• Woodworking II

    Course Syllabus

    St. Helens High School


    Course:                                   Woodworking II 17049

    Prerequisites:                         Woodworking 17006

    Articulated PCC course:      BCT 103 Residential Materials/Methods – 3 Credits

    BCT 106 Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety – 3 Credits

    Course Period:                      3th and 4th

    Course / office location:        Building D Room 64

    Course Duration:                  Full year  – (175 days X 50 min)

    Instructor:                              Joe Mauck                            

    Office hours:                          8:00am to 3:30pm

    Office phone:                         (503) 366-7416

    E-Mail:                                   joem@sthelens.k12.or.us

    Lab Fee:                                 $25


    SHHS Course Description

    This course is an introduction to the basic building materials, components, methods, and sequences in residential construction.  It is designed to give students basic, entry level skills in construction and related trades along with an overview of career opportunities available.  Emphasis is placed on safety and the proper use of both hand and power tools.  This course provides students the experience of participating in the building of a house along with various woodworking skill building projects.

    PCC BCT 103 Residential Materials/Methods – 3 Credit Hours

    Introduces function and performance characteristics of basic building materials, components, methods, and sequences in the construction process. Emphasizes residential construction.

    PCC BCT 106 Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety – 3 Credit Hours

    Develops understanding of the hand tools and power tools used in the construction trades. Identifies commonly used hand/power tools, select the correct tool to complete assigned projects and work in a safe and competent manner. Emphasizes safety and care of tools.


    Required Equipment and Supplies

    1.      Pencil (every day)

    2.      Proper work clothing (no high heels, sandals, etc)



    At the end of the quarter I will assign students a letter grade based on the following criteria:

                            A =  90% to 100%

                            B =  80% to 89%

                            C =  70% to 79%

                            D =  60% to 69%

                            F =    0% to 59%


    It is the student’s responsibility to account for material covered on days absent. I will calculate your grade by expressing your total accumulated points at the end of the term as a percentage of the possible points. It will be a letter grade based on the following:


    1. Participation by way of Projects—85% of your grade
    2. Written work—15% of your grade


    In addition to the grading criteria you must meet the minimum requirements to pass:

    1.      Pass ALL safety tests

    2.      Complete all machine reports and check-outs in the first nine weeks

    3.      Must complete your portfolio


    PCC Grading guidelines:

    Letter Grades (A-F) or Pass/No Pass (P/NP)

    For specific information related to PCC grading guidelines, please refer to the PCC Dual Credit Student Handbook accessible through your high school instructor and located at: http://www.pcc.edu/prepare/head-start/dual-credit/documents/student-handbook.pdf.


    Attendance and Make-up Policy:

    Attendance is mandatory and missed work must be made up on the students own time during instructor office hours.


    Student Conduct Guidelines:


    PCC: www.pcc.edu/about/policy/student-rights/student-rights.pdf#code-of-student-conduct


    Flexibility Statement: The instructor reserves the right to modify course content and/or substitute assignments and learning activities in response to institutional, weather or class situations.


    Academic Integrity Statement: Dishonest activities such as cheating on exams and submitting or copying work done by others will result in disciplinary actions including but not limited to receiving a failing grade.


    PCC website: www.pcc.edu    PCC Dual Credit website: www.pcc.edu/dualcredit


    (All assignments will be completed simultaneously with the house)
    (House building will take priority over individual assignments)

    All projects should be sanded to a smooth finish with no burn marks, scratches, glue marks, or odd contours


    Assignment 1— Push stick

                This project is a “warm-up” project for students to re-acquaint themselves with the most common of shop machines. It involves cutting out a push stick for the table saw or jointer using the chop saw, planer, band saw, drill press, sanders, jigsaw, and the router. 

    Assignment 2—Bread board

                This project provides students experience using the table saw.  This project also requires use of the jointer, planer, router, band saw (potentially) and various hand sanders.

    Assignment 3—Step Stool or End Table

                The step stool project requires accurate construction math to be used in calculating the stools dimensions.  Students will use various equipment and tools such as the plunge router, layout jigs, jig saw, drills, and pneumatic guns.

                The end table requires much accuracy and detail work.  This project demonstrates to students the beginning of cabinetry skills and how to pick various finishes.

    Assignment 4—Picture Frame

                This project requires precise cuts using the table saw.  Safety and accuracy are of utmost concern as students will be cutting using angles and dado sets.

    Assignment 6—Personal Project

                The personal project lets students proceed along their own interests.  Students are required to choose a project / projects that will be completed within the time parameters given at the beginning of the project.  A plan sheet and cost sheet is required.


    Monthly Class Lectures and Assignments

    The dates below are tentative, and may be adjusted as we make our way through the year


    Month   Date                                      Class Topic/Task                                                         Notes  

    1          September                               Introductions/Syllabus
                                                                Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety

                                                                Machine Reports

                                                                Warm-up (Push stick)



    2          October                                   Bread Board

                                                                Residential Print Reading

                                                                Residential Materials/Methods (continued throughout)

                                                                Foundation Systems and Site Layout


    3          November                               Stepstool/End Table/Hallway Table

                                                                Wall and Roof Framing


    4          December                                Stepstool/End Table/Hallway Table


    5          January                                    Stepstool/End Table/Hallway Table



    6          February                                  Picture Frame

                                                                Electrical & Plumbing



                                                                Exterior and Interior Finishes

                                                                Windows and Doors

    7          March                                      Flooring


    8          April                                        Cabinets and Touch-ups


    9          May                                         Woodworking Personal Project

    10        June                                         Sustainable Building Practices



    Building Construction Unit Outcomes


    Hand Tool/Power Tool Use & Safety

    ·         Pass a written safety test with 90% or greater accuracy

    ·         Pass a hands-on safety test on all accessible stationary and portable power tools

    ·         Operate hand and power tools used by carpenters safely and effectively on the job site

    ·         Select the best suited tool for the task at hand

    ·         Recognize safe and unsafe construction work sites conditions

    ·         Maintain hand and power tools for effective use and longevity




    Residential Print Reading

    ·         Perform residential building tasks including:
                Project planning
                Materials identification
                Assembly by reading and interpreting architectural prints

    ·         Interpret and assess plans, and specifications for adequate and or accurate information

    ·         Communicate information found in residential plans

    Residential Materials/Methods

    ·         Have a working knowledge of materials and methods as they are used at the trade level

    ·         Use resources for identifying materials and methods appropriate for the construction project

    ·         Analyze to determine the materials function and utility for cost effective performance in construction projects

    ·         Organize building materials and components for sequencing construction activities to maximize cost effective performance

    Wall and Roof Framing

    ·         To be able to estimate materials, layout and construct various wall systems used in residential construction to industry standards.

    ·         To work collaboratively and communicate effectively with others.

    Woodworking Projects

    ·         To design or select a woodworking project, appropriate for their own ability

    ·         To practice safe shop and tool safety, while working collaboratively with other students

    ·         To efficiently machine, assemble and finish student designed projects

    Jobsite Safety

    ·         Students will demonstrate the ability to work in a crew to complete a task

    ·         Students will complete a written test with a 90% or greater accuracy

    Construction Math

    ·         Students will demonstrate math learned through various tests.  Test will consist of written, project based, and house oriented methods

    Foundation Systems, Exterior and Interior Finishes, Electrical & Plumbing Systems

    ·         Students will demonstrate knowledge through written and hands-on skills testing

    In alignment with State and National standards, this course provides representation and assessment in the following areas:

    Common Career Technical Core Standards (CCTC) Numbers: AC-CST (1 – 9)


    CCTC Curriculum Template:



    Oregon Skill Sets Carpentry Focus area: COZ01.01 – COZ10.02


    Oregon Skill Sets Carpentry Focus area: COPF10.01 - COPF10.18