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  • #616382
    GTokley
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    Madoc, ON

    Well looks like I will start refinishing the benches with kids at the YMCA when the Spring session starts. I ordered 12 pairs of safety glasses for kids for them. I was lucky to get them at discount price. I am still waiting for the book I ordered from Amazon Build it with Dad. I hope to get some ideas from. I really think I need 6 to 8 projects to do for the session. Still working on the details.

    Greg

    instagram.com/gregtokley/

    #616413
    amcfad2
    Pro

    Shop class in the states isn’t what it used to be for sure. Kids are reading 18th century British novels, and doing advanced calculus, but they graduate and can’t change a tire or fix a leaky toilet. True shame…

    #616428

    I could specialise in teaching watching You Tube videos and napping.

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #616433
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    Shop class in the states isn’t what it used to be for sure. Kids are reading 18th century British novels, and doing advanced calculus, but they graduate and can’t change a tire or fix a leaky toilet. True shame…

    I pretty sure it is the same here Ontario Canada. I know sure what they do in the provinces. From what I have heard alot shop class is not in schools anymore. I am sure if there is shop class at the high school in my town. I know they had program that was teaching kids Carpentry skills. The kids build picnic tables,Garbage & Recycle bins for the town. I am sure they many other projects also. Yes school can’t teach you everything.

    Greg

    instagram.com/gregtokley/

    #616482

    Shop class in the states isn’t what it used to be for sure. Kids are reading 18th century British novels, and doing advanced calculus, but they graduate and can’t change a tire or fix a leaky toilet. True shame…

    I pretty sure it is the same here Ontario Canada. I know sure what they do in the provinces. From what I have heard alot shop class is not in schools anymore. I am sure if there is shop class at the high school in my town. I know they had program that was teaching kids Carpentry skills. The kids build picnic tables,Garbage & Recycle bins for the town. I am sure they many other projects also. Yes school can’t teach you everything.

    Here the bigger problem is that they DO teach all those basic life skills at school, but they only teach them to the kids who arent in advanced math, physics, and chemistry. So the “good” students get the message that they are too good to work with their hands. Just leads to people looking down on the trades, and lots of smart people never considering-and discovering- a career in it. So instead, he might be miserable in an office making less money than he would have as a plumber or whatever. All because the wrong message was passed

    #616499
    r-ice
    Pro
    Durham region, ON

    Shop class in the states isn’t what it used to be for sure. Kids are reading 18th century British novels, and doing advanced calculus, but they graduate and can’t change a tire or fix a leaky toilet. True shame…

    I pretty sure it is the same here Ontario Canada. I know sure what they do in the provinces. From what I have heard alot shop class is not in schools anymore. I am sure if there is shop class at the high school in my town. I know they had program that was teaching kids Carpentry skills. The kids build picnic tables,Garbage & Recycle bins for the town. I am sure they many other projects also. Yes school can’t teach you everything.

    Here the bigger problem is that they DO teach all those basic life skills at school, but they only teach them to the kids who arent in advanced math, physics, and chemistry. So the “good” students get the message that they are too good to work with their hands. Just leads to people looking down on the trades, and lots of smart people never considering-and discovering- a career in it. So instead, he might be miserable in an office making less money than he would have as a plumber or whatever. All because the wrong message was passed

    I thought you got to choose what classes you take . you can take advanced math but you can also chose to take shop class.

    #616509
    cranbrook2
    Pro
    Belgrave, Ontario , Canada

    I am lucky to be able to help kids learn some basic woodworking skills through birdhouse building . There are several high schools now that teach their students how to build a few of my designs . Here in Canada and in the states .
    I also get bus loads of students that come here to my house to see them in person .

    https://www.bwdsb.on.ca/bwdsb_Archives/I0606AA4C

    #616533
    Boschmanbrian
    Pro
    Montreal , QC, Canada

    I am lucky to be able to help kids learn some basic woodworking skills through birdhouse building . There are several high schools now that teach their students how to build a few of my designs . Here in Canada and in the states .
    I also get bus loads of students that come here to my house to see them in person .

    https://www.bwdsb.on.ca/bwdsb_Archives/I0606AA4C

    That’s great news John, and nice to see.

    #616542

    Shop class in the states isn’t what it used to be for sure. Kids are reading 18th century British novels, and doing advanced calculus, but they graduate and can’t change a tire or fix a leaky toilet. True shame…

    I pretty sure it is the same here Ontario Canada. I know sure what they do in the provinces. From what I have heard alot shop class is not in schools anymore. I am sure if there is shop class at the high school in my town. I know they had program that was teaching kids Carpentry skills. The kids build picnic tables,Garbage & Recycle bins for the town. I am sure they many other projects also. Yes school can’t teach you everything.

    Here the bigger problem is that they DO teach all those basic life skills at school, but they only teach them to the kids who arent in advanced math, physics, and chemistry. So the “good” students get the message that they are too good to work with their hands. Just leads to people looking down on the trades, and lots of smart people never considering-and discovering- a career in it. So instead, he might be miserable in an office making less money than he would have as a plumber or whatever. All because the wrong message was passed

    I thought you got to choose what classes you take . you can take advanced math but you can also chose to take shop class.

    Not here. You can choose shop or Chemistry. And since lots of programs in Cegep need the math and science courses, if you want to keep your options open, they aren’t even options – especially since shop isnt a pre-requisite for anything

    #616558

    There is no job site humour thread and I didn’t know where to put this. I think humour is a skill. I copied this from another forum I visit and thought I would share it with all of you.

    Understanding Engineers #1
    Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”
    The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”
    The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn’t have fitted you anyway.”

    Understanding Engineers #2
    To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    Understanding Engineers #3
    A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.
    The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!”
    The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!”
    The priest said, “Here comes the greens-keeper. Let’s have a word with him.” He said, “Hello George, what’s wrong with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?”
    The greens-keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime!”
    The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.”
    The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if here’s anything she can do for them.”
    The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”

    Understanding Engineers #4
    What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.

    Understanding Engineers #5
    The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?”
    The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?”
    The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”
    The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

    Understanding Engineers #6
    Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body.
    One said, “It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints.”
    Another said, “No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections.”
    The last one said, “No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?”

    Understanding Engineers #7
    Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

    Understanding Engineers #8
    An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.”
    He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.
    The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week.”
    The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.
    The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I’ll stay with you for one week and do anything you want.”
    Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
    Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess and that I’ll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?”
    The engineer said, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog – now that’s cool.”

    And Finally
    Two engineers?
    Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top.
    A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.
    “We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole,” said Sven, “but we don’t have a ladder.”
    The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, “Twenty one feet, six inches,” and walked away.
    One engineer shook his head and laughed, “A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!”
    Both of these engineers have since quit their engineering jobs and are currently serving in the United States Congress.

    My You Tube channel: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCA5AretE3xPoVDV61AxUdUA

    I don't do a fast job. I don't do a slow job. I do a half fast job.

    #617904
    BMI
    Pro

    It’d be nice to see kids take interest in using tools to create their visions. So many kids are relying on an “app” for that now.

    #617918
    Doobie
    Moderator

    There is no job site humour thread and I didn’t know where to put this. I think humour is a skill. I copied this from another forum I visit and thought I would share it with all of you.

    Not an engineer, but I can relate. Some good jokes in that group, especially the golf one. Lmao!

    #619865
    GTokley
    Pro
    Madoc, ON

    I finally got the book I ordered called Build it with Dad. I seem like it will be a good book. There is few plans that caught my eye. Still need to go through it closer.

    Greg

    instagram.com/gregtokley/

    #619949
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    I have an interesting project going on lately; I have twin stepsons who have both just bought their first homes. Both homes are fixer-uppers and need quite a bit of work. Both boys work for their father who is an exterior contractor so that part of the renos are covered but neither one has any idea how to do interior work.

    As I have done a fair amount of interior work, I have become the go-to guy for advice and guidance. Their dad is on board as well so the 4 of us have had some really productive evenings tearing out and rebuilding.

    Feels good to be able to pass on some experience and feels even better when they come to you for help.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

    #619953

    I have an interesting project going on lately; I have twin stepsons who have both just bought their first homes. Both homes are fixer-uppers and need quite a bit of work. Both boys work for their father who is an exterior contractor so that part of the renos are covered but neither one has any idea how to do interior work.

    As I have done a fair amount of interior work, I have become the go-to guy for advice and guidance. Their dad is on board as well so the 4 of us have had some really productive evenings tearing out and rebuilding.

    Feels good to be able to pass on some experience and feels even better when they come to you for help.

    Thats great!

    And they are lucky to be able to have a helping hand. Id much rather do my place and someone else’s (if he returns the favour) than to work alone – a second set of hands is a big help

    Must be busy with all that at once though

    #619954
    Boschmanbrian
    Pro
    Montreal , QC, Canada

    I have an interesting project going on lately; I have twin stepsons who have both just bought their first homes. Both homes are fixer-uppers and need quite a bit of work. Both boys work for their father who is an exterior contractor so that part of the renos are covered but neither one has any idea how to do interior work.

    As I have done a fair amount of interior work, I have become the go-to guy for advice and guidance. Their dad is on board as well so the 4 of us have had some really productive evenings tearing out and rebuilding.

    Feels good to be able to pass on some experience and feels even better when they come to you for help.

    That’s great Peter, I’m sure they really appreciate your experience.
    I would have loved to have someone like that when I was younger.
    Good stuff.

    What’s some of the work you guys have done so far.

    #620029
    DirtyWhiteBoy
    Pro
    Honolulu,, Hi.

    There is no job site humour thread and I didn’t know where to put this. I think humour is a skill. I copied this from another forum I visit and thought I would share it with all of you.

    Understanding Engineers #1
    Two engineering students were biking across a university campus when one said, “Where did you get such a great bike?”
    The second engineer replied, “Well, I was walking along yesterday, minding my own business, when a beautiful woman rode up on this bike, threw it to the ground, took off all her clothes and said, “Take what you want.”
    The first engineer nodded approvingly and said, “Good choice: The clothes probably wouldn’t have fitted you anyway.”

    Understanding Engineers #2
    To the optimist, the glass is half-full. To the pessimist, the glass is half-empty. To the engineer, the glass is twice as big as it needs to be.

    Understanding Engineers #3
    A priest, a doctor, and an engineer were waiting one morning for a particularly slow group of golfers.
    The engineer fumed, “What’s with those guys? We must have been waiting for fifteen minutes!”
    The doctor chimed in, “I don’t know, but I’ve never seen such inept golf!”
    The priest said, “Here comes the greens-keeper. Let’s have a word with him.” He said, “Hello George, what’s wrong with that group ahead of us? They’re rather slow, aren’t they?”
    The greens-keeper replied, “Oh, yes. That’s a group of blind firemen. They lost their sight saving our clubhouse from a fire last year, so we always let them play for free anytime!”
    The group fell silent for a moment. The priest said, “That’s so sad. I think I will say a special prayer for them tonight.”
    The doctor said, “Good idea. I’m going to contact my ophthalmologist colleague and see if here’s anything she can do for them.”
    The engineer said, “Why can’t they play at night?”

    Understanding Engineers #4
    What is the difference between mechanical engineers and civil engineers? Mechanical engineers build weapons. Civil engineers build targets.

    Understanding Engineers #5
    The graduate with a science degree asks, “Why does it work?”
    The graduate with an engineering degree asks, “How does it work?”
    The graduate with an accounting degree asks, “How much will it cost?”
    The graduate with an arts degree asks, “Do you want fries with that?”

    Understanding Engineers #6
    Three engineering students were gathered together discussing who must have designed the human body.
    One said, “It was a mechanical engineer. Just look at all the joints.”
    Another said, “No, it was an electrical engineer. The nervous system has many thousands of electrical connections.”
    The last one said, “No, actually it had to have been a civil engineer. Who else would run a toxic waste pipeline through a recreational area?”

    Understanding Engineers #7
    Normal people believe that if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it. Engineers believe that if it ain’t broke, it doesn’t have enough features yet.

    Understanding Engineers #8
    An engineer was crossing a road one day, when a frog called out to him and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn into a beautiful princess.”
    He bent over, picked up the frog, and put it in his pocket.
    The frog spoke up again and said, “If you kiss me, I’ll turn back into a beautiful princess and stay with you for one week.”
    The engineer took the frog out of his pocket, smiled at it and returned it to the pocket.
    The frog then cried out, “If you kiss me and turn me back into a princess, I’ll stay with you for one week and do anything you want.”
    Again, the engineer took the frog out, smiled at it and put it back into his pocket.
    Finally, the frog asked, “What is the matter? I’ve told you I’m a beautiful princess and that I’ll stay with you for one week and do anything you want. Why won’t you kiss me?”
    The engineer said, “Look, I’m an engineer. I don’t have time for a girlfriend, but a talking frog – now that’s cool.”

    And Finally
    Two engineers?
    Two engineers were standing at the base of a flagpole, looking at its top.
    A woman walked by and asked what they were doing.
    “We’re supposed to find the height of this flagpole,” said Sven, “but we don’t have a ladder.”
    The woman took a wrench from her purse, loosened a couple of bolts, and laid the pole down on the ground. Then she took a tape measure from her pocketbook, took a measurement, announced, “Twenty one feet, six inches,” and walked away.
    One engineer shook his head and laughed, “A lot of good that does us. We ask for the height and she gives us the length!”
    Both of these engineers have since quit their engineering jobs and are currently serving in the United States Congress.

    My turn,,, copy&paste,,,,
    One afternoon a lawyer was riding in his limousine when he saw 2 men by the road-side eating grass.
    Disturbed, he ordered the driver to stop so he could get out and investigate.
    The lawyer ask one of the men, “why are you eating grass?”
    The man replied “We have no money for food, so we must eat grass to survive” the poor man replied.
    Well then, the lawyer replied, “you can come to my house and I’ll feed you”.
    But sir, I have a wife and 2 children with me, they are over there, under that tree. said the poor man.
    Bring then along, proclaims the lawyer.
    The lawyer then turned to the other poor man and said, you may come with us also.
    The second man says “but sir, I have a wife and SIX children with ME”.
    That’s OK says the lawyer, bring them along.
    So they all got into the limousine, and once under way, the first poor man says “Sir, you are too kind,”
    “thank you for taking us along with you”.
    The lawyer replies, “glad to do it”, “you will really love my house”,
    “the grass is almost a foot high.”

    Dirty

    A Working Pro since 1988!

    Member since January 26, 2013.

    #620046
    hojo04
    Pro
    Burton, Michigan

    I finally got the book I ordered called Build it with Dad. I seem like it will be a good book. There is few plans that caught my eye. Still need to go through it closer.

    Did you get the book at a bookstore or online? Are some projects in the book?

    #620195

    I finally got the book I ordered called Build it with Dad. I seem like it will be a good book. There is few plans that caught my eye. Still need to go through it closer.

    Did you get the book at a bookstore or online? Are some projects in the book?

    Its a great book. We have built three of the projects so far.

    #620198
    smallerstick
    Pro
    North Bay, ON

    I have an interesting project going on lately; I have twin stepsons who have both just bought their first homes. Both homes are fixer-uppers and need quite a bit of work. Both boys work for their father who is an exterior contractor so that part of the renos are covered but neither one has any idea how to do interior work.

    As I have done a fair amount of interior work, I have become the go-to guy for advice and guidance. Their dad is on board as well so the 4 of us have had some really productive evenings tearing out and rebuilding.

    Feels good to be able to pass on some experience and feels even better when they come to you for help.

    That’s great Peter, I’m sure they really appreciate your experience.
    I would have loved to have someone like that when I was younger.
    Good stuff.

    What’s some of the work you guys have done so far.

    So far there has been a lot of tearing out, not much to talk about there, but today we start to frame some interior walls and relocate some plumbing. I’ll try to get a few pics.

    The planning and measuring sessions have been a lot of fun. One of the boys bought a complete kitchen used. We have spent some time rearranging the components to suit the new space.

    BE the change you want to see.
    Even if you can’t Be The Pro… Be The Poster you’d want to read.

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