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Chicone Cabinetmakers Woodworking/ Cabinetshop Immersion Program

Custom Kitchens, Furniture, and Architectural Millwork

302 W. South Street

Montour Falls, NY 14865

Phone: 607-535-6540

Fax: 607-535-8096

Immersion Program

An ideal alternative for students looking for something beyond the traditional classroom environment. Our four month semester long experiential education program centers around skills based training.

Hand carving a Windsor seat.

Introduction

Shopward bound.

Our immersion program is an ideal alternative for college-age students looking for something beyond the traditional classroom environment, or mid-career professionals looking for a change— all of those who want to learn by doing. The four month semester long experiential education program centers around skills based training.

A perfect opportunity for those who want to experience a field before they commit to a career. 

We offer continuous enrollment and three semesters of content. Everyone must complete semester 1 content before they can move onto the next level.

  • Term 1: July—October
  • Term 2: November—February
  • Term 3: March—June

PART TIME: $3000/ semester

  • 20 hours/ weeks 

FULL TIME: $6000/ semester

  • 40 hours/ week 

Semester 1:

Introduction to the following (schedule reflects learning goals for full semester participants):

SAFETY

  • Safety videos.
  • Monthly safety sheets.

TEAM BUILDING

  • Learning to work as a team for safety and productivity of projects.
  • Learning to work together in group activities.
  • Understanding and implementing directions correctly.

POWER EQUIPMENT

  • Safe set up and operation of:
    • Radial arm saw
    • Jointer
    • Planer
    • Sanders
    • Lathe
    • Drill press
    • Pocket screw machine
    • Cleaning and oiling power equipment.
    • Basic welding 

HAND TOOLS

  • Using hand tools such as planes, chisels, wood files, saw, and scrapers.

KNIVES

  • Grinding knives used on all hand tools.

FORKLIFT

  • Safety orientation.
  • Powered industrial trucks safety training and certification.

MAINTENANCE

  • Cleaning and maintaining shop space.
  • Waxing tools.
  • Run broom.
  • Air dusting.

MATERIALS

  • Learning the different kinds of grades of lumber. Learning properties and uses of plastic laminates.
  • Matching materials for color, grain, texture.
  • Handling materials safely.

LAYOUT

  • Minimizing waste. 

CNC

  • Helping with CNC processing.
  • Basic maintenance.
  • Basic understanding of operations.
  • Labeling of parts.
  • Reading and understanding assembly sheets.

PRE-ASSEMBLY/ASSEMBLY

  • Inspecting parts for splits or defects in wood.
  • Verifying that individual component parts conform to specifications, using tools such as template, ruler, caliper.
  • Trimming component parts of joints to ensure proper fit.
  • Boring holes, by hand or machine.
  • Determining order in which parts will be assembled.
  • Assembling and fitting door jambs and casings.
  • Assembling and fitting drawers.
  • Fitting and applying moldings.
  • Processing materials with oscillating and orbital sanders.
  • Reinforcing glued joints with nails or other fasteners.
  • Assembling wall panels and wainscot.
  • Assembly of face frames and cabinet doors.

GLUING

  • Selecting appropriate glue or adhesive.
  • Applying glue or adhesive.
  • Clamping parts together, using clamps or clamping machine.
  • Cleaning parts after glue dries.

FINISHING AND TRIMMING

  • Finish sanding.
  • Sealing.
  • Varnishing and lacquering.
  • Assembling and installing hardware.
  • Inspecting final product.
  • Final touch up and repair.

ARCHITECTURAL MILLWORK

  • Sizing of stock.
  • Processing stock into profiles.
  • Recording inventory to be sent to job sites.
  • Wrapping stock for delivery.

JOB SITE MEASURING

Semester 2:

Continuation of 1st semester learning (schedule reflects learning goals for full semester participants):

  • Working on perfecting techniques.

SAFETY

  • Monthly safety sheets.

TEAM BUILDING

  • Working as a team member on projects.

POWER EQUIPMENT (operates with supervision)

  • Operator Qualified Training:
    • Chop saws
    • Edge bander
    • Laminate trimmer/Router
    • Table saw
    • Band saw
    • Shaper
    • Orbital & Oscillating belt sanders
    • Blum press
    • Mortise machine
    • Operates with limited supervision:
      • Radial arm saw
      • Jointer
      • Planer
      • Sanders
      • Lathe
      • Drill press
      • Pocket screw machine
      • Service and maintain power equipment in woodworking shop.

MEASURING

  • Understanding and conversion of decimals, metric and fractions.

HAND TOOLS

  • Continuation of skills in using hand tools such as planes, chisels, wood files, saw, and scrapers. 

KNIVES

  • Grinding and honing chisels, lathe tools, hand planes and scrapers.

FORKLIFT

  • Implementing safe driving techniques when driving forklift.

CNC (continuation of skills from 1st semester)

  • Helping with CNC processing.
  • Basic maintenance.
  • Basic understanding of operations.
  • Labeling of parts.
  • Reading and understanding assembly sheets.

PRE-ASSEMBLY/ASSEMBLY (continuation of skills from 1st semester)

  • Assisting in the assembly of parts for cabinets – Euro and Face Frame.
  • Assisting in the assembly of exterior doors.

ADVANCED GLUING

  • Vacuum gluing.
  • Assisting in the assembly of flitches in the vacuum process of bending and gluing stock.
  • Using epoxy based glue.

SPRAY ROOM

  • Mixing of products for spraying.
  • Assisting in spraying of finish.
  • Spraying flat product independently.
  • Maintaining filters and safety equipment in spray booth.
  • Maintaining dust filters in shop.

MATERIALS

  • Wood identification.
  • Proper organization in storage.
  • Recording of finish usage 

MAINTENANCE

  • Cleaning and maintaining shop space.
  • Waxing tools.
  • Run broom.
  • Air dusting.
  • Recognizing jobs that need to be done in advance to facilitate daily flow.
  • Knowing proper storage location of hand tools.
  • Rotation of knives on planer and jointer.

LAMINATE WORK

  • Preparing the laminate.
  • Gluing.
  • Applying laminate onto substrate.
  • Filing and finishing.
  • Scraping and filing laminates and edge band.

JIGS

  • Recognizing when a jig is needed for safely accomplishing a task.
  • Making the jig template to speed up the production step.
  • Using the jig as a template tool.

MISC. PROJECTS

  • Turning bowls on lathe.
  • Vinyl lettering detailing on trucks.
  • Applying gold leaf.
  • Making a Windsor chair.

MISC. INTRODUCTIONS

  • Electrical work.
  • Setting up of tools:
    • Tiger Stop
    • Table saw
    • Planner
    • Sander
    • Jointer
    • Driving truck with work trailer. 

INSTALLATION PROJECTS ON THE JOB SITE

  • Assisting in the installation of exterior doors and cabinets. 

Semester 3:

Continuation of 2nd semester learning (schedule reflects learning goals for full semester participants):

  • Working on perfecting techniques.

SAFETY

  • Monthly safety sheets.

TEAM BUILDING

  • Working as a team member on projects. 

POWER EQUIPMENT (operates with supervision)

  • Operator Qualified Training:
    • Blum press
    • Mortise machine
    • Operates with limited supervision:
      • Radial arm saw
      • Jointer
      • Planer
      • Sanders
      • Lathe
      • Drill press
      • Pocket screw machine
      • Chop saws
      • Edge bander
      • Laminate trimmer/Router
      • Table saw
      • Band saw
      • Shaper
      • Orbital & Oscillating belt sanders
      • Service and maintain power equipment in woodworking shop.
      • Service and maintain hand equipment in woodworking shop.

MEASURING

  • Understanding and conversion of decimals, metric and fractions. 

HAND TOOLS

  • Continuation of skills in using hand tools such as planes, chisels, wood files, saw, and scrapers.

KNIVES

  • Grinding and honing chisels, lathe tools, hand planes and scrapers.

FORKLIFT

  • Implementing safe driving techniques when driving forklift.
  • Operates forklift solely (lift, maintaining, changing out of LP gas).

CNC (continuation of skills from 2nd semester)

  • Helping with CNC processing.
  • Basic maintenance.
  • Basic understanding of operations.
  • Labeling of parts.
  • Reading and understanding assembly sheets.

PRE-ASSEMBLY/ASSEMBLY (continuation of skills from 2nd semester)

  • Working cut list for door and face frame parts.
  • Layout and assembly of face frames.
  • Pocket hole layout.
  • Assisting in the gluing, assembly and processing of cabinet doors.
  • Assisting in the assembly of interior and exterior doors.
  • Assisting in the assembly of parts for cabinets – Euro and Face Frame.
  • Making drawer runner fillers:  
    • Sizing
    • Micrometer use
    • Attaching hardware to drawer and drawer faces to boxes
    • Attach glass bead for glass doored cabinets using a miter shear knife.

ADVANCED GLUING

  • Vacuum gluing.
  • Assisting in the assembly of flitches in the vacuum process of bending and gluing stock.
  • Using epoxy based glue.

SPRAY ROOM

  • Mixing of products for spraying.
  • Spraying of finish independently.
  • Spraying flat product independently.
  • Maintaining filters and safety equipment in spray booth.
  • Maintaining dust filters in shop.
  • Applying multi-complex finishes.

MATERIALS

  • Wood identification.
  • Proper organization in storage.
  • Recording of finish usage.

MAINTENANCE

  • Cleaning and maintaining shop space.
  • Waxing tools.
  • Run broom.
  • Air dusting.
  • Recognizing jobs that need to be done in advance to facilitate daily flow.
  • Knowing proper storage location of hand tools.
  • Rotation of knives on planer and jointer.

 LAMINATE WORK

  • Preparing the laminate.
  • Gluing.
  • Applying laminate onto substrate.
  • Filing and finishing.
  • Scraping and filing laminates and edge band.

JIGS

  • Recognizing when a jig is needed for safely accomplishing a task.
  • Making the jig template to speed up the production step.
  • Using the jig as a template tool.

WINDSOR CHAIRS

  • Making a Sack Back Windsor chair.
  • Making a Continuous Arm Windsor chair.
  • Shaping of spindles on lathe by hand.
  • Shaping of spindles by duplicator.
  • Shaping of seats.
  • Hands on use of (hand tools for Windsor chair):
    • Splitting maul and wedge
    • Draw knives (straight, concave and convex)
    • Spoke shave
    • Hand auger
    • Spoon bits
    • Travisher plane
    • Compass plane

MISC. PROJECTS

  • Turning bowls on lathe.
  • Vinyl lettering detailing on trucks.
  • Applying gold leaf.
  • Assisted in photo shoots.

MISC. INTRODUCTIONS

  • Electrical work.
  • Setting up of tools:
    • Tiger Stop
    • Table saw
    • Planner
    • Sander
    • Jointer
    • Driving truck with work trailer (drop offs and pickups at job sites).
    • Measuring of job sites.
    • Use and understanding of GPS devise.
    • Basic understanding of blue prints.

PROJECTS ON THE JOB SITE

  • Assisting in the installation of interior and exterior doors and cabinets.
  • Demolition of bathroom to stud walls (involving awareness of adjoining room wall finishes.
  • Rough wiring of circuitry and switches.
  • PVC pipe (cleaning, gluing, marking and aligning glue joint connections).
  • Basic training:
    • Stud layout – 16 OC
    • Duplicate cutting in field (not applicable to Tiger Stop)
    • Techniques and applications for refinishing of prefinished surfaces
    • Jacking and supporting porch roof while changing out supporting posts
    • Operating ditch witch, running conduit and pulling of cable
    • Operating jackhammer
    • Setting up mechanical scaffolding
    • Basic knowledge of house framing:
      • Nomenclature, application techniques and uses of a framing square
      • Basic angle work

Contact Us

Fill out the form below and we will get in touch with you. We are also happy to answer any questions you might have about our immersion program, call us at 607-535-6560, email sales@chicone.com, or use our contact form