Wood Technology 9

Wood Technology 9 is a course that is going to incorporate a traditional woodwork program with new technology (Laser cutter and CNC Router).  The first part of the course will focus on traditional woodwork and learning machines by completing a laminated project.  During this time students will be introduced to how to draw in 2D using Adobe Illustrator, 3D using Autodesk Inventor and in Vcarve. The use of these programs will allow students to output to a laser engraver or CNC router to enhance their projects appearance!

The second part of the course will see students continue to learn to draw in 3D by designing a project that they will then build (Table, stool, chair).   

Wood Technology 9 Course Outline

Machine Safety Unit

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 

Laminated Project

 This project is used as an introduction to using woodworking machinery (Jointer, Planer, Tablesaw, Mitre saw and Router).  Students may even use a Laser Cutter to engrave and a CNC Router to make a more complicated shape.

Laminated Project Procedure 2017

Video Tutorials for Drawing the Laminated project
Inventor – Drawing your laminated project
Inventor – Assembling a shape
Inventor – Modifying an Assembly for shape
Inventor – Creating a Working Drawing

Inventor to Vcarve for CNC Routing
Inventor to Vcarve Pro 9.0
Vcarve Pro – Editing a drawing and tool paths


Additional Project Procedures
Checker Board Procedure
Checker Board – Inventor Part 1
Checker Board – Inventor Part 2
Checker Board – Inventor Part 3
Checker Board – Inventor Part 4
Checker Board – Inventor Part 5 (Drawing)

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

Adobe Illustrator 2D Tutorials

The following tutorials are to help you get started using Adobe Illustrator and then outputting the file to the Laser Engraver.  You are to create a small sign/name tag that will be 4″ long by 2″.  You can Laser it onto either plastic or wood. 

Opening the Laser Engraver Template
Making A Basic Sign
Tracing an Image
Transforming Objects (Move, Scale, etc)
Material cut settings
Focusing and Cutting