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intro to woodworking
hands on
tools and techniques

Wood Turning Boot Camp Weekend
Sat 2/24 and Sun 2/25, 10am-4pm each day
(break for lunch 1-2pm)
Learn to turn! This weekend intensive combines two of our most popular lathe classes into a two-day boot camp.
Lathe 101: Intro to Turning
A hands-on introduction to the art of turning wood on the lathe, covering lathe setup, operation and safety, carving techniques, and tool sharpening. This class provides a solid foundation for those interested in a range of turning projects, such as furniture parts, tool handles, and many more.
Turning Bowls on the Lathe
Turn a block of wood into a beautiful wooden bowl while learning the principles of bowl turning, tool selection, and turning techniques. You will also learn lathe operation and safety, how to sharpen lathe tools, and finishing basics.
All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided. Bring your own lunch.
Completion of this class allows you to rent open studio time to work on your own lathe projects.
Price: $745
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lathe turning wood
tools and techniques
hands on
Lathe 101: Intro to Turning
Wed 7-10pm, 2/28 to 3/14
This three-session class is a hands-on introduction to the art of turning wood on the lathe, covering lathe setup, operation and safety, carving techniques, and tool sharpening. This class provides a solid foundation for those interested in a range of turning projects, such as furniture parts, tool handles, and many more. All materials and safety equipment provided. Completion of this class allows you to rent open studio time to use the lathe to work independently on your own turning projects.
Price: $395 + $50 materials/equipment fee
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lathe bowl turning wood
tools and techniques
hands on
Turning Bowls on the Lathe
Mondays 7-10pm, 2/26 to 3/12

In this three-session workshop, you will turn a block of wood into a wooden bowl while learning the principles of bowl turning, tool selection, and turning techniques. You will also learn lathe operation and safety, how to sharpen lathe tools, and finishing basics. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided.
Completion of this class allows you to rent open studio time to work on your own lathe projects.
Price: $435 + $60 materials/equipment fee
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intro to woodworking
hands on
tools and techniques

Intro to Woodworking Boot Camp - March
Mon 3/19 to Fri 3/23, 10am-1pm
Our most popular intro class compressed into 5 days! Designed for beginners with little to no woodworking experience, this five-session class covers wood physics, shop safety and etiquette, an introduction to joinery concepts, and hands-on experience with both hand tools and machinery. The project for this class is a small side table featuring half-laps, bridle joints, and a round top. This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to work safely in the shop on your own projects and/or to move forward with more advanced woodworking classes. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided.
Price: $495 + $100 materials/equipment fee
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pin-hinge heirloom box
tools and techniques
hands on
tools and techniques
Heirloom Box Intensive with Gary Rogowski
Sat 3/24 and Sun 3/25, 10am-5pm both days
Spend your weekend making this beautiful lidded box with finger joints at its corners that are both decorative and super strong. This is a simple project that can be used for a variety of cabinet designs and will teach you how to build in accuracy to your work. You will learn how to band saw the joints for this box, discover how great hand planing is for cleaning up a surface, and get assembly tips and techniques to glue up the box. Learn how to pin hinge a simple lid and add your personal touch with a customized handle.
You could put love letters and keepsakes in this box or use it to stash your wallet, phone and keys by the front door. It is also a perfect size for three pairs of socks, a dozen candy bars or a large assortment of lipsticks. However you use it, this box is guaranteed to be a project you’ll be proud to say that you made. Better yet, give it to someone who will treasure it forever.
All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided for this class.
Price: $475
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Gary Rogowski is Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, OR and the author of dozens of articles, videos, and books on woodworking.
picture frames on table saw
tools and techniques
hands on
Woodworking II: Shaker Side Table
Saturdays 10am-2pm, 4/14 to 5/26
This 7-session intermediate-level workshop takes you step by step through the typical furniture-making process: design, layout, cutting, joinery, assembly, glue-up and finishing. Working with machine and hand tools, you will build a solid hardwood side table with mortise and tenon joinery, tapered legs and a rabbeted drawer. Topics covered:
  • Reading design drawings
  • How to make a cut list and estimate materials and cost from a design
  • Milling rough lumber using the jointer, planer and table saw
  • Mortise and tenon joinery using the mortising machine and table saw
  • How to make and fit a rabbeted drawer
  • Cutting tapered legs
Price: $725 + $150 materials fee
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intro to woodworking
hands on
tools and techniques

Intro to Woodworking - April
Session #1-Tues 7-10pm, 3/27 to 4/24
Session #2-Wed 3-6pm, 3/28 to 4/25
Session #3-Wed 7-10pm, 3/28 to 4/25
Session #4-Thurs 7-10pm, 3/29 to 4/26
Session #5-Sat 3-6pm, 3/31 to 4/28
Session #6-Sun 10am-1pm, 4/1 to 4/29
Session #7-Mon 7-10pm, 4/2 to 4/30
Designed for beginners with little to no woodworking experience, this five-session class covers wood physics, shop safety and etiquette, an introduction to joinery concepts, and hands-on experience with the most commonly used woodworking machines.
The project for this class is a small side table featuring half-laps, bridle joints, and a round top. The goal of this course is to build a foundation of skills and knowledge so you can work independently on simple projects or move forward with more advanced classes. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided.
Price: $495 + $100 materials/equipment fee
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routers 101 cutting board
tools and techniques
hands on
Routers 101 - Cutting board
Mondays 7-10pm, 4/2 to 4/16
Learn how to use the most versatile tool in the shop. With a router you can do twenty different types of joinery, create beautiful edge profiles, and make flawless duplicates of furniture parts. But used incorrectly, routers can be at best unpleasant to use and at worst dangerous. In this three-session intensive, you'll get hands-on training using stationary and plunge routers as well as the router table while learning essential router techniques and safety. Our project for this class will be a beautiful hardwood cutting board with rounded edges, bread-board ends with tongue and groove joinery, and a template-routed juice groove.
Price: $375 + $75 materials fee
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hand cut dovetails
tools and techniques

Dining Table Design Workshop with Gary Rogowski
Monday 3/26, 7-10pm
Tables have been made since someone put a plank on two rocks. Learn how to design your own dining table in this lecture. Dining tables come in many shapes, several sizes, and for different intentions. Come and learn how to design for your own taste. There are aesthetic requirements for a table which are extremely variable, functional requirements that are slightly variable, and construction requirements, which are almost set in stone. Discover how to address each of these needs.More...
Price: $100
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Gary Rogowski is Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, OR and the author of dozens of articles, videos, and books on woodworking.
furniture making joinery bench
hands on
tools and techniques
Woodworking II: Chair
Sundays 2-6pm, 4/1 to 5/6
This 6-week intermediate-level workshop takes you step by step through the typical furniture-making process: design, layout, cutting, joinery, assembly, glue-up and finishing. Working with machines and jigs, you will build a solid hardwood chair. You will learn two techniques to cut mortise and tenon joinery and use the table saw and router to shape parts. We will focus on machine set up and organization to get accurate, repeatable results. Topics covered include:
  • How to layout parts, make a cut list and estimate materials/cost from a design
  • Milling rough lumber using the jointer, planer and table saw
  • Cutting tapered parts on the table saw and how to build a taper jig
  • Mortise and tenon joinery using two methods: plunge router with table saw and Festool Domino joiner with loose tenons
  • How to use the router table and templates to create exact copies of a part
  • Strategies for gluing and clamping
Price: $725 + $150 materials and equipment fee
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picture frames on table saw
tools and techniques
hands on
Table Saw Intensive
Mondays 7-10pm, 2/26 to 3/12
Master the table saw and find out why it is the most loved--and feared--tool in the shop. In this three-session class we will cover essential table saw techniques and safety while doing a fun and practical project: building a hardwood picture frame with keyed miter joinery. In addition to gaining confidence on the table saw, you will learn how to make accurate and repeatable miter cuts and keys with purpose-built jigs, how to set up and use a dado set, miter joint glue-up techniques, and quick and easy finishing methods.
Price: $390 + $60 materials fee
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