source with a drum sander that does 30" wide. I figure that I will get started making the first cut in February or so
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  4. Birthday Waterfall Bubinga - The Gift Day

    On December 23, my family gave me the birthday gift of 2 slabs of Waterfall Bubinga. I was stunned! With this blog, I intend to document the thought/learning process of working with such an extraordinary gift.

    Updated 12-28-2008 at 10:27 AM by Dave Verstraete

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  5. Need Power HELP

    Hi everyone,

    I'm a new laser user. Got a VersaLaser 3.60 a few weeks ago.

    I was working on it last night and the laser shut down. Cannot get it to start, turn on, or do anything. This had happened once before and I was able to take the battery out, put it back in and it started fine. I don't know if this is the "standby" mode??? or what it could be. So far no user manual for this model yet. Manual supposed to be out first part of November.

    I ...
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