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Turning 101: Beginning Turning
Instructor: Carole Floate
Class Times: Saturday, November 01, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, November 02, 2014 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: 3/8 Bowl Gouge, 3/8 Spindle Gouge, Safety Glasses, Face Mask, Hearing Protection & Respiratory Protection
Description: This intensive two-day class is the ideal place to start to learn the art and craft of woodturning. You will learn about lathes and lathe setup, tool use, selection and sharpening. With plenty of hands-on time, you will have the opportunity to develop your basic turning skills, and your confidence, on a variety of woodturning projects.
Tuition: $250

Mastering The Router
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, November 09, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook, Safety Glasses & Hearing Protection
Description: Understanding the different types of routers available and their use is one of the most useful subjects in the woodworking industry. This is the same class that Don presents to manufacturers and it has been attended by product managers, tool designers and engineers throughout the router industry. Don will introduce you to and you will operate the following routers: Porter-Cable laminate router, Porter-Cable 690 series, Porter-Cable 890 combination kit series, Milwaukee Palm Grip and D-Handle 1-¾ and 2-¼ HP series, DeWalt D-handle 618, and the DeWalt 621 2 HP plunge router. Among the topics covered will be general router operation, maintenance, safety, router bit selection and operating techniques. Don will demonstrate advanced router techniques including pattern making, template routing, using a plunge router for joinery work, and jigs and fixtures. By the end of the day you will possess the information and experience necessary to select equipment wisely and to operate your router safely with confidence.
Tuition: $150

Santa Carving with David Reilly
Instructor: Dave Reilly
Class Times: Thursday, November 13, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner
Class Size: 2 - 8
Description: It's not too late to get ready for Christmas. Get started with a simple Santa. Very little experience needed. See sample carving in the store.
Tuition: $60

Mastering Sharpening I: Chisels & Planes
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, November 15, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: New Blue Marples Chisels To Sharpen (1” & 3/4” Or 4 Piece Chisel Set) & Hand Plane
Description: Understanding the differences between sharpening systems and selecting the best system for you is one of the most confusing subjects in woodworking. Don starts at the beginning explaining the sandpaper system then continues to compare water stones, diamond plates, and oil stones. He will give you information on cross referencing the different grit systems so that comparing performance and price is easier. You will be provided with equipment to flatten and sharpen on sandpaper with a jig, however, diamond plates, water stones and oil stones will be available for everyone to use. You will learn how to hollow grind on a bench grinder, then hone on water stones to produce a surgically sharp tool. By the end of the class you will understand what sharp is and have had the opportunity to experience tools sharper than you could have ever imagined.
Tuition: $150

Mastering The Router Table
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, November 23, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook, Safety Glasses & Hearing Protection
Description: The class starts off with a discussion on selecting equipment and safety procedures then moves quickly to hands on experience. Everyone is required to change bits and set up the table for edge routing using both a router in a drop in plate and a router lift. You will produce at least 8 different profile examples of popular router bits on two different router table set ups. Towards the end of the class day everyone will make an Ogee style raised panel door. For more details email Don: donwashow@aol.com.
Tuition: $150

Pen Turning with Don McCloskey
Instructor: Don McCloskey
Class Times: Saturday, November 29, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: None
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Roughing Gouge, Spindle Gouge, Skew, Parting Tool or class tools available.
Description: Use basic spindle turning skills to craft 2 beautiful wooden pens. Learn all the components used such as pen blanks, mandrels, pen mills and the pen press while you make handmade wooden pens on the lathe. Pen turning is easy and enjoyable and you end up with 2 great ink pens.
Tuition: $150

Mastering Furniture Design & Construction
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, December 06, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook, Safety Glasses & Camera
Description: Starting with the basics of construction Don will show you the steps necessary to complete a furniture project that looks great, functions well, and will survive the tests of time. Don will introduce you to selecting the project, compiling design data, proportioning to the human body to establish architectural standards, sketching, and shop drawings. Using a small table with drawer as an example he will demonstrate the machining and joinery skills you must acquire to construct the project. You will receive an extensive handout which includes a bibliography, material, hardware, and tool sources. For more details email Don: donwashow@aol.com.
Tuition: $150

Woodcarving Workshop
Instructor: Dave Reilly
Class Times: Thursday, December 11, 2014 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Class Size: 2 - 8
Tools Required: Your Project & Carving Tools
Description: This class is designed for carvers and non-carvers alike. Bring your projects! Do you need help with a carving? Can't get your tools sharp? Want to get started carving? Dave will answer your questions, give advice, encourage and teach you methods to improve your carving techniques and tool sharpening skills. A general overview of carving styles will also be covered to help you find the best one for you.
Tuition: $60

Hand Cut Traditional Joinery with Don Washow
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, December 13, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: 3/4,1/2, & 3/8 inch chisel, small hammer, notebook, cameraa, safety glasses
Description: In this class you will learn to layout and hand cut, both through dovetails and mortise and tenons. Starting with the selection and design of joiney you will move quickly through layout process, and then learn to use traditional hand tools. You will learn how to use chisels and saws to pare, chop and cut to a line. At the end of the day you will have hand cut both the through dovetail and mortise and tenon joint.
Tuition: $150

Mastering Face Frames & Raised Panel Doors
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, December 20, 2014 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook & Safety Glasses
Description: Starting from the beginning Don will show you how to prepare the stock necessary to build professional quality cabinet parts. You will build a face frame and raised panel door. Don will show you how to use the Kreg jig to build the face frame. He will discuss panel construction, router table set-up, safety and hardware. You will produce a door using CMT kitchen set in the Ogee style. The Blum European hinge system will be discussed in detail giving you a complete understanding of how to install them on face frame cabinets. At the end of the day you will have a cabinet front with door and hinges ready for assembly.
Tuition: $165

Turning 101: Beginning Turning
Instructor: Carole Floate
Class Times: Saturday, January 10, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday, January 11, 2015 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: 3/8 Bowl Gouge, 3/8 Spindle Gouge, Safety Glasses, Face Mask, Hearing Protection & Respiratory Protection
Description: This intensive two-day class is the ideal place to start to learn the art and craft of woodturning. You will learn about lathes and lathe setup, tool use, selection and sharpening. With plenty of hands-on time, you will have the opportunity to develop your basic turning skills, and your confidence, on a variety of woodturning projects.
Tuition: $250

Mastering Basic Cabinet Construction
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, January 18, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Class Size: 3 - 10
Tools Required: Notebook & Safety Glasses
Description: In this class you will learn how to build face frame and European style cabinets. The design and construction of face frame cabinets will be thoroughly covered, from sketch to installation. There will be many miniature cabinets, exploded construction details, materials, and hardware props on hand for you to investigate and photograph. You will receive an extensive handout which includes a bibliography, material, hardware, and tool sources. For more details email Don: donwashow@aol.com.
Tuition: $150

Mastering Hand Applied Finishes
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, January 25, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 3 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook & Safety Glasses
Description: This is an advanced hands-on finishing class for everyone. The class begins with a discussion on surface preparation and the selection of sand paper. You will learn what surface each grit will produce and be able to recognize when to advance to the next grit. Each student is expected to prepare numerous hardwood samples obtaining preparation results from 150 through 400 grit. The second half of the class will introduce you to numerous stains, dyes, sanding sealers, conditioners, and top coats. We will discuss and use oil finishes, oil and urethane combinations, varnish, oil and varnish combinations, shellac, and finally waxes. Surface treatment between coats will be addressed. The material fee will cover material samples, sand paper, and finishing supplies.
Tuition: $155

Mastering The Bandsaw
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, February 01, 2015 10:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Safety Glasses
Description: Setting up your bandsaw can be one of the most frustrating jobs in the shop. Don will explain the steps to trouble free sawing. Blade selection, guide set-up, tensioning, and dust collection is just the beginning of the class. He will show you how to set your saw to resaw perfect boards as thin as 1/8 inch. Tapering legs, cutting circles, cutting tenons, and free hand sculpting are just a few techniques that will be demonstrated. For more details email Don: donwashow@aol.com.
Tuition: $125

Mastering The Router
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, February 07, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook, Safety Glasses & Hearing Protection
Description: Understanding the different types of routers available and their use is one of the most useful subjects in the woodworking industry. This is the same class that Don presents to manufacturers and it has been attended by product managers, tool designers and engineers throughout the router industry. Don will introduce you to and you will operate the following routers: Porter-Cable laminate router, Porter-Cable 690 series, Porter-Cable 890 combination kit series, Milwaukee Palm Grip and D-Handle 1-¾ and 2-¼ HP series, DeWalt D-handle 618, and the DeWalt 621 2 HP plunge router. Among the topics covered will be general router operation, maintenance, safety, router bit selection and operating techniques. Don will demonstrate advanced router techniques including pattern making, template routing, using a plunge router for joinery work, and jigs and fixtures. By the end of the day you will possess the information and experience necessary to select equipment wisely and to operate your router safely with confidence.
Tuition: $150

Introduction to Hand Planes
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, February 15, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook, Safety Glasses
Description: How many planes do you need? What's the difference between a $60 dollar and $250 dollar plane? Should I buy planes that are bevel-up, bevel-down or both? Don will answer these questions and more as he explains how hand planes really work and exactly what they're used for. Sharpening and tune up will be covered. Everyone will get a chance to use a wide variety of planes from Don's personal collection.
Tuition: $150

Mastering The Tablesaw
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, February 21, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook & Safety Glasses
Description: This is the class we’ve all been waiting for. Finally a table saw class that will introduce you to the endless types of parts you can make on the table saw. Don will bring in all of his best jigs and fixtures and demonstrate them for you. From general operation techniques, through complex joinery, Don will demonstrate how he produces fine furniture parts. He will also share plans for his jigs so that you can duplicate his procedures. Pattern cutting, tapers and cove cutting will be just some of the techniques Don will show you.
Tuition: $150

Setting Up Your Own Shop
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, March 01, 2015 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Class Size: 2 - 10
Tools Required: Notebook
Description: Throughout his career, Don has set up many different shops, small and large, temporary and permanent, all efficient enough to make a living in. Tool selection, work stations, tool and material storage, dust collection, electrical, lighting, along with layout procedures and the importance of a scaled floor plan will be covered. A slide show presentation of Don's shop, (and others), will help you visualize all these concepts. For more details email Don: donwashow@aol.com.
Tuition: $60

Advanced Machining Techniques I ; Squaring lumber
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, March 07, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner to Advanced
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: : Notebook, camera, safety glasses, hearing protection, dust mask
Description: Squaring lumber is the first skill a woodworker must master. Without this skill you will never understand how woodworking machines work or be able to determine why your parts don’t fit. Through hands on experience you will learn how to select, flatten, and square lumber using the bandsaw, table saw, jointer, and planer. Starting with machine set up then moving quickly to hands on practice you will square boards necessary to build table tops, solid wood face frames, and raised panel doors.
Tuition: $150

Mastering The Router Table
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, March 15, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook, Safety Glasses & Hearing Protection
Description: The class starts off with a discussion on selecting equipment and safety procedures then moves quickly to hands on experience. Everyone is required to change bits and set up the table for edge routing using both a router in a drop in plate and a router lift. You will produce at least 8 different profile examples of popular router bits on two different router table set ups. Towards the end of the class day everyone will make an Ogee style raised panel door. For more details email Don: donwashow@aol.com.
Tuition: $150

Mastering Face Frames & Raised Panel Doors
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, March 22, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: Notebook & Safety Glasses
Description: Starting from the beginning Don will show you how to prepare the stock necessary to build professional quality cabinet parts. You will build a face frame and raised panel door. Don will show you how to use the Kreg jig to build the face frame. He will discuss panel construction, router table set-up, safety and hardware. You will produce a door using CMT kitchen set in the Ogee style. The Blum European hinge system will be discussed in detail giving you a complete understanding of how to install them on face frame cabinets. At the end of the day you will have a cabinet front with door and hinges ready for assembly.
Tuition: $165

Furniture Design & Construction
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Saturday, April 11, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 10
Tools Required: Notebook & Safety Glasses
Description: This highly informative class introduces you to selecting the project, design, sketching, architectural standards, shop drawings, full size drawings, models and templates. Don will also discuss wood selection, lay out, joinery, assembly and finishing. At the end of the day, you will have the basis for understanding the design and construction of fine furniture.
Tuition: $150

Mastering Sharpening I: Chisels & Planes
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, April 19, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: New Blue Marples Chisels To Sharpen (1” & 3/4” Or 4 Piece Chisel Set) & Hand Plane
Description: Understanding the differences between sharpening systems and selecting the best system for you is one of the most confusing subjects in woodworking. Don starts at the beginning explaining the sandpaper system then continues to compare water stones, diamond plates, and oil stones. He will give you information on cross referencing the different grit systems so that comparing performance and price is easier. You will be provided with equipment to flatten and sharpen on sandpaper with a jig, however, diamond plates, water stones and oil stones will be available for everyone to use. You will learn how to hollow grind on a bench grinder, then hone on water stones to produce a surgically sharp tool. By the end of the class you will understand what sharp is and have had the opportunity to experience tools sharper than you could have ever imagined.
Tuition: $150

Hand Cut Traditional Joinery with Don Washow
Instructor: Don Washow
Class Times: Sunday, April 26, 2015 9:30 AM - 5:00 PM
Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced
Class Size: 2 - 6
Tools Required: 3/4,1/2, & 3/8 inch chisel, small hammer, notebook, cameraa, safety glasses
Description: In this class you will learn to layout and hand cut, both through dovetails and mortise and tenons. Starting with the selection and design of joiney you will move quickly through layout process, and then learn to use traditional hand tools. You will learn how to use chisels and saws to pare, chop and cut to a line. At the end of the day you will have hand cut both the through dovetail and mortise and tenon joint.
Tuition: $150