• Vocational Cabinetmaking

    Cabinetmaking Syllabus

    Mr. Widmar

    Room A-140

    Text: Wood Technology and Processes

    Materials Students Provide: Tape Measure and Pencils


    Teacher’s Expectations of Student

    1. Be responsible (come to class prepared and on time)

    2. Be respectful of others (their property and the school)

    3. Follow rules (class and safety rules) and procedures

    4. The teacher dismisses the class not the bell

    5. Be to class on time

    6. Be honest


    Classroom Rules

    1. Listen to instructions the first time they are given

    2. Pick up after yourself

    3. Raise your hand to talk

    4. Be respectful


    Shop Rules

    1. Follow ALL safety rules and procedures for working in the shop and each machine

    2. Use common sense when working in the shop

    3. Be respectful to other students, their projects, the teacher, and the facility

    4. No horseplay

    5. Be responsible


    Units Covered:

    In this class students will learn about the following areas:

    ·          Careers: Positions, Salary, and Career Advancements

    ·          Safety: Eye, Hand, and General Rules to Follow

    ·          Materials: Growth, Milling, Types, Species, and Characteristics

    ·          Measuring: Tape Measure, Fractions, and Board Feet

    ·          Making a Cabinet: We will construct a Johnny Cabinet together as a class

    ·          Hand Tools: Identify, Proper/Correct Use, and Applications

    ·          Power Tools: Identify, Proper/Correct Use, and Applications

    ·          Stationary Machines: Identify, Proper/Correct Use, and Applications

    ·          Design: Draw Plans, Read Plans, Estimate Cost, and Create Cut List

    ·          Lab: Student will make cabinets for school use.

    ·          Wood Joints: Styles and Techniques





    % Scale:                  Aspect:                                   % of Grade


    100-90 = A             Tests                                                                       20%

      89-80 = B              Following Safety Rules                           15%

      79-70 = C              Main Project                                                             20%

      69-60 = D              Participation                                                             15%

        59-0 = F              Assignments                                           15%

    Cleaning                                                  15%


    Tests: We will be taking many tests throughout the semester. The students must pass the safety test with 100% before they are allowed to work on the machines. If you miss a test or quiz, it is your responsibility to make arrangements to make up the test outside of the regular class time.


    Following Safety Rules: The students will be given 5 points a week for following safety rules. If the student is caught not following safety rules or safety procedures while working in the shop, they will lose one point per day they do not follow rules. If the point for that day is taken away and the student still is not following safety rules and is showing no effort to follow rules then other disciplinary steps will be taken. To make up points, the student needs to come

    after school and work on their project. The student must be productive during this time to receive make-up points. If a student does not know how to use a machine properly and safely, they should not use the machine until they receive instruction from the instructor. The owner’s manuals for all of the power tools and machines in the shop are on my website.


    Participation: The student is expected to come to class every day ready and prepared to work. The student should have their safety glasses, tape measure, copy of plans and pencil every day when they come to class (these items should be kept in a locker in the shop). The student is expected to participate in class discussions and demonstrations. When working on projects or other assignments, students need to stay on task and work on project/assignments

    and not visit with friends. There will be 5 points a week (about 1 point a day) for staying on task. If the teacher catches the student not on task, being disruptive, or not participating, they will not receive their point for that day. To make up points the student needs to come before or after school and work on their project. The student must be productive during this time to receive make up points.


    Cleaning: Each student is expected to clean up after themselves. There will be a clean up period at the end of each period in which the students will all be assigned specific tasks. The students will need to clean for the whole clean up time until the bell rings to receive their cleaning points. The students should NOT use this time to clean themselves off until the shop has been completely cleaned. Daily cleaning is worth 5 points a week.


    Main Project: Each student is required to make a main project during this class. A portion of the main project will be paid for by the school. The student will need to purchase their own hardware such as drawer slides, hinges, knobs, handles, etc. If the main project is finished early and all other requirements are met then the student may be permitted by the teacher to make a smaller project at the expense of the student. The Main Project will include, but is not limited to the following:


    A Box (2 side, top, bottom, & back)

    A Door (raised panel)

    A Adjustable shelf

    A Face Frame


    Apply Finish to Project


    The grade for the main project will be graded on several aspects of the project. Included in the main project grade will be a complete set of plans, accuracy of the final project compared to the final draft plans, craftsmanship of project, and finishing of project.


    Second Project: Each Student will assist in the construction of cabinetry to be used within the school district.



    Assignments: There will be a variety of assignments throughout the semester: reading, writing, and oral assignments. These assignments are expected to be completed on time. If an assignment is not completed on time, it will get 25% take off. It does not matter if it is 1 day late or the last day of the quarter. All assignments must be turned in before the end of the quarter that it was due. One major assignment will be to research and present on machine safety. You will create a 5-minute PowerPoint presentation on a tool or machine in the wood

    shop. Topics must be approved by the instructor.



    Attendance Policy: The students are expected to be to class on time. The High School’s Attendance Policy will be strictly enforced. I hope this class will help prepare the student for work in industry or woodworking industry. As in the industry, you are expected to be on time for work; this is the reason for the strict policy.


    Computer Use: If the computers are on in the class at any time the student must follow the school policy. If a student fails to comply with this rule, the student will serve detention time.


    Detention: All detention except block detention will be served with me in the shop. Detention time will be immediately after school at 2:45 pm and last as long as necessary.


    Food & Drinks: There will be no food or drink allowed in the shop/classroom. The only exceptions to this rule is water and if the teacher allows it on special occasions. If food or drink is out at anytime in my room it will be taken and the student will not get it back.


    Hall Passes: There is not a set number of hall passes, but if students are leaving on a regular basis other arrangements will have to be made.


    Recording Devices: Recording of any kind audio or video is prohibited in the woodshop. There is no exception to this rule unless expressed written permission is given from Mr. Widmar.


    Media Devices: The use of Cell Phones, I-Pods, PDA’s or any other audio/video devices (computer is the only exception) are not allowed at any time. The use of ear phones or speakers of any kind is not allowed due to safety reasons. These items will be taken and returned to the student at a later time.


    Eye Protection: Students are required at all times when in the shop environment to wear Approved Eye Protection. The students are allowed to use any form glasses or goggles as long as they are APPROVED (industrial-quality) safety eye protection. Regular prescription glasses or sunglasses alone are not approved eye protection. The lenses on your safety glasses must be clear. You will not be allowed to participate in class if you have color tinting in the glasses.




    Missouri Revised Statutes

    Chapter 170 
    Instruction--Materials and Subjects 
    Section 170.005 
    Eye protection required, when.

    170.005. Every student, teacher and visitor is required to wear an industrial quality eye protective device when participating in or observing any of the following courses in schools, colleges, universities or other educational institutions:

    (1) Vocational, technical, industrial arts, chemical, or chemical-physical shops or laboratories involving exposure to the following: Hot molten metals, or other molten materials; milling, sawing, turning, shaping, cutting, grinding or stamping of any solid materials; heat treatment, tempering, or kiln firing of any metal or other materials; gas or electric arc welding, or other forms of welding processes; repair or servicing of any vehicle; caustic or explosive materials;

    (2) Chemical, physical, or combined chemical-physical laboratories involving caustic or explosive materials, hot liquids or solids, injurious radiations or other hazards not enumerated.


    Lockers: Each student will be assigned a locker. At the end

    of this semester each of the student’s lockers must be completely cleaned out or they will lose cleaning points.


    Clothing: The students need to wear appropriate clothing when in the shop. All clothing must follow the Ozark High School dress codes. In addition to the dress code, students who wear open toed shoes or slipper-type footwear will not be allowed to work in the shop. The best option for footwear would be steel-toe shoes. Clothing that is distracting which may include: chains, neck ties, baggy or loose cloths, or shirts with inappropriate material on them will not be allowed in the shop due to safety issues.

    This syllabus is just a guide and the teacher reserves the right to change any part of this syllabus at anytime.