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FTW100D24 Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I

April, 8 - May, 1 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM MST

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Fundamentals I

Hand tool  essentials

This hands-on course is designed for beginners in woodworking or individuals who want to refresh their fundamental skills and develop a strong foundation in using hand tools effectively. It serves as the initial class in the three-part Fundamentals series and is a prerequisite for Fundamentals II.

The course begins with an introduction to wood technology, hand tool usage, design principles, and the creation of essential joinery. Throughout the course, you will learn the following:

  • Workshop safety 
  • Basics of wood properties and understanding wood movement
  • Proper use and maintenance of fundamental hand tools, such as planes and chisels
  • Techniques for sharpening edge tools
  • Measuring and marking out materials
  • Introduction to basic joinery methods, including:
  • through-dovetails, half-blind dovetails
  • half-lap joints, and
  • mortise and tenon joints.

Tuition:               $732

The course consists of evening classes held over a period of four weeks, from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m., on Monday, Wednesday, and Thursday. In total, you will receive 33 hours of instruction, with additional shop time available as needed to work on exercises.

  Note: we may add a “bonus day” (at no additional cost) on Thursday May 2nd please be prepared to attend.

 The school will provide the necessary tool kit.

Class Size: Minimum 5, Note: Maximum 9

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

Please note: If you are paying by cash or check, your registration is not complete until payment is received.


Eye, hearing and dust protection are required in the machine room or when operating machines in the bench room.

Long sleeves and loose-fitting clothing are not allowed around the power equipment. Long hair must be pulled back and secured.

Closed-toe shoes are required. Open-toed shoes or sandals are not allowed.

COVID Policy: Masks are optional, however, if you are exhibiting symptoms of any contagious illness or if you have had a positive test for COVID or influenza within the past 5 days, please notify the school and do not attend class.

Thank you for your understanding.

Raul Ramirez

Meet your Instructor

Raúl has been a professional furniture maker since 1990. A member and former president of the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers, and a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Raúl specializes in custom furniture and antiques restoration, and is particularly interested in traditional hand-tool techniques. He began to teach himself woodworking during the 1970’s while working in the aerospace industry and eventually changed careers to devote himself to the craft. In 2008, with the help of other accomplished woodworkers, he founded the School in order to bring the highest level of woodcraft education to Arizona and to create opportunities for the next generation of woodworkers to learn from some of today’s most respected masters.


April 8@6:00 pm MST
May 1@9:00 pm MST
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Southwest School of Woodworking
621 N 7th Ave
Phoenix, AZ 85007 United States
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