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Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I

August, 17 - September, 10 from 6:00 PM to 9:00 PM

Half blind dovetails

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This hands-on course is for the beginning woodworker or anyone who wishes to review fundamental skills and get a solid foundation in hand-tool woodworking and competence with appropriate machinery and power tools.It is the first class in the three-part Fundamentals series and is the prerequisite for Fundamentals II.

We start by learning the basics of wood, tool use, and design, and by making simple tools. 

You will learn: Workshop safety; the basics of wood and wood movement; the use and maintenance of basic hand tools (planes, chisels, etc.); how to sharpen edge tools; measuring and marking; and basic joinery. Exercises include through-dovetails, half-blind dovetails, half lap joints, and mortise and tenon joints.

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.

Tools required: Tool kit supplied by the school.

Please bring ear and eye protection and a safety mask.

Class size: Maximum 8.


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

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus. Effective May 26, 2020:

  • We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than eight (8) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
  • All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
  • All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly-fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school.
  • When entering the school, all students, instructors, and staff will have their temperature checked. Anyone with a temperature above 100.3 will not be allowed to enter the building.
  • Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.

Thank you for your understanding.


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Meet Your Instructor

Doug and Rhonda Forsha established their custom furniture business, De La Madera, in 1986. In the years since then, they have built their business into one of the most highly respected woodworking studios in the southwest. Doug is a master woodworker and technician, expert in both traditional and ultra-modern furniture design and construction.


August 17, 2020@6:00 pm
September 10, 2020@9:00 pm
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