Springfield High School Industrial Materials

Mr. George M Trout


Hello all Industrial Materials Students.

In light of our time away from school, below please find a number of activities to maintain your connection to the class and help keep all the little aspects of the class that keep you safe and as productive as possible each day fresh in your mind. We will return at some point and my first goal is to make you feel accomplished and successful in the completion of your projects. Before too long, we will miss each other and the normal routine, and positive chaos that you’ve come to know in Industrial Materials. The information below does not need to be “turned in” or “reported on,” it’s merely to keep our brains active and prepared. I truly hope we see each other very soon. Thanks for being such awesome students and people. Please stay safe and be kind to each other.

Thank you!!!

Mr. Trout

I. Think of 2 or 3 things you’re learned in Industrial Materials that you did not learn from me. This is a very collaborative class, much like your future jobs will be. In this on-the-job training, think of procedures, safe practices, short-cuts, etc. that your peers taught you or that you learned on your own by simply observing others or self-brainstorming. Our future boss will expect this from you.

II. Unless you are a senior, I hope many of you return to an advanced course of Industrial Materials. Based upon what you’ve already experienced about all the challenges you've encountered and conquered, what might your next masterpiece be- think of some possibilities of more complicated pieces. You may be still a beginner, but you’ve accomplished a great deal in just a few weeks when you didn’t even know how to turn on the machines!

III. Now that you have a good start on your project, or hopefully a great deal of it behind you if you’re an advanced student, try re-sketching at least the front view of your design so you have a fresh picture when we return.

IV. In years past, Industrial Materials performed mass production projects where the class would act like a business and produce 20-100 of a certain product. We would sell some and sometimes students could keep one. This is something I’d like to consider for our new school and I’m looking for creative, yet simple enough, to be good mass production possibilities ...have any ideas?

V. To maintain our amazing safety history record, please keep the major procedural steps fresh in your minds:

A. Radial Arm Saw

      1. Left hand behind red line
      2. Hold tight against fence
      3. Pull blade all the way out
      4. Return blade and keep left hand still
      5. Turn off and wait!

B. Jointer

      1. Keep thumbs up
      2. Left hand behind red line
      3. Keep fingers curled
      4. Push until guard closes
      5. Use stick if lower than fence

C. Table Saw

      1. Never use without Mr. Trout
      2. Always use push stick
      3. Have guard overtop
      4. Tighten knobs
      5. Push all the way through
      6. Stand to the left
      7. Hook your thumb
      8. Blade ½“ higher than wood

D. Planer

      1. Have Mr. Trout/Assistant set table
      2. Keep material in middle of table
      3. Flip wood each time through
      4. Turn wheel 12-3 each time

E. Band Saw

      1. Not for precise cuts
      2. Guard ½” above wood
      3. Keep hands to the sides
      4. Use push stick
      5. Use relief cuts

F. Disc Sander

      1. Only use right side of disc
      2. Never use belt
      3. Keep wood flat
      4. Take off small amounts
      5. Do not remove pencil line

Welcome to Springfield High School's Industrial Materials Program!

We hope you enjoy viewing just a few of the woodworking designs which have been created and constructed by Springfield High School Industrial Materials students over the past few years. Springfield High School is located in Delaware County, centered in a suburban community and services the families of the Springfield and Morton townships. Every piece of furniture on this site was built entirely from scratch by 14 - 18 year-olds in 9th through 12th grades - no pieces are pre-fabricated or pre-machined. Students hand select their lumber individually from Delaware County Supply Company in Boothwyn, PA, and all moldings, carvings, and detail work are designed and crafted by the individual student. The Industrial Materials Program of Springfield High School is comprised annually of approximately 160 students and all projects are built within a seven month time period - no project is extended over from one year to the next.

We have been fortunate to receive much national recognition in recent years through 35 publishings; three television appearances, and a feature at the 2004 and 2010 Philadelphia Furniture Show. Our students and their creations have been displayed in such publications as Fine Woodworking, Woodwork Magazine, Woodworker's Journal, American School Board Journal, Workbench Magazine, NEA Today, and internationally in the Australian Wood Review Magazine. We are eternally grateful to companies such as Horton Brasses, Inc. of Connecticut, Paxton/Patterson of Chicago, Burhan's Glass Company, Springfield, PA, and the aforementioned Delaware County Supply Company of Boothwyn, PA. Their advice, support and donations are invaluable and much appreciated by each and every student.

Student work is on display for exhibition and judging each June during the school's "Celebration of the Arts". We encourage you to attend and see more unique and creative designs all built by our talented young people.

Please feel free to e-mail George M. Trout at george.trout@ssdcougars.org for more information.