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cabinetmaking and wood technology (CABM)
CABM 106 (4 credits)
Hand Tools and Portable Power Tools

CABM 161 (1 credit)
Finishing II

CABM 111 (4 credits)
Furniture Construction I

CABM 166 (1 credit)
Job Management

CABM 116 (1 credit)
Finishing I

CABM 171 (2 credits)
Related Drawing II

Students study the wide variety of hand tools, building a
thorough foundation in hand tool usage, maintenance, and
sharpening. They will learn the basics of hand joinery and
develop an understanding for the capabilities and proper
usage of portable power tools. This knowledge will be
applied to various projects.

This course provides a foundation for the construction
of various types of cabinetry and furniture. The course
includes an overview of wood characteristics and joinery
methods, assembly, abrasives, adhesives, and veneering
basics. Machinery maintenance, safety, and usage is
stressed as well. Construction projects will aid in developing
an understanding of the subject matter.

This class focuses on surface preparation and the proper
use of finish materials. Various methods of application,
including wiping, brushing, and spraying, is addressed. During
this introductory course, students apply a wax, shellac, and
lacquer finish on the projects completed in class.

CABM 121 (2 credits)
Related Drawing I

An introduction to basic blueprint reading and drafting
techniques applicable to the cabinetmaking profession.

CABM 151 (3 credits)
Advanced Machinery

This course teaches the proper set-up and use of the hollowchisel and slot mortiser, shaper, single-end tenoner, widebelt sander, and panel saw. The course also provides an indepth look at the various types of cutters and cutter-heads
available for the shaper. Additional machines are added to fit
project requirements and available time.
Prerequisite: CABM 106

CABM 156 (4 credits)
Furniture Construction II

Students take a more in-depth look at wood properties,
joinery, and construction methods. An emphasis is placed
on precision machining techniques and strategies for
producing molding and other furniture and case components.
Other topics include door and drawer construction and
styles, hardware and its applications, and an introduction
to furniture styles and types. The construction of various
furniture projects help solidify the subject matter.
Prerequisite: CABM 111

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The finishing course involves the final preparation of wood
surfaces and the selection and application of appropriate
finishing materials. Topics include dyes and pigmented
stains, a variety of sealers and top-coating materials, as well
as spray finishing techniques.
Prerequisite: CABM 116

This course provides an overview of estimating, cost
analysis, and methods of job documentation. Students
maintain daily time cards as well as job folders for their
various furniture projects. Job folders contain drawings;
route and cut sheets; time and cost analysis sheets; bill of
materials; materials invoice; and a finishing schedule.
Prerequisite: CABM 111

A further study into basic blueprint reading and drafting
techniques applicable to the cabinetmaking profession as
introduced in CABM 121.
Prerequisite: CABM 121

CABM 206 (6 credits)
Advanced Wood Project

From an existing plan of their choice, students construct and
finish advanced pieces of furniture. This course emphasizes
individual planning and problem solving.
Students construct their own jigs and fixtures as well as
machine set-ups. All projects require an existing set of plans
and the approval of the instructor before starting. Students
are responsible for supplying the necessary materials,
hardware, and finishing supplies required for the project.
Prerequisites: CABM 111, CABM 151, CABM 156, & CABM 161

CABM 211 (1 credit)
Machine Maintenance

To develop the skills necessary to grind jointer and planer
knives, sharpen shaper cutters, and clean and lubricate a
variety of common woodworking machines.
Prerequisite: CABM 151



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