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 ranging from built-in cabinets for private residences to reception desks for public libraries. 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 eight students, taught by an experienced instructor and frequent guest lecturers, 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
- Writing a resume and creating a portfolio
- 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