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/.