Woodworking Techniques
(formerly Cabinetmaking Techniques)

College-Approved Certificate (6 courses) Part-time On Campus
Program Code: 6200X02PWO Academic Year: 2016/2017


This program is listed under the following fields of study:

Our Program

Learn the craftsmanship to construct cabinets and furniture using standard woodworking machinery and hand tools. This College Certificate program includes foundational courses, as well as a choice of project-based elective courses that offer demonstrations and practical application of techniques and methods. Shop safety is emphasized throughout the program to build lifelong skills, knowledge and practices in fine woodworking.

To qualify for this certificate, you must complete the program within three years.

Fees & Expenses

Fees for part-time programs are charged on a course-by-course basis and are published on each individual course page. For questions related to fees, please call the Registrar's Office at 613-727-0002.

Graduation Fee

Once you have completed all the courses in the program, it is the responsibility of the student to contact the Registrar's Office to obtain a certificate/diploma application. A graduation fee of $40 will be charged when the application is submitted. When your certificate/diploma application has been approved, you will be invited to Spring or Fall Convocation.

Admission Requirements

College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).
College Eligibility
  • Ontario Secondary School Diploma (OSSD) or equivalent, OR
  • Mature Student status (19 years of age or older and without an OSSD).

Notes

  • To help schedule your studies, please check our proposed plan for the upcoming year.
  • All courses within this program require students to bring steel-toe footwear and protective eyewear.
  • To pursue additional career training opportunities in this field, you may want to consider the Full-time Cabinetmaking and Furniture Technician Ontario College Diploma program.
CCOL Academic Planner

The Academic Planner provides registered part-time students in the Centre for Continuing and Online Learning (CCOL) the ability to declare into a program of study. The Academic Planner outlines successfully completed courses to date, as well as courses that need to be completed in order to meet graduation requirements. It is therefore, essential that all part-time students in CCOL declare to their program of study, allowing administrators to plan course offerings. The tool is available on ACSIS, located under 'Continuing Education' on the left-hand toolbar.

Additional Information

For more information on the part-time and full-time program offerings, please contact Mike McKinlay-Key, Program Coordinator, at 613-727-4723 ext. 6773 or mckinlm@algonquincollege.com.

Courses

On campus: On Campus
Course
Number
HoursCourse NameSummer
WOO550236.0Woodworking IOn Campus
WOO550342.0Woodworking IIOn Campus
WOO550436.0Cabinetmaking

WOO5504 Cabinetmaking

Through two group projects the student becomes familiar with layout and design, detailed cutting lists, jig and template construction and traditional methods of furniture construction. Students are involved in the production of an oak double pedestal roll-top desk and a cherry or walnut hall table with curved sides, a drawer and incised tapered legs. The theoretical portion of the class covers terminology, creating a detailed cutting list and practical construction methods. Veneered composition panels are used, as well as solid lumber. Projects are raffled at the end of the course and winners pay material costs.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502 and WOO5503

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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WOO557348.0Furniture Finishes and RepairOn Campus
Elective: choose 2
WOO552236.0Furniture CarvingOn Campus
WOO556942.0Oriental Footstool

WOO5569 Oriental Footstool

Build on the experience gained in Woodworking I and construct your own unique Sapele Mahogany Footstool with drawer. Joinery includes multiple lapped and through dovetails, mortise and tenon joints, miters and an introduction to the biscuit joiner.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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WOO557142.0A Mahogany Campaign Chest on Stand

WOO5571 A Mahogany Campaign Chest on Stand

Students build on their woodworking skills and practise advanced machining and joinery. Working in teams, students build a solid mahogany chest (measuring 36' long X 12 1/2' wide and 7' high) which consists of two detachable units for ease of transportation. Both power and hand tools are used to complete this classic furniture project and students get practice in installing hardware, such as hinges and locks. All material costs are included in the course fee.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502 and WOO5503

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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WOO557236.0Woven Danish Cord Seat Bench

WOO5572 Woven Danish Cord Seat Bench

Learn how to build a hardwood two-seat low bench with box stretcher and mortise and tenon construction. The seat is hand woven of Danish Cord for a rustic but comfortable and durable sitting surface. Through theory, demonstration and hands-on learning, students acquire the skill sets to complete a woven Danish cord seat bench.

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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WOO557436.0Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets and CountersOn Campus
WOO557542.0Canadiana Blanket Box

WOO5575 Canadiana Blanket Box

Develop your furniture-building skills with this early Canadiana blanket box project. Using select grade Eastern white pine and predominantly hand tools, students practise construction techniques, such as hand-cut dovetailed corners, mitered and chamfered plinth, tongue and grooved bottom hinged lid. Each student completes one chest, in 1830 style (38' long x 18' wide x 16' high), which is perfect for linen storage. All material costs are included in the course fee.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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WOO557645.0Comb-Back Windsor Armchair

WOO5576 Comb-Back Windsor Armchair

Develop your funiture-building skills with a classic chair project, using a New England design that dates back to 1770. Students select and work with different woods and perform bending and laminating, carving, drilling, dowel gluing and wedging procedures, using hand tools. The spindles, arms and crest rail are ash while the seat is clear Eastern white pine and the legs and stretcher rails are maple. All materials are provided including spindles that are locally made, straight-grain selected, sawn (not riven), kiln-dried and pre-turned.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502 or WOO5503

There are no classes currently scheduled for this course.

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COURSE DESCRIPTIONS

WOO5502 Woodworking I

Students construct a project requiring hand-made woodwork joints. Each step in the layout and cutting procedure is demonstrated and students are provided with individual supervision as they practise. A theory lesson precedes the practical component for students to develop a solid foundation in wood technology, hand tools and maintenance, joinery, glues, adhesives and clamping procedures. Each student completes an individual project.

WOO5503 Woodworking II

Students acquire theoretical and practical training in machine joinery and assembly procedures used to construct furniture pieces with doors, drawers, carcase framing and plinths. Hand-tool techniques used in the fitting and installation of components are demonstrated and practised. A theory lesson precedes the practical component. Students complete an individual project using solid and veneered surfaced materials.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502

WOO5504 Cabinetmaking

Through two group projects the student becomes familiar with layout and design, detailed cutting lists, jig and template construction and traditional methods of furniture construction. Students are involved in the production of an oak double pedestal roll-top desk and a cherry or walnut hall table with curved sides, a drawer and incised tapered legs. The theoretical portion of the class covers terminology, creating a detailed cutting list and practical construction methods. Veneered composition panels are used, as well as solid lumber. Projects are raffled at the end of the course and winners pay material costs.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502 and WOO5503

WOO5573 Furniture Finishes and Repair

Finishing and restoration of furniture are essential aspects in the creation of beautiful and long-lasting pieces. Students learn proper methodologies using course-provided panels to prepare surfaces to accept colour and finishes, such as stain, fillers, varnishes, oils and glazes. Shading and toning techniques are also demonstrated. Touch-up and repair methodologies are covered in order to identify damage and apply appropriate skills and techniques to restore the structural integrity and finish of the original furniture piece. Students use the panels to practise and apply hands-on touch-up techniques for scratches, dents and colour matching. Students also learn methodologies on how to repair broken components, cracks and shrinkage splits. All material costs are included in the course fee.

WOO5522 Furniture Carving

Students learn the art of making a Queen Anne cabriole leg, complete with acanthus leaf knee carvings and ball and claw foot. Traditional chair arms, crest rails and shell motifs are also covered.

WOO5569 Oriental Footstool

Build on the experience gained in Woodworking I and construct your own unique Sapele Mahogany Footstool with drawer. Joinery includes multiple lapped and through dovetails, mortise and tenon joints, miters and an introduction to the biscuit joiner.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502

WOO5571 A Mahogany Campaign Chest on Stand

Students build on their woodworking skills and practise advanced machining and joinery. Working in teams, students build a solid mahogany chest (measuring 36" long X 12 1/2" wide and 7" high) which consists of two detachable units for ease of transportation. Both power and hand tools are used to complete this classic furniture project and students get practice in installing hardware, such as hinges and locks. All material costs are included in the course fee.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502 and WOO5503

WOO5572 Woven Danish Cord Seat Bench

Learn how to build a hardwood two-seat low bench with box stretcher and mortise and tenon construction. The seat is hand woven of Danish Cord for a rustic but comfortable and durable sitting surface. Through theory, demonstration and hands-on learning, students acquire the skill sets to complete a woven Danish cord seat bench.

WOO5574 Kitchen and Bathroom Cabinets and Counters

Students are provided theoretical and practical instruction in the manufacture of European cabinetry using melamine-coated particleboard. Students choose to work independently or in groups to complete a unit. Topics covered include countertops, cabinet construction, materials and installation procedures.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502 or WOO5503

WOO5575 Canadiana Blanket Box

Develop your furniture-building skills with this early Canadiana blanket box project. Using select grade Eastern white pine and predominantly hand tools, students practise construction techniques, such as hand-cut dovetailed corners, mitered and chamfered plinth, tongue and grooved bottom hinged lid. Each student completes one chest, in 1830 style (38" long x 18" wide x 16" high), which is perfect for linen storage. All material costs are included in the course fee.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502

WOO5576 Comb-Back Windsor Armchair

Develop your funiture-building skills with a classic chair project, using a New England design that dates back to 1770. Students select and work with different woods and perform bending and laminating, carving, drilling, dowel gluing and wedging procedures, using hand tools. The spindles, arms and crest rail are ash while the seat is clear Eastern white pine and the legs and stretcher rails are maple. All materials are provided including spindles that are locally made, straight-grain selected, sawn (not riven), kiln-dried and pre-turned.

Pre-requisites: WOO5502 or WOO5503