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Why I like Instructables Answered

In junior high and high school I was an avid reader of Popular Mechanics, Popular Science, and Mechanix Illustrated magazines. I liked the technical articles and the project plans. Many of them required tools about which I could only dream; like a bench or table saw, a drill press, a lathe, or a welder. Thankfully, in the intervening five or six decades I have access to most of those tools. Unfortunately, those magazines either no longer exist or have turned dramatically toward consumer interests and reviews in place of hands-on projects for the weekend handyman and home workshop. Instructables is a place where new projects appear daily. Some of them seem to me to be a little silly (hypothetical example: an environmentally friendly spit wad that doubles as a USB battery charger). But, some of them are solid useful things easy to do and of great benefit. I am greatly enjoying my new bicycle cadence meter from a recent Instructable. It has also been fun to post some things that I have found very helpful over the years.


Two whole years and no replies? Wow... Anyway... I'm at secondary school in the UK (7-13th school years) and you just can't get me away from the workshop! I'm always trying to build new and inventive contraptions, then this site inspired me farther. I have made many wood based projects with designs from this simply awesome site! Thanks to the staff and all of the contributors!

Roger-X has just gone to high school (it starts at Yr9 here). He told his resistant materials teacher about this site (I sent him in with a sticker as bribery), and now has permission to take his camera to lessons to document his projects as he goes along.

Would that be a teacher in a workshop for resistant materials, or a materials teacher who is resistant to change or technology?

Love your Pun.
The move away from Tech schools and other "hands-on" types of education is a reflection of many parents who think that only academic achievement will do for their kids. Those who are more open minded understand that there are many kinds of talent and that kids should be exposed to as much variety as possible, to encourage their creativity. Work skills can come from anywhere not just the obvious. I suspect that if there was a survey done, very few people have landed up doing what they though they would do when they started studying.

Lol. It's the UK's 'correct' term. We use other materials than just wood.

"Resistant materials" is actually quite a nice term -- "technology" these days sounds too much like teaching kids how to tweet :-/ And it does cover exactly what it sounds like -- wood, metal, plastics, glass, etc. Not painting or clay or other artsy-fartsy (oh, pardon me, "artistic culture") activities.

You could say "fabrication teacher" but I suspect the students would have too much fun accusing him or her of lying all the time ;->

Before we entered the final throws of closing our school, the kids did s circus of lessons, spending several lessons in a row doing "tech", art, and what we used to call "home economics" (a mix of textiles and cooking).

It seemed like a sound idea to me.

It's an outstanding idea, Kiteman. I was just been a tech snob :-)

be-en: "En" is Spanish for "in", so it's kind of like " bein' ". Yeah, that's what I meant; that's my story and I'm sticking to it... :-D

*sigh* so many of our schools are losing the shop classes AND the home ecc ones also. I was really glad I got both early on in school. Tis sad times we are in in some respects.

P.S. Here in the U.S., we spell it "throes."

If it's in high school, I suspect it's the materials teacher who is resistant.

LOL - in days of old, he would be known as the woodwork and metalwork teacher. Since they added various plastics to the range of materials they use, plus a dash of electronics, the title had to be updated.

I just published a slideshow of my latest school work.

...and I've just sent the url to Roger-X, who is supposed to be making a box of some sort very soon.

When I was in school it was called "Design & Tech"

"D&T" is also an acceptable term, but tends to mean you're more likely to be soldering than sawing or hammering.

I suppose, though we did plenty of everything.

We are told to be 'Politically correct' in school, but prefer simply calling it woodwork or technology (covering resistant materials, food, textiles and graphics)...

No replies?!? Sigh...so the "vanishing comments bug" has been around at least that long :-( Two years ago, I replied to Phil, but apparently it went into the great bit bucket in the sky...