A Kat Production
You’re an eighth grader with the infamous Coach Browder for PE. Coach goes through an awful lot of paddles, so he has a standing offer for his students: bring him a paddle and you receive 50 points extra credit. You could use the extra credit, as you’ve forgotten your PE clothes three times, each time incurring a fifteen point penalty on your grade for that day. You’ve also had to run the bleachers the last two times. For the third lapse, you’ve had to take a note home to be signed that informs your parents you’ll be given three ‘licks’ tomorrow, as well as how you’ve lost forty-five points from your grade. Your dad is likely to blister you with his belt when he sees the note, ensuring you’ll take the licks on an already sore backside.
Do you try to make a paddle on your own to cover the points loss, forge a parent’s signature and hope to get away with just the paddling? (You have minimal skills, though you are allowed to use the Skilsaw and any wood left over from projects.) Do you show the note to Dad and take your medicine? Do you ask Dad to help you make a paddle, knowing you’re likely to be its first victim?
As Dad: Your son has screwed up by not dressing out for PE three times, thus not only earning licks from the PE coach, but also affecting his grade. Since he can make up the points loss by bringing the PE coach a paddle, will you decide to let the school punishment suffice or will you bust his butt yourself first?
As it’s likely he’ll get the licks with the paddle you help him make, what sort of paddle will you design? You have oak (1/2-inch), birch plywood (3/4-inch), pine (1-inch) available. You also have a drill press, a ¾-inch forstner bit and countersink bit if you want to add holes. In determining how severe a paddle you make, keep in mind he’ll be in his thin nylon PE shorts and jockstrap.