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Benning Boy 02-16-2010 05:39 AM

High School Shop Class Horror
Nod to JDP.

I was fondly remembering my junior high shop teacher, and wondering if you guys had the same experience.

Every tool in the shop had a dark and demonic history. Generally, a tool killed or maimed a kid a few years back.

The drill press, seemingly innocent, got that long haired queer 2 years ago. His hair got caught in it, and it twisted his neck until it broke.

Or that stupid kid, conveniently a student nobody knew, who didn't keep an eye on the band saw, when the blade snapped, shot out the bottom, and went through his ankle at a speed so great, that he didn't notice it till he took a step....

Shop urban legends?:eek:

cpttango30 02-16-2010 05:44 AM

Our high school shop teacher was somekind of uber ninja and he could make it look like he just cut his hand off with a table saw and nothing would happen to him. He used to bet kids that he could get his hand from under the desk through the massive stapler on his desk and back in his lap before the kids could staple his hand. No one ever won the bet. He was a big time drunk too. Some say he was an SF guy in nam. I know he knew my platoon Sgt who was a SF guy with vietnam, camboidan and laotion jump wings.

canebrake 02-16-2010 05:48 AM

My shop teacher was a German (ex-nazi) with two fingers missing on his left hand.

I re-arranged his plug wires on his distributor one afternoon.

Benning Boy 02-16-2010 05:52 AM

We had the safety poster, it had a hand, the ring finger epidermis was ripped off, exposing bone, and the class ring next to it.

I had used power tools for years before shop class, and thanks to that class, a dremel makes me soil myself.

yesicarry 02-16-2010 08:40 AM

No legend on this one !!

1982. South Torrance High School.. Metal shop class.. Was going to class and noticed a bunch of other kids looking at a hole in the cinder block wall on the side of the classroom.. We all went in to begin class. That day we were supposed to learn about the Oxy-Ace Torch that day...

Well, seems the oxygen tank was being replaced in "The Cart".. Some idiot was not careful and bumped the full tank knocking it over. Unfortunately, the tank fell over and the regulator hit one of the work tables and broke the regulator off turning the tank into a missle. The tank went through an 8 inch solid filled concrete wall..

Our "lesson" was supposed to be cutting up a junk car with a torch.. Instead, we got to cut up an old Chevy Vega with a sawsall. Damn, that was fun !!

robocop10mm 02-16-2010 01:27 PM

Cutting up a Vega with a sawzall? I'll bet that took all of 10 minutes.

Jo da Plumbr 02-16-2010 01:37 PM

The table saw in wood shop caught on a knot in the wood and sent the 2x4 flying backwards through a metal skinned two inch thick wood door. (Legend had it)
“Always stand to the side of the saw while cutting”:eek:

spittinfire 02-16-2010 01:40 PM

We didn't even have shop class in high school. Thankfully my dad had a shop at home that I could learn in. Everything from a band saw to a welder to drawers full of air tools even a lathe and a mill.

Jo da Plumbr 02-16-2010 02:19 PM

This one I know was true.

We had a print shop with an old Linotype Machine. (For you youngsters that is an old machine that melts lead into printable type as you type on a keyboard) Well the kid operating it forgot to fill all the gaps with spacers, and when he went to form the type molten lead sprayed out all over him. Second and third degree burns on his arm and neck.

Benning Boy 02-16-2010 03:11 PM

Since it was mentioned, my teacher was missing fingers, too.


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