• Bellefonte Area High School

    Wood Technology I

    2023 / 2024 Syllabus

    Instructor:  Mr. Vaughn W. Donmoyer

    Classroom:   Room 168

    Woodworking 1

                  This course is designed as a general woodworking course that investigates the art of woodworking and related safety strategies.  This course will thoroughly cover both hand and machine woodworking tools to develop basic skills and techniques for use in the wood shop setting.

    Course Outcomes

    Students will: 

    1.     Understand project planning and design

    2.      Abide by and use all safety strategies and rules

    3.      Use basic hand and machine processes and techniques as applied to woodworking.

    4.      Measure with Accuracy to 1/16 of an inch

    5.      Classify wood into hardwoods and softwoods

    6.      Identify wood species that are used in the lab including, Pine, Poplar, Maple, Red Oak, White Oak, Cherry, Walnut and Mahogany.

    7.      Use various hand tools to complete a project.

    8.      Use all power tools in the shop safely to complete projects

    9.      Use self-made or bought plans to successfully complete a project.

    10.   Use personal protective equipment (PPE) to abide with state and OSHA safety guidelines.

    11.   Use proper sanding techniques to attain a proper surface suitable for finish application.

    12.   Properly apply finish to projects (including: wax, stain, polyurethane and oil finish).

    Course Questions

    1.      Why is an orderly plan of procedure necessary to develop a woodworking project?

    2.      Why is an understanding of safety rules necessary to protect you and the people around you?

    3.      What experience from woodworking will help with career decisions?

    4.      How do I classify wood by species?

    5.      How do I identify wood by looking at a board?

    6.      When do I need to use Personal Protective Equipment (PPE) and why is it necessary in the wood lab?

    7.      How do I prepare a project for finish application?

    8.      How do I properly stain a project?

    9.      What finish can I use to protect/seal my project from outside elements?

    10.  What will I learn that I can take with me that will help in cost savings in the future?


                Evaluation will be in accordance with the Bellefonte Area High School grading policy as stated in the handbook.  In accordance with individual potential, a student is expected to master the level of achievement for his/her level.  The student’s efforts to reach the outcome will be measured by the teacher during classroom observations of the student and his/her work.  Final grades will be determined by averaging the actual grade from each quarter according to the following scale: 

                                                                                       A: 100-90%

                                                                                        B:  89-80%

                                                                                        C:  79-70%

                                                                                        D:  69-60%

                                                                                        F:   59-0%

    Classroom grade will be evaluated by the following:

                1.  Quizzes and Tests                                      25%

                2.  Class Participation (time card)                50%

                3.  Projects                                                       25%

    Grading Policy:

                Students are expected to work at a pace that is safe for them and at a pace that matches their skill and comfort level.  Students will all be graded equally by the grading criteria stated above.  Student projects will be graded with previous experience and effort put forth into a project taken into consideration.  Students will not fail if 100% effort is given in a project, no matter what the outcome of the project may be.

                This year, in order to make the wood lab run as safely and effectively as possible, students will need to complete both a daily work schedule and also a project timeline.  These schedules both work in unison to make students have a short-term goal to meet (time line) and also show what work they have completed on a daily basis.  These two forms will help assure that students get the grades they deserve through the effort they put into the course. 


    Daily Work Reports will be submitted on Friday at the end of class.  If they are not submitted by the end of the school day, on that Friday, full credit for the assignment will not be given.  Each day late will result in one Letter Grade lower until the highest grade obtained can be 60%.   


    Standards Addressed:

    PA Department of Education

    3.6.10c, 3.7.10a, 3.7.10b, 3.7.12a

    PA Common Core

    Technology - 3.4.10. A2, 3.4.10.C1, 3.4.10.C2, 3.4.10. D1, 3.4.12. E6, 3.4.12. D2       

    Math - 2.2.11.C, 2.3.11.C, 2.3.11.E, 2.5.11.A


    NOTE: Students must pay for all materials used in the lab for construction of projects either required or personal.