Here's a thought. Take a week off to help us to build a dining table for Sisters Folk Festival, a great non-profit with an annual auction. While learning and practicing building skills to make one dinner table, you will be designing and prototyping your own.
Each class will start at 10am. You'll have the early part of the day to do design work, drawing and sketching a dining table design of your own. Every morning we'll do design exercises practicing drawing and inspiration skills so you can design your idea. You'll work through sketches and scale drawings as you work on a form and style. We will work out your design all the way to a 1/4 scale model of the piece that you will build. If you need you can also prototype joinery, expandable table parts, and finishes. In the afternoon, we will build an Oregon Walnut Harvest Table together. This trestle design uses haunched mortise and tenon construction which we will cut by router and by hand. The trestles will be shaped and will have a through wedged mortise and tenon joint to hold them solid. The solid table top will be laminated together and there's always some interesting tricks to get our edge joints right. Learn how to edge join properly, put in a spring joint, and practice gluing up a big table top. Then learn about hand plane flattening and cabinet scraping as we get our table top ready for finish. The final product, a 3' x 6' Harvest Table will be donated to Sisters Folk Festival to help with arts education in the community.