Design Tech I

SketchUp Design Plan

Overview: Students will be introduced to basic woodworking techniques, wire jewelry making, wood turning, and metal working. Emphasis will be on proper use of tools, principles of design, appreciation for fine craftsmanship, and shop safety. You will be introduced to Google SketchUp as a three dimensional design software. You will complete several projects, and you will display your work twice during the term.

Design Workshop
Design Workshop

Syllabus: You will work at your own pace to complete at least one project in each of the four areas: woodworking, jewelry, turning, and metal working. You will also complete one service project. The first two weeks of the course will be spent learning safe and appropriate use of hand tools for measurement and marking, sawing, planing, and chiseling. There will be a safety/skills test at the end of the second week. In the third week, all students will complete a guided tutorial on three dimensional design before proceeding to the initial project, which will be a cutting board, box, or other small woodworking project. You will learn the safe and appropriate use of the relevant power tools as necessary. Subsequent projects will be determined by your interests and abilities. Each project will require a design plan, drawing, materials list, work schedule, self-grading rubric, reflection, and digital photo. Students will submit work as it is completed for weekly class critiques.