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Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking Series – I, II, and III
The Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking series is designed to give the beginning student a solid foundation in basic hand tool woodworking. Machinery and power tools are introduced for some functions, but the emphasis is on competency with planes, chisels, and other non-powered tools and techniques. This series is intended to be one continuous course, however the series is offered as separate modules to accommodate most of our students who work during the day. We hope that students carry on through the whole program. The series is designed and divided to be experienced sequentially, and generally speaking each class is a prerequisite for the next, with no experience required to enroll in segment I. Applicants who can demonstrate equivalency may be allowed to enter Funamentals II or III without being required to attend the preceding class.

For a limited time only we are offering a $200 discount to those students who commit to the entire series. (see Fundamentals Inclusive below)

The courses progress from learning the basics of sharpening and hand tool use in segment I, through the making of a bench in segment II, and finally making a beautiful Shaker style table with dovetail drawers in segment III. All projects are made in solid wood.

The recommended text to accompany this series is Woodworking Basics – Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship, by Peter Korn (2003, The Taunton Press). While the Fundamentals series does not follow this book precisely, many of the techniques are the same and the projects are similar. 


FTW100 – Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I
Schedule: May 1 – 18; August 21 – September 7
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Class size: minimum 5, maximum 8
Instructor: Fleming
Prerequisite: open to all

This hands-on course is for the beginning woodworker or anyone who wishes to review fundamental skills and get a solid foundation in methods of fine craftsmanship. It is the first class in the three-part Fundamentals series and is the pre-requisite for Fundamentals II.

FTW I

Subjects covered include workshop safety, wood and wood movement, the use and maintenance of basic hand tools (planes, chisels, etc,), sharpening edge tools, measuring and marking, and basic joinery. Projects completed in this class may include a bench hook and shooting board—essential aids in any hand tool woodworking shop.

Skills practiced: Shop safety, hand tool use and maintenance, edge sharpening, measuring, marking, gluing, dovetails, mortise and tenons

Schedule: Three weeks of evening classes from 6:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. on Monday, Wednesday and Thursday. 27 instruction hours total, with additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises.

Prerequisite: None

Tools required: Tool kit supplied by the school

Fees

  • Cost:  $519.00
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)Materials: included
  • Registration closes: two weeks before first class
  • Required deposit: $200.00 due with registration
  • Final payment: remainder of fee due five days before first class

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FTW303 – Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking Inclusive (now in session)
Schedule: May 1 – July 20; August 21 – November 9
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Class size: minimum 5, maximum 8
Prerequisite: open to all
Instructors: Fleming/Rivard/Forsha/Ramirez

Fundamentals students at workThis course is the sum of the above three courses. The student who enrolls in this course will be committing to attending the above three courses sequentially. Enrolling in this way the student will be entitled to a discount of $200 over the individual cost of the three courses.

Schedule: Evening classes, 6:00pm-9:00pm, M-W-Th, for 12 weeks (108 hrs of instruction total). There will be additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises.

Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8

Fees

  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Cost:  $1856.00 (this is with the $200 discount, full price would be $2,056)
  • Materials: Included
  • Registration closes: ONE weeks before first class
  • Required deposit: $400.00 due with registration
  • Final payment: remainder of fee due five days before first class
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SKD100A17 – Free Sketch-Up Demo
Schedule: June 24
Time: 6:30 PM – 9:00 PM
Class Size: 10 Minimum, 20 Maximum
Prerequisite: Open to all
Instructor: Doug Forsha

Free

Sketch-Up Make is a free 3D CAD program with a lot of power.  It is one of the most user friendly and powerful CAD program available for free.  Come see what it can do for you.  Many professional cabinet shops use this program to make working drawings, and make presentations to their customers.

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All Are Welcome


SKU101A17 – Sketch-Up Basics
Schedule: June 24
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 16 Maximum
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm 
Prerequisite: Open to all
Instructor: Oster/Forsha

FREE DEMO

Synopsis:
Sketch up is one of the most user friendly and powerful CAD programs available for free. It is a true 3D program capable of generating a full 3D drawing with several perspectives and even will allow for exploded views.

 

 

Workshop details:
In this Workshop you will learn:

  • Set up Sketch Up templates
  • – Learn to navigate in 3D space
  • – Tool bars
  • – Drawing 2D
  • – Drawing 3D
  • – Measuring and guide lines
  • – Using groups
  • – Moving and copying
  • – Saving your work
  • – Draw a cabinet

Students should bring their own laptop or computer with monitor and 3 button mouse and have Sketch Up Make (free) or Sketch Up Pro loaded onto their own computer

Sketch-Up is an easy to use 3D modeling program without all the complexities of other 3D CAD programs.  As a woodworker, Sketch Up will help you design, visualize, understand and create your projects.

Fees

  • Tuition:  $149
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: Two days before start of class
  • Required deposit: $149 with registration
  • Final Payment: due before start of class

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SRP101A17 – Sharpening Workshop
Schedule: July 8
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor:  Forsha
Prerequisite: Open to all

Sharpening edge tools is always a problem for the novice and some more advanced woodworkers.  There are so many myths about sharpening that it could discourage the most dedicated woodworker. There is much written about how to sharpen and what technique to use. Much of the written matter conflicts with each other. It is not uncommon for the hobbyist to spend hours sharpening and come away with spotty results. And to make matters worse most edge tools are dull right out of the box. 

Well Doug will take the myth out of sharpening and teach you the skills required to get that keen edge that is necessary for all woodworkers.

You will learn:

  • What a sharp edge looks and feels like
  • How to prepare your tools for sharpening
  • What angles are appropriate for the edge tools
  • Grinding chisels and plane blades
  • Honing chisels and plane blades

Fees

  • Tuition:  $149
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: Two days before start of class
  • Required deposit: $149 with registration

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FTW200 – Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking II
 Schedule: May 22 – June 15; September 11 – October 5
Time: 6:00pm – 9:00pm
Class size: minimum 5, maximum 8
Prerequisite: Fundamentals I or equivalent
Instructor: Rivard/Forsha

The second class in our Fundamentals series, this course builds additional skills with both power and hand tools, including sharpening techniques. Students will practice several types of joints and will apply their skills by building a small bench. Edge jointing, shaping with spoke shaves, and surface preparation for finishing are also covered. Sharpening and shop safety are continually reinforced, as well as all of the techniques learned in the previous segment.

megan polishing her bench

Schedule: Evening classes, 6:00pm – 9:00pm, M-W-Th, for four weeks (36 hrs of instruction total). There will be additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises.

Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8

Fees

  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Cost:  $672.00
  • Materials: included
  • Prerequisite: Fundamnetals I or equivalent
  • Registration closes: one weeks before first class
  • Required deposit: $200.00 due with registration
  • Final payment: remainder of fee due five days before first class
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MIL101A17 – From Rough to Ready – Milling Rough Lumber (completed)
Schedule: Saturday June 17 
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Ramirez
Prerequisite: Safety Workshop or Fundamentals II

IMG_20170119_203521As your skills increase you will realize that buying lumber already dimensioned presents some risk. With dimensioned lumber, you are at the mercy of the way the lumber dealers mill the lumber. Lumber is measured in quarters. That is a one inch board is called four quarter a two-inch board is called eight quarter and so on. These dimensions are taken before the lumber is milled. So, a 1 inch (four quarter) board dresses down to 13/16 after milling. If the board is warped IMG_20170119_203610going into the machines it comes out smooth but is still warped. A board has, let’s say, 1/16 of twist that board will have to be jointed and planed to remove the twist, you will lose 1/8 inch leaving a board thickness of 11/16. A larger defect results in an even thinner board. This points out the value of being able to mill your own lumber. Almost always a rough board can be milled to the desired dimension. 

Fees

  • Tuition:  $149
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: Two days before start of class
  • Required deposit: $149 with registration

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SMT101B17 – Small Table Workshop
Schedule: May 20 – 21
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Forsha
Prerequisite: Open to all

CHERRY TABLE LRThis workshop is an exciting and rewarding class.  Under the guidance of Master Craftsman, Doug Forsha, you will build this table in just two days.  It is a shaker style with a beveled top edge and tapered legs. The table is made of Cherry.

 

You will learn:

  • Select the top with the most pleasing grain pattern
  • The advantages of choosing rift sawn lumber for the legs
  • Tapering the legs
  • Loose tenon joinery for the aprons
  • Preparing the surface for the finish

 

  • Tuition: $359
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: Two days before start of class
  • Material: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration
  • Final Payment: due before start of class

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DSN303B17 – Design with George Walker (completed)
ScheduleFeb 10 – 12
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Class size: minimum 5, maximum 12
InstructorWalker
Prerequisite: open to all

One of the most challenging tasks for the beginning woodworker is DESIGN. Many new and some experienced woodworkers are limited to building pre-designed furniture found in books, magazines and on-line. You can break through this barrier by learning the fundamental principles. We are indeed fortunate to have George Walker coming to our school to teach us those exciting principles.  George Walker may be the best-known furniture designer in the country right now, and for good reason. In addition to building his own beautifully-proImage result for george walker furniture designportioned furniture, George writes the “Design Matters” column in Popular Woodworking magazine and an interesting blog with the same name. He’s also the co-author, with Jim Tolpin, of the books By Hand & Eye and By Hound & Eye (both from Lost Art Press) and together they’ve recently started an online design studio called ByHandAndEye.com. In addition to all that, George still makes time every year to conduct a few classes in person.

George will be teaching a three-day design course at the Southwest School of Woodworking. If you’d like to learn to design  your own furniture, you won’t want to miss this class.

In addition to learning the principles of fine furniture design, George says students will also gain two major lessons from his courses:

1 – Design isn’t just for a few, gifted woodworkers, but something that everyone can master.
2 – Design can become the most rewarding part of your woodworking life.

This course is scheduled for Feb 10-12, 2017 and requires a minimum of eight students. If you’re interested, please register now.

Tuition: $495

  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: Two days before start of class
  • Material: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration
  • Final Payment: due before start of class

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SKU301B17 – Sketch-Up Advanced
Schedule: July 1
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Prerequisite: Sketch-Up Basics
Instructor: Jesper Oster

Synopsis:
SU advanced (003)
This workshop builds on the previous one.  Builds of the foundation of the basic. Additional topics will be array both linear and circular. For example, fitting an array between two points or fitting a number of objects between two points. Working with curved surfaces, making groups and components.

Workshop details:
In this Workshop you will learn:

  • Set up preferences
  • Curves and profiles
  • Components
  • Layers
  • Plugins
  • Draw a cabinet with doors
  • Dimension your work
  • Layout your project

Students should bring their own laptop or computer with monitor and 3 button mouse and have Sketch Up Make (free) or Sketch Up Pro loaded onto their computers

Sketch Up is an easy to use 3D modeling program without all the complexities of other 3D CAD programs.  As a woodworker, Sketch Up will help you design, visualize, understand and create your projects.

Fees

  • Tuition:  $149
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: Two days before start of class
  • Required deposit: $149 with registration

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BCS101B17 – Book Case Workshop (completed)
Schedule: February 18 – 19
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Gary McCaslin
Prerequisite: Fundamentals I or equivalent

BOOKCASE LR

Synopsis:

In this two day busy workshop Gary will lead us through the building of a beautiful bookcase. This bookcase features three adjustable shelves and two drawers. This is a project that will make you proud while adding to your skill set

 

Fees

  • Tuition: $379
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Material: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration
  • Final Payment: due before start of class

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TCH101B17 – Tool Chest Workshop (completed)
Schedule: February 24 – 26
Times: February 24, 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM; February 25 & 26, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Gary McCaslin
Prerequisite: Fundamentals I or equivalent

TOOL CHEST 1LRIn this two and a half day workshops we will build this cool tool chest. This will include preparation, joinery and assembly. The sides are joined with through dovetails. To cut the dovetails master Craftsman Gary McCaslin will take the students through the use of the dovetail jig and how to set it up. Using the router and jig will result in perfect dovetails.  The top is frame and panel with cope and stick joinery this will be accomplished with the router as well. The top will be joined to the case with butt hinges and the steamer trunk handles will round out the hardware.  By the time class is over you will have a tool chest that will be completed and ready to finish.

Fees

  • Tuition:  $389
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Material: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration
  • Final Payment: due before start of class

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FTW300 – Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking – III
 Schedule: June 19 – July 20; October 9 – November 9
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Class size: minimum 5, maximum 8
Prerequisite: Fundamentals II or equivalent
Instructor: Ramirez

The final class in our Fundamentals series, this course is for advanced beginners who wish to practice their skills and refine their craftsmanship. Students will employ various joinery and construction techniques to build a floor-standing cabinet/nightstand of solid wood, using mortise and tenon, structural dovetail, and frame and panel joinery.
F 3 TABLE DETAILThe cabinet features a frame and panel inset door, hung on mortised butt hinges. Other techniques introduced or reinforced include housed joints, doweling, surface planing, and shaping. As always, sharpening and safety are stressed as we F 3 TABLEbringing all of the previous lessons to bear with some new ones to complete this piece.

Schedule: Evening classes, 6:00 PM – 9:00PM, M-W-Th, for five weeks, (45  hrs instruction total). There will be additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises.

Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8

Fees

  • Tuition:  $865 (includes the $200 discount)
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Materials: included
  • Prerequisite: Fundamentals II
  • Registration closes: one weeks before first class
  • Required deposit: $400.00 due with registration
  • Final payment: remainder of fee due five days before first class
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TSS101C17 – Table Saw Skills (completed)
Schedule: March 4
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Gary McCaslin
Prerequisite: Safety course or Fundamentals II

Class details:

In this, short but information packed, 5-hour class you will learn how to safely and confidently use a table saw while producing a sliding lid box.

Fees:

  • Tuition:  $99
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Material: Included
  • Required deposit: $99 with registration

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FIN101C17 –  Finishing Introduction (completed)
Schedule: March 11
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Class size: minimum 4, maximum 8
Prerequisite: Open to all
Instructor: Rhonda Forsha

This short course in finishing is designed to help the students of the Fundamentals courses put a nice finish on their projects.

You will learn:

  • Surface preparation
  • Adding color
  • Oil based wipe on finish
  • Wipe on Poly
  • Brushing lacquer
  • Rubbing out
  • Touch-up

Fees

  • Tuition:  $99
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35:00 (waiver for returning students)
  • Materials: Included
  • Registration closes : One weeks before class begins
  • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class
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JBX101D17 – Jewelry Box Workshop
Schedule: April 1 & 2
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Doug Forsha
Prerequisite: Open to all

Workshop Details:

MAPLE BOX lr

Sepele with Birds Eye Maple top

Sepele With Koa top

KOA BOX OPEN lr

Open view of box

 In this workshop, Doug will take the student through the process of making a wooden jewelry box. There will be two versions one with a Koa top and one with a Birds Eye top. In just two days the student will complete a beautiful jewelry box that will not only add to your skills but will result in a project you will be proud of. The box will be made of Quartered Sapele wood with a Birdseye Maple lid and the interior will have a maple sliding tray.  The finished size is approximately 9 ½” x 6” x 3 ¾” H.

You will learn:

  • Material preparation
  • Setting butt hinges
  • Mitered corners
  • Fitting a panel in the top
  • Surface preparation
  • Fitting the lid

 Fees

  • Tuition:  $359
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: Two days before start of class
  • Material: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration

Final Payment: due before start of class

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DWC201C17 – Display Wall Cabinet Workshop
Schedule: March 17 – 19
Times: March 17 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM; March 18 & 19, 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Forsha
Prerequisite: Fundamentals I or equivalent

 

Wall cabinetsSynopsis
In this workshop, Master Craftsman Doug Forsha will take the student through the process of making a shaker style wall cabinet. In just two and a half days the student will complete a beautiful wall cabinet that will not only add to your skills but will result is completing a project you will be proud of.

The student will have the choice of making the cabinet out of Cherry or Walnut.

 

You will learn:

  • Lumber selection
  • Hinging a door
  • Setting a glass panel
  • Edge shaping
  • Frame and panel door
  • Setting a figures panel in door

Fees

  • Tuition:  $399
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Material: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration
  • Final Payment: due before start of class

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GTB200D17 – Gaming Table Build
Schedule: April 3 – 6
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: McCaslin
Prerequisite: Open to all

 

Tuition:  $539

    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Registration closes: One week before start of class
    • A finishing kit is required, this can be purchased from the school for $
    • Required deposit $200 with registration

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FIN100D17 – Finishing Basics
Schedule: April 3-6
Time: 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Rhonda Forsha
Prerequisite: Open to all

Synopsis
In this course master finisher Rhonda Forsha will lead us though the fundamentals of finishing.

Jeff & samplesCourse details: In this course you will learn:
Choosing materials
best use of grain patterns
Preparing the surface
Sealing the surface
Applying finishing
Finishing the finish

 

 

Fees

  • Tuition:  $234
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Materials: Included
  • Registration closes : One weeks before class begins
  • Required deposit:  $200 with registration
  • Final Payment due:  5 days before start of class
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BSS101D17 – Bandsaw Skills Workshop
Schedule: April 8
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: Forsha
Prerequisite: Open to all

In this, short but information packed, 5-hour class you will learn how to safely and confidently use a band saw while producing a wooden box with a small drawer.

You will learn:

  • Safe use of the bandsaw
  • Tuning up the bandsaw
  • Eliminate blade drift
  • Setting up the band saw guides
  • Straight and curved cutting on the bandsaw
  • Make jigs to be more productive
  • Resawing techniques

Fees

  • Tuition:  $99
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit $99 due with registration

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IPT101D17 Introduction to Power Tools (closed)
Schedule: April 9
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: McCaslin
Prerequisite: Open to all

 

 

  • Tuition:  $99
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Registration closes: One week before start of class
    • A finishing kit is required, this can be purchased from the school for $
    • Required deposit $99 with registration

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RUT201D17 – Router Table Workshop (closed)
Schedule: April 22 & 28-29
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: McCaslin
Prerequisite: Fundamentals I or equivalent

router tableSynopsis: One of the must have productive tools in the workshop is the router table.  A good router table will expand the use and versatility of your router and give you the capability of performing some complex shaping and joinery. This will be a very busy workshop. Gary will lead the class through the building of a very functional Router Table. You will complete the table in the two days except for the top. The design for the top is left to the student to choose the router and router lift of your choice

Workshop details: In this workshops you will learn:

  • Carcass joinery
  • Project layout
  • Preparing materials
  • Gluing
  • Adding wheels to the legs
  • Assembly techniques

Fees

  • Tuition:  $529
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit: $99 with registration
  • Note: this is a three-day workshop that meets on two Saturdays and one Sunday

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FIN200D17 – Finishing Intermediate
Schedule: April 24 – 27
Time: 6:00  PM – 9:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Rhonda Forsha
Prerequisite: Finishing Basics or equivalent

Ben & samples

Synopsis

This course will focus on more advanced finishing techniques, which includes painted finishes. Spray finishing will be introduced using spray cans and HVLP equipment. Varnish and lacquer will also be introduced as well as the techniques of application. As always surface preparation will continue to be stressed.

You will learn:

  • Surface preparation
  • Spray on finishes
  • Techniques for coloring wood
  • Mixing your own stain
  • Grain filling
  • Antique reproduction finishing
  • Finishing a finish
  • Painted crackle finish
  • Bleaching wood
  • You will produce several finish samples

Fees

  • Cost:  $219
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Materials: Included
  • Registration closes : One weeks before class begins
  • Required deposit $219 with registration
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CBD101E17 – Build an Elegant Custom Cutting Board
Schedule: May 6 – 7; December 2 – 3
Time: 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM
Class size: minimum 5, maximum 8
Instructor: Doug Forsha
Prerequsite: Open to all

cutting-boardWe offer this workshop twice per year, once before Mother’s day and again before Christmas. We do this because of demand and they make excellent gifts for anyone. This cutting board would delight anyone.  Come make one for that special someone. In this class you will make two stunning cutting boards and pick up some valuable skills too.

This popular workshop is limited to eight students and fills up quickly so plan ahead.

Skills practiced: Gluing up a wide surface, bent lamination, router techniques

Schedule: Two half days – 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on Saturday and Sunday.

Tools required: Tool kit supplied by the school

Fees

  • Tuition:  $170, everything is included
  • Required payment: $170 due with registration
  • in addition there is a one time $35 registration fee for new students


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FIN300E17 – Finishing Advanced
Schedule: May 8 – 11
Time: 6:00 PM- 9:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: Jim Altman
Prerequisite: Finishing Intermediate or equivalent
 

 

Fees

  • Tuition:  $249
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration
  • Balance due: one week before class starts

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RSW101E17 – Router Skills Workshop
Schedule: May 13 
Time: 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM
Class Size: 4 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Prerequisite:
Instructor: McCaslin

This is a “Hands on” workshop:

  1. Hand routers
  2. Router table
  3. router bits
  4. router techniques
  • Tuition:  $124
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit: $124 with registration


MKI200E17 – Mobile Kitchen Island (closed)
Schedule: May 19 – 21
Time: 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class Size: 4 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Prerequisite:
Instructor: McCaslin

In this course we will build a mobile kitchen island similar to one shown in the photo. Gary will guide the students through the preparation and building of this beautiful and useful mobile kitchen island. You will be encourage to incorporate your own ideas to make this your own and fit your own personal needs. Imagine, this can be used as a mobile server, kitchen island, kitchen peninsula and preparation center.  We are sure that you will come up some of your of your own ideas.

 

  • Tuition:  $425
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit: $200 with registration

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WHP201E17 – Wooden Hand Plane Workshop
Schedule: May 27 – 28
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Fleming
Prerequisite: Open to all

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Fees

  • Tuition:  $399
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit: $200
  • balance due: one week before class starts

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JNY200G17 – Joinery Basics
Schedule: July 17 – 21
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 4 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Prerequisite:
Instructor: McCaslin

Synopsis

As anyone who has ever built a piece of furniture knows that the weakest link is the joinery. Although we teach joinery in the Fundamentals courses these courses are too brief and broad based to go into an in depth study of the many joints that are used. The student really needs a more concentrated and focused exposure to making the various joints. Repetition is a key to building and retaining the skill. There are many considerations to making joints; the most important is to choose the right joint for the right application. Layout is critical to accurately cutting the joinery.  In addition it is good to know which glues to use and just as important is sharp tools to cut the joint. We will concentrate on the mortise and tenon (various), through dovetails, half blind dovetails, bridal joints, lapped dovetails, and the half lap.

In this course you will learn:

  • The layout process
  • Gluing
  • Hand cutting joinery
  • Machine cut joints
  • Sharpening

Fee

  • Cost:  $739
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Materials: included
  • Registration closes : Two weeks before class begins
  • Required deposit $200 with registration

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WKB300G17 – Build a Classic Workbench
Schedule: July 31 – August 11
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: McCaslin
Prerequisite: Fundamentals III or equivalent

BenchThe most essential “tool” in a workshop is a sturdy workbench. A workbench should be heavy and steady enough that it doesn’t budge while the craftsman is working. A good design, well built, will last more than a lifetime. For this class, students will build a Scandinavian style bench (this is also one of Frank Klausz’ favorite bench (designs). Each bench will have a tail vise and a front vise. The bench top will be made of the student’s choice of wood. Similar, commercially-made benches can cost as much as $5,000.

Students will be required to read the drawings prepare their lumber mark out joinery cut and fit the mortise and tenon joinery, cut bench dog holes, cut dovetails for vises flatten bench top and install vise hardware.

In this class, you will:

  • read drawings
  • prepare lumber
  • mark out joinery
  • cut and fit mortise and tenon joinery
  • assemble the workbench
  • cut bench dog holes
  • cut dovetails for vises (where applicable)
  • flatten the bench top
  • install vise hardware

You will make: a time-tested workbench design that will serve you for the rest of your life and beyond.

Class requirements

Schedule: Daytime classes, 9:00am – 5:00pm, Monday through Friday (80 instruction hrs total).

Tool kit supplied by the school

Fees

  • Tuition:  $1960
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Materials: Typically around $600 but depends on students choice of hardware
    • Registration closes : Two weeks before class begins
    • Required deposit: $400 with registration
    • Final Payment due: 5 days before start of class

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JNY300G17 – Joinery Advanced
Schedule: August 25 – 29
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 4 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Prerequisite: Joinery Basics
Instructor: McCaslin

Synopsis

This course is a continuation of the basics course. In this class students will practice and make more complex joints. Angled mortise and tenon joints, True through wedged tenons, Mortise and tenons for curved furniture, angled dovetails and the Sam Maloof style bridal the joint. draw bore joint.

In this course you will learn:

  • layout of complex joints
  • Gluing up process fro complex furniture
  • Hand cutting joinery
  • Machine cut joints
  • repairing mistakes

Fee

  • Cost:  $759
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Materials: included
  • Registration closes : Two weeks before class begins
  • Required deposit $200 with registration

Hand Cut Dovetailed Drawers
Schedule: TBA
Time: 9:00am – 5:00pm
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Ramirez

Synopsis

Every novice and even some skilled woodworkers cringe at the thought of making hand-cut dovetails. In this course we will take the mystery of cutting dovetails by hands. We will introduce the proper layout procedures and mark out techniques. A well-executed layout will not guarantee it will be cut accurately, however, a poor layout will guarantee poor execution. In becoming skilled at making dovetails, repetition is key, we will have the opportunity of making several joints and see the progress from one to the next.

In this class you will learn:

  • Joint layout
  • Through dovetails’
  • Half blind dovetails
  • Full blind mitered dovetails
  • Sliding dovetails
  • Angled dovetails
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OST101 – Open Shop Time
By appointment
Four (4) hour minimum
Instructor: various

This class is offered for those students that have limited shop resources and would like a well-equipped shop to work on their exercises or projects. This class is open to all current students and non-students alike.  Those who have not taken the FTW100 course are required to take the shop safety class.

Schedule: Daytime 10:00am to 2:00pm

Fees

  • 4 hr minimum
  • Non-current students $20/hr (unassisted)
  • Non-current students $40/hr (assisted)
  • Material cost: dependent on materials used
  • Payment due at start of each session
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WIW103H27 – Women in Woodworking
Schedule: August 30 – September 3
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: Parker
Prerequisite:Open to All

Women with Grit: Building Confidence for the Female Woodworker

The students will construct a unique wall mirror while learning the basics of solid wood construction, joinery and finishing.  Kelly loves to teach women how to use power tools and safety will be her focus as the students learn how to use many common shop tools, including the bandsaw, miter saw, drill press and router table.   Students will learn how to make simple dowel jigs that will allow them to create joints that are both functional and decorative.  Additionally, the students will learn basic problem-solving skills that can be useful as they work on future projects.  Each student will be encouraged to embellish her project with pyrography (wood burning), carved textures, inlay, application of color, etc., so that the mirror created is reflective of her own unique style.  The class will also learn strategies for successful glue-ups and discuss simple finishing techniques.  By the end of the class each woman will have a unique wall mirror and a new-found confidence in her woodworking skills!

Kelly has has several tables published in Fine Woodworking Magazine

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  • the safe use of common hand and power tools
  • successful construction techniques for solid wood
  • exposed-dowel joinery
  • use of shop-made jigs
  • problem solving skills
  • successful, stress-free glue-ups
  • creative use of wood, aluminum and acrylic dowels
  • intro to embellishment techniques: wood burning, textures, inlay and color

Tuition:  $739

  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit: $200

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FNR201I17 – Repairing your Finish
Schedule: September 9 – 10
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: Licurgo
Prerequisite: Finishing Basics

Finishing is an essential part of any craftsman’s arsenal of skills. A good piece of furniture can turn mediocre if the finish is poor. A poor finish can turn into a disaster if it has defects or blemishes.  Once the project is coated with finish it is almost impossible to remove it all and start over. “You can remove what is on the wood but not what is in the wood”. The best approach is to learn how to fix the mistakes without redoing the entire project.

In this class you will learn:

  • repair scratches
  • repair gouges
  • missing wood
  • color match
  • color adjustment/toning
  • adjust the sheen

 

  • Tuition:  $319
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35
  • Registration closes: One week before start of class
  • Materials: Included
  • Required deposit: $299

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INL101I17 – Inlay Introduction
Schedule: September 16 – 17
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5
Maximum 8     Instructor: Ramirez
Prerequisite: Open to all

Fees

    • Tuition:  $339
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Registration closes: One week before start of class
    • Materials: Included
    • Required deposit: $200 with registration
    • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class

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BND101J17 – Bending Wood
Schedule: Oct. 14 – 15
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Ramirez
Prerequisite Fundamentals or equivalent

Synopsis

bendingBending wood adds a whole new dimension to your woodworking arsenal. Sometimes it is just not practical to cut the required shape in a project.  This course you will lead you through the process of bending wood using the two main methods, hot pipe bending and bent laminations. Included will be how to make  a fixture for hot pipe bending and how to make forms for bent laminations Bending wood is an art bending failures occur and we need to learn the reason and how to avoid them. 

You will learn:

  • make forms for bent laminations
  • cutting strips in preparation for bending
  • tapered bent lamination
  • making a hot pipe bending form
  • hot pipe bending
  • controlling the bend

Fees

  • Tuition:  $340
  • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
  • Materials: included
  • Registration closes : two weeks before class begins
  • Required deposit $200 with registration
  • Final Payment due  5 days before start of class
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VNR101J17 – Veneering Basics
Schedule: October 21 – 22
Time : 9:00 Am – 5:00 PM
Class size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor; Forsha
Prerequisite: Open to all

 

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Fees

    • Tuition:  $265
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Registration closes: One week before start of class
    • Materials: Included
    • Required deposit: $200 with registration
    • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class

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CHR200J17 – Chair Making Basics
Schedule October 30 – November 3
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Ramirez
Prerequisite: Fundamentals III or equivalent

 

 

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Fees

    • Tuition:  $779
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Materials: Included
    • Registration closes: Two weeks before class begins
    • Required deposit: $200 with registration
    • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class

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CBM300K17 – Cabinet Making Advanced
Schedule: November 13 – 17
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: McCaslin
Prerequisite: Cabinet Making Basics

 

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Fees

    • Tuition:  $779
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Registration closes: One week before start of class
    • Materials: Included
    • Required deposit $200 with registration
    • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class

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CHR300K17 – Chair Making Advanced
Schedule November 25 – 29
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Ramirez
Prerequisite: Chair Making Basics

 

 

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Fees

    • Tuition:  $779
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Materials: Included
    • Registration closes: Two weeks before class begins
    • Required deposit: $200 with registration
    • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class

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COS300K17 – Cabinet on Stand
Schedule: December 4 – 15
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Fleming
Prerequisite: Fundamentals III or equivalent

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Fees

    • Tuition:  $1,459
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Materials: Included
    • Registration closes: Two weeks before class begins
    • Required deposit: $400 with registration
    • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class

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VNR301L17 – Veneering Advanced
Schedule: December 9 – 10
Time: 9:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Class size: Minimum 5, Maximum 8
Instructor: Forsha
Prerequisite: Veneering Basics

 Synopsis: In this second course in veneering we will explore more advanced techniques.  We will explore hard to use veneers and how to tame them. The course will include advanced application techniques and repair of defects. Different veneers have different properties; they are cut differently and prepared differently.  We will learn how to deal with these differences.

Course details: In this course you will learn:

  • More on surface preparation
  • Substrates and how to choose them
  • The difference between solid wood, plywood and MDF substrates
  • How to account for seasonal changes
  • Complex shapes
  • Vacuum pressing
  • Schedule: This course consists of ten (5) three-hour evening sessions  There will be additional shop time available as needed to work on the exercises.

Fees

    • Tuition:  $349
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Registration closes: Two weeks before start of class
    • Materials: Included
    • Required deposit: $200 with registration
    • Final Payment: due 5 days before start of class

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CHD300L17 – Build a Chest of Drawers
Schedule:  December 11 – 15
Class Size: 5 Minimum, 8 Maximum
Instructor: Gary McCaslin
Prerequisite: Fundamentals II or equivalent

A chest of drawers is an essential piece of furniture for any household.  Whether it be for the master suite or the kids room it provides storage for any occasion. In this class, we will be making a chest of drawers similar to those shown in the photos, however the students will have the flexibility to alter the design to fit their tastes. One of the important points is that chests of this type have the same “bones” and the other parts can enjoy some design license.  The first chest shown above has three main drawers and two smaller drawers on the top tier. The other has three rows of three drawers each, each provide for plenty of storage. This is an ambitious class and to move things along students will begin with pre-milled lumber. The designs will be studied and the students will be able to incorporate their changes.  Once the designs are complete the building will begin and you will come away with a master piece that you will be proud of.
 

Fees

    • Tuition:  $779
    • Non-refundable registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)
    • Registration closes: Two weeks before start of class
    • Materials: Included
    • Required deposit: $400 with registration
    • Final Payment due 5 days before start of class

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SAF100 – Shop Safety Workshop
By appointment
 
Call 602-258-4820 or email director@sw-sw.org to schedule

Shop safety is one of the first things we teach new woodworkers enrolled in our Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking courses. But it is also critical for more experienced woodworkers as well.

In this four hour safety clinic, we will cover the safe and proper use of power tools—including the:

  • table saw
  • band saw
  • jointer
  • planer
  • router
  • drill press
  • stationary sander—
  • as well as edge tools and basic shop safety equipment.

NOTE: School policy requires that we ensure that all students are skilled in the safe and appropriate use of woodworking machines and tools. For that reason, all students will be required to demonstrate satisfactory completion of either a Safety Workshop, Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking II, or a separate shop safety test before entering any other courses. This prerequisite is firm for all students, regardless of skill level.

Prerequisite: none

Schedule: By Appointment email director@sw-sw.org

  • Fees:·
    Non-refundable one-time registration fee: $35.00 (waived for returning students)·
    Cost:   $60.00
  • Materials included
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OST100 – Open Shop Time

By appointment 
Call 602-258-4820 or email director@sw-sw.org to schedule

We offer open shop time on a by appointment basis. This allows students and non-students access to our equipment for working on their projects. Open shop time is offered in four hour (minimum) increments usually between the hours of 10;00 AM and 2:00 PM.

There are two versions of Open Shop Time

  1. Unassisted, this is where the student has sufficient experience where he can work with minimal supervision
  2. Assisted, this is where the student requires supervision and help in the use of the machines and the build on of the project
  • Tuition: $25 per hour unassisted, $45 per hour assisted
  • payment is due at registration