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Hi, i would just like to say that i have great difficulty getting resources for instructables, this is probably because i'm only 13 and live in the u.k. I have a small town near me but i barely ever go in, almost always with my parents (partly because i can't be bothered to go on my own). Hopefully i might get a debit card soon but even then im worried about bank statements my parents might look at.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

13 years ago

Pick and choose your projects - there is loads of stuff here that only requires easily-obtainable stuff like stationary and stuff from your recycling bin. If you can't be bothered to go on your own, grab a couple of friends, pick a project to do together, then go get the stuff together. Or write a shopping list and tell your parents it's for a project to show your D&T / Science teacher.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. For us Yanks, what the heck is D&T?

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Design and Technology / Science Teacher

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Also sometimes known as "resistant materials" aka woodwork and metalwork, but including plastics these days as well.

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. OK. Thanks Goodhart and Kiteman. When I was in school, we called it Shop Class (or just Shop), which was divided into Metal Shop and Wood Shop. For some reason, they liked to restrict the classes to the vocational/technical (vo-tech) students and, as a college-prep student, I had to pitch a fit to get into the classes. Didn't make sense to me - _everyone_ should know how to weld and work a lathe (and shoot a gun, do CPR, &c).

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Yes, I went to a Grammar school (that's how old I am). You had to do some "shop", but they made sure that the academic types (e.g. me) had as little exposure to it as possible. That's why I still can't solder very well, and my saw-cuts tend to wander.

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Bran
Bran

Reply 13 years ago

I asked my teacher about if the high school I will be going to next year still had welding class - she said I shouldn't take that, and should take AP Chemistry and AP Calculus instead. I really want to welding, though.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 13 years ago

Check to see if your High school does any clubs after hours or lunchtimes - maybe there's a "shop club", or a group rebuilding an old car or similar where you can learn the practical skills. Or maybe you could persuade them to start one? Come up with some grand project that could bring prestige on the school (maybe build a pulse-jet powered go-kart, or a wind-farm for the school).

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NachoMahma
NachoMahma

Reply 13 years ago

. I think everyone should have some manual skills (just as everyone should have some book learnin'), so my knee-jerk reaction is to say "take the welding class." But I don't know your situation and even if I did, I'm far from the best person to ask for guidance. ;) . "A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Lazarus Long (Robert Heinlein)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

"A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion, butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders, give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects." - Lazarus Long (Robert Heinlein)

A true renaissance man, eh ?

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 13 years ago

I never had Shop at all (I would dearly love to learn how to weld.) I wish I had. Maybe that's why I watch all those bike building shows (amer chopper.) Hope to absorb something.

Closest thing to organized instruction was a Stage Set/Scenery design class in college. That was very cool--we built walls, floors, staircases, painted backdrops (made our own paint!) and stuff.

But the 'old man' was always teaching me about tools as a kid. Drive a nail, use a saw (power and hand) and drill, silver solder, wire a light bulb, etc. Some of the biggest arguments I've ever had with my Dad--I'd always borrow his tools, and never return them.

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gmoon
gmoon

Reply 13 years ago

Metal working is fascinating--I'm sure there's something like that around here. Thanks!

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

BTW: I got that off the MAKEZINE site. :-)

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Well, where I went to school, we had Metal Shop, wood shop, and then we switched with the girls and did Home Ecc. Twas where I learned to like to cook (chemistry you can EAT LOL). Of course I got into trouble when the teacher asked me to check the cake by sticking a knife into it to see if it came out clean. She asked me why it took so long (once I got back) and I said: "the knife came out so clean, I got all the other dirty knives out of the sink and stuck them in too LOL.

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Goodhart
Goodhart

Reply 13 years ago

Thanks for the update. I can understand why too.

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royalestel
royalestel

13 years ago

Yeah, what Kiteman said. Have you tried the shadow art instructable? That's way cool and takes only trash to do. Really.