Tool Report

You will become an expert on one of the tools in the shop, and teach the rest of the class about that tool.  You will teach about the tool’s uses, safety features, accessories, how to choose a tool, and who are the major manufacturers of that type of tool.  You and your classmates will use the information you provide later in the semester.

The Details

You need to research a tool and make a 15 minute presentation to the class.  You will teach the class how to use the tool safely.  You will also prepare a spreadsheet that lists tools from different manufacturers and compares their relevant features (see sample handout on table saws).

Checklist for your reference:

  • Choose a tool (we’ll do this in class)
    • My tool is:___________________________________________________
  • Prepare for the class
    • A 15 to 20 minute demonstration that shows the tool’s major functions
      • Primary function
      • How to use it safely
      • Necessary accessories
      • How to change bits/blades/etc.
    • I will present on (circle one):      9/19                   9/21
  • To be turned in on 9/19:
    • The outline for your presentation (typed, NOT handwritten – see Openlab for sample)
    • Tool spreadsheet with relevant information about tools from multiple manufacturers
    • Spreadsheet should include the following information as appropriate
      • Manufacturer
      • Model number
      • Weight
      • Size
      • Horsepower/Amperage
      • RPM
      • Maximum workpiece capacity
      • Other information as necessary to describe your tool

Grading Criteria

You will be graded on the thoroughness of your research and the quality of your presentation.  Accuracy is important, as is clear communication.


Table Saw Outline – Sample

Table Saw Report – Sample