HM215

HM 215 - A Reverence for Wood 
 
Credits
 
Session
Spring   

Description 

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental elements of basic woodworking. This will be accomplished by planning, building, and exhibiting a specific woodworking project of the individual student’s choice.  The students will be introduced to project planning, layout, assembly, and finishing. The students will learn the safe and proper use of hand and power tools. Basic joinery and its appropriateness will be discussed. Being able to accurately mark, cut, and assemble a project will be key to success.  Time management is emphasized greatly in this course. Students will need to spend non-class hours in the shop in order to complete their individual projects. Through this process it is hoped that the students will gain an appreciation not only for the wood itself, but also of the tools and techniques required in woodworking.


 

Reverence For Wood Syllabus

Spring 2013

Instructor: Nathan Skorstad        Email: nskorstad@sterlingcollege.edu         Phone: (802) 279-1069

Location: Paradise

Course Objective:

This course is designed to give students an understanding of the fundamental elements of basic woodworking. This will be accomplished by planning, building, and exhibiting a specific woodworking project of the individual student’s choice.  The students will be introduced to project planning, layout, assembly, and finishing. The students will learn the safe and proper use of hand and power tools. Basic joinery and its appropriateness will be discussed. Being able to accurately mark, cut, and assemble a project will be key to success.  Time management is emphasized greatly in this course. Students will need to spend non-class hours in the shop in order to complete their individual projects. Through this process it is hoped that the students will gain an appreciation not only for the wood itself, but also of the tools and techniques required in woodworking.

 

Course Requirements:

-Bring a pencil, eye protection (MANDATORY!), and your project plans to every class. Hearing protection is mandatory with power tool use.

-Design your own project or choose one from a book or magazine. Project plans should be on graph paper complete with measurements, joint details, and materials list.

-Each project should contain at least 3 different joints or a carving in place of one joint.

-Rough draft due to instructor by second class. 

-Final project plans and instructor approval due by third class. 

-You may not change your project after the fourth class.

- Purchase your wood before your fourth class. (*note: you are financially responsible for all wood, hardware, etc., and any finishing supplies.  Sterling provides sandpaper and glue.)

-Receiving less than 100% on power tool quiz will automatically restrict you to the use of hand tools only!

-Power tools can only be used when the instructor or teacher’s aide are present in the shop. 

-Paradise is open 24 hours a day for hand tool use only. Please leave the shop clean and organized or shop time will be restricted.

-Put finish on your project (stain, oil, polyurethane, etc.)

-Exhibit your completed project at the Annual Sterling Community Dinner and Wood Show on April 18th  in Dunbar Hall.

 

Grading:

            Wood project                           65%

            Project plans                              5%

            Power Tool Quiz                      10%

            Attendance/Preparedness         10%

            Shop etiquette and safety          10%

It is extremely important to choose a project that is feasible for you. Plan ahead. Be prepared. Build with pride and passion. Take advantage of shop time with your instructor. Use this valuable time to further your project and prepare you for shop time outside of class. Woodworking is a process that takes time and effort.  Enjoy each step and where it will take you. This is your opportunity to create something that you will use and enjoy for years to come.


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