Going to Woodworking School

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Blog series by John Fleming updated 11-06-2009 11:31 PM 7 parts 23705 reads 17 comments total

Part 1: The First Day of School

10-30-2009 08:27 PM by John Fleming | 3 comments »

Thursday, August 27, 2009 The First Day of School I don’t think I slept the night before the first day of Woodworking School. I had been waiting five years to do this, now it was actually going to happen. Maybe I was worried about going to school again after all these years, or I might just have been excited about the next phase of life. How many of us dream about the day we can do the things we want? My day to do that very thing has finally happened. To go back a few years five t...

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Part 2: Woodworking a Bright Future: Here's Why

10-30-2009 08:40 PM by John Fleming | 2 comments »

Palomar College Cabinetmaking and Furniture Technology Program, San Marcos, CA. CFT 100 Fundamentals of WoodworkingSix Classes offered in the fall semester 25 students per class 30 max Day classes: 8 Am to 4:30 PM MondayTuesdayWednesdayThursday Night Classes: 5 PM to 9 PM Monday and WednesdayTuesday 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 ...

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Part 3: Safety and more Safety

10-30-2009 10:49 PM by John Fleming | 3 comments »

Our first day of class was reviewing the safety rules and procedures for the entire school curriculum. As you can imagine with over 180 new students using power and hand tools safety has to be an important part of the training we will receive. Each student must complete the safety test. This test is 200 questions covering all safety issues. Since it is an open book test the 50 page companion Safety manual will guide us through each power tool. It is a lot common sense tied to specific rule...

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Part 4: Wood Technology: Day Two part one

10-30-2009 11:59 PM by John Fleming | 3 comments »

WEDNESDAY, SEPTEMBER 2, 2009Topics covered in this section listed below: Terminology Wood scienceHardwoods and SoftwoodsSeasoning and DryingWarps and DefectsBoard FootageGradingUrban Lumber Parts of a tree: Sapwood is the new wood as newer rings of sapwood are laid down its inner Cell lose their vitality and turn to heartwood. Heartwood is the essential supporting pillar of the tree. Although dead it will not decay or lose strength while the outer layers are intact. The Outer bark...

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Part 5: Day Two Con't

11-04-2009 02:12 AM by John Fleming | 2 comments »

TUESDAY, SEPTEMBER 8, 2009 How Dry is Dry Water occurs in wood in two places, First, there‚Äôs the free water that fills the inside of the wood cells. That’s like water in a bucket. Second, water also infiltrates the cell walls. That’s called bound water. Imagine squeezing a piece of cotton Cheeses cloth until all the free water is drained away. The cloth though, remains damp because the material continues to contain moisture-the bound water. When wood contains bound water it ...

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Part 6: Day 2 Con't

11-06-2009 12:24 AM by John Fleming | 1 comment »

Thursday, October 1, 2009Day 2 Continued Hardwood Comes from deciduous trees that drop their leaves every year.broad Leaves, enclosed nuts, higher density, Mostly deciduousCost: ExpensiveExamples of Trees: Aspen, Poplar, Birch, Elm, Maple.Applications: used for furniture but less frequently than softwoodDensity: Higher density, which means the wood is harderFound Where: Hardwood is found all around the world in the north and the Tropics Softwood Comes from Trees that are conifer and hav...

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Part 7: A little Diversion: Going to Carving School

11-06-2009 11:31 PM by John Fleming | 3 comments »

Carving 187, Begining Carving I am also taking the begining carving class a Palomar College. This short video shows the begining of carving our final project for the first semester. It is a Newport Shell Modified. It does not have as many rays as the traditional Newport Shell and has some other small improvements so we can learn other carving techniques. Newport Shell (modified)

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