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Five Week Furniture Making Intensive

Five Week Intensive Furniture Making with Bob Van Dyke

walnut hepplewhite_table_resizedOver the years I have done hundreds of classes which feature projects that teach particular skills. The problem with these project classes is that the logistics of the class prevent us from spending sufficient time on any given new skill to really understand and gain any kind of proficiency in it. In this new 5 week (4 days per week) class the project is completely secondary. Unlike other classes, we will spend days rather than hours to insure learning of basic– and not so basic—furniture making skills and techniques. The project is a small side table– a perfect vehicle to cement your comprehension of the material.

I plan on spending two to three days on the basic milling process– a strong foundation is essential to more advanced techniques. Instead of learning just enough to get through dovetailing the drawer, plan on spending at least two days on dovetails– before you even touch the drawer.

Machine set ups? I already know how to set up the machine– so in this class I will not set anything up– You will do that– after my demo and explanation of course. You will learn what it takes to flatten a tabletop– by machine and by hand, and glue up a tabletops– using one clamp and a handplane.

We will get into planning a project, basic wood technology, buying lumber, tool sharpening, cutting joints -by machine and by hand, along with basic finishing techniques and ornamentation. It is always good to get a second viewpoint so I have arranged for some guest instructors to spend a day or two with us. Mike Pekovich, Will Neptune and possibly others will be adding to your experience.

Proficiency in handtools is essential in any high end furniture making and we will spend a lot of our time on just that– plan on spending at least a whole day just on working with handplanes– and another whole day just on sharpening.

An emphasis will be placed on hand tool maintenance and use along with the proper and safe use of common woodshop machinery such as the table saw, jointer, thickness planer, router and bandsaw. The school has a full complement of ready to use high end hand tools and power tools which you are welcome to use. These tools also will give you some experience and guidance in picking out your own tools which you will eventually acquire.

This new class is designed for the serious student who has both the time and the desire to commit to a comprehensive course of study. It is not designed for the total beginner, but rather someone who has done some woodworking and is now ready to get serious about it and really learn some skills.

Sign up today. This is an opportunity you do not want to pass up. Tuition: $1995.00 plus materials.

Section 101315A: Monday—Thursday, October 13—November 12, 8:30am—4:30pm

(The class begins on the Tuesday after Columbus day—the rest of the weeks start on Monday)

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