Art 108 is designed to introduce interior design and art students to our wood shop facility and prepare them for wood working projects they will be required to complete in Interior Design 152 and Art 112.
This is an introductory course on the safe and appropriate use of basic hand and power tools. The class will focus on the construction of a small bench. The emphasis of this class, however, will be on the process rather than the outcome. I’m more concerned with what you learn than I am with what you build. I want you to learn enough during this class to better understand what is involved in the actual process of constructing something from a set of plans. This will, in turn, help make you better designers, and you’ll be better able to understand the nomenclature and communicate with those in your industry.
In Art 112 and Interior Design 152 you will be required to construct projects that you design. The practical, hands on knowledge that you acquire from this class will not only enable you to design with greater foresight, but it will also enable you to fabricate your designs with greater efficiency and accuracy; resulting in a more satisfactory conclusion to your design problem.
Since this is a short course, we must cover a lot of material in a short time. If you miss a day, you will fall behind and there is no time available to catch up. Therefore, attendance is mandatory (please note that this is department policy). I understand that personal circumstances, such as family obligations or illness, will occasionally make it impossible to attend class. Please do your best to get here. If you miss two days, you will not receive a passing grade!
Testing and Evaluation:
This is a pass-fail course. To pass, students will need to attend class, participate in the practice sessions, and make a sincere attempt to complete their assigned projects. Students will be required to understand how to read a tape measure, how to set up and use a router, and how to set up and use both the ripping and crosscut fences on the table saw. Students must also demonstrate an understanding of the information presented to them during this course. There will be a short test on the second to last day of class. This will cover vocabulary, measuring, and other important points that I stress in my lectures. Students must receive a grade of 75 or better to pass.
Basic Shop Rules:
You must wear goggles or safety glasses whenever you are operating power tools. You are strongly advised, although not required, to use hearing and respiratory protection when necessary. Contacts may become irritated because of the dust in the air.
Long flowing accessories can be dangerous. You may be asked to tie back long hair, remove scarves, and roll up your sleeves when using certain tools. Note: flat closed toe shoes are advised.
An instructor must be present whenever you are using any power tool in this shop. During this class an instructor must be at the table saw whenever a student is using it! No exceptions.
You will not be required to use a tool that you are uncomfortable with. You will be required to understand how the tool works and will be asked to set it up so that an instructor or fellow student can operate it for you.
Cleaning up after class is your responsibility!
Material List and Bench Project Parameters:
You will need to get 8 feet of a 1-inch thick by 12-inches wide S4S board from Home Depot or Lowe’s. I suggest that you get Poplar. You can also use Oak or Pine. You must be able to build your entire bench project, and practice board exercise out of 8 feet of this wood. That means that the dimensions of your bench must not exceed the supply of materials. You can only use 1”x12”x8’ of S4S poplar (pine and oak optional). You will use 12” for the first project, and up to 84” for your bench.
You must have a completed set of plans before you can start your bench project. These plans must be accurate, include three views (plan, front elevation, and side elevation) and have dimensions and a cut list. Using graph paper and drawing your project to scale will give you an idea of the proportions of your bench design.
The bench must be constructed using a dado for the legs to top joinery, and a stretcher(s) running between the legs (held in place by at least 2 screws per side).
The bench must be constructed from solid wood (no plywood or MDF)
The instructor must approve all bench designs!
In case of emergency, call 564-2400, or 2400 from the phone in the “cage.”
Fire Extinguishers are located at the exit doors.
Emergency Electrical Shutoffs are at doors around the 3 rooms.
The First Aid kit is by the door to room 160.