Going to Woodworking School #2: Woodworking a Bright Future: Here's Why

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Blog entry by John Fleming posted 10-30-2009 08:40 PM 1378 reads 0 times favorited 2 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Palomar College Cabinetmaking and Furniture Technology Program, San Marcos, CA.

CFT 100 Fundamentals of Woodworking
Six Classes offered in the fall semester 25 students per class 30 max

Day classes: 8 Am to 4:30 PM


Night Classes: 5 PM to 9 PM

Monday and Wednesday
Tuesday and Thursday

What this means is that about 180 students are taking the CFT 100 class 140 hours of instruction and countless hours outside the classroom and lab In the Spring the classes change to the CFT 105 Fundamentals of Woodworking II. Once students completes the 100, 105 classes they can take any other class offered in the Program.

Is Woodworking coming back with skilled workers and hobbyist?
Woodworking is the fastest growing Division of the College.
The College is expanding with a six million dollar improvement bond.
This is good news for woodworking and for anyone interested learning woodworking.

Palomar offers 55 courses during the calendar year and has over 650 students participating in a least one course or more during the calendar year. When all is said and done it makes me appreciate how lucky I am to live so close to a school offering such a great program.

Here is the Course Outline
I will expand each section as it is covered.
1. Introduction
2. Wood Technology
3. Hand Tools
4. Sharpening
5. Wood Joinery
6. Machine Safety and Demonstrations
7. Squaring Wood
8. Routers
9. Abrasives and Sanding Techniques
10. Assembly Techniques
11. Hardware
12. Finishing

Course Requirements:
1. Attendance
2. Assignments and Exams
3. Project
4. Notebook and Final exam

-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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#1 posted 10-30-2009 08:47 PM

Looks like a good course it looks like a good school for woodworking programs

-- wood crafting & woodworking classes

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#2 posted 10-30-2009 10:24 PM


I selected Palomar because it is so close to home. I know of two other schools but they are in Orange County. Both are good Ceritos and Fullerton. The class make up is about 50% older people like me and many younger students also. Some are taking the courses to develop skills to work and others as a start for a different Career say in instrument making. Most graduates, although many take courses and don’t actually graduate from the program are interested in developing safe and correct woodworking skills. We also have about 15 to 20 percent who are female and want to do creative things in woodworking. I am very fortunate to live so close to the school that has a good and complete course offering.

I can see why you visited they have an urban forestry program with a protable saw mill.

Thanks for your encouragement


-- Woodworker in Progress, Oceanside CA

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