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L’apprenti.e 1 EN • Woodworking initiation

Introduction to machine tools

This class introduces you to the main machine tools used for woodworking. You will learn how to properly adjust and operate the machines with some tips & tricks and essential safety notions.

In order to put these notions to use, each participant will be using these machines to make their own red maple wine case or tool box.

Practical course

  • Presentations and demonstrations by the teacher
  • Technical exercises and making of an object/piece of furniture by the participants


Prerequisites for the course

Beginner course – No prerequisites

Number of sessions

2 sessions

Training duration

12 hours


290 $ + txs

Group 1

Saturday October 28th and Sunday October 29th 2023, 9 AM To 4 PM

Group 2

Saturday March 23th and April 6th 2024, 9 AM To 4 PM

Course plan

Equipment used
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Band saw
  • Drill press
  • Hand drills
  • Sanding machines
  • Palm sander (random orbit)
Techniques taught
  • Woodworking fundamentals
  • Working with tools and safety
  • Planning a woodworking project
  • Working with rough lumber
  • Milling rabbet joints on the table saw
  • Cutting curved edges
  • Machine and hand sanding
  • Gluing
  • Pilot holes, couter sink and chambered holes for hardware (nails and screws)
  • Finish sanding
Materials and equipment provided
  • Materials and tools needed to carry out exercises and/or projects
  • Course notebook
  • If necessary, loan of hearing protectors and safety glasses
Equipment to bring

If you have one, you can bring:

  • a dust mask
  • hearing protectors
  • safety glasses
  • safety shoes

Schedule for the Woodworking initiation course

Day 1
  • Presentations, course objectives and project
  • Woodworking fundamentals & workshop safety
  • Presentation, demonstration & practice using radial arm saw, jointer, planer, table saw and miter saw
  • First steps making the project
Day 2
  • Refresher on workshop safety
  • Demonstration and practice milling rabbet joints and the table saw
  • Presentation, demonstration & practice using drill press, band saw and sanding machines (disc sander, edge sander and oscillating sander)
  • Assembly (glue up and nailing) & finishing

Woodworking training programs

This course is part of a program bringing together a series of courses that allow progressive and in-depth learning of cabinetmaking techniques.


Unless otherwise specified, ÉÉAM general public courses are only open to people 18 years of age and older.

As openness and inclusion are essential values for the ÉÉAM, the school strives to accommodate everyone who is interested in cabinetmaking. If you live with a functional limitation and have questions regarding your ability to attend training, please contact us to discuss.