High School Shop Class Horror

Discussion in 'The Club House' started by Benning Boy, Feb 16, 2010.

  1. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

    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:
  2. cpttango30

    cpttango30 New Member

    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.

  3. canebrake

    canebrake New Member

    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.
  4. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

    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.
  5. yesicarry

    yesicarry New Member

    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 !!
  6. robocop10mm

    robocop10mm Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

    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:
  8. spittinfire

    spittinfire New Member Supporter

    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.
  9. Jo da Plumbr

    Jo da Plumbr New Member

    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.
  10. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

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

  11. boatme98

    boatme98 Well-Known Member

    While no legends or such, I had a Jr. High shop teacher in Mass. who had an agreement with all the local car dealers. One day each week he would bring in a car. And he brought in some beauties! GTO's, Mustang GT's, Javelin, Austin Healy, MG, just about any muscle/sports car he could lay his hands on.
    Of course he would always smoke the tires just for show.
    One time he managed to bring in a new Kenworth cab.
    Good times, good times. :D
  12. Benning Boy

    Benning Boy New Member

    We had a line of electrical outlets down one wall.

    Fashion would get you killed.

    One of the legends was a kid had a trucker's wallet, keys hanging off the chain. He turned, the keys made their way into the outlet, fried on the spot.

    Shop was a chamber of horrors.....
  13. DarinCraft

    DarinCraft New Member

    a kid in my metal shop class was trying to hold down some sheet metal in the sheer and got too close. He hit the foot pedal and lost every finger but his thumbs.
  14. orangello

    orangello New Member

    We didn't have shop at the lil high school i attended. I had a high school job that involved lots of fun tools like a radial arm saw, table saw, drill press, metal and plastic-cutting shears (non-powered), and automated and manual engraving machines. It was interesting, since my dad was an office worker, my home education of tool usage was limited. We had a few accidents at work: the chick who trained me cut off most of the finger tips on one hand using the plastic shear, i ended up with 5 stitches on my thumb from a scraper (finished the order before going to the ER), and a guy i worked with split his thumb on a table saw. I was really glad dude didn't pass out, as i wouldn't have been able to even drag him easily. Strangely, nobody was ever seriously injured playing darts with the spearguns (boss was a frequently absent scuba freak). That was a great high school job [sigh]. I can only imagine the carnage if that job had been fully staffed with high school kids.
  15. Dillinger

    Dillinger New Member

    Got a great one. Took a metal shop class in 8th grade. Teacher was this old, grisled guy who probably never graduated but knew everything there was to know about metal work and welding and etc. Good guy.

    Well, one day there were several of us inbetween projects, because you can only submit SO many welds for grading, and started innocently playing with the air nozzle.

    First it was a pen cap, the blue kind from the Bic pens, and we were shooting them across the table. Then we put the cap ON the nozzle and were shooting it into the air.

    Then some future weapons guy ( :cool::rolleyes: ) got the idea to pull the ink part with the clear plastic straw out and insert that end INTO the nozzle, up to the hilt with the pen end capping off the nozzle. Hit the button and the damn thing took off like a missile and hit the roof like a blow-dart.

    Well, that went on for about 10 minutes until the teacher noticed what we were doing and came UNGLUED! Came over and dressed us down about all the shop hazards that could happen with an air hose and projectiles. Went on at level 14 pissed for about 8 minutes and finished with this story.

    One wise acre was messing around with his buddy and walked up behind him and hit him in the butt with the air nozzle. Apparently the air nozzle hit him JUST right and injected air, backwards, into his lower GI and blew it up like an inner tube, perforated it and the kid ended up dying. :eek:

    Needless to say, we didn't play with the air hose any more that year....