Wood Shop Training

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Introductory Wood Shop Class

(Group or Individual Training)

  • Wood Shop Tour
  • Safety glasses, dangling hair, hoodie strings, etc.
  • Cleaning up: shop vac, brush, dustpan, broom, trashcans
  • Rockwell Drill Press
    • Power switch location/operation
    • Workpiece materials compatible with this machine
    • Clamping the workpiece safely
    • How hard to push the drill bit into the workpiece
    • Marking an accurate hole location
    • Center punch / center drill to begin holes
    • Selecting drill bits
    • Changing drill bits
  • Delta 12in Disc Sander
    • Power switch location/operation
    • Workpiece materials compatible with this machine
    • Holding the workpiece safely
    • Cleaning with cleaning stick
    • Dust control
  • Grizzly 16in Band Saw, Craftsman 12in Band Saw
    • Using the band saw light
    • Power switch/EPO location and operation
    • Workpiece materials compatible with this machine
    • Raising/lowering the upper blade guides
    • Holding the workpiece safely
    • Using a push stick
    • How hard to push the workpiece
    • Sawing along a pencil line
    • Sawing curves
  • Introductory Class Project
    • Birdhouse


Advanced/Specialized Wood Shop Classes

(Small Group or Individual Training)


  • Advanced Drill Press Topics
    • Adjusting the table height
    • Setting the vertical travel stops
    • Using a drill press vise
    • Dust control system
    • How to tell when a bit needs to be sharpened
    • Changing the drill speed
    • Using Forstner and other large (over 1/2 in) bits
    • Consumables costs
    • Using brushes or sanders in the chuck
    • Making fixtures for repeating hole locations
    • Making fixtures for workpiece clamping


  • Advanced Disc Sander Topics
    • Adjusting the table angle
    • Selecting sandpaper grits
    • Replacing sandpaper disc
    • How to tell when the sandpaper needs to be replaced
    • Consumables costs
    • Review all core topics above
    • Adjusting the table-disc clearance
    • Making special tools and jigs


  • Advanced Band Saw Topics
    • Using the miter gauge
    • Using the fence
    • Dust control system
    • How to tell when the blade needs to be replaced
    • Consumables costs
    • Using fixtures for controlled cutting
    • Adjusting the table tilt angle
    • Selecting a blade
    • Replacing the blade (tension and tracking adjustments)
    • Adjusting Upper and Lower blade guides
    • Setting upper and lower blade guide clearances
    • Resawing
    • Making fixtures for locating/aligning the workpiece


  • Dovetail Joints


  • Mortise and Tenon Joints


Wood Shop Class Projects

(Small Group or Individual Training)

  • Hardwood Candlestick Holder
  • Rolling Equipment Cart for Your Home Shop