Everybody starts woodworking as a complete novice. Start here, learning about hand tools, wood, and simple techniques in this introductory class. We will start first by showing you the basics of woodworking tools, how to buy them, use them and keep them sharp.
There is a big difference in hand tools and their quality. We will show you the first tools you will need, from measuring and marking tools like squares and marking knives to cutting tools like chisels, files, saws, and planes. We will teach you about wood and its many qualities. What is a good piece of wood? How do you choose your wood? Which pieces do you avoid? You will get practice with a variety of different woods so you can feel the difference in your hands.
Our first project is a simple coat rack. You will learn measuring, lay-out and sawing skills as we build this useful rack.
Next we will build Kate's Six Board Chest. The inspiration for this small chest project is the Hedeby Sea Chest, a 6 board chest with a characteristic 5 degree slope in towards the top. Two vertical end boards are joined to the horizontal long sides. The secret to the longevity of these chests was to nail the joints together which allowed for some movement while taking advantage of the grain strength of the wood. Learn simple techniques that will help ensure great results in assembly. Discover how to lay out for nails and inlaid plugs and get some finishing tips to make this a great chest to take to sea or the front porch.
If you have been considering woodworking as a hobby or as a craft to investigate, this is the class for you. Woodworking is about as much fun as you can have by yourself on a rainy day. Come and find out why.