All classes are conducted in a hands-on project-oriented format. Class sizes are limited to 5 students, allowing each to execute their own project. Classes meet once a week, three hours per session.
Classes are designed to allow the opportunity to teach specific techniques in a logical and progressive sequence. The projects are challenging for the student, while providing a sense of accomplishment at each phase of completion.
Introductory Woodworking Classes
Introductory classes focus on teaching students the fundamental woodworking techniques involved in making furniture. You will learn how to read the grain of rough-sawn lumber, and then mill it to dimension to best take advantage of the woods’ intrinsic properties.
Students also learn how to properly and safely use machine tools, including the table saw, band saw, jointer, planer, drill press, and horizontal borer. You will learn proper technique for using hand tools as well – hand planes, backsaws, chisels and card scrapers – and how to keep them sharpened and tuned.
You will learn layout and marking, and mortise and tenon joinery will be used in construction. Projects will be completed using a hand-rubbed oil finish.
Shaker style coffee table
This project is built using tapered leg construction, mortise and tenon joinery in the leg and rail joints and solid edge-glued top surface. The student can choose to construct their piece from Mahogany, Cherry, Poplar, or Maple.
Duration: 8 weeks
Cost: $275 plus materials
Intermediate Woodworking Classes
Intermediate courses are designed for students who have completed an introductory course. More advanced woodworking techniques are introduced, and core skills are reinforced. Additional courses will be designed based on student requests.
Advanced Roubo Workbench Class
The most important tool for a serious woodworker is the workbench. A workbench needs to be sturdy enough for heavy planing and provide the
ability to secure various odd shaped parts securely to it’s surface. The 18th century craftsman, Andre Jacque Roubo produced an extensive set of books chronicling his vast woodworking knowledge. From these books comes the Roubo bench. We will construct our bench based on Roubo’s design. We will incorporate a shuttle vise, a full height leg vise, a sliding dead man hold, and full rows of hold fasts on a split top bench. The bench will be constructed of hard maple and will weigh upwards of 200 lbs.
Cost: $750.00 plus materials.
The ability to competently execute a hand cut dovetail is a necessary skill for quality woodcrafting. Much of this class will focus on acquiring the knowledge and skills needed to properly layout and cut a through dovetail joint.
Also, this class allows us the opportunity to further our understanding of hand planes and their use. We will create a mitered frame lid with a floating flat panel using shooting board techniques.
We will learn the techniques needed to flawlessly fit jewelry box hinges into the lid and carcass.
Duration: 10 weeks
Advanced Woodworking Classes
Shaker End Table
This project teaches many popular techniques including hand-cut dovetails in the drawers, tapered leg construction, mortise and tenon joinery in the leg and rail joints and bookmatching on the top surface. The student can choose to construct their piece from Mahogany, Cherry, Poplar, or Maple.
Duration: 15 weeks
Hanging Wall Cabinet
This piece will be constructed in the Krenov style. It will feature a pair of doors built as frame and floating panels. Two small dovetailed drawers adorn the interior with glass shelving to display precious items.
Cost: $600.00 plus materials