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Grade 8 Design-Constructiont-Course Introduction

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Additional Info


  • Attendance
  • General expectations of behavior-
    • an expectation of trust
  • Course outline- sanding block, group project, kitchenware, box project, cutting board and/or furniture
  • Other projects possible but will require work outside of class time
  • Expectations of work (final evaluation )
  • Safety
  • Wood is a living material- has directionality
  • Types of wood- hardwood, softwood,etc. hardwood is harder to work but prettier
  • Meeting the Wood:
    • Paring wood to the line with a block plane
    • Sanding exercise- various grits
    • Gouge Exercise
    • Tenon Exercise
  • Laying Out pieces
  • Measurement Exercise


Revised January 2011 by Jonathan Dietz, dietzj@mail.weston.org