Last day of school!

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I started making these little names as birthday gifts for my students…. but then there was “but my birthday’s in July…”, “mine already passed”... and how do you say no to your Student of the Month? Arrg…

This was maple flooring that I recently discovered had been sitting exposed on the east side of the house for a couple of years, cleaned up, repurposed, and names are written in my handwriting. They aren’t necessarily teaching kids cursive any more, WTH, so I thought they should have an old school lesson in how to write (at least) their own names in cursive.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#1 posted 06-03-2016 03:57 AM

Beautiful gift for your students and incredibly nobel idea.

-- Ivan, Croatia, Wooddicted

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#2 posted 06-03-2016 08:26 AM

Nice scrolling… what saw do you use..I use Hegners

-- Larry in Hawaii,

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#3 posted 06-03-2016 01:38 PM

Hi Larry – Most of it was done on a Bandsaw, only used my little Craftsman scroll saw to finish inside details. I’m not very good at scrolling, sure could use a how-to video, feel like I nearly wore down my fingertips to raw nerves, not sure if that’s normal… I did the bulk of the work in the last 3 days… 4 or 5 of them broke (instability in the wood, or I dropped them, gaaa) and I had to remake those as well. The kids loved them, I handed each one over with a small piece of sandpaper – let them have a part in it, right?

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#4 posted 06-03-2016 04:45 PM

Beautiful work and a great personal gift!

-- VR, Richard "Fear is nothing more than a feeling. You feel hot. You feel hungry. You feel angry. You feel afraid. Fear can never kill you"--Remo Williams

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#5 posted 06-03-2016 04:56 PM

Low bow to Teachers…....

-- Ganchik Sasha. Life is not a draft, tomorrow you will not redo......

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#6 posted 06-03-2016 07:39 PM


Great Job!

I make many name plates; so I know how much work they are.

NICE thought too!

I had made a set up for my youngest grand-son’s pre-school class a few years back now.

-- Wood rescue is good for the environment and me! just rjR

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#7 posted 06-03-2016 07:58 PM

It looks they did a fine job and I’ll bet they enjoyed it very much.

helluvawreck aka Charles

-- helluvawreck aka Charles,

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#8 posted 06-03-2016 09:16 PM

Great idea and a great gift!!!

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#9 posted 06-05-2016 08:33 AM

Hi teach.

Nice penmanship!


-- The nicer the nice, the higher the price!

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#10 posted 06-05-2016 10:02 AM

A great gesture and happy to hear that the kids were excited about getting them. It is good to knwo that the simple things can still get some kids excited.
For someone that does not scroll well, I think they look awesome. Doesn’t look like you had an easy list of names either.

Thank you for your work as a teacher.


-- Chris L. "Don't Dream it, Be it."- (Purveyors of Portable Fun and Fidgets)

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#11 posted 06-05-2016 06:19 PM

Ha, thanks, Paul… Chris—SOME of them were happy. While they were all sanding I had one little guy standing right behind me saying under his breath “this is why I hate this class…” And then of course they all wanted to paint them (gasp)—

Some of them look chunkier than others—that was because I broke them the first time around and didn’t want to run that risk again so I built in extra “insurance”.

This was truly a lesson in tolerance and gratitude for me. They had no idea how many hours I put into those names, or what I had to sacrifice to produce them all in time (sick parents out of town, etc). Most of them didn’t say thank you. I looked at my own experience and realized I don’t know what invisible sacrifices are made for me either, and suddenly, I was much more thankful than I had been. Teaching sucks and rocks at the same time.

-- There's no such thing as a mistake; only a quick change of plans.

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#12 posted 06-07-2016 07:08 AM

Super effort! Wow, what a list and what a lot of work. As for teaching, I believe it to be one of, if not the most, thankless job in the world. Yet, when we have great teachers, their impact on our lives is immeasurable and we never forget their names or their faces—and, yes, I’ll bet I was guilty of not saying thank you enough. So, thanks for your efforts for “our” children. Some, hopefully all, of those kids will likely grow into fine adults and may at some point in their lives look at the gift you gave and then reflect on how difficult and time consuming it must have been for you to make and will say a silent thanks.

I don’t think I’d have the patience to make all those fine, detailed cuts. Good on ya, mate!

-- TT

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#13 posted 06-08-2016 07:44 PM

way kool. love the old school lesson idea :) Everyone should lean cursive.

-- Love the smell of snow in the morning.

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