Basics of Fine Woodworking
Instructors: Basics Team
This is a 10 class course into the fundamentals of fine woodworking. You will learn the proper use of the common hand and power tools, project design, construction methods, and finishing. Each class is taught by a different instructor, usually in their own shop. While this course is designed so that a beginner will understand the material, even professional woodworkers have found it useful and informative. There is plenty of time to ask questions and share tips and techniques. The cost is $195.00 total for all classes
This is a members only class, one of the great benefits of belonging to the Guild. Not a Member ? Visit the Membership Join/Renew page. The cost covers the entire series. This series has been taught typically four times a year and has been running since 2007. Every session has sold out. If the class is full please join the waitlist.
The starting date is listed. Each schedule is slightly different, due to the complexity of coordinating ten classes . Beginner and advanced people are welcome. There's always something to learn. Inquire of the coordinator, David Wiper firstname.lastname@example.org or 503-774-3110 for any questions you may have.
Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW- Registrar, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007
Balance is due one week BEFORE class starts.
if you must cancel, contact Julie Niemeyer at email@example.com for refund. Cancelations must be made one week prior to the start of the series for a refund.
17-3 Late Spring
Introduction and Safety, 4/22, Multnomah Arts Center, Cottage 5, 1pm to 5pm, Dennis Dolph
Design, 4/26, Guild Shop - 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Ed Ferguson
Bench Tools Introduction, 4/29, Madrone Studio, 8900B NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson
Introduction to Power Tools, 5/3, Austin's Shop, 2210 N. Lewis Ave, Portland, OR 97227, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Austin Heitzman
Joinery, 5/6, Madrone Studio, 8900B NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson
Routers and Router Jigs, 5/10, Guild Shop - 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Ken Vetterick
Stress Free Assembly and Glue-ups, 5/13, Madrone Studio, 8900B NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson
Jigs, 5/16, Austin's Shop, 2210 N. Lewis Ave, Portland, OR 97227, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Austin Heitzman
Cabinet Construction Basics, 5/18, Ed's Shop, 11517 SW 27th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Ed Ferguson
Finishing, 5/23, Guild Shop - 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Chip Webster
Class 1- Introduction and Safety
This class gives an overview to wood and woodworking. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the terms and vocabulary of woodworking, types of wood, how it is cut, graded and sold. The class will also review safety issues including wood allergies, tools, hearing, sight, and dust control.
Class 2 - Bench & Hand Tools
Explore the different hand planes, scrapers, measuring tools, and scribing tools. Alexander will show you how to use them as well as their care and maintenance. There will also be a demonstration of how to cut dovetails by hand.
Class 3 - Power Tools
Discover the many uses and methods of the table saw, jointer, chop saw, planer, band saw, and drill press. Safety and maintenance will also be covered. The afternoon is a continuation of the discussion on Power tools, and includes a demonstration of how the tools are used together by construction of a actual project. Lunch is included.
Class 4- Cabinet Construction
This class covers various alternative methods of cabinet construction...based on the equipment available in your shop...and the issues involved in installing built-ins. A demonstration cabinet is built during the session. Beginning wood workers should leave with the confidence that they too can build cabinets, and experienced woodworkers should learn a new technique or two.
Class 5 - Joinery
Explore the many ways that a box or door can be put together. Alexander will demonstrate the common joints available and how to make them with various shop tools.
Class 6 - Finishing
This class will explain the basics of finishing using wax, oils, varnishes, and shellac. This class includes a review of finishing terms (sealer, conditioner, filler, etc.) what they are and when to use them.
Class 7 - Jigs
This class includes a discussion of what jigs are, how to make them and shows examples of the most commonly used ones.
Class 8 - Stress Free Assembly and Glue-up
In this class you will learn about putting a piece together without losing your cool. Alexander will discuss methods of keeping a case square, joints tight, and frames flat. It will include a discussion of the types of glues and proper glue applications.
Class 9 - Routers and Router Jigs
Learn how to choose a router. Router bit types. Characteristics of a router table, make or buy. Table and hand held typical applications. Cutting direction and how to avoid nasty surprises. End grain issues. Rebating, blind and stopped grooves. Use of jigs, commercial and home-made to help with cutting configurations. How to avoid burning, snipe and tear out. How to build and use a simple mortise jig for loose tenons. And more.
Class 10- Furniture Design
OK, you've finished you project and it's solid as a rock. But, does it do everything you wanted it to do and is it something that looks aesthetically pleasing? This class will cover some of the basic principles of good design. It will also present an approach to design and an exercise in which you can start the design process for a project of your choosing.
Please pay using PayPal or send a check made to the order of GUILD OF OREGON WOODWORKERS. Reference BASICS 16-4 on the memo line and mail to GOOW-Education Committee, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007