• I have been teaching woodworking at Wasatch High School since 2000. It has been a great place to teach and learn as the cabinetmaking and millworking industry has seen many changes in the those years.

     We continue to work on making the shop environment safe and an efficient place to learn and work.

     Examples of this include:

     SawStop Tables Saws: They work like regular table saws with one added feature. If the operator of the saw is to put their hand into the blade, the blade stops and drops under the table to prevent more injury. 

     Panel Saw: Allows operator to safely cross cut and rip large pieces of material.

     Up Cut Saw: This allows operator to cross cut material without the blade coming toward them. Replaces the Radial Arm Saw.

     Knuckle Saw: Allows operator to safety cross cut bigger pieces of material than a standard Power Miter Saw, but still allows for precision miter and cross cuts.

     CNC Routers: Allows operator to cut precision parts safely and repetitively.

     Kerg Jigs: Allows students to pocket screw boards together in a safe and efficient manner.

     We also introduce students to several tried and true methods of doing woodworking. That includes using hand tools, Lathes, Mortise and tenon, and Dove Tale joints.

    In short, we try to give students a good introduction to the woodworking industry. Our program is closely aligned with Utah Valley University, and students have opportunities to earn UVU Credit in the Cabinetry and Millworking Program.

     I can be reached at rob.fredericks@wasatch.edu or at (435) 657-3100 ext. 3744.

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