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Carpentry Students Build a Foundation for Education

Students in the Carpentry class at Southampton High School are learning the trade by furnishing their classroom. By creating equipment such as tables and shelves, they are establishing a foundation of skills to build from. The Carpentry class is held at Southampton High School as an in-district program provided by the Eastern Long Island Academy of Applied Technology. The Academy serves as the high school career and technical education arm of Eastern Suffolk BOCES. The in-district Carpentry Program allows for the Academy to have a classroom within the community, giving students more time in school instead of traveling to one of the three technical centers that the Academy operates.


Since starting the class, the students have built shop tables for the classroom, sawhorses, and shelving units to store the tools, supplies, and lumber used in the class. The students recently started project designing and building different types of seating, such as benches and Adirondack chairs.


“This teaches them the basics of building,” said Carpentry Teacher Bernardo Diaz. “It’s not just making a chair or sawhorse, but learning about making load-bearing joints, buttressing supports, and getting comfortable and being familiar with the tools. These skills directly apply to building a shed that we’re going to start in the spring.”


To replicate building a house, the class will build a shed as its final project. Diaz will use the project as an opportunity to show the students how to read architectural plans and construct a freestanding structure from start to finish.



 A boy in a plaid shirt wearing safety glasses marks a piece of wood with a pencil


Wayne Moore, Southampton UFSD, measures a length of wood for a chair he designed.





 A boy wearing a red shirt, earmuffs and safety glasses cuts a piece of wood on a table saw

Atticus Jacques, Southampton UFSD, works to cut a piece of wood on a table saw. He is using the saw to turn one 4x4” piece of wood into two 2x4” pieces of wood, a process called “ripping.”