This curriculum is designed to be flexible based on the student’s interests and needs. There are no prerequisites. All students will need to take the safety courses that introduce MSDS Safety Sheets, procedures for an accident / injury and understand, obey and follow all safety equipment guidelines. Chemicals and storage safety are practiced.

The instructor may assess the student to determine appropriate placement. Students that show proficiency in one area can move on to the next, but all students will need to be proficient in all of the skills eventually. Students may focus on one or several projects simultaneously.

Woodworking Classes

Woodworking Basics

Woodworking Class Time

Each student will be required to have practice in measuring, power tool scale reading, using calipers, rulers, tape measures, charts for screws, nails, drill sizes, metric conversion tables, decimal to fraction conversion charts and understand adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing fractions and decimals. Plan / blueprint reading and scales are learned by each student as they proceed through the course.

Glues and Fasteners

Students will have access to and use various glues and fasteners to use on projects. The course will include the uses and drawbacks of various glues and nuances in humidity and temperature. Charts and handouts are available for each student.

Students will practice larger glue-ups for table tops, legs and repairs of broken or missing furniture components. Students can bring in their own projects as they work through the course material.

Wood Selection, Grain, Mill Cuts and Grading / Markings

Wood grain can make or break a projects appearance. Book marking, burls, knots, recycled woods, woes and eurekas, mill grading standards, plywood, treated lumber, sawmill raw material, worms and blemishes are covered in this section.

Specialty and exotic woods with contact and mail order information is presented as handouts for each student.

Hand Tools

The section will cover the quality differences in tools, the correct and safe use and care for planes, saws, knives and chisels. The chiseling and cutting principals are demonstrated on saw blade teeth types and tooth set. The students will also understand the tools, (screwdriver types, drivers, staplers and nailers, cutting / shaping tools) and how and why they work.

Cutting angles, sharpening and touch-up honing are demonstrated and each student can use rust prevention and other preservation techniques and products for a lifetime of quality tool care.

Power Tool Basics

Sawing, Drilling, Sanding

This course section uses an older (1948) ShopSmith 10ER and a Shopsmith MK-V all in one tool for small cross cuts, ripping, miters, drill press operations, 12", 6" and 4" disk sander and various sizes of drum sanders. Projects can be selected from a list ans students will need to present the projects at the completion of the course.

Students will begin with tool set up, straight, flat and square processes.

No certificates are given for Power Tool Basics - Employers will require their own soldering tests.

Jigs, Shop Made Tools

Students will begin the section by making their own box jig and building decorative boxes. Students will need to create and use small parts jigs and shop made tools according to the projects they select, but all students will create a project common to all that will require certain skills to be reinforced.

Making tools for creating materials out of raw material such as dowels, screws, bolts, wedges and shims are skills each student will be required to have. Learning to innovate and make needed items on the fly are valuable workplace skills.

Wood Bending, Laminates, Inlays

Techniques to bending wood faces, kerf cutting skills and techniques, steaming setup and tips and bending jig creation and uses are covered. Using laminates, glues and cutting inlays, design selection on veneers, wood matching

Shaping, Routing and the Lathe

This section is designed to teach a student to use the router to fine tune edging, create roundovers and make trim strips for projects. Students will then set up and operate shaper sets for more complex profiles, mouldings, edgings and table hinge joints.

Lathe turnings and tools, uses and safety are covered in this section

No certificates are given for Shaping, Routing and the Lathe - All employers require their own experience on work applications.

Furnature Woodworking

An introduction to the basic components, theory, math and the hands-on creation of furnature components, including profiled legs, tables, stands, tool boxes or trunks. Larger sized projects will allow teamwork as students work through the processes required to complete the pieces.

Certificates are given for Furnature Woodworking - Upon completion of projects

Introduction To Jointing and Planing

This section is designed to introduce students to the many features, purposes, and uses of planers and jointers. This teaches basic straight, flat and square precision required for any quality work. Hand planes and hand tools are required to achieve the fine detail needed for their projects. Skills used are (1) math, (2) theory, (3) muscles, (4) tenacity and determination, (5) attention to detail and are working toward woodworking careers.

Certificates are given for Introduction to Jointing and Planing - Upon completion of the tests

Beginning Finishes

Students learn to use and understand thinners, cleaners, soaps, solvents, varnishes, shellac, oils, paints and stains. Brush types and sizes, painter helpers, scraper refurbishing and application methods, tool / brush cleanup and tool safety and cleaning practices are covered.

Introduction to Tool Sharpening

This section is designed to introduce students to the physics of tool sharpening. Flat tools, drill bits, stones, sandpaper grades and types, lathe and specialty tool considerations, jigs and wet stones, hand polishing tips are covered in this section.


Students will need to create an E-mail account and send E-mail messages, retrieve E-mail, and send E-mail with attachments. E-mail will be used ONLY for academic purposes.