Woodworking Fundamentals – Hands-on Class


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Woodworking FundamentalsThe five-day Woodworking Fundamentals program is one fun-filled, action-packed week of woodworking!

Woodworking Fundamentals

Woodworking Fundamentals projectWhether you’ve never worked wood before, or you’re a master, after one week in our shop you’ll have the basics needed to start your woodworking hobby or career. As a student, you will learn about hand tools and how to use them. You will learn about the basic machines used in today’s fine woodworking projects. Your skills will all come together with lessons on how to create shop drawings, choose the right lumber for your project as well as a good working knowledge of the basic woodworking joints. Students begin building a one-drawer stand that they can take home.

Materials are not included in the class fee. Lumber for this project may be purchased through us or on your own and shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

Hardware for this project may be purchased through one of the vendors on the resources page.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge; bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule.

If you don’t have everything on the list, don’t panic. We have enough tools in our shop for students to use.

Course dates:

  • October 28 – November 1, 2024

Previous Dates:

  • October 21 – 25, 2019
  • September 21 – 25, 2020
  • April 12 – 17, 2021
  • December 12, 2022


Some of the skills you’ll learn in this class are:

  • The nature of wood
  • How to read grain direction
  • Choosing the proper hand tools
  • Sharpening and tool care
  • How to use a hand plane
  • How to mill lumber using machinery
  • Basic inlay
  • Hand-cut dovetail joinery
  • How lumber is milled from the log
  • And much more


The class size is limited to 4 students.


The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm. The shop remains open until 5:30 pm.


If this course fills, please call or email to be placed on the waiting list.


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