VAFW140 Cabinetmaking

Department of The Arts: Woodworking

I. Course Number and Title
VAFW140 Cabinetmaking
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
VAFW100 or
V. Other Pertinent Information
Safe shop practices are emphasized. In addition to class studio time, students work five (5) hours outside of class each week in the woodshop area under the supervision of a lab assistant or at home.
VI. Catalog Course Description
This studio course focuses on the design, construction, and joinery requirements necessary in cabinet construction when using sheet goods for both free-standing and built-in applications. Students work with a variety of materials, including plywood and composite boards.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. design, draw, and construct cabinets using the appropriate materials, including plywood and composite boards;
    2. demonstrate the proper maintenance and safe use of selected hand and power tools;
    3. demonstrate an understanding of the types of joinery used to build cabinets;
    4. design both free-standing and built-in cabinets; and
    5. analyze projects through critiques, oral presentations, and discussions.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    1. study cabinet construction and materials
    2. design and draw cabinets using appropriate joinery
    3. select the appropriate materials for the designed cabinet construction
    4. lay out panel construction
    5. build cabinet using selected hand and power equipment, while demonstrating safe shop practices
    6. study and apply door and hinging methods
    7. make and apply moldings to cabinet
    8. study finishes and apply to cabinet
    9. apply appropriate vocabulary for self-evaluation and self-criticism
    10. demonstrate safe shop practices
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    1. Course learning goals are assessed with group critiques of all projects, based on successful design, execution, and completion of assigned woodworking projects.
    2. At least two individual critiques with instructor are held to assess projects using the above criteria and to review students' overall progress.
    3. Instructor evaluation of tool and shop safety practices through observation and quizzes.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    See course syllabus. Slides, video, and/or digital technology are incorporated.

Review/Approval Date - 6/09; Revised 4/2012; New Core 8/2015