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. Access the Penn Foster Community and use it to find answers. 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