Architectural Woodworking Program Overview
Our career training program prepares both beginning and experienced woodworkers for careers in architectural woodworking. We’re unique among woodworking schools in that, after learning cabinet-making fundamentals, our students work directly with members of the local community to design, draw, plan, build, finish and install projects, which these days are usually kitchens. This exposes students to the entire project life-cycle and prepares them for a range of jobs within the industry or for self-employment. We also take several field trips to introduce students to a variety of cabinetmaking and specialty woodworking shops.
Students enjoy a class size of no larger than 11 students, taught by one full-time and a part-time instructor, each offering a different area of specialty/interest. We emphasize skills development and personal responsibility as students move through the curriculum and begin their community projects. Furthermore, as a member of the Architectural Woodwork Institute (AWI), we incorporate AWI standards throughout the design/build process. We expect students to treat this program as they would a job, preparing them for the rigors and responsibilities of a career in cabinetmaking. Students graduate with a Certificate of Completion when these goals are reached.
- The safe use of common stationary woodworking machinery and portable power tools
- Understanding properties of solid wood and how to select and mill lumber
- Reading and creating shop drawings and preparing material cut lists and estimates
- The use, selection, and processing of a wide range of panel products
- The selection and use of veneers, and the use of a vacuum bag for veneering.
- The use and sharpening of hand tools, such as planes, chisels and scrapers
- Cabinet construction methods, including face frame, frameless and the euro 32 mm system
- Cabinet joinery/assembly techniques, selection/use of cabinet hardware
- Cabinet installation
- Spray finishing fundamentals
- Arriving and departing on time, with very few absences
- Being prepared each day to do the best possible job
- Participating in daily shop clean-up and other shop-related tasks
- Attending field trips and participating in other opportunities to learn more about the industry