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Location: North Alabama
Website: FCCTC Cabinetmaking Class on Facebook

My name is Todd Johnson and I am the Cabinetmaking Instructor for a county Career Technical Center. I am a continuing product of high school Career Technical education. I started taking a Building Construction class my 10th grade year and took it 3 periods per day until I graduated in 2005. Under my instructor/mentor’s guidance I pursued higher education and graduated from the Department of Forest Products at Mississippi State University in 2009, and continued to earn a Masters of Science from MSU in Wood Science and Technology in 2012. During that time I did a short stent venture business in Pest Control. I never lost interest in woodworking but it took a backseat to my education and employment goals. A few months prior to my thesis defense I received a call from my Building instructor informing me of his plans of retirement and gauging my interest in fulfilling his duties as a technical education teacher. Long story short, with no teaching degree I was hired into the education system for the Fall semester after my May graduation. I was hired three days before the first day of school, handed the keys to two shops and wished good luck. I have just started my 7th year teaching 10-12th grade students from 5 high schools in my home county. Like my predecessor I teach at two locations daily, a K12 school in the morning and at the County Career Tech Center in the afternoon where all schools are bussed in for classes. A second mentor, known in this forum as Wuddoc, assisted me throughout high school and remains a solid support for advice.

Our equipment: Through grants, state allocations and funding, donations and annual fees, I strive to keep state of the art equipment in both shops for students to use. Just an up front, the focus of my program is not “fine” woodworking through use of hand tools, detailed carvings, etc. I respect those craftsmen greatly and wish to one day gain knowledge of those techniques myself. That said, as a state funded program our direction of instruction must be justified in our local demographic as a tangible skill for our students to gain employment in. My focus is mostly casegoods with processing being done by equipment. We do mostly framed cabinets (as this is my background of training) though we have line boring and edge banding capabilities. Both shops are equipped with 52” rip SawStop table saws, a second 52” rip table saw set for dados (Powermatic one location,Delta at the other), 2 14” Rikon Band saws, 3 12” dewalt Miter Saws, 1 12” Hitachi Sliding Miter Saw, Grizzly 8” Joiner with spiral cutter head, 15” Grizzly Planer with spiral cutter head, Grizzly 15” open end wide belt sander, Grizzly 10” sliding table saw, Grizzly Oscillating Spindle Sander, Grizzly Edge Sander, Delta Line Boeing Machine, Wood Tech edge bander, Kreg and Porter Cable production pocket cutters, and ShopBot 4’x8’ CNC routers. Our newest addition to one location is a Grizzly 1-1/4” bore 3 head shaper for panel doors.

Why I’m here: I would like to use this site to showcase our students work.

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#1 posted 10-10-2018 01:51 PM

first thing is a Welcome 2 LJ’s
second I do like your balance board …. but not for my guns LOL
this is one great site full of wealthy knowledge you will enjoy it here Todd :<))

-- Tony---- Reinholds,Pa.------ REMEMBER TO ALWAYS HAVE FUN :<))

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#2 posted 10-13-2018 12:02 AM

Welcome Todd and your students.
I expect that you and your students will collectively find a wonderful range of stimulating ideas to widen your woodworking horizons.

-- John, British Columbia, Canada

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