Class Catalog

Below is a list, of all classes that we offer. Note: some may not be on the current calendar

Finishing Classes

Course: FIN100B20 Finishing Basics

In this course Master finisher, Jim Altman will lead us through the fundamentals of finishing.

Please NOTE: This course meets on Saturday and Sunday for two consecutive weekends.

Course details: In this course, you will learn:

  • Choosing materials
  • best use of grain patterns
  • Preparing the surface
  • Sealing the surface
  • Applying finishing
  • Stains
  • Finishing the finish

The finishing kit for this course is supplied, however, after acquiring some skill you may want to obtain a kit of your own.

The kit consists of:

  • two 1″ chip brushes
  • one 2″ chip brush
  • one 2-1/2″ good quality china bristle brush
  • one 2″ good quality synthetic brush good for water base

Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking Classes

Course: FTW100A20 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I

Level 1 course open to all

This hands-on course is for the beginning woodworker or anyone who wishes to review fundamental skills and get a solid foundation in methods of fine craftsmanship. It is the first class in the three-part Fundamentals series and is the pre-requisite for Fundamentals II.

Subjects covered include workshop safety, wood, and wood movement, the use, and maintenance of basic hand tools (planes, chisels, etc,), sharpening edge tools, measuring and marking, and basic joinery. Exercises in this class include through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, half lap joints and mortise and tenon joints.

Skills practiced: Shop safety, hand tool use and maintenance, edge sharpening, measuring, marking, gluing, dovetails, mortise and tenons

Schedule: four weeks of evening classes from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday for a total of 33 instruction hours, with additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises. NOTE: there will be NO class on Labor Day Sept 2nd.

Tools required: Tool kit supplied by the school. Please bring ear and eye protection.

Course: FTW200A20 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking II

Prerequisite: Fundamentals I

The second class in our Fundamentals series, this course builds on and reinforces the skills taught in Fundamentals I. We will stress the safe use of power tools such as the jointer, planer, bandsaw, miter saw, and table saw. Sharpening and marking out skills will be reinforced. Students will practice several types of joints and will apply their skills through exercises and the building a small dovetailed bench (see photo). Edge jointing, shaping with spokeshaves, and surface preparation for finishing are also covered. Skills taught:

                  • Hand-cut dovetails, through and half-blind
  • Hand-cut mortise and tenon
  • sharpening
  • power tool safety
  • surface preparation
  • working to a drawing
  • marking out
  • gluing

Note: The text for this class is “Woodworking Basics” by Peter Korn, this text is included with class documents.

Schedule: Evening classes, 6:00 pm – 9:00 pm, Monday, Wednesday and Thursday, 36 hrs of instruction total. There will be additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises.

Course: FTW300A20

Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking III

Prerequisite: Fundamentals II or equivalent

The Third course in our Fundamentals series, this course is for advanced beginners who wish to practice their skills and refine their craft. Students will employ various joinery and construction techniques to build a period-correct shaker style table of solid wood, using mortise and tenon joinery, tapered legs and a dovetailed drawer.
The table features the primary wood of cherry and secondary wood of poplar. The top will have a hand-planed bevel on the underside. The aprons are mortised and tenoned into the tapered legs, and the drawer has half-blind dovetails in the front and through dovetails in the back, the drawer bottom will also have a hand-planed bevel.  As always, sharpening and safety are stressed as we bringing all of the previous lessons to bear with some new ones to complete this piece. The table will be completed and ready to finish.

There will be additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises.

Course: TJC203C20 Turning with Jimmy Clewes

This is a S level course.

This course