Beginning Woodwork Class Syllabus

Variations of this syllabus are used for the 2 Day, Week Long and Private  Classes

 

Orientation to shop

Design

  • The process of Building furniture
  • The design process
    • Finding Inspiration
    • Creating preliminary designs
    • Converting designs into plans
    • Using cut lists
    • Creating prototypes, models, scaled drawings
  • Understanding Wood
    • How trees grow
    • How lumber is cut & dried & sold
    • Movement, grain, strength, weight
    • Lumber & Preparation prior to milling
    • Grain selection for design aesthetic – thinking ahead
  • Buying Lumber
  • What do you need to know

 

The Milling Process

  • What is milling & why do we do it
    • Straight/Square/Flat & True
  • Milling
    • Introduction to Jointing* – Flat faces & edges
    • Introduction to Planning* – Flat and parallel faces
    • Using squares & tape measures
    • Introduction to the Chop Saw*  – flat and parallel ends
    • Introduction to the Table Saw*
      • Safe use/hand positioning
      • Set up, alignment
      • Blade selection
    • Rip cuts – what are they, how to do them
    • Cross cuts – what are they, how to do them
      • Introduction to the cross cut sled
      • Introduction to the miter gauge

Joinery

  • Introduction to Carcass Joinery & Frame Joinery
    • Butt joints
    • Miters
    • Rabbet, Dado, Lap & Bridle
    • Mortise & Tennons
      • Introduction to tennoning jigs
      • Introduction to the router*
    • Box Joints demo
  • Tools used:  Square, tape measure, saddle square, tennoning jig, cross cut sled, blade height guages,

 

Constructing Projects

  • Sanding
    • Sandpaper overview
      • AO & Silicon carbide
      • Grit scale
      • Sanding sequence
    • Sanding techniques
      • Hand sanding
      • Scraping & smoothing planes
      • Machine sanding
  • Choosing and Using glue
  • Introduction to clamps

 

Finishing Projects

  • Coloring Wood
  • Choosing Finishes
  • Applying Finishes

 

*Introduction to Power Tools

The topics marked with an * can also be covered independently as part of the Introduction to Power Tools

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