Learn Woodworking: Snow College


SeaChest 3

A Traditional Building Skills student (top) shows off the cherry stool he built in a furniture class led by Chris Gochnour. In another class, students built their own versions of Gochnour’s sea chest, which was featured in Fine Woodworking magazine.

Administrators at Snow College probably don’t mean to brag on their wood shop when they tout the school as “The Best Two-Year College in America.”

But brag they could. The college – about two hours south of Salt Lake City – has a remarkably well equipped woodworking facility. The school offers for-credit courses in cabinet-making and furniture construction, as well as a series of short furniture-making workshops with open enrollment.

The courses take place in a shop that includes four SawStop cabinet saws, a pair of big jointers (the 8-inch is the baby), multiple bandsaws, a 37-inch wide belt sander and an industrial grade shaper. For hand-tool work there are a dozen workbenches and a full array of handplanes, chisels, saws and other tools.

The for-credit cabinet and furniture classes are part of the school’s associate’s degree program in construction management.  The workshops are taught by accomplished local furniture makers, including Chris Gochnour, a longtime regular contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine.

There are still openings for the furniture making workshop that begins next month. To sign up, visit the school’s website at http://www.snow.edu/tbsi/.


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