This course is geared to beginners looking to understand the fundamentals of furniture and cabinet construction, and intermediate woodworkers hoping to expand their skills. We will go over such topics as buying and preparing solid wood for projects, understanding and allowing for seasonal movement, power tools – hand and stationary, shop space and equipment, types of joints, layout tools, hand planes vs. sanders, and finishing.
Each student will get the opportunity to construct a small project such as a bench that will utilize the techniques explained in the course.
In the class, we will begin with an overview of the power tools available for use in the shop. We will demonstrate the safety issues associated with each tool as well as their strengths and weaknesses. We will go over how to make a cut list for a project, how to select wood, how to dimension, glue up, and prepare parts for joinery, proper use of the joiner, cut off saw and table saw, which blade works best for the table saw and cut off saw, and how to square up material on a joiner. We will learn about hand planes, what they are best at, how to choose and how to sharpen the blade. We will go over how to organize parts for stress free glue ups. We will touch on hand applied finishes vs. spray finishes.
As a reference, we will use “The Complete Illustrated Guide to Furniture & Cabinet Construction” by Andy Rae, published by Taunton Press.
- 16’ tape measure
- Combination square
- Block plane (optional)
- Set of bench chisels – ¼” thru 1” (optional)
- Notebook and pencil
- Safety glasses, ear attenuators, dust mask (also available in shop)
- 6” rule
Fee for wood can vary from $25.00 to $50.00, or you can bring your own.
November 11th & 12th, 2017
8AM to 4:30PM
Gift Certificates available!!
Minimum enrollment is 4.