Insight into Shop Class


Sammy Blevins


In Mr. Craig’s introduction to construction class, students are making small bench stools along with mallets. Below there is a list of the machines used so far and their purpose.

  • A jointer has infeed and an outfeed table, an adjustable fence and a means of raising and lowering the infeed table. With this machine you can joint one face and an edge or side to make it smooth.
  • Presets are useful for repeating a cut, on a planer. The thickness of a cut is adjusted by moving the motor and cutter head assembly up and down, while a gauge reveals the finished dimension.
  • Lathes serve a variety of woodworkers. For those who work on miniature turnings like mallet tops and the handle for the mallet (like the ones made in woodshop).
  • A tablesaw is the first stationary power tool that many woodworkers buy, but a bandsaw is usually not far behind. In some woodshops like the one across the road from the school, where handling large pieces of plywood is not part of the usual repertoire, a bandsaw may actually be the first choice. Bandsaws excel at two things: cutting curves and resawing thick planks into thinner ones. Yet they also can be used for straight-line ripping and even joinery.
  • Jigsaws are versatile, maneuverable power tools that can make both straight and curved cuts. Like a bandsaw, a jigsaw makes a saw kerf square to the face to the work piece, making it useful for cutting notches where you don’t want the over-cut you’d see with a circular saw. Jigsaws also can make plunge cuts to start a hole in the middle surface, as in cutting out a countertop for a sink.
  • Drill presses are precision tools, capable of boring holes in exact locations at carefully controlled depths. Drill presses typically used by woodworkers vary considerably in size and cost, from small benchtop models costing less than $100 to large floor models costing up to $400.


“It was neat to see what you accomplished at the end of a project in woodshop. I made a gun cabinet in advanced woodshop it looked really good and it took me one semester to make it,” says Tyler Gilliat who is in college.


“I like woodshop because you can cut stuff in half, and what I learn from woodshop is how to use all kinds of power tools,” says Dalton Morris.



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