Process Engineering III

 Process Engineering III is designed as a capstone course for students who have successfully completed two levels of the Process Engineering courses. Students will design, mock-up, model, draft, and create a cut list and plan of procedure for a jewelry box that incorporates at least two types of advanced woodworking techniques such as carving, bent lamination, veneering, inlay, or marquetry prior to fabrication. Next, students will engage in a brief Limited Production Run (LPR) project as a group before engaging in an individual, in-depth study of a specific area of woodworking and/or cabinetmaking designed to fit within the parameters of a given design problem statement. Students will be required to develop and maintain a process portfolio of the design, construction, methods, and techniques involved in the completion of the project that demonstrates their mastery in the field of woodworking. The project must be defined and display the characteristics of a specific furniture style and conform to given design parameters.

"Each plank...can have only one ideal use. The woodworker must find this ideal use and create an object of utility to man, and if nature smiles, an object of lasting beauty." - George Nakashima (1905-1990) woodworker, author of "The Soul of a Tree"


Objectives and activities to be covered the week of 4/13/15 include the following:

Project #3: Sitting Bench

  • Students will collaborate with Mr. Wertz’s 3rd period Foundations of Art class to design a sitting bench for the Art Commons Area using the 20th Century Cubist Movement as a unifying theme
  • Student groups will brainstorm and develop thumbnail sketches of their design
  • Students will develop full-size working drawings from their group’s sketch
  • Students will develop a cutlist from their working drawing
  • Students will decide on the types of joinery to be employed in the fabrication of their group’s bench
  • Students will fabricate parts and complete sub-assemblies of their bench
  • Students will assemble benches and troubleshoot problems during the assembly process


  • Be attentive and respectful during demonstrations, adhere to the shop safety rules, and conduct oneself in a manner that is conducive to a team-oriented woodworking manufacturing environment
  • Complete and submit all in-class worksheets and assignments
  • Complete on a daily basis the summative weekly journal
  • Jewelry Box Project and Project #2 (Saw Horses, Foot Stool, or Shaker Stool) due for grading on Friday 5/2.