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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

Fundamentals of MAchine Tools

Price: $200
Supply fee: included
Pre-requisite: none
Ages: 18 and older

This course is an introduction to basic machine tools used in woodworking. Each student will learn the basics of the band saw, the table saw, the router, and other useful machines. We will also discuss in detail "the inch" in wood working, different grains of wood, and wood movement across different machines. Students will create pieces that are the introductory pieces for working with hand tools.

The course will be taught by local master woodworker Shane Carter (http://www.cottonwoodworks.com).

NOTE: This course and the Fundamentals of Hand Tools are a pre-requisite for future woodshop classes.


Fundamentals of Hand Tools

Price: $200
Supply fee: included
Pre-requisite: none
Ages: 18 and older

This course is an introduction to basic hand tools used in traditional woodworking.  Each student will learn the basics of using hand saws, planes, chisels, and layout tools; and apply these skills by making their very own slide top box. We will also discus the basics of sharpening edged tools such as planes and chisels used in the class and the basics of furniture construction.

The course will be taught by local master woodworker Aaron Lane (www.lanewoodworking.com).

NOTE: This course and the Fundamentals of Machine Tools are a pre-requisite for future woodshop classes.
 


Windsor Stool in a weekend

Price: $320
Supply fee: $150
Pre-requisite: none
Ages: 18 and older

Spend a weekend making your own three-legged Windsor Perch Stool. Inspired by the traditional English furniture style brought to America in the 18th century, the Windsor Perch Stool pays homage to a furniture style embraced by many as among first pieces of “American Furniture”.

This two-day class will introduce tools and techniques specific to traditional Windsor chair making. Participants will build the stool while learning the art of laying out sight lines for drilling angled legs; cutting tapered mortise and tenon joinery; hand-carving the countered walnut seat, and turning legs on the lathe.

This class will be taught by local furniture and chair maker Seth Weizenecker who apprenticed under celebrated Windsor chair maker Peter Galbert after completing the Bennet Street School Program in Fine Furniture Making in Boston. Some familiarity with woodworking is encouraged, but all skill levels are welcomed.

NOTE: This is a full weekend of woodworking, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to work. If you have any special accommodations, please let us know prior to the class.
 


Joinery With Hand tools

Price: $345
Supply fee: included
Pre-requisite: Fundamentals or previous woodworking
Ages: 18 and older

This course will dive deeper into using hand tools in traditional woodworking. Each student will use hand saws, planes, chisels, and layout tools to create mortise and tenon, half lap, and dovetail joints. This calls will cover the basics of furniture construction, when and where to apply each joint, and the basics of sharpening edged tools such as planes and chisels. This skills will all be put to use in creating a wooden square and wooden mallet that can then be used for future woodworking projects. This class is ideal for those with some woodworking experience (especially those who have taken any of the MAKE Fundamentals classes).

The course will be taught by local craftsman Aaron Lane of Lane Woodworking.



NOTE: This is a full weekend of woodworking, so wear comfortable shoes and be prepared to work. If you have any special accommodations, please let us know prior to the class.


Design and Build a Wood and Metal table

Price: $365
Supply fee: included
Pre-requisite: none
Ages: 15 and older

This six-week class combines woodworking and welding to design and build an end table or plant stand. The class is led by the awesome sculptor and UAB professor Sarah Heath. You will start by choosing a design from various options based on skill level, then move on to learning how to cut, weld, and finish your steel table bottoms in the Metal Studio. Once finished with the bottoms, you'll 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. This class is an ideal introduction to those interested in both the Wood Studio and Metal Studio and will discuss safety, basic techniques, and design considerations in each.

Class size for the course is kept small (6 person max).

 


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