M884 GRADE 8 DESIGN/CONSTRUCTION Room 143
: Jonathan Dietz
(781) 529-8060 x 6142
is no textbook for this course. While there are numerous books, articles,
and videos that describe woodworking techniques and projects, they are
no substitute for actual hands-on encounters between wood, tools, and
Technology- the knowledge of how to make things- is learned
with both the head and the hand-
"Mens et Manus ".
Topics and Techniques:
with Google SketchUp
a Miter Saw
and Clamping techniques
- Use of
- Dye and
and Gold Leaf Techniques
Polyurethane, Danish Oil, Wax
design and construction techniques
woodworking for the same reasons we teach music- the pleasure and personal
growth of the student. My program isn't an industrial-arts course, and
career education is not its goal. We aim:
- to give students
a worthwhile experience working with wood.
-to make them aware
of their ability.
-to help them understand
and master the course material.
-to help students
develop skills in planning a substantial, long-term project, deal with
the concomitant frustrations and develop patience. ( This includes developing
the skill to communicate their ideas both verbally and visually.)..."
- Richard Sharpe,
in Woodworking for Kids
The school will supply all neccessary materials to complete assigned
projects. If you want more expensive materials ( maple, mahogany, etc.)
or a lot more materials than the budget allows, you will need to pay
for these yourself.
build a basic set of assigned projects, which use a common set of techniques.
Each of these can be customized. These include:
wood component, with
to 220 grit
SketchUp drawing of Component.
2 items of kitchenware, such as a spatula, spaghetti fork, ladle,
stirring spoon- must be:
box - must have
cover with lining
Cover with illustration or decoration
Stained, and Finished
be worked on independently) -One or more of the following:
While some students would like to build other projects, these require
other techniques and materials requiring separate instruction, which
could create chaotic and dangerous conditions in the classroom.
weapons, knives, sharpened sticks, or other dangerous items is not
your projects in a professional manner
your time productively
up after yourself
additional information at Course Expectations
Rules for Classroom Behavior:
must be able to work safely with the various tools and machines. If
you can't, you cannot remain in the class. Detailed
safety instructions may be found here.
instruction of one or two techniques is given at the beginning of
each period. While one-at-a-time, private instruction might be preferred,
it is not practical in a large class. So you need to listen. If you
make it difficult for others to learn, you will be removed.
you are waiting for glue or paint to dry, etc., you need to use the
time productively to clean up, and/or work to work on a second project.
not waste wood, paint, or tools. They cost a fortune.
you mess up, you need to clean up. I am not your maid. You expect
things to be where you need them when you come in. Leaving the place
the way you found it is part of common decency, and is a major part
of what I want to teach you in this course.
will be dismissed from your seat when the place is clean and quiet.
you apply yourself to your work during the period, try your best,
pay attention during instruction, and to your craft, work safely,
clean up after yourself, and make the shop a better place because
you are here, you should not be concerned about your grade. If you
do not do these things, you should be.
is a way of engaging in educational life, of developing perseverance,
responsibility, character. Your character is tested every minute.
your mind is distracted--you screw up
"When a craftsman
shapes materials, he is also shaping himself"- Otto Salomon
"Hand and brain co-evolved
as a cognitive system. Hands are essential to development of intelligence"-Frank
"The hands are the
cutting edge of the mind"- Jacob Bronowski
When one is depressed,
there is a sense of a loss of control, a dulling of the intellect.....we
feel better emotionally when we are engaged in a productive activity.
By doing we are made more whole.(
Woodworking on the
William Powers, author of Hamlet's