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Program Description:

Woodworking is a supported program where students will learn about tool safety, tools, joinery, turning, fasteners, abrasives, finishes, and computerized CNC routing. Students make individual, group, and class projects from a variety of woods.  All students will be exposed to community service, artistic techniques, manufacturing, and custom craftsmanship through field trips and shop projects. Students can move onto one, two, or four-year post-secondary opportunities along with many career options.


Measurement, Project Preparation, Intro to Hand Tools, HT Safety,  Intro to Power Tools, Safety Table Saw, Jigsaw, Sanders, Spindle, Disc Sander, Belt Sander, Drill Press, 5 Board Bench, Safety Planer, Safety Router, Safety Mortising Machine, Slated Shelf, Safety Slide Miter, Jig Making, Furniture Design, Turning, Lathe Safety, CNC Router


Closed Toe Shoes and Long Pants

Shop Safety Rules & Guidelines

Safety is our #1 Priority! Everyone is responsible for not only their safety, but also the safety of others. Follow all safety rules and safety guidelines at all times!


  • Do not perform any task if you feel unsafe at anytime…talk to your teacher immediately before proceeding.
  • Report any close calls or near misses immediately to the teacher.
  • No one is allowed to work in the shop if unattended.
  • Immediately report any accidents or incidents to the teacher, no matter how minor they may appear.
  • Never use drugs, alcohol, or medication that would impair vision or judgment in a shop environment.
  • Horseplay of any kind will not be tolerated at any time!

Personal Protective Clothing (PPE):

  • Safety glasses must be worn at all times…no exceptions!
  • Any additional PPE must be worn based upon the task being performed. (e.g. face shield when operating the lathe)


  • No loose or baggy clothing
  • Long hair is to be tied back and/or tucked inside clothing
  • All jewelry is to be removed.
  • Closed toe shoes must be worn at all times (i.e. no sandals)
  • Hats are permitted, but must be worn so that the visor is backwards so vision is not impaired.

Work Area:

  • Students are responsible for immediately cleaning up their work area and when done prior to be being used by another person. This includes:
  • Returning all tools to their designated location
  • Returning all equipment to their normal operation (removing any special blades, drill bits, fences, jigs, etc…)
  • Finishing materials (paints, solvents and stains) should only be used according to instructions in the proper locations.  Brushes, rags and waste must be promptly taken care of in the correct manner.
  • Keep the working area and floor clean and free of wood scraps, clutter, oil spills, etc. Always use a brush to clean off sawdust or wood scraps from the machine or work area being used.
  • All scrap food is to be placed in the designated area.


  • Do not use any tool or machinery you have not received specific training on from the teacher!
  • Make sure power is disconnected on any tool before making any adjustments.
  • Always use the correct tools and equipment for the job. Never use a tool or attachment on a machine for which it was not designed.
  • Always inspect the equipment before using. Make sure all levers and locks, and blades are secured.
  • If you find any tool in need of repair, turn it off immediately and tell the teacher. Under no circumstances make repairs to the equipment yourself.
  • Make sure the immediate work area is clean and free of debris. Make sure you have a secure footing before starting (i.e. not slippery… sawdust, wet, etc.…)
  • If possible, do not stand directly behind any stock being cut, planed, or jointed. In the event of a kickback, serious injury could result.
  • Never reach over or across a moving blade…wait until the blade comes to complete stop before removing stock.
  • Always use a push stick to push the stock into the cutting area whenever possible.
  • Use safety guards when ever possible.
  • Do not become distracted when operating any piece of equipment and avoid distracting others.


  • Only use the lumber that has been provided…no outside wood, unless approved by the teacher!
  • Always check stock for nails, screws, staples, loose knots or other defects before using.

Woodworking News

February News
February News
Posted on 02/07/2017
New sweatshirts/student of the Quarter/Valentine's Day Sale 
December Update
Posted on 12/30/2016
Craft Fair
Posted on 12/08/2016
The woodworking class at PATHS will be participating in the CBHS/PATHS Craft Fair  READ MORE...
Rockler Calendar
Posted on 09/21/2016
Field Trip
Posted on 09/21/2016
Every year in Maine, thousands of construction jobs go unfilled because of a lack of available skilled workers. To meet the challenges of an aging workforce, we must encourage our young people to consider a career in construction.  READ MORE...
Fund Raiser Painting for a Purpose 2016
Posted on 09/21/2016
Maine Carousel
Posted on 09/08/2016
The woodworking class and the 4th grade art students at Lyseth Elementary School are collaborating to create a 36" carousel containing all Maine animals.   READ MORE...
Spring Conferences 2017
Fall Parent/Teacher Conferences 2016
PATHS Quarterly Newsletter
We have great students here at PATHS, students that have made the decision to step outside of their comfort zones and attend a second high school.   READ MORE...
Painting for a Purpose Grant
PATHS Woodworking students receive a grant to buy a lathe  READ MORE...