Skills Exploration 11 (Carpentry 11/12)

Carpentry 11/12 (Skills Exploration) will cover a variety of different areas (Electrical, carpentry/woodwork, plumbing & drafting) throughout this semester long course.  Students will start in Term 1 with an Electrical unit that will teach the basics wiring receptacles, switches and lights in the home.  From there, they will complete a plumbing unit with PEX pipe and copper, followed by a carpentry unit to understand the basics of framing (walls/floors).  For term 2, they will learning a bit of drafting & design and complete a woodwork/carpentry project as an individual or in a group.

Course Outline

Follow this link to begin your first ‘remote learning assignment’

Shop Class via ‘Remote Learning’

Technical Drawing Unit – Autodesk Fusion 360

We’re going to get started by learning how to model objects in a 3D computer environment, ‘3D modelling’.  You’re going to start by following 4 tutorials.  These will take you through the basics of using Fusion 360.  You will be making a complete modeled object, an electrical junction box.  And from this model you will created a 2D drawing, the type you would be given if you were assigned the job of making it.

Setting Up an Account and Obtaining An Education License

You will need to setup an Autodesk account and apply for a Fusion 360 free education license

Tutorial Series

Keep in mind the useful features built in to YouTube when working through tutorials (something you will be doing often).

— Pause, rewind, slow down & speed up


ELECTRICAL LAB HANDOUTS – Collection of Labs #1-8
Extension Cord Lab – Replace the end on an extension cord
Wall/Breaker panel install – Run 2 circuits from a breaker panel.

Powerpoint Lessons
Getting Power From The Powerplant To The Outlet –  Lab #1
Wiring Receptacles – Labs #2 and #3
Wiring Switches – Labs # 4 – #7
Watt’s Law and Electricity –  Basic Theory
Watts Law Assignment


The following machines will be covered in a tradition demo/safety test manor to ensure the safe and proper use of the machine.  Students will not be able to use a machine until the safety test/demo is complete. 

General Safety 
Disc/Belt/Spindle Sander 
Band Saw 
Drill Press
Mitre Saw
Thickness Planer 
Table Saw 
Wood Lathe 

Wood Theory

Theory will be given in the course that revolves around costing material and taking wood from a rough state to finished dimensions.

Dressing A Piece of Wood Procedure
Dressing a Piece of Wood
Calculating Materials

Plumbing Labs

Working with PEX 

  1. Watch/Review – plumbing 101
  2. Make a reasonably sized square utilizing three 90 degree PEX elbows and one tee.  Attatch a sutable Pex fitting to the third leg of the tee fitting that will allow it to be hooked to the hydrostatic tester.  Test your work to 90 PSI and show (while still holding pressure) your successful product.

For Reference:

PEX Installation Guide

Rigid 1450 Pressure Test User Manual

Carpentry Labs

Skill Saw Training

  • Make a sawhorse  (build skills: portable circular saw, measure & cut accurately, nailing, nail removal)

General Knowledge / Reference


Term 2 Individual/Group Project

THis project can be individual or as a group.  Depending on the students interest and skill level the scope of this project will vary significantly.  A student may chose to make a piece of fine woodworking furniture (chair, table, clock, storage case, etc) or delve into the world of laser engraving and cnc routing.  Others may decide to work with outside groups in the school to construct a variety of items.

The teacher and students will discuss project options throughout the course.

Project Ideas
Shop Notes