Wood Technology 1 and 2 - CTE Online Model

by CTE Online Admin

The general goal of this course is to allow students to acquire the basic knowledge and skills used in furniture construction, cabinetmaking, and the construction process. Students will learn to safely use woodworking tools and machines to produce a quality furniture project. Students will also be introduced to carpentry through model design and construction. Safety is stressed throughout the program.

From CALPADS: Introduction to Cabinetry, Millwork, and Woodworking

This course introduces students to career opportunities within the sector and provides an overview of the planning, design, layout, and technical drawing interpretation for practical use in woodworking, cabinetmaking, and millworking. It may also cover different cabinet and furniture styles used, various wood products and materials, and proper tool selection. Students will be introduced to the different construction processes in the cabinetmaking, furniture making, and millworking industries.

Program Information
CTE Certification Elements
California's 2013 CTE Standards (7)
California's 2008 CTE Standards (57)
California Academic Content Standards (22)
Competencies / Outcomes
  • Identify and describe measuring and layout tools
  • Demonstrate safe and proper operation of measuring and layout tools
  • Identify and describe woodworking hand tools
  • Practice safe and proper operation of woodworking hand tools
  • Identify and describe woodworking machine tools
  • Demonstrate safe and proper operation of woodworking machine tools
  • Identify and describe the proper maintenance of woodworking tools and equipment
  • Student or team identifies and designs a project
  • Do an accurate estimate drawing
  • Do an accurate working drawing
  • Create a practical project cost estimate that includes materials, labor and timelines,overhead, profit and add-ons
  • Create an appropriate layout for the project
  • Create the cut list
  • Manufacture, assemble and apply appropriate finish to the project
  • Determine the actual costs and compare it with the estimated costs.
  • Peer review of the project to assess customer satisfaction
  • Identify and describe types of finish preparation
  • Communicate how to remove excess adhesive from a project
  • Identify and describe a variety of finishes anddemonstrate proper application techniques for various finishes
  • Compare and contrast oil base and water base finishes and describe their application procedure
  • Discuss career paths and goal setting
  • Complete a data sheet and career-interest testing
  • Complete a job application
  • Create an error-free résumé
  • Create a portfolio
  • Complete a mock interview

Careers in Woodworking

Students will understand the commercial importance of the woodworking industry. This unit describes several woodworking careers from Craftspeople to Technicians and Professionals. Students will be given an overview of the different fields of employment available in the wood products, furniture making, cabinetmaking, and construction areas.

3 Hours

Employment Portfolio for SkillsUSA

Jobs,work habits and ethics. Communication skills and employee responsibilities

10 Hours

Machine Safety and Operation in the Wood, Cabinetmaking, and Construction Lab

This unit will consist of safety lessons created by experienced teachers in the field. Each lesson will explain the safe and proper use of the machine or tool.

20 Hours


This unit will address how measurement is used in the lab. How to measure and the units of measurement.

2 Hours

Layout methods

Using a detailed set of plans, students will interpret plans and use appropriate tools to measure, layout and scribe for joints and cutting of their projects. Rules, dividers, squares, calipers, marking gages and compasses will be used.

Instructional Hours
3 Hours


Students will learn the different solid stock used in our program. They will understand the differences between the softwood and hardwood families. Various types of sheet materials will be introduced, including: plywood, fiberboard, oriented strand board, MDF, and particle board. Grading and lumber dimensioning will also be covered.

3 Hours

Wood joints

Students will learn the different types of joints used to connect pieces of wood together. Common wood joints learned will be: butt, dado, rabbet, miter, and various dove-tails.

Gluing and clamping

Students will be introduced to the various types of adhesives available in the woodworking field. Several types of clamps and their uses will be demonstrated. Emphasis of this unit will be on the correct way to laminate pieces of wood together edge to edge. Face grain direction, end grain direction, and face grain color matching should be considered for the desired result.


Students will be introduced to the different fasteners available. Various screws, nail types, and other connectors will be demonstrated.

Instructional Hours
10 Hours


Students will learn about the common abrasives used in the woodworking field. The construction of abrasive paper, different types of backing, and adhesives will be discussed. What the grit numbers mean will be stressed.

2 Hours
Lesson Plans


Students will be taught that the same amount of effort they put into constructing a project is the same amount that should be put into the finishing process of the project. Getting the surface of the wood ready, different methods of coloring the wood, and the different ways of sealing the wood will be discussed. Penetrating and non-penetrating finshes, stains and waxing the project are all discussed.

Instructional hours
3 Hours

Designing and Building Projects

This unit is about design, planning and estimating costs. Students will learn what make up good design. They will create a bill of materials and understand the value and need of a detailed set of plans including a list of procedures to make a project.

Instructional Hours
5 Hours

Beginning and Advanced Projects

This unit offers a wide variety of projects for beginning and advanced students. 

From simple lamination projects to more complex joinery required in making a well built end table. Instructors should be able to find just the right project for the level of skill they are looking for.

The focus of this Unit is to introduce basic skills to the student to build competency with the tools and methods needed to complete the project. ??Students will learn to follow procedures and read detailed plans to produce the project.

These project-specific lessons build on the basic skills needed for your students to be successful in woodworking before they move on to the next levels. The focus here is on the basics in joinery, safe tool use, best use of materials, the planning and procedures and more. All these projects improve a students skills and help them build wonderful projects of art and utility.

Instructional Hours
45 Hours

Specialty Lessons

These lessons are a unique assortment of activities for teachers to use for substitutes, tests and reviews.

Instructional Hours
2 Hours

Boat Construction - Basics

The Science of Boat Construction & The Solar Cup Program

Solar Cup is a seven-month program that begins in the fall, in which high school teams totaling about 800 students build and race solar-powered boats at Lake Skinner, in Temecula Valley, learning about conservation of natural resources, electrical and mechanical engineering, problem solving and much more.

This unit can be incorporated in any wood course and adapted for your geographical area.

In this Unit's 3 Lesson plans ( Each a complete lesson in itself) are combined into 1 overall unit about boat construction, science of water displacement and the science of design and how it applies to hydrodynamics.

Boat Building
3 - 4 weeks