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As an integral part of most woodworking industries, jigs and fixtures are worthy of some study. There is very little evidence of written material covering the topic even though the use of many of these devices is widespread throughout industry. The fact that these devices normally result in a substantial saving in production costs can often make them an important facet of a firm's business.

This saving can be accomplished in a number of different ways: use of unskilled workers, standardization of parts, interchangeability of pieces, reduction of safety hazards, and lowering of production time. Not all points will apply to each jig or fixture but in most respects they are a prominent part of the production program.

The need is there for industrial arts classes to relate strongly to industry itself. This study's topic lends itself to being an instructional part of an organized mass production unit. There is great feeling that the industrial arts field should not separate itself from industry but should instead attempt to use as many ideas and ways of showing the student how our great working force actually performs. Better preparation for possible future employment through experiences gained in an updated learning program should be one of the goals of an industrial arts curriculum. Expanded technology in the near future will demand more and more of the student relative to his occupational preparation.

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Master of Arts


Department of Industrial Arts and Technology


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