Program Goal and Outcomes
Program Goal: The Furniture and Cabinet Maker program prepares students to work for a furniture or cabinet retail store, manufacturer, repair/refinishing shop, cabinet installer, or start a woodworking shop and specialize in custom furniture and cabinet making.
Upon completion of the program, students will be able to:
- Identify, select, and know how to safely use hand and power tools in an organized workplace
- Know how to measure accurately and how to use various layout tools, determine the appropriate dimensions and specifications from shop prints, and synthesize the tasks and skills required to create a wooden box
- Understand the basics of joinery in order to produce strong joints of simple and advanced design
- Know how to properly select and use fasteners for a project
- Select and apply stains, paints, varnishes, lacquers, and polyurethanes to produce a successful finishing operation
- Identify and appreciate the functionality, aesthetics, and planning needed in the design, construction, and installation of cabinets and countertops
- Understand the intricacies of a thorough design process
- Know how to properly glue panels
- Understand how to build a Shaker-style table and apply the Shaker approach to designing and building furniture
- Identify effective refacing techniques
- Know how to acquire, repair, and restore a variety of furniture
Instruction Set 1
Starting Your Program
Succeed by learning how to use your Penn Foster program. Understand how to use your Student Portal, including your My Homepage and My Courses pages; access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers; and connect with Penn Foster on various social media sites.
Safe use of hand and power tools used in the fine woodworking industry.
Instruction Set 2
Introduction to Fine Woodworking
How wood is processed; woodworking specialties, including cabinet and furniture making.
Your Workplace, Tools, and Materials
Setting up a workplace for the home worker; proper use and storage of tools and materials.
Instruction Set 3
Proper use of basic layout and marking tools; basic print reading skills.
Basic joinery identification and theory; step-by-step procedure for dovetailing, mortise and tenoning, and biscuiting.
Project 1: Layout of a Pattern
• Tape Measure
• Combination Square
Instruction Set 4
Identification and description of fasteners; selecting fasteners best suited for a given application.
Box Making Basics
Joinery techniques required in the construction of fine boxes; applying joinery techniques to practical projects.
Techniques such as hidden dovetailing and complex joinery; other advanced joints and their applications.
Project 2: Joinery Technique (Dovetail)
• Chisel Set
• Dovetail Saw
Instruction Set 5
Selecting and Preparing a Finish
Choosing a finish; brushable, wipe-on, and sprayable finishes; preparing the wood for application; degreasing and dewaxing; sanding; scraping vs. sanding.
Applying Finishes and Topcoats
Coloring wood; common types of stains; applying stains; applying brushable, wipe-on, and sprayable finishes.
Project 3: Finishing
Textbook: The Woodfinishing Book
Instruction Set 6
How cabinets are designed into a kitchen; designs based on materials and hardware; lamination.
Case and drawer construction; faces and pulls; finishing.
Countertops, backsplashes, and cabinet installation.
Textbook: Making Kitchen Cabinets
DVD: Making Kitchen Cabinets
Supplement: Suggested Activity Journal
Suggested Activity: Building a Shop Caddy (optional)
Instruction Set 7
How tables, chairs, and other functional furnishings are designed; do’s and don’ts of furniture design; styles of furniture.
Explanation and procedure for the proper manner of gluing panels for furniture.
Shaker Table Construction
The shaker style; step-by-step procedure for construction of a shaker table.
DVD: Build a Shaker Table
Suggested Activity: Building a Shaker Table (optional)
Instruction Set 8
Restoring and replacing finishes; repairing the finishes; stripping the finish; preparing the surface; French polish, wax polish, oil finishes; paint, varnish, and lacquer.
Measuring for doors and drawer fronts; ordering materials; preparing for refacing; veneering face frames; refacing with plastic laminate.
• Care and Repair of Furniture
• Refacing Cabinets
Suggested Activity: Refinishing Your Own Property (optional)
Supplement: Work Experience Option