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GSS 51.6: Wood Stock Preparation for Finish
There are NO required textbooks for this class.
Required Tools & Supplies:
- A stock to be prepared for finishing.
- An assortment of sandpapers: dry, wet or dry, fine to coarse grits.
- Assorted sanding blocks – some can be made here.
- An assortment of stains, mostly darker colors – oil, water and annaline types.
- A propane torch.
- Safety glasses and a dust mask.
- An electric jitterbug sander would be beneficial.
Student Learning Outcome:
At the conclusion of this course each passing student will be able to:
- Raise a dent in a stock.
- Rough and finish sand a stock, keeping all the lines straight and flat where they should be with no rolled edges, removing all scratches and rasp marks.
- Whisker a stock.
- Stain a stock to industry standard.
- sanding process, using files and rasps
- types of sandpapers
- raising dents
- rough and finish sanding
- wet and dry sanding
- flat, straight and curved lines
- shadow lines
- stains and their use
- selective staining
How the class works:
In lecture, we will study the various firearms and/or systems involved. To reinforce
what we have studied, assignments will be made involving repair, refinishing, and/or
modifications to the studied firearm parts.
To simulate real life situations, there
will be due dates on all assignments. The assignments will approximate problems in the
field. Many times the assignments will force you to think, i.e. I may assign the design
and fabrication of a tool or parts. I will tell you what it must do, and the tool or
part must be made to work.
Everyone starts off with an “A” and everyone is expected to get an “A” for a final grade.
This is a potentially dangerous profession, so you must do the assignments to industry
standards or better.
- Everyone must have a set of finished notes by the last day of class. If they are on paper, they must be typed or written very legibly in ink, in a binder or folder, and have line drawings of systems for clarity when needed. They can also be audio, video, or on a computer disk, but if they are, they must have an index. They must also contain most of what was covered in class. If they possess all the mentioned criteria they are “A” notes. If they are missing information, inbound, or electronic with no index, your grade maybe lowered.
- Your projects must be completed in order to be graded. They will be graded on accuracy, appearance and finish.
A note on notes:
They must be good and permanent- NO PENCIL NOTES. You can get around this note
requirement by obtaining the AGI professional series course on the subject, i.e. the
shotgun course for any of the shot gun classes etc. Remember, bad notes and your grade
Method of Evaluation:
Grading in this course will be based on the following:
Class Participation and Attendance: 10%
Classroom notes: 20%
Classroom projects: 70%
90-100% = A
80-89% = B
70-79% = C
60-69% = D
below 60% = F
Incompletes and etc.:
Incompletes are at the discretion of the instructor.
NO LIVE AMMUNITION IN CLASS:
NO! NO! NO! If you need ammo to test fire a firearm, you turn it in to an
instructor UPON ENTERING THE CLASSROOM. Failure to do so will result in your
dismissal from the course.