Lecture Notes

Day 1

  • Operations: Measurement, cross cutting (using the miter saw)
  • Milling pipeline
  • Cuts of wood
  • Operations: Measuring, cutting
  • Tools: t square, pencil, Miter saw
  • Power tool: Miter Saw (MS), aka Sliding Compound Miter Saw (SCMS)
  • Marking wood
  • Design workflow. Learn from mistakes.
  • Plywood
  • Design tools. Paper, sketch, CAD / modeling. Other: clay, cardboard, foam core.
  • Safety: No loose hair / clothing / jewelry. Pay attention. Don't work alone. Review the safety videos.
  • Personal Protection. Eye, ear, lungs. Woodworking masks vs. infections disease masks; grit size and masks.

Day 2

  • Design and layout
  • Tools: band saw (BS), drill press (DP), random orbital sander (ROS), oscillating spindle sander (OSS), disc sand and belt sander.
  • Safety: Binding. Where does the machine want to throw the wood? Where will your hands go if the wood disappears?
  • Sandpaper, grit progression, sanding machines. Clean old grain before progression to new.
  • From tree to board
  • Milling multiple pieces
  • Wood grain. Hand versus power tools. Sandpaper doesn't care about the grain.
  • Tools: band saw, drill press, sanding machines
  • Sawdust in the woodshop. Safety, slippery, and registration.

Day 3

  • Tool ontology. See
  • Wood grain
  • Jigs
  • Screws versus glue. Screws as clamps. Glue cure time.
  • Router. See safety instructions and “wood is on the left” in Week 2 of
    Project 1 – Food Tray
  • Hand tools care about the grain
  • Tools: table saw (TS), router.
  • Finishes, food safe, surface appearance
  • Mask tip: valved masks to prevent fogging

Day 4 – CNC

Day 6



Slip Matching



Router Plane

Live Edge tables


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