Technology Custom Woodworking

Guelph Collegiate Vocational Institute
Upper Grand District School Board
Course Outline
Department: Technology
Course Title: Custom Woodworking
Course Type: Workplace Preparation
Grade: 11
Course Code: TWJ3E, TWJ3E1-3E2
Credit Value: 1- 3 credits
Department Head: W.V. Harcourt
Teachers: D. Sernasie
Teacher email: (not mandatory)
Date of Development: 2015
Curriculum Document: (copy subject-specific
document from secondary curriculum
Course Prerequisites/Corequisites:
None but TCJ2O highly recommended
Course Description:
This course enables students to develop knowledge and skills related to cabinet making and furniture making.
Students will gain practical experience using a variety of the materials, tools, equipment, and joinery techniques
associated with custom woodworking.
Students will learn to create and interpret technical drawings and will plan, design, and fabricate projects. They will
also develop an awareness of environmental and societal
issues related to the woodworking industry, and will explore apprenticeships, postsecondary
training, and career opportunities in the field that may be pursued directly after graduation.
The two semester Gr.11 course is intended to allow additional time for students to learn particular aspects of the
course in more depth and to afford students the time to refine their skills. Two credits will be earned upon successful
completion. One credit per semester. If a student is not successful in the first semester, their eligibility to attend the
second semester will be in jeopardy and subject to the discretion of the teacher. The student may be required to
retake the first semester course the following year before being allowed to continue to the second semester course.
Term Work (70% of the final mark)
Unit Title
Stationary & Portable Power Tools: Safety and Applications
Wood Joints
Big Ideas
Unit Culminating Tasks
Machines can make specific jobs more accurate, faster and much easier to accompli
Demonstration of safe and appropriate use throughout the course
Properly designed and built wood joints can mean the difference between building an heirloom
of firewood.
jointsorbya pile
and incorporated
in a project will be evaluated.
Blueprints and Working Drawings
Every well built project begins with putting pencil to paper (or cursor to screen).
All project built will have appropriate drawings created as necessary before construction begins.
Fabrication and Assembly
Course designed and student designed projects will be constructed in the course.
Proper steps in furniture construction using accepted tools, equipment, quality control measures, fasteners and adhesives, wood jo
If you gloss over the details of a good finish you may fall flat on the matte.
Students will prepare surfaces correctly for finishing. They will select and apply appropriate finishes and surface materials accordin
Culminating Tasks/Exams (30% or the final mark)
Course Culminating Task/Exams
Proper steps in furniture construction using accepted tools, equipment, quality control measures, fasteners and adhesives, wood joints
will be
on all projects built
the students. to
A written final exam
commonly practiced Cabinetmaking techniques
A written reflection of several aspects of the course
Based on the range of students’ learning needs, a selection from the strategies listed below may be
utilized. Refer to list of teaching and assessment strategies.
Teaching Strategies:
Selections from the following may be considered for use.
• cooperative learning • field trips
• lectures • guest speakers
• simulations • experiments
• media presentations • case studies
• surveys • seminars
• home assignments • independent research assignments
• demonstrations • debates
• interviews • mind mapping
• journal writing • problem solving
• learning centres
Assessment and evaluation strategies:
Selections from the following list may be considered for use
• tests • quizzes
• demonstrations • technical reports
• presentations • group work
• oral reports • research
• rubrics • data searches
• chart completion • self assessment
• portfolios • peer assessment
• report summations • mind maps
• media review • creation of products (poster, pamphlet,...)
• response journals • conferencing
• equipment performance • summative work
• safety performance
Textbooks/Learning Resource Materials (align with Policy 603)
The URLs for the websites were verified by the writers prior to publication.
Given the frequency with which these designations change, the teacher will always verify the websites prior to assigning them for student use.
General Resources:
How Things Work –
Intel’s “The Journey Inside” –
An online training and education system whereby you can create an online virtual classroom with your students to learn about computers
Marshall Brain’s How Stuff Works –
IT Careers –
Microsoft Educational Resources –
Operation of Computer and Components –
Fees for Learning Materials/Activities
Learning Materials/Activities
Extra activities or expanded assignments at the students request
As per materials needed
Please refer to the GCVI Student Handbook for our school policies on:
● academic integrity
● late and missed assignments