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Schedule of Classes -  Summer- Fall - 2022

 

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Step Into Woodworking
In Person, Hands on Projects for the Complete Beginner with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

Do you have projects around the house that keep getting put off because you lack the confidence- or the skill, to use tools properly and safely? Or maybe you have wanted to learn about woodworking and just want to get started the “right” way. .

This new series of hands-on classes is designed to use simple, readily available power and handtools utilizing lumber that can be gotten at most home centers. These classes will not be using stationary machines like the tablesaw, bandsaw, Jointer or Thickness planer.

Students will begin the series by making a small stylish bench that would be useful in almost any room. This fun and useful project will give you the knowledge and confidence to tackle other more complex challenges.

These classes are designed for the absolute (or nearly absolute!) beginner who wants to get into woodworking as a hobby- or someone who just wants to build some simple projects without having a shop at home. Other planned projects in this series include a small wall mounted bookshelf, a Shaker peg rack with shelves and a small storage box that could be used just about anywhere. After that-Who knows? The sky is the limit!

Step One:   A Simple Stylish Bench

Bob Van Dyke simple bench RED 800The focus of this class is on safety and on using tools that don’t cost a fortune and are readily available just about anywhere.

We will discuss which basic tools you will need, simple measuring and marking techniques, how to size parts accurately with a chop saw, how to make a decorative cut out at the base of the legs using a jig saw and a router and using the router table to form the joint between the stretchers and the legs. We will explore strategies used to bevel the top- both with hand tools and power tools. Along the way we will talk about using cut nails as an option for some of the joinery, using a router to shape parts and, before you leave, we will apply a coat of milk paint- a finish that will complement the project nicely and one you will find yourself using on any number of other projects .

 The inspiration for the design of this bench comes from Kentucky Furniture Maker, Daniel Chaffin

Sign up today. Class size is limited to 8 students.

Tuition: $495.00 plus materials ($90.00)

Section 110722A: Monday Evenings, November 7 - December 12,  6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making
with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

 

 

These classes are designed for students who have some woodworking experience already and want to take the plunge into finer solid wood furniture making. They are also appropriate for people who have been working with wood already and are interested in expanding their knowledge and experience. These classes are based on traditional furniture making techniques and will utilize all the major woodworking stationary machines, ie. Tablesaw, bandsaw, jointer, thickness planer, router & router table. As in any traditional woodworking, we will also be combining extensive handtool use with the machines

 

Fundamentals of Furniture Making series is NOT a required prerequisite for any other classes contained in this schedule.

 
   

Furniture Making I

Beginning Furnituremaking: Walnut Jewelry Box

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A hands-on course that covers the basic concepts of woodworking and furniture making. Start building the foundation which is necessary to learning the processes and techniques of making solid wood furniture. This eight-session (or 2 weekend) class is a combination of demonstrations and hands-on practice. General shop safety is emphasized as students learn and practice the process of milling solid hardwoods and the importance of the three stationary tools that form the backbone of any modern furniture making shop- the tablesaw, the jointer and the thickness planer. In addition to learning the safe & effective use of these mainstays, students will also begin to develop their skills with certain handtools and start to appreciate how they complement and finish the job begun with the major shop power tools.  The project in this class is a solid walnut jewelry box which utilizes all the basic tools & skills needed to begin making other furniture projects. Equipped with these basics, students can begin their rewarding journey to taking on more challenging projects in other classes and in their own shops. This class is the required prerequisite for Furniture Making II. Class size is limited to 8 students.  Tuition: $595.00 plus materials ($59.00)

Section 091922A: Monday & Wednesday evenings,  September 19—October 17,  6:00pm - 9:30pm 

Section 092422A: Saturday & Sundays, September 24, 25 & October 1 & 2, 9:30am—5:00pm                                     

                                                    

(Note: Tim Spratlin is the instructor for these classes)

(This class is a required prerequisite for other classes in the "Fundamentals of Furniture-making" series (Furnituremaking II & III) and has always proven worthwhile to beginner and advanced students alike. IT IS NOT A PREREQUISITE FOR ANY OTHER CLASSES ON THE SCHEDULE)

 

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Furnituremaking II

Furniture Making II: Shaker Hall Table

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An eight-session (or two weekend) class that is a continuation of the Furniture making I class. This class concentrates on basic table construction while giving participants more experience using the main shop power tools- tablesaw, jointer and thickness planer. The introduction of handplanes as a surfacing and milling tool along with mastering a card scraper (you will receive one as part of your materials fee) gives you new confidence and new skills which you will use extensively in the construction of this classic Shaker style cherry hall table. New skills introduced in this class include cutting and fitting traditional mortice & tenon joinery, making tapered legs, learning the aesthetic considerations for making an attractive table top along with strategies to ensure successful glue ups in any furniture project. Class size is limited, Furniture Making I is a prerequisite. Tuition: $495.00 plus materials ($225.00).

Section 102922A:  Saturday & Sunday, October 29, 30 & November 12 & 13, 9:30 am—5:00pm

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Introduction to Cabinet Making with Tim Spratlin

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This class concentrates on the techniques used in cabinet making rather than those used in furniture making. Tim Spratlin is a professional cabinetmaker who brings with him years of labor saving tricks and techniques which students will find invaluable when completing their own projects at home. A medium sized painted plywood bookshelf is the project for this class and features techniques such as cutting plywood panels to size, using solid wood edging, making and applying a molding, making a mitered base, using a Kreg jig and working with a router. The design of the bookcase features a plinth base, adjustable shelves and decorative moldings. This class is designed for beginner and intermediate woodworkers who are interested in learning techniques they can use in numerous home improvement projects. The bookcase utilizes common portable power tools that most homeowners would have or might be considering purchasing. This class will provide you with the foundation skills needed for more advanced projects such as kitchen cabinets, storage cabinets, entertainment centers, counter tops and more.  Sign up today. Space is limited. Tuition: $445.00 plus materials ($175.00)

Section 102622A: Wednesday evenings, October 26—December 7, 6:00pm—9:30pm

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Beginning Woodturning with Rick Angus

073 turned_round_edge_bowlThis six evening class is designed for the beginning (or frustrated) woodturner and features extensive hands-on practice each night. Woodturning is a skill that requires some basic instruction and lots of practice. Students are turning on their own lathe most of each night of the class. Class starts with basic spindle and includes a few simple projects like a mallet and spinning tops. We then move on to face plate turning which includes some cherry and mahogany bowls and plates. Along the way we spend time learning about tool sharpening and general information about lathes, tools, chucks and various jigs used in woodturning. This is a great way to safely get into woodturning and gives you a good foundation for other more advanced turning classes and projects.  Tuition: $445.00 plus materials ($49.00)

 

Section 092122B: Wednesday evenings,  September 21—October 16,  6:00pm - 9:30pm

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Have you been intrigued with the idea of learning to turn a bowl but are not ready to commit to a 6 week class?. This one day class will get you hooked on turning– Guaranteed! Students will learn some of the basics of woodturning and will come away with a finished shallow cherry bowl and the new found knowledge to turn more. Who knows– you might even jump in head first and find a whole new passion!!

Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending a little time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class –even if you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to the number of lathes we have-  9!

Tuition: $145.00 plus materials ($26.00).

 

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Basic Woodturning Weekend with Rick Angus

 

Rick Angus small bowl 640Many people have asked for a beginning turning class to be offered in a weekend format. This class will cover much of the same material as the six-night class but because of time constraints we will not be able to cover as much material in as much depth. The class will cover spindle turning, bowl turning and basic lathe use, safety and sharpening. Students will have the opportunity to make a number of spindle and faceplate projects during the weekend including a mallet, a bowl and a small plate or platter.  This is a great introduction to the fascinating craft of woodturning. Tuition: $365.00 (plus materials: $32.00)

 

Section 081322B: Saturday & Sunday, August 13 & 14,  9:30am– 5:00pm 

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Turn a Bowl from a Log with Rick Angus

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Turning "green" wood offers turners opportunities that don't exist when using kiln-dried lumber. You are not limited by stock lumber sizes or species. The wood is actually easier to turn and it is usually free!! BUT- there are some special techniques that must be used to prepare it for turning and to preserve the piece as it dries.  We will be using the "Twice-Turned" technique wherein an oversized bowl is turned from green wood that requires a few months to dry before finishing.  Students will be given a dried rough bowl, previously turned by the instructor and this piece will be turned to completion, dry and ready to finish.    Come spend the weekend with Rick Angus and increase your woodturning experience. Students will turn a series of bowls during this exciting hands-on class. Some turning experience is required. Students are encouraged to bring in some examples of their previous work for discussion. Tuition: $365.00 (plus materials)

      Section 052122B:  Saturday & Sunday,  May 21 & 22,   9:30am - 5:00pm

 

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STRICTLY BOWLS - A Woodturning Class with Rick Angus

 

Rick Angus Bowl 640Many students have asked for a class that offers the opportunity to turn bowls and only bowls. Students will have the opportunity to turn a shallow bowl, a deeper bowl, and time permitting- a third bowl or a plate (think very shallow bowl…). Participants will learn to make jigs and fixtures that will be useful in finishing the bottom of any bowl. We will get into the use of a four jaw chuck as well as alternative ways to hold the work on the lathe without using a commercially made chuck. Sharp tools are essential so we will be spending time at the grinder learning about sharpening bowl gouges and scrapers. Techniques for sanding and finishing bowls will also be covered. This is a great class whether you have turned a number of bowls already or have never even thought of turning a bowl. Sign up today. Space is limited to 9!

 

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Professional Furniture Finishing Techniques

Wood Finishing Weekend – The Basics of Color and Topcoats with Mike Mascelli

MIke Mascelli HeadShot webThis two day class is tailored especially for woodworkers who are uneasy about the finishing process and wish to master the basic knowledge and techniques that will enable professional finishing results using easily available materials. The class is a mixture of lecture, demonstration, and has an emphasis on hands on activities that all students will complete using both sample panels and actual small project pieces.

In the color world, students will learn the critical differences between pigment colors and dye colors and gain an understanding of how to decode the often confusing information found on the many cans and bottles of colorants. With this knowledge we will use both dyes and pigments in a classic finishing schedule including glazing and toning, and practice some simple steps to achieve rich colors, vibrant grain popping, and also to match existing colors. Students will also complete some basic furniture repair techniques using epoxy, colored waxes and both oil and acrylic colors to match missing or damaged grain.

In the world of topcoats, students will learn how to categorize virtually all finishes into one of five basic families, and how to successfully use products from each family by brush, pad and spray.   Students will practice using the proper brushes for each type of finish, including shellac, oil based and water based, and also learn some basic spray techniques using commonly available aerosol products to achieve professional quality results.  

In addition Mike will demonstrate the basics of rubbing out a finish to a perfect sheen and feel, and also show some basic special effect techniques such as creating “age” with common asphaltum, otherwise known as roofing tar !

 Sign up today– space is limited.

Tuition $365.00 plus materials ($30.00)

110522B: Saturday & Sunday, November 5 & 6, 9:30am - 5:00pm

 

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Five Week Furniture Making Intensive

Five Week Intensive Furniture Making with Bob Van Dyke

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Over 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 5 week (4 days per week) class there is no project– Just skills, technique and practice. With no project to distract us we are able to spend days rather than hours to insure learning of basic– and not so basic—furniture making skills and techniques.  When I changed the format of this class to no project, just skills- I really believe it has become one of the best classes I have offered in years. Everyone really learns a lot and has a great time!

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 a drawer, plan on spending at least three full days– maybe four, on dovetails. With these new hand skills, cutting a dovetail by hand turns out to be a pretty simple affair which you will be able to do! FYI- You will be cutting a set of dovetails every day of this class.

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 tabletop– 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 .

Ornamentation is a big part of fine furniture so plan on spending a some time working with veneers, inlay and making decorative bandings. 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 Mascelli will be here to do a day of hands on finishing techniques and hopefully Mike Pekovich will be able to stop by to introduce you to the Japanese technique of Kumiko along with his take on the finsihing process.

Plan on expanding your ideas on furniture making and design- and plan on taking a few field trips to inspect some of the finest furniture made in Connecticut- entirely by hand!

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 two or three days-  just on working with handplanes– and at least another whole day just on sharpening.

Because the handtools you are using are so critical to your success I am strongly recommending ( I repeat- STRONGLY RECOMMENDING!) you purchase the tapered dovetail saw from Lie Nielsen Toolworks. My experience shows that this is one of the best dovetail saws on the market at a very fair price (mention that you are taking the class at CVSW to recieve the 10% student discount). Cheaper saws will just frustrate you and after using mine you will probably just end up buying it anyway!

We will emphasize 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 need to acquire.

This 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 beginners but rather someone who has done a bit of woodworking and is now ready to get serious and really learn some skills. Basic skills with the tablesaw, jointer and thickness planer are required!! You should have spent at least 20 or more hours on the tablesaw to qualify for this class. If you are a beginner then you should sign up for the Fundamentals of Furniture Making, Intro to Cabinetmaking or the Woodworking I class. If you have any questions then please contact me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

This is an opportunity you do not want to miss. Tuition: $2800.00 plus materials ($100.00)number 4_small

Look for new dates : Spring 2023 8:30am - 4:30pm

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Speciality & Weekend Classes

Saw Sharpening 101 with Matt Cianci

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This class is an introduction for woodworkers interested in learning how to sharpen their own handsaws and backsaws. The curriculum will cover jointing, filing teeth to uniform size and gullet depth, setting, and final sharpening. Topics discussed in depth will include the geometric and functional distinction between rip and crosscut teeth and how fleam and rake are combined to maximize the function of cutting along or across wood fibers. Proper file selection, filing technique, and saw vise requirements will also be discussed. No prior knowledge of saw sharpening is required. The class will be hands on with each student learning to sharpen a rip and crosscut saw.  Students are encouraged to bring one or two saws only. These saws must be in decent shape. This is a sharpening class- not a saw rehab class!  

Matt Cianci is a professional saw doctor. His website and blog are at  http://thesawwright.com  Sign up today- This is always a fun class! Tuition: $145.00 plus materials ($20 paid directly to instructor)

Section 102222B:  Saturday, October 22, 9:30am - 5:00pm

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Week-long Classes

Take some time for yourself!

Spend a week with some of this country's best woodworking instructors.

Lunch break is approximately one hour. A refrigerator is available as well as local restaurants and convenience stores. Lodging assistance is available should you need it.

Making Tablesaw Jigs & Fixtures with Bob Van Dyke

Bob Van Dyke cross cut sled 800The idea of making jigs and fixtures for the tablesaw is always one that creates a lot of debate. Some people insist that they are not worth it and “just do it by hand” while other people love coming up with intricate fixtures that do a specific job really well. Bob’s approach is somewhere in the middle- will the jig be useful enough to be used over & over again and is it better than one that can be easily purchased? This class is Not a beginning tablesaw class. Participants must have some working experience with Tablesaws & routers. Note: because of the design of the jigs for the table saw you must have a table saw with a Biessemeyer type fence. Bench top, "Job site"  saws and the old Delta Unisaw fence will not work with these jigs. Please specify tablesaw you have when registering for this class. If you have any questions please contact Bob Van Dyke directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

In this hands-on class participants will make several different jigs & fixtures for their tablesaw, all of which will become staple tools in their shop.

We will start out the week making a cross-cut sled. The accuracy and extra support this important fixture brings will almost completely replace your tablesaw’ s stock miter gauge. Armed with the knowledge to make the sled you will probably go home and make more- for cutting dados, wide panels and specialized tasks.

The next jig to be made will be a tenoning jig- but this is not just any tenoning jig. This jig is designed for accuracy and versatility. Mass is what it is all about. The mass of this jig means no vibration which translates into complete accuracy. The jig can also be fine tuned to fit your tablesaw’s rip fence exactly. The size of the jig means that you can easily clamp large assemblies to it (think breadboard end table top). Used in conjunction with two rip blades and a precisely made spacer, accurate tenons are a snap.

The next two jigs were developed by Bob and are two of the most valuable tablesaw add on jigs you can imagine! How many times have you clamped a sacrificial scrap of plywood to the fence to cut a rabbet and then had to move the clamps because they were in the way of the cut? And- have you ever heard of pattern cutting on the tablesaw? The fixture we will make is an ingenious and easily used base to fit over the existing tablesaw fence and allows you to quickly bolt on any number of specialty fences- certainly the most valuable being an easily adjusted and versatile “L” fence.    Bob Van Dyke L fence 800

The next two jigs are pretty simple- but really valuable! A taper jig designed by Steve Latta will make tapers a breeze- and cutting tails on the tablesaw with a dovetail sled lets you cut perfectly straight tails, exactly perpendicular to the face of the board- at any angle and whatever spacing you want. Your dovetails just got a whole lot better!

Any extra time during the class will be devoted to making a series of small fixtures for the tablesaw: drop stops, sliding stops and zero clearence inserts. Throughout the 5 days we will take time to demonstrate the many techniques possible with these tablesaw jigs & fixtures. 

This is a class designed for people with solid experience on the tablesaw who can appreciate the value & importance of the jigs & fixtures you will be making.

Be warned- you will go home with a full vehicle!!

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Tuition: $845.00 plus materials ($159.00)

Section 091022A: Saturday - Wednesday, September 10 - 14, 9:00am - 5:00pm

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Fundamentals of Furniture-Making with Bob Van Dyke and Tim Spratlin

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This popular six-day intensive hands-on class is an opportunity to concentrate on the basics of woodworking and furniture making. Each student will make a Shaker style cherry hall table, which is a perfect vehicle to practice the machine and hand-tool techniques that we teach in the class. Subjects covered include basic shop safety, machine use (with particular emphasis on the tablesaw, jointer and planer), using handplanes, card scrapers and chisels effectively to surface and hand-fit the mortice and tenon joints, handtool sharpening, making tapered legs and grain matching and gluing up a top. 

This is not an appropriate class for absolute beginners. Some experience is suggested. This class provides a strong foundation for more advanced furniture projects. Tuition: $945.00 plus materials ($225.00 plus tax)

Section 010223A: Monday - Saturday, January 2 - 7, 9:00am - 5:00pm - (2023)

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The Joy of Woodcarving – Spend a Week with Mary May

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What better way to spend a week than to put a woodcarving gouge in your hand, create something beautiful- and have fun! Mary May, a well-known professional woodcarver and instructor from South Carolina, will walk you through the carving process using a variety of relief carving projects. This class will focus on carving for furniture– fans, shells and urns– and then will transition to a variety of drapery and linenfold, and finally– the week will finish up with a Philadelphia style Ball & Claw foot

This beginning carving class will cover a lot of information for those who want to carve decorative details in furniture. She will begin with the basics of how to use carving gouges, tool safety, grain direction, and tool sharpening. She will then walk you through the step-by-step process of carving a traditional fan, a variety of drapery and linenfold, and finally,  the Philadelphia style Ball and Claw foot.

Throughout the week Mary will also demonstrate a variety of tricks and techniques on how to efficiently use the gouges, how to make difficult carving cuts, how to sharpen tools to a razor sharp edge,

This is a perfect class for both beginners and experienced carvers. Beginning carvers can learn the basics from Mary, while experienced carvers will have a whole week to pick Mary’s brain, clarify the questions they may have been struggling with over the years and practice the skills she will be showing you. This is a great opportunity to learn both the basics and the advanced techniques under the guidance of one of our country’s best carvers and instructors.

Sign up today- This is a week that you will not want to miss! Tuition: $895.00 plus materials ($28.00 plus tax)

Section 062722A: Monday - Friday, June 27—July 1, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Build a Chippendale Style Connecticut Side Chair with Chuck Bender

Chuck Bender Norwich chair 2022 800Trapezoidal-seat chairs remain some of the most challenging woodworking projects because they employ so many different disciplines. Most Chippendale chairs involve tremendous carving skills in addition to profoundly-honed joinery skills. This side chair by 18th century Norwich cabinetmaker Felix Huntington is simple yet elegant and is an excellent choice for intermediate and advanced woodworkers alike. There is enough to challenge any woodworker without being overwhelming. It’s nearly perfect for a woodworker’s first chair. As an added bonus- Chuck is offering an option to make a different style back splat- You may prefer the “interlaced” version rather than the “owl eyes”- it will involve a little more carving.

We will begin the week with a trip to Hartford’s Wadsworth Athenaeum to study the original chair. From this you can get a good sense of the actual chair and what is involved in its construction.  You’ll learn how to accurately measure an existing piece of furniture and how to transform that information into working drawings and patterns. The class then moves into constructing the back, carving the crest and other elements, and finishes with forming and fitting the angled joinery. Depending on the speed of the class you may get the majority of the work done in class but don’t expect to go home with a finished chair! Chuck Bender has been making high end period furniture for well over 40 years and is the 2021 Recipient of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers Cartouche Award. He runs his own school- The Acanthus Workshop in Pennsylvania.

Sign up today- Space is limited. Tuition: $945.00 plus materials ($225.00 plus tax)

Section 071122A: Monday – Saturday, July 11 – 16, 9:00am – 5:00pm 

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Build a Fan Back Windsor Chair with Dave Douyard

Dave Douyard Fan Back 800This six-day class takes you through the process of building a Windsor Fan Back chair from start to finish. It will cover every aspect of making a Windsor style chair, beginning with lumber selection, chairmaking tools, hand shaping parts, working with compound angles, all the way through final assembly. Plan on building this chair primarily with hand tools. Due to the logistics of the class all turned parts will be provided.

High points of the class include:

  • Use hand tools: drawknife, spokeshave, reamer, adz, scorp and scraper
  • Steam-bending
  • Layout and drill compound angles
  • Use of tapered mortise and tenon joints
  • Use moisture content and grain orientation to make a long-lasting joint
  • Assembly using hide glue

Tuition: $945.00 plus materials ($225.00 plus tax)

Section 072522A: Monday—Saturday, July 25—30, 9:00am—5:00pm

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Traditional Japanese Woodworking Techniques & Tools with    Andrew Hunter

Andrew Hunter 1In this weeklong class professional furniture maker Andrew Hunter will introduce students to the wonders of traditional Japanese woodworking.  From tuning up a new plane to cutting an intricate scarf joint, participants will gain hands on experience with skills that can be applied to any shop whether you use Japanese tools or western style tools.

We will begin with an indepth examination of Japanese saws, planes and chisels.  Through demonstrations and exercises students will learn setting up, sharpening and using each tool to their fullest capacity. If you are primarily experienced with western tools– don’t worry– The amount of information that is directly applicable to western style handtools and techniques is amazing!

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The materials fee for the class includes a brand new, high quality 54mm Japanese plane. Andrew will work with students through each step of the process in setting up their new planes from out of the box to full working order.  What seems like a simple tool, a blade and a block of wood, the Japanese plane (Kanna) is actually a very complex instrument with many subtle qualities. This makes the Kanna Andrew’s favorite tool!  Watch out, he might even make you participate in a friendly planing contest with the rest of the class.

We’ll finish up the week by putting our tools to work laying out and cutting a kanawa-tsugi.  This intricate scarf joint is a perfect exercise for getting started with Japanese joinery.  Students will learn how to use centerlines and story sticks to make simple work of complex layouts and how to most efficiently use their hand tools to work to these lines.

Students are encouraged to bring their own Japanese tools to class. Andrew will offer feedback and assistance on getting them tuned and set up to work more efficiently. If you don’t have your own collection of Japanese tools (yet), no worries, bring what you have.  Andrew will also have a selection tools for students to try out. The basic set of tools suggested will be posted on the school website.

The materials fee includes a high quality Japanese handplane-" Kana" - Yamamoto plane from Suzukitool.com

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Sign up today– This is a unique opportunity to learn some great skills! Tuition $845.00 plus materials ($215.00 plus tax)

Section 071822A: Monday—Friday, July 18—22, 9:00am—5:00pm  

 

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Build a Traditional Cabinetmaker's Workbench with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

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In this fast paced class students will have the opportunity to build the traditional cabinetmaker’s workbench they have dreamed about! Let’s face it- the benches we build in the school during the year are great (especially for the price!) but nothing beats working on a traditional workbench constructed entirely of 8/4 and 12/4 rock maple. A flat top, wide enough to accommodate most work, wooden bench dogs to hold the work in conjunction with the end vise, a sturdy shoulder vise, a tool tray to keep the smaller tools you are working with in one place (and off the floor!) and about 300 pounds of dead weight all make this bench a pleasure to work on. The massive trestle base joined with wedged mortice and tenons - knocks down for easier (relatively!) moving (We have fit these into mini vans easily). We use the Lie Nielsen tail vise and Chain drive shoulder vise hardware. It is hands down the best we have ever seen. The bench is 7' long and 26" wide and weighs about 300 pounds.   This is a great project to further your woodworking skills and is a bench you will treasure for years and pass on to future generations.  Sign up today- space is limited- and be ready to work hard- you will go home with a finished workbench (minus an actual finish if you decide to add that)! Tuition: $995.00.00 plus materials (materials are approximately $1795.00- includes all Lie Nielsen Vise hardware and our own wooden benchdogs- unfortunately- Covid-19 has dramatically increased some of the material costs for this class)

Unfortunately this class is postponed. Supply issues have forced us to postpone until we can be sure of obtaining the required materials.

Hopefully we can reschedule the class later in 2022

 

(Note: The bench we make in class does not include the drawers pictured here)

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Make an Arts & Crafts Style Morris Chair with Bob Van Dyke & Tim Spratlin

Morris ChairThe Morris chair is the epitome of Craftsman style furniture and the design we have selected offers many of the typical design features of this well-known chair. Through mortise & tenon joints, a reclining back and angled arm rests are only a few of the highlights of this unique (and comfortable!) piece of furniture. This challenging project will be done in your choice of cherry or 1/4 sawn white oak and will definitely exercise all the woodworking skills you have learned up till now. Because of the complexity of this project it is probable that the project will not be entirely completed in the 6 days of class time– but rest assured, all machining and major processes will be complete and final sanding and possibly some glue ups should be all that will be left to finish the chair in your own shops. The upholstery work for the chair is not part of the class. We can recommend upholsterers who have done nice work in the past. Participants need to have some prior woodworking experience. This is NOT a beginner's class! Tuition: $945.00 plus materials

Section 082222A : Monday - Saturday, August 22 - 27, 9:00am - 5:00pm

 

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Build a White Oak or Walnut Writing Desk with Mike Pekovich

Mike Pekovich A and C Desk 800Working from home seems to have caught on in the last year or so. Because of that, work space in many homes is at a premium. Just about any home can benefit from a nice little desk that can be tucked away when not in use and it compliments just about any room style. This light and lively desk - which you can make in either 1/4 sawn white oak or walnut, does away with the banks of drawers in a traditional desk and instead provides a wide open base highlighted by subtly tapered legs and through mortise-and-tenon construction. The desk is topped with a small box of drawers perfectly sized for pens and pencils, bills, chargers and thumb drives, as well as space for a nice set of stationary. You will learn some great furniture making techniques and spend a week doing what you love. The desk is approximately  37" long X 23" deep X 29" high.  Mike is the editor & Art Director for Fine Woodworking Magazine and has recently published his second book Foundations of Woodworking, Taunton Press. Join Mike Pekovich in this six-day class and come away with a nice addition to your home along with some great skills! Tuition: $945.00 plus materials.

Section 081522A: Monday – Saturday, August 15 – 20, 9:00am – 5:00pm

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Testimonials

Bob,

Just a quick note to say how much I appreciated and benefitted from the recent 5 week intensive. I hope you get as much satisfaction in teaching it as we received knowledge from the class. I didn’t return with a trinket, a box or a table … but I did return with a better understanding of workmanship and the process to get there. That was exactly what I was looking for.

The dovetails continue to improve (someday they’ll meet my standards), the L-fence is already on the saw and you gave me sufficient challenges to keep me busy for some time.

I hope our paths cross again.

Best,

Butch

5/21/2021

Bob,

Thanks for the last five weeks. This was one of the best learning experiences I have ever had. Thanks for your patience and I look forward to taking more courses in the future. Meanwhile, this summer, I'll keep practicing dovetails and I'll look forward to seeing you at the open house. 

Myles