wood Studio

In our wood studio, we make side tables, beehives, compost bins, coffee tables, serving trays, and more—and we teach you how to make them, too. We focus our education in learning the fundamentals of furniture-making, an in-depth opportunity for community members to learn diverse, applicable woodworking skills and techniques. Every student that takes a class leaves with their own work.

Wood Studio Classes

The Means of Furniture Making

Price: $445
Supply fee: included
Pre-requisite: none
Ages: 18 and older

This six-week class will introduce the fundamental tools and techniques needed for the craft of designing and building furniture. In addition to learning the purpose and proper use of common hand and power tools, students will be introduced to observational drawing and simple drafting techniques that will provide a basis for the proper layout and design of their work. Participants will make their own marking and layout tools, learning principles of proportion, drafting, and the selection, use, and maintenance of both hand and power cutting tools.

The course will be team-taught by group of local practitioners, including Cliff Spencer (, Aaron Lane (, Seth Weizenecker (, & Bruce Lanier to provide a variety of different skill sets to this cohort of students.

NOTE: This course is a pre-requisite for future woodshop education opportunities.

Design and Build a Wood and Metal table

Price: $250
Supply fee: included
Pre-requisite: none
Ages: 15 and older

This six-week class combines woodworking and welding to design and make an end table or plant stand. The class is led by the awesome sculptor and UAB professor Sarah Heath. Participants start by designing their pieces. Then they move on to learning how to cut, weld, and finish their steel table bottoms in the Metal Studio. Then, students head to the Wood Studio for a shop orientation and to lay out their table tops from our large selection of wood. From there the wood will be cut, jointed, sanded, stained, and mounted to the steel bases for a finished project. Class size for the course is kept small (6 person max).

Shaker Style Side Table Workshop

Price: $450
Supply fee: included
Pre-requisite: Means of Furniture Making, Shop Class wood safety night, or approved prior woodworking experience
Ages: 18 and older

This course explores the design of one of America's classic pieces of furniture. In addition to learning elements of the design and layout of the table, students will learn basic principles of lumber selection, hand tool and machine safety, milling, and mortise and tenon joints. Taught by experienced furniture makers Shane Carter and Seth Weizenecker, this course runs for five Thursday evenings (Feb 16 - Mar 16) and finishes up on a Saturday morning. At the end of the course you will take home your own creation.

NOTE: This is an intermediate level course. Participation in our Means of Furniture Making Class, prior woodworking experience, or participation in one of our wood shop safety nights is required. Email us at for more information.


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