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Fundamentals of Wood Finishing
Instructor: Bill Hammond
Class Times: Sunday, October 02, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday, October 09, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: notebook and pencil
Description: This is a two part series spread over the course of two consecutive Sundays that introduces students to the fundamentals of wood finishing. Bill Hammond, a professional finisher and furniture restoration expert, will cover the following in this series: 1) He starts off by addressing the characteristics of wood such as grain and color, wood surface preparation using abrasives and cutting edge tools and how to address grain raising issues. 2) Bill covers methods and techniques in applying and coloring wood using dyes and stains and discussing the pros and cons of both. In addition, there will be a short discussion on using chemicals or mordants to also alter the color of wood. 3) In this part Bill looks into various final finishes that include the use of oils or film building finishes such as shellac or varnishes along with a discussion on the various available products and their corresponding pros and cons. There will also be a discussion and demonstrating of "finishing the finish" through the use of various abrasive materials to bring about a more uniform surface free of dust and brush marks if present. This series should clear up any confusion or mysteries surrounding one's ability to achieve a near-perfect finish.
Tuition: $165

Cabinet Scrapers - Use and Care
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, October 04, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Basic cabinet card scraper
Description: The cabinet card scraper is one of the most powerful but least understood hand tools. If sharpened and used properly, it can create a wood surface finish far superior to using abrasives and power sanders. In this hands-on class, students will learn the proper sharpening methods and techniques necessary to achieve a consistent sharp edge and results. Mickey will also introduce curved edge scrapers and how you can make your own from discarded tool steel. Learning how to use the basic cabinet scraper will immediately elevate your skill and abilities in fine woodworking.
Tuition: $65

Getting Started in Woodworking
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, October 05, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: notebook and pencil
Description: This class is intended to introduce people to the joys of woodworking and how it can enrich one's life. Mickey has been a passionate woodworker and custom furniture maker for over 30 years and will share in some of his experiences that will hopefully excite beginners to pursue woodworking as a favorite past time. He will also provide an overview of various kinds of wood, woodworking tools and machinery and how best to develop your interests and skills.
Tuition: $65

Introduction to Knife Making
Instructor: Sheldon Cooper
Class Times: Thursday, October 06, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: Eye & hearing protection, pencil
Description: This class is about taking a metal knife blank and adding a wooden handle by applying what is known as wooden scales. In this class, Sheldon will show students how to create a one-of-a- kind product to call their own or use it as a unique gift. Knife makers are known to use either exotic or figured wood for the scales and are attached using rivets and finished with abrasives and a non-toxic finish. Various machine, hand tools and abrasives will be used in the process. All materials and tools will be provided as part of the class fee.
Tuition: $110

Build a Ridiculously Simple Piece of Furniture - Make an Arts & Crafts Side Table
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, October 11, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, October 18, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: pencil, eye & hearing protection
Description: This is the first in a series of How To Build "Ridiculously Simple Furniture Projects." This class will provide students the feeling of satisfaction in having built something with your own two hands; something you can point to and tell your friends and grandkids "I built that 40 years ago." To kick off this series, students will be guided over the course of two evening classes in the making of an elegant but useful Arts and Crafts Style side table. So whether you're a woodworker who likes to dabble, a homeowner or apartment dweller looking to furnish a few rooms or a complete rookie that's been tempted to give woodworking a shot, here's your chance. Roll up your sleeves, enjoy the aroma of freshly cut wood and simply enjoy the experience. There is an additional materials fee of $25.
Tuition: $140

Scroll Saw 101
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, October 12, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 4
Description: Step into the classroom and right up to the scroll saw, even if it's your first time using one! We'll get right down to several practice exercises that increase in difficulty as you go. Cover these items: Overview of scroll saw history, types, parts and uses. Introduction of the four major steps for every cut. Transfer of patterns to wood and completion of simple cuts: straight, wavy, jagged. Cutting of a simple object on the scroll saw. Use of the loop method to create continuous, flowing cuts. Use of a drill bit to start interior cuts and completion of the cuts on the scroll saw. Use of a backing board to cut very small objects.
Tuition: $75

Fundamentals of Hand Plane Selection, Setup, and U
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, October 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: hand plane if available
Description: Hand planes are at the core of the woodworker's tool set, but must be properly tuned to get consistent results. The details of setup, adjustment, and technique can make the difference between frustration and success with the hand plane. This course will equip students with the understanding and skills to directly apply to using hand planes in your workshop. Students are encouraged to bring in a hand plane if available, as this course will be hands-on as well as a lecture and demonstration.
Tuition: $65

Build a Farm Table Using the Festool System
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Saturday, October 15, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, October 16, 2016 9:30 PM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection, measuring tools
Description: Students will learn to use the necessary tools and techniques necessary to construct a simple, but classic piece of furniture in the form of a traditional farm table. Students will walk away with a broaden range of skills that concentrate on the precise and efficient breakdown, processing, and finishing of raw materials using various Festool saws, sanders, and more as applied to real-world furniture making.
Tuition: $425

Jig of the Month - Make a Shooting Board
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, October 19, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Sharp hand plane & 12 inch combination square
Description: A shooting board is used to guide a hand plane when you're trimming the ends of mitered frame members and other similar parts. The board's sturdy fences support stock accurately at either a 45- or 90 - degree angle as the hand plane (lying on its side and sliding along a straight guide) is pushed past, trimming the part to a precision angle or length. In this class, students will be given the opportunity to build their very own shooting board that they will be proud to own and use. There is an additional materials fee of $10.
Tuition: $85

How To Make Routed Dovetails
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Thursday, October 20, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: Many woodworkers find dovetailing jigs for the router very frustrating to set up. In this class, Andrew will explain his method for routing dovetails successfully. The Porter-Cable 4212 Dovetailing fixture will be used in class to route through dovetails; half blind dovetails and rabbeted half-blind dovetails. This class is meant to relieve the frustration that many encounter. Students will be given the opportunity to use the equipment that Andrew will focus on. There is an additional materials fee of $10.
Tuition: $65

Carve a Decorative Pineapple
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Friday, October 21, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Class Size: 2 - 4
Tools Required: 30 or 35 mm x #5 straight gouge, 20 mm x #5 fish tail gouge, #12 x 6 mm V- parting tool, short & straight carving knife, mallet, eye & hearing protection
Description: The pineapple is a symbol of hospitality in New England. In this two evening class, students will be able to take their carving skills and knowledge to the next level by completing a high-relief carved pineapple that can be hung from your front door as a sign that a hearty welcome awaits within. Mickey will cover the development of the full-size pattern and have students cut out their carving blanks on the bandsaw before carving can begin at the bench. Close attention to detail will be stressed along with learning how to precisely control chisel movements and execute delicate details while creating and texturing a historic decoration.
Tuition: $130

Introduction to Shaker Oval Box Making
Instructor: Victor D'Alfonso
Class Times: Saturday, October 22, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: The Shaker oval box is a classic project and one that is fun for beginners and experienced woodworkers alike. This class is designed to teach the fundamentals of Shaker oval box making so students can then go on to making oval boxes in their own shop. Each student will be supplied with the John Wilson box kit which includes all the necessary material to make three oval boxes. During the class, each student will make the #3 box (approx. 4-1/2" wide by 7" long) from the kit. The remaining two boxes can be made outside of the class using the new skills and knowledge gained in the class. This one day class focuses on the process and techniques associated with making Shaker oval boxes. Additionally, we will discuss how to make the various jigs and templates necessary for oval box making.
Tuition: $175

Introduction To Spindle Turning
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Sunday, October 23, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: eye protection
Description: This class is intended for beginners or those wishing to brush up on their wood turning skills. Steve will cover the importance of wood turning safety along with a review of the tools used in spindle turning and how to keep them sharp. Students will learn by watching the instructor demonstrate certain operations in the creation of coves and beads along with other complex shapes. In turn, students will practice on their assigned lathes by completing a number of exercises that will help develop their skills under close supervision of the instructor.
Tuition: $110

Introduction To Sharpening Methods and Techniques
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, October 26, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This class is an overview of the various sharpening methods, techniques, jigs and abrasives/sharpening stones commonly used to sharpen most woodworking hand tools. The lecture and demonstration by Mickey will also cover the use of power grinding, both wet and dry, with various abrasives along with slower and less efficient methods employed to achieve a sharp edge on chisels, plane blades, turning tools, scrapers and carving chisels. This class is intended to clear up any confusion or mysteries that beginners or even advanced woodworkers have about tool sharpening. Time permitting, students will be given an opportunity to use some of the available equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring in a dull chisel or plane blade to enhance the discussion.
Tuition: $65

Introduction To Woodturning and Make a Wooden Pen
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Thursday, October 27, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to the joys of wood turning by learning how to make a wooden pen on the wood lathe. Students will also be introduced to lathe safety, lathe turning tools and important accessories as they apply to both spindle and bowl turning. By taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to take further hands-on wood turning classes. All tools and materials will be supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $85

Introduction To the Bandsaw
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, November 02, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: none
Description: The bandsaw is capable of many useful operations in the workshop that include re-sawing, cutting curved parts and an efficient backup to cutting wood when a table saw or chop saw are not practical. In this class, Mickey will explain and demonstrate the basic operation and uses of the bandsaw that also include several useful jigs to maximize the bandsaw's efficiency and accuracy. Students will also learn how to setup and align the machine using various blade sizes and teeth configurations along with proper maintenance practices and trouble shooting.
Tuition: $65

Date Night - Make a Decorative Picture Frame
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, November 03, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Eye & hearing protection, pencil
Description: What a better way to spend time with your significant other than at Woodcraft making a decorative picture frame. A frame that can be used to show off an 8" X 10" picture of your favorite someone or your latest art work. Why not come and enjoy the company of couples out for an evening while learning some basic woodworking skills. Since this is Woodcraft's monthly date night at the Walpole store, Woodcraft will be supplying all refreshments and materials. Tuition fee is per couple.
Tuition: $85

Beginning Fine Woodworking - Session II
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Saturday, November 05, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: Are you new to woodworking and have already taken the first session of Beginning Fine Woodworking? This class is meant as a continuation of Beginning Fine Woodworking that will further help you develop the knowledge and skills learned in Session I. Are you uncomfortable around machinery or wondering what hand tool woodworking is all about? In this second session come and continue to develop the skills and knowledge gained in the first session while Mickey continues to teach more advanced material essential to becoming a successful woodworker. This course is broken down into 5 sessions each with a unique approach to learning the fundamentals of fine woodworking that includes the use of machinery and hand tools. Session III is scheduled for December 3 with the schedule for Session IV and V to be announced at a later date.
Tuition: $85

Scroll Saw 101
Instructor: Melita Quesada
Class Times: Wednesday, November 09, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 4
Description: Step into the classroom and right up to the scroll saw, even if it's your first time using one! We'll get right down to several practice exercises that increase in difficulty as you go. Cover these items: Overview of scroll saw history, types, parts and uses. Introduction of the four major steps for every cut. Transfer of patterns to wood and completion of simple cuts: straight, wavy, jagged. Cutting of a simple object on the scroll saw. Use of the loop method to create continuous, flowing cuts. Use of a drill bit to start interior cuts and completion of the cuts on the scroll saw. Use of a backing board to cut very small objects.
Tuition: $75

The KISS Philosophy On Wood Finishing
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, November 10, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: Notebook and pencil
Description: So you just finished constructing your masterpiece and you are suddenly aware that you now have to put a finish on it. So you go to the store and suddenly find yourself confronted with shelves of cans of all sorts with advertising that says this is the best finish since sliced bread! Who or what do you want to believe. In this class, Mickey will clear up those confusing questions and more by guiding students in the fine art and mysteries of choosing the proper finish. Students will learn the difference between materials and where and when to use them such as shellac, polyurethane varnish, and oil finishes just to name a few. Students are encouraged to bring their questions and enthusiasm to this fun and informative class. Here's an interesting question. Do you know why M&Ms don't melt in your hand? The first student to answer correctly will win a bag of M&Ms. Don't miss out!
Tuition: $65

Fundamentals of Bowl Turning
Instructor: Rick Angus
Class Times: Saturday, November 12, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 13, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Eye protection & dust mask
Description: A shallow but functional bowl is the perfect introduction to the fun of bowl turning. In this two day intensive class, students will be trained in fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques while developing an eye for making the desired shape. Using these techniques, turners cut wood efficiently and leave a smooth and accurate surface in their work. Students will learn how to manipulate the turning tools gracefully by guiding the knife edge along a smooth curve. Various methods of mounting the wood on the lathe will also be covered and discussed.
Tuition: $225

Introduction To Sharpening Methods and Techniques
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, November 16, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This class is an overview of the various sharpening methods, techniques, jigs and abrasives/sharpening stones commonly used to sharpen most woodworking hand tools. The lecture and demonstration by Mickey will also cover the use of power grinding, both wet and dry, with various abrasives along with slower and less efficient methods employed to achieve a sharp edge on chisels, plane blades, turning tools, scrapers and carving chisels. This class is intended to clear up any confusion or mysteries that beginners or even advanced woodworkers have about tool sharpening. Time permitting, students will be given an opportunity to use some of the available equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring in a dull chisel or plane blade to enhance the discussion.
Tuition: $65

Introduction To Woodturning and Make a Wooden Pen
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Thursday, November 17, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to the joys of wood turning by learning how to make a wooden pen on the wood lathe. Students will also be introduced to lathe safety, lathe turning tools and important accessories as they apply to both spindle and bowl turning. By taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to take further hands-on wood turning classes. All tools and materials will be supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $85

Build An Acoustic Guitar with Scott Dixon
Instructor: Scott Dixon
Class Times: Friday, November 18, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday, November 19, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 20, 2016 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: none
Description: Many of those who have played or even admired the beauty of the guitar have shown interest in someday making an heirloom instrument that can be played today and passed on and continued to be played for generations. This class is designed to take a beginner/imtermediate woodworker through the steps to make a steel string acoustic guitar from a kit. You will learn the terminology and techniques focused on many of the specialized processes to complete your personalized instrument. The process is broken down into small steps to familiarize the student with the construction of the neck including truss rod installation, fingerboard & fretting, abalone inlay and construction of the body including brace trimming/fitting, top installation, bridge gluing/alignment, purfling and final fit up of the neck to body joint using a bolt-on system. Each guitar will be completed leaving the final top coat finish up to the student. Look for other classes designed for finishing techniques. Two models will be available to choose from, either Sapele or Sycamore. Tuition fee includes the guitar kit along with a hard-shell case.
Tuition: $675

Date Night - Make a Set of Snow Flake Coasters
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Thursday, December 01, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 6
Tools Required: eye & hearing protection
Description: Once again come with your significant other for an evening of learning, sharing and socializing as Andrew guides students through the process of making a set of coasters using contrasting woods in mosaic patterns to create a snow flake theme. After being introduced to the process, students can use the techniques to create a variety of mosaic patterns in future projects. The resulting set of coasters will make a great holiday gift or be helpful when entertaining. As usual, Woodcraft will be supplying all refreshments and materials. The tuition fee is per couple. If an additional set of coasters are made, there will be an additional $15 materials fee.
Tuition: $80

Beginning Fine Woodworking - Session III
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Saturday, December 03, 2016 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: eye and hearing protection
Description: Are you new to woodworking and have already taken the first two sessions of Beginning Fine Woodworking? This class is meant as a continuation of Beginning Fine Woodworking that will further help you develop the knowledge and skills learned in Sessions I & II. Are you uncomfortable around machinery or wondering what hand tool woodworking is all about? In this third of five sessions, come and continue to develop the skills and knowledge gained in the sessions I & II while Mickey continues to teach more advanced material essential to becoming a successful woodworker. This course is broken down into 5 sessions each with a unique approach to learning the fundamentals of fine woodworking that includes the use of machinery and hand tools. Session III is scheduled for December 3 with the schedule for Session IV and V to be announced at a later date in early 2017.
Tuition: $85

Make a Mitered and splined Keepsake Box
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Sunday, December 04, 2016 10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Eye & hearing protection, pencil, combination square
Description: In this class, Andrew will guide students in the making of a keepsake box which is joined at the corners with splines of contrasting wood. Students will be shown the details of cutting miters so that the corners of the box close perfectly. As always, projects like this make wonderful gifts during the holiday season.
Tuition: $160

Build A Ridiculously Simple Three Board Pyramid Bookshelf
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Tuesday, December 06, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Tuesday, December 13, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Eye & hearing protection
Description: Historians claim that it took the Egyptians a couple of decades to build a pyramid to hold one dead guy! In this class students will learn to build a simple and fastener-free bookshelf in only two evenings! Better yet, you'll be able to disassemble the components, stack them flat and carry them under one arm. Try doing that with a real pyramid! There's an additional materials fee of $50.
Tuition: $125

How To Make Half-Blind Dovetails By Hand
Instructor: Andrew Teixeira
Class Times: Thursday, December 08, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 8 - 10
Tools Required: Dovetail back saw, marking gauge, 14 degree dovetail marker, coping saw, 1" & 1/4" chisels, pencil
Description: In this demonstration and hands-on class, Andrew will show students how to properly layout and accurately cut and fit half-blind dovetails by using basic hand tools and skills anyone can master. This class is intended to show students what tools and skills are necessary to create this appealing and useful joint. Half-blind dovetails are commonly used to join sides to a drawer front as well as in traditional case construction. There is an additional materials fee of $10.
Tuition: $65

Introduction To Woodturning and Make a Wooden Pen
Instructor: Steve Wiseman
Class Times: Thursday, December 15, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: notebook and pencil, eye protection
Description: This class is intended to introduce students to the joys of wood turning by learning how to make a wooden pen on the wood lathe. Students will also be introduced to lathe safety, lathe turning tools and important accessories as they apply to both spindle and bowl turning. By taking this introductory course, students will be better prepared to take further hands-on wood turning classes. All tools and materials will be supplied by Woodcraft.
Tuition: $85

Jig of the Month - Make a Moxon Double-Screw Vise
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Wednesday, December 28, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Wednesday, January 04, 2017 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: #4 or 5 bench plane, bench chisels, measuring tools, eye & hearing protection
Description: This class is conducted over the course of two evenings. The Moxon double-screw vise was originally created by Joseph Moxon in 1678. Although our vise is not an exact copy of Moxon's, the term "Moxon vise" has been widely adopted to describe this type of vise. This vise has been recently resurrected by Chris Shwartz from "Popular Woodworking" and makes a wonderful compliment to one's workbench allowing boards to be raised to a comfortable working level and is able to hold boards and panels just over 16" wide. The vise screws will be cut from wood using wood screw taps and dies.
Tuition: $25

Introduction To Sharpening Methods and Techniques
Instructor: Mickey Callahan
Class Times: Thursday, December 29, 2016 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: eye protection, notebook and pencil
Description: This class is an overview of the various sharpening methods, techniques, jigs and abrasives/sharpening stones commonly used to sharpen most woodworking hand tools. The lecture and demonstration by Mickey will also cover the use of power grinding, both wet and dry, with various abrasives along with slower and less efficient methods employed to achieve a sharp edge on chisels, plane blades, turning tools, scrapers and carving chisels. This class is intended to clear up any confusion or mysteries that beginners or even advanced woodworkers have about tool sharpening. Time permitting, students will be given an opportunity to use some of the available equipment. Students are also encouraged to bring in a dull chisel or plane blade to enhance the discussion.
Tuition: $65