Studio Woodworking Foundation

Why take the Studio Woodworking program?

Our Studio Woodworking program immerses you in a hands-on environment that covers solid fundamental techniques all the way through to very advanced and specialized skills.  The range of topics taught includes a history of the trade, design basics, an understanding of the materials, safe work practices, hand and machine skills, and joinery techniques. Students will also learn more advanced techniques such as design and creating curved parts, veneer, inlay, marquetry and banding. Basic Computer Numeric Control (CNC) machining will be explored. Wood finishing from simple hand rubbed to advanced spray booth techniques will be practiced.

Upon successful competition of this program, students will have core skills that will enable them to seek employment in the woodworking industry. Graduates will also receive level 1 technical training credit as a Cabinetmaker (Joiner) and may also be granted practical hours towards their apprenticeship with the Industry Training Authority (ITA) 

Experienced Woodworkers welcome! This program is also an opportunity for existing woodworkers with experience in the trade to gain further skills in fine woodworking. 

Shop Environment 

The state-of-the-art joinery shop at Okanagan College is spacious, well ventilated, and has the luxury of large windows creating lots of natural light. The shop is very well equipped with custom hand tools and offers a huge variety of well-maintained stationary machines with industrial dust collection systems.  Students are provide with all the necessary tools and equipment as well as individual cabinetmakers benches and work space. Personal layout and/or hand tools are welcome and can be stored safely in a secure tool chest or student locker.

 SW Shop

  SW Shop 2

Custom Tools
 The fully equipped tool room has every woodworking tool imaginable.

There is a heated spray booth with high quality spray equipment as well as breathing air equipment. Student can choose from a large inventory of both fine veneers and solid hardwoods as well as highly figured and exotic hardwood/ veneer.

SW Spray booth

Incredible Student Projects

View the Gallery or visit to see some of the beautiful, custom projects made entirely by students during the Studio Woodworking program. 

udent Testimonials 

"Although woodworking can feel challenging at times, the knowledge I have gained has been very rewarding. At the months passed, I started to notice my confidence increasing and my imagination blossoming. I believe Tim shares a lot of tips and tricks that I would never have learned on my own. This course was worth it." - Recent Graduate, Studio Woodworking

SW student

"All my experience has been in commercial cabinetry. Getting a good taste of more furniture building was fantastic." - Robin F

"A Cabinetmakers environment while learning the fundamentals of joinery."  - Chris S.

Meet Tim Diebert, our Studio Woodworking Instructor

Tim has worked as a full time woodworker since 1980 and has been teaching at Okanagan College since 2008. Tim has enjoyed a wide range of woodworking challenges over his time in the trade. Some of his work experiences includes building boat and working on yacht interiors, making custom furniture, staircases, balusters, and Millwork. Tim has also worked on building movie sets and has extensive experience in making stringed instruments. 

Tim Diebert

"Students are taught safe, correct procedures and then permitted the freedom to work as if in a professional environment, but with support close at hand. As a result, students leave the program better prepared to deal with the gamut of challenges that may be encountered in their own shops."

Talk with Tim! Book a shop tour and chat with him about program learning outcomes. 

Toll free: 1 800 621 3038
Office location: T115, 1000 KLO Road, Kelowna

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Program Details:   38-week (1140 hours) 
Monday - Thursday, 7:30 a.m. - 3:15 p.m.

Outcome:  Graduates of this program will receive credit for Level 1 Apprenticeship technical training as a Cabinetmaker (Joiner) and may also be granted  practical credit from the Industry Training Authority.

Employment Opportunities:  Cabinetmakers (Joiners) often work for companies that design
wood products, manufacture and assemble furniture, produce custom-made furniture and   install pre-manufactured cabinets and fixtures. 
     Location:  Kelowna Campus 
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