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Woodwork is a course that has been traditionally taught in most middle and secondary schools across the province for decades by trained Technology Education teachers.  These shops are equipped with hand tools (hammers, chisels, squares, hand saws, etc), portable power tools (sanders, drills, biscuit joiners, etc)  and large machinery (jointers, planers, table saws, lathes, drill presses, mitre saw, sanders, scroll saws, etc) which allows students the ability to create all sorts of projects made from wood.  

This resource page gives an insight into what is needed to equip a shop, proper procedures for safety, and materials to help individuals get started or take over a woodworking program.

Safety to Cover

It is imperative that woodwork teachers cover safety in their shop.  The BCTEA recommends the use of safety sheet handouts to read over, a demonstration of how to use a tool or machine correctly, followed by a safety test administered to the students.  A safety demonstration could also include the use of technology (video camera and tv) to show close ups of certain procedures or parts of machines.  The use of a video on safety could also be incorporated.  It is also strongly recommended that any safety test administered have the students full name, date, signature on them and then be kept on file while the student attends the school.

Heads Up for Safety is a safety booklet specifically for shop teachers that has been created by the Ministry of Education and the Workers’ Compensation Board of BC (WCB). Currently, the Heads Up for Safety document is being revised and expanded to reflect changes in shop tools/machines.  The BCTEA endorses this document as a bare minimum standard of what to cover on a tool or machine.

Tool/Machine Safety Sheets and especially Safety Tests come in many formats (true/false, multiple choice, fill in the blank, electronic format, etc).  Heads Up for Safety provides only one format of these as a bare minimum.  Over years BCTEA members across the province have created their own versions of Safety Sheets and Tests in different formats and languages.  This page includes a section of downloadable files submitted from members “as is” for people to freely modify to suit their needs. 

Woodwork Machine Safety

Machine Safety Machine Safety Test 
General Safety(pdf) (word)General Safety Test(pdf) (word)
Disc/Belt Sander(pdf) (word)Disc Sander Safety Test(pdf) (word)
Drill Press(pdf) (word)Drill Press Safety Test(pdf) (word)
Scroll Saw(pdf) (word)Scroll Saw Safety Test(pdf) (word)
Band Saw(pdf) (word)Band Saw Safety Test(pdf) (word)


The following lessons, assignments, project materials, etc have been offered for use by Technology Education Teachers that are teaching woodwork from across BC.  They are offered “as is” and can be freely modified to suit your needs.

Basic Theory to Cover

Understand tools, processes and procedures in the woodwork shop is very important from a safety and success perspective.  The following is a guide to what could be taught in the shop;

  • Safety on each machine to be used
  • Steps to breaking out stock (FETWEL)
  • Wood identification
  • Calculating the cost of materials
  • Measurement
  • fasteners
  • ways to join wood (Mortise & Tenon, Dowel Pins, Biscuits, Festool, etc)

This page includes resources submitted by BCTEA members “as is” to help teachers get started in teaching woodwork