WOODWORKING FUNDAMENTALS COURSE
- This hands-on course covers all the fundamentals of woodshop skills and safety.
- 12 classes, with 36 hours of instruction in a small group of students.
- 3 Months of Maker Lab Access included.
- Classes are 80% hands-on training. To help build confidence in this subject area.
- These foundational skills are vital for those looking for careers in fine woodworking, cabinetry, furniture, general woodworking, and other related fields.
- Careers in these fields start at $35,000 a year.
- This course is also ideal for those looking to gain practical skills for personal enrichment.
- Upon finishing the classes and test project, students will receive a Vocademy Certificate of Completion.
Differences in softwoods, hardwoods, plywood, exotic woods, man made sheet goods, and more. Adhesives used in woodworking, common hardware, the very basics of woodworking hand tools and abrasives. Safety and use of a biscuit joiner.
Basics of safely piercing and driving a fastener with a hand power drill and a pneumatic brad nailer. Shaping and sanding using a stationary belt sander. Create a pocket hole with a craig jig.
Safety and use of table saws, scroll saws, and miter saws. Techniques learned are rip cut, cross cut and miter cuts.
Basics and safe use of powered, handheld, and portable woodworking saws. This includes jigsaws, circular hand saws, and reciprocating saws.
Safe and correct use of drills, drill presses, planners, drum sanders, and spiral cut jointers. Basicis of cutting and shaping. How to make accurate cuts and joints.
Basics and safe use of routers, router bits, router attachments, and router tables. Using routers to shape edges, cut dados and rabbets, as well as carve patterned designs.
The fitting and use of common woodworking joints, such as simple, reinforced, mortise and tenon, lap, and interlocking joints. Tools and adhesives used in creation of joints.
Basics of using woodworking hardware such as specialty screws and different types of: nails, staples, hinges, drawer slides, knobs, hinge hooks, and other fasteners.
Basic and safe use of a wood lathe, including proper use of chisels, gouges, and scrapers. Use of wood lathes for "in between center turning, aka, spindle turning.
Develop lathe skills for bowl or platter shaped objects. Learn Face turning fundamentals. Use a lathe faceplate, chuck, bowl gouges, and tips.
Preparing wood for finishing. Discuss stains, dyes, waxes, oils, and many more techniques used to put beautiful or protective finishes on woods. Addressing, care, safety, durability, and aesthetics.
Practice previously learned wood working skills under the supervision of, and with the help of, an instructor. Discussion of personal projects and project ideas.