Wood Technology 9

*** Under Construction for Semester 2 ***

Wood Technology 9 is a course that is going to incorporate a traditional woodwork program with new technology (Laser cutter and 3D printer).  The first part of the course will focus on traditional woodwork and learning machines by completing a laminated project.  During this time students will learn how to draw in 2D using Adobe Illustrator and then output it to a laser engraver to enhance their projects appearance.

The second part of the course will see students learning to draw in 3D and then taught how to output a design from Autodesk Inventor to a 3D printer and Laser engraver.  Using this knowledge, they will design and then build an end table.  

Course Outline


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 
Scroll Saw 
Band Saw 
Drill Press
Mitre Saw
Thickness Planer 
Table Saw 
Wood Lathe 


The following tutorials are to help you get started using Adobe Illustrator and then outputting the file to the Laser Engraver.  

Illustrator Basics – Part 1
Material cut settings – Part 2
Focusing and Cutting – Part 3

Laminated Project

Students will learn the basics of machining using the Jointer, Planer, Mitre Saw, Table Saw, Band Saw and Router through this project.  It will be required that ALL students incorporate the Laser Engraver into the project as well.


Students will design a table in 3D using Autodesk Inventor.  The table will be 3D printed and then a set of plans will be derived from the model.  Students will then build the table according to their plans they produced.  It will be encouraged that the students use the laser engraver to enhance their project.

Wood Theory

A small amount of 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