The fall quarter focuses on learning how to use hand and power tools safely and efficiently. Students also explore specialized aspects of woodworking through introductory classes in carving and woodturning. They learn how to sketch and make detailed shop drawings, and they will put these concepts to use as they design and make at least one independent project. As they do all year, students participate in the community service projects going on in the woodshop, gaining more hands-on, guided shop time.
The winter quarter focuses on more advanced joinery and a deeper dive into understanding properties of wood and panel products, design trends, and how to combine design ideas and wood properties into projects that last. The main focus this quarter is on making cabinets — both Euro-style cabinets built entirely of plywood and furniture-style cabinets, with frame-and-panel doors and dovetailed, solid-wood drawers. Students also get to explore other topics through classes such as computer-aided design, using the CNC router, choosing and applying finishes, and building tables or benches from slabs of wood.
The spring quarter includes classes on even more advanced topics, such as shaper use and jig making, veneering, and coaxing wood to curve. But there are fewer formal classes so students have more time to design and make a capstone project. Students get an introduction to welding as they create a metal base for a wooden table or bench. And they learn practical aspects of running a woodworking business or landing a job.
The next session will begin in September 2020. Registration opens in February. Scholarships up to 80% of tuition are available. Download an application form here. For more information, contact Certificate Programs Coordinator Nanz Aalund at 206-842-4475, x223.