This hands-on course is for the beginning woodworker or anyone who wishes to review fundamental skills and get a solid foundation in and competence with hand-tools. It is the first class in the three-part Fundamentals series and is the prerequisite for Fundamentals II.
We start by learning basic workshop safety, wood technology, hand tool use and maintenance, measuring and marking, and basic joinery. Students will practice each new skill through progressively more complex exercises, which will include making functional woodworking tools.
You will learn:
- Workshop safety
- Wood and wood movement
- Use and maintenance of basic hand tools, such as planes, chisels, etc.
- How to sharpen edge tools
- Measuring and marking out
- Basic joinery, including:
- Half-blind dovetails
- Half-lap joints
- Mortise and tenon joints
Schedule: Three weeks of evening classes from 6 p.m.–9 p.m. on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays for a total of 33 instruction hours, with additional shop time available by appointment if needed to work on the exercises.
Tools required: All tools and materials supplied by the school. Please bring ear and eye protection and a safety mask.