Like Bob i did not know what a scoring blade was in Bryans post so had to look it up. Anyhow in the process i got sidetracked to this site where there was a article by Dave Barry on his time in shop class at school and how "Mr.Schmidt" put Ronnies head in a vise to teach him not to use chisels as a screwdriver.
Its a good call back the past woodworking article and i had to smile it made me think back to my shop classes at school and i wondered if any of you experienced the same sort of things and what lessons it taught you.
In my case shop class (we called them metal working and woodworking) was taken for 5 years. The initial year was 50% metal working and 50% woodworking then you settled down to selecting one of the two ( i would have liked to do both but not possible) and finished that for 4 years.
Each year at the start we were supplied 10 round brass tags with a number on that was unique to the individual. When we removed a tool we were required to place a tag in its place whereever it was stored. At the end of the lesson we were required to return the tools to their correct place and retrieve our tags. If tag was still there at the end of the lesson and tool not returned he whose tag it was got to bend over and get caned. We called them cuts because thats what they did to the skin on your behind at times. One cut for each tag.
Damage a tool also got you a cut. Get up to mischief in the shop and you got several cuts.
Well no one got injured in my 5 years in shop class but we got loads of cuts. Kept us focused and behaving most of the time.
The thing i learnt and retained was to always put a tool back where it was stored. Now if i can only learn to make proper storage that was already provided for back in the day.
We never had any acts like Mr Schmidt take place though.
We also learnt to put a wad of newspaper folded up in our pants but that was only possible if we were sent to the office for caning which typically only happened when we had a female teacher.
I cannot say i hold any resentment or ill thoughts towards my shop teachers for this practice but at the same time justice was not always dished out even handedly or fairly but then life aint always fair either.
Whats your experience in shop in this regard.