How to Not Cut Off Your Finger With a Pull Saw – Kelsey A.

A habit has been formed due to the necessity of completing as much school work as possible in the morning. With the nearing of the UIL Theatre Zone Performance on March 12 (Daisy Pulls It Off, presented by the Blue Star Theatre at the Austin PAC, we are the third play and shows start at 3 and are approximately 56 minutes long, warning shows do not start on the hour), crammed last minute rehearsals are the norm. Therefore, I, Kelsey A. arrive at school on the school bus and go straight to my morning B-day home, the lovely portable B of Ms. Jo. There I will do various homework assignments such as, Chemistry worksheets, Algebra problem sets, reading one of my book for English (A Bend in the River or The Poisonwood Bible), or completing whatever other assignment needs to be completed.

When engineering class, formally known as POE (Principles of Engineering), starts I will grudgingly put up my urgent homework and focus on what we happen to be learning. This week we are learning how to safely use various hand tools. All of which Ryanna, Ava, Carmen, and I have already learned how to use through the first semester of the Maker Studio Class, also taught by Ms. Jo. Though tool safety is not a very fun topic to talk about, it is important to know how not to cut your finger off with a pull saw or smash it with a hammer. Mostly I have helped teach my classmates how to use various tools such as the pull saw, meaning we now have excuses to cut up random pieces of wood instead of sitting at a computer, making decisions such as what to name our project, and other boring needed, but not necessarily active activities.

From what I have seen of my class’s talent with a pull saw and a power drill, we are in desperate need of practice of how to make a straight kerf and a straight pilot hole. On a side note, kerf is such a fun word to say and write. A kerf is; the starting cut made by sawing a piece of wood. Kerfs are important, because if your kerf is crooked, so will the rest of your cut, but if your kerf is straight, so will the rest of your cut. Another great part of getting to use tools is; Ms. Jo bought a bunch of brand new, shiny, and very sharp pull saws that work very well. A part of me wants the class to move on to using the scroll saws, which are also brand new, shiny, and very sharp, and another part of me does not want the class to learn how to use the fabulous mini scroll saws because, there are sixteen students and only two saws.


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