Magazine article Technology and Children

Joiners

Magazine article Technology and Children

Joiners

Article excerpt

Have you ever worked with students who tried to join two pieces of wood together? It is a pretty sticky situation--no pun intended! Usually the student gets impatient and moves the wood, knocking the pieces off center. The problem gets worse when the construction requires precision and accuracy of the angles. How many times have structures been ruined because one side slips? Then, there is the issue of glue dripping everywhere, creating a huge mess. When this happens, we all have to start over and glue the wood together again to give the structure support and a strong base. One approach is to tell the students, "Carefully carry this back to your seat, hold it together, and count to 50." Sometimes this works, and sometimes it doesn't.

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One solution to this problem is to use Lynx joiners. This simple device became the solution to all of our gluing problems. These small, but useful, devices have allowed our students to create accurate joints and other connections requiring gluing.

Lynx joiners are plastic tools that hold two pieces of wood together at several different angles. The wood pieces are friction-fit into the device. The Lynx joiner can be placed on cardboard or some other sturdy surface when gluing, which helps hold the work in place, too. …

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