I am a Tech Ed Teacher from New Holstein Wisconsin. i currently have a few cool projects that i have the students do but i would love to hear your ideas. to check out my little website i got thru school click below
Here is a picture of the first project they make. it works great and is real easy to make. (hopefully the picture showed up)
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Thread: Idea's for my high school
11-17-2008, 04:21 PM #1Junior Member
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Idea's for my high school
11-17-2008, 04:52 PM #2
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11-17-2008, 06:07 PM #3Senior Member
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Ted I'd put the kids minds to work.
There is something simple they can cut/weld up that is of interest to them.
It can be a simple guitar stand for the rockers, a computer stand for the geeks (if you have any in a welding class), The car/truck/motorcycle guys always have something to weld up, the AG guys too, The rifle/pistol/bow guys need target holders or simple folding benchrests, something as simple as a set of bookends (skulls, horses, whatever they like), on and on it goes.
I think that a project related to a kids interests is more compelling than a off the shelf one size fits all project. Makes more work for the instructor but might be worth it.
Mom's always like a cool set of candleholders (again skulls, horses, musical note, whatever interests them). Around here Mom's like tortilla pans, you can make cool griddle pans with plate and small round stock and a chipping hammer ham
ndle. Your griddle pan can have a conventional pattern of rows, or skulls, horses, flames, a Colt single action army silluette.
Dad's always like a cool garden hose spool (skulls, horses, yet again ; ))
Outside/inside wall hangings based on indian symbolism is popular around here, several stores sell this stuff.
Pipe, cut in half and with a decorative image cut out (skulls, horses lizards, guitars again), plate welded to the back and a cheap light fixture installed make good outside lights on the garage, ect.
Anyone with a fireplace can use a good homemade set of fire irons.
If you keep your eyes open there is no end to what you'll find.
Things that are usefull to Mom/Dad are specially good.
If you copy or come up with your own "really" high quality Christmas tree holder, you will have so many greatfull parents you won't know what to do with them. These things sell for well over $100 bucks and are easy/cheap to make.
I could go on forever but I won't.
Good luck with it, we need those young mechanical minds learning welding skills.
Those little firewood holders, boot scrapers for the back porch. dinner triangles like on the old chuckwagon, spits and large grills for Dads/Moms who cook on campfires, decorative hangers for those backyard bug zappers, mobiles of all sorts, wind chimes, simple outdoor furniture (look at home depot), bacon press, Like I said...I could go on and on.
Coat racks, boot drying racks, we had a Dad make a blocking sled for the football team when I was in H.S. (thanks Mr. Wright! Go Vikings!), garden benches, birdbaths, I'm done now.
Porch swings, end tables, grill accessory tables, stepstools, headache racks, fire rings, saw horses.
Those simple adjustable rifle rests that hold a sandbag, clothesline posts, midieval hanging light fixtures, creative mailboxes.
Pipe/tube saw horses that hold a (replacable) 2X4, those neat cargo racks that go on a reciever hitch, I'd be leary of the danger/liability of HS students making weight lifting equipment but they could build low to the ground racks to hold plates, those big high lay on top creepers made for working under the hood of a car/truck are super simple and really neat I looked at one this week, little trailers for lawn mowers/small tractors, trellis' for Mom's roses,
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11-17-2008, 06:38 PM #4
Nice stand, well done!
They can always try to run amok doing yard art, there is a lot on this forum and the hobart one.
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11-17-2008, 07:57 PM #5Senior Member
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Check out the Welding Projects on this site.(not the projects forum that we are on now)
Click on the green box to the right where it says "go to Welding Projects"
There is a ton of cool stuff there, you could have your students brows through it and pick a project, then you would have to decide if it is in their skill range.To all who contribute to this board.
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11-18-2008, 11:07 AM #6Junior Member
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thanks for the help
Norm, it's good to hear some positive feedback about teachers. thanks.
thanks to you others who sent me some ideas. I checked out the welding projects on the site. they have some pretty good ideas on there. Being that i teach CAD also makes me want to adjust some of the prints i seen but either way, knowing where to find them will come in handy.
11-18-2008, 11:27 AM #7Senior Member
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Welcome to the forum. Besides what's been posted in reply to your
note, browse around through the postings here -- there's lots of
ideas. I also suggest signing up on the Hobart forum
As to ideas for things to make
- plant/garden stands of various types. my wife loves the extra-large
tomato hoops i made her.
- racks/shelving/organizers for garages and basements. something
like this might be hard to transport, so the intellectual challenge
would be to make it disassemblable
- work benches & welding tables and power-tool stands
- desk organizers. there was one posted on either the miller
or hobart sites within the past month or so that was pretty
- furniture. mixing materials -- metal/wood/plastic/etc can
be pretty neat.
Another reason to weld is to fix things -- so maybe the kids
can bring in their broken garden tools, lawn chairs, etc,
11-18-2008, 09:39 PM #8Senior Member
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I wonder how much you could get out of a Christmas tree holder with skulls on it?Who do you call when the lawmakers ignore the law?
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11-21-2008, 08:13 AM #9Junior Member
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I too teach welding at a High school in Chicopee Mass. I understand your issues on projects for the students. They must be interesting to the students and you don't want them doing 4,5,or 6 different projects at a time or you'll drive yourself NUTS!!! Every student learns at different levels and you should have about 2 to three projects for these levels. When they get more proficient at working with the tools then they can branch out to do projects that they can do at their own skill levels.
11-21-2008, 07:14 PM #10Senior Member
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One question I have for you is what tools and equipment is available. It makes a difference.
Among the best projects are those that have a use, such as tools, furniture, accessories for cars and trucks, and competitive projects.
Headache racks, toolbox mounts, racks for carrying fishing and hunting gear, racks for construction tools, bottle racks (the proper way to carry pinch bars, lining bars, and 4 foot levels is NOT to stuff them behind the seat ) and other truck accessories are rewarding and straightforward.
Guitar and instrument stands are a nice way to get creative, with lost of options for bending and scroll work (no scroller? wooden forms, hickey's, and cheater bars do a great job. First thing might be make a hickey...) For finish, powder coating or paint followed by plastidip (for cushioning) work well.
A nice wine rack is also a good way to get creative, for those whose families go for wine. LOTS of options there (bottle support or bottle neck support, wall or floor mount, simple or artsy or humourous, whatever)
If you have facilities for etching (or can get them up... etching copper is cheap and easy) table accessories like napkin rings and centerpiece holders are nice.
The sky is the limit... I got all of these by looking around my living room and looking out the window at my truck.
More ambitious projects:
Tools like specialty wrenches (such as tappet adjusters--- I had to make a setup for one of my old Honda bikes that had number of parts, since the locknut had to be held, the tappet adjusted, with clearance for the feeler gauges, and tension held to hold clearance while the locknut was set, and it all had to fit through the access hole in the valve cover at the same time)
One project I did in trades was building a lock for a safe. Machining the tumblers (disks), making the parts for the combination set mechanisms, machining and engraving the dial, making up the post mechanism and linkage for the bolts. Requires a lot of machining. These days, much easier than back then, with CAD tools to make sure everything fits right the first time, if the machine tools are available (most done on the lathe, sometimes using it as a shaper, which wasn't in the shop, and a little in the mill)
One possibility in the competitive realm, if the resources are available, would be something like the IGVC (http://www.igvc.org/). This is NOT an easy competition, and requires mechanical hardware, electronics, and software. If not all of the resources are available at your school, there may be a college in the area that is looking for a partnership from which your students could benefit.