In this session, Marc discusses the effects of ornamentation and shows ways to embellish your work to make it distinct and unique. See in detail how form affects the function of your work through hard and soft lines, positive and negative space, directionality, scale, animation and posture, and the weight of the lines. One of our most popular classes!
The session starts with a quick review of sharpening scrapers and chisels to razor edges. You'll then learn how to select a joint based on strength, grain direction, movement and the quality of fit. Then see how to cut dovetails, mortise-and-tenon joints, and more.
Six Steps to Better Woodworking - FULL
In this intensive workshop Marc will demonstrate how to select and mill stock from rough to perfectly square (S4S), what glues work best for nearly any woodworking project (it’s more than just yellow glue), how to sharpen and use a rectangular card scraper to get paper thin shavings, how to make a perfect inlay or any shape to give your work a personal touch, the tips and tricks to cutting and shaping a beautiful cabriole leg, and how to get the ultimate finish on your next project.
Machine Safety & Techniques
Woodworking is a craft that involves many risks! Though it is impossible to completely eliminate the risk involved with working wood, this class will teach you ways to minimize them. Safety is a SKILL that does not happen through happenstance. In this workshop, Marc will demonstrate how to safely use the mitersaw, tablesaw, bandsaw, jointer, and planer. Along the way, he will also demonstrate techniques that will make the use of these machines more effective while making safety a habit.
Router Jigs and Fixtures
The router is the most often used and, without a doubt, the most versatile tool in the shop today. In this session, Marc will distinguish the differences between the trim, fixed-base, plunge, and D-handle routers, as well as safety and maintenance. You’ll will learn about the large selection of router bits available today and which ones work best for the job at hand. He will demonstrate how to make several simple jigs and fixtures including circle, elliptical, mortise & tenons, and more.
Cabinetmaking - FULL
In this session, Kevin teaches all you need to know about building face-frame cabinets. Learn how joinery and material decisions contribute to a solid, well-built box. He will build a cabinet box and then outfit it with doors and drawers and show his tricks for easy installation of those components.
Building Cabinet Doors
WOOD Senior Design Editor demonstrates how to build cabinet doors with four different joinery methods. In this class, he will show you how to form the stub-tenon-and-groove, traditional mortise & tenon, half-lap, and the bridle joint.
In this session you’ll learn the basics of drawer making, from sizing, slide selection, joinery options, and final fitting into the case. Joinery options will include machine-cut dovetails, locking rabbet, and at least one new innovative alternative.
The Ins and Outs of Dovetail Jigs
Have a dovetail jig and never been happy with the results? Or, did you buy a jig and still haven't used it? Jim will show you what it takes to produce perfect half-blind dovetails in your own shop. How about a rabbeted half blind dovetail, too? We start with a complete review of a standard jig, followed by router set-up and adjustment. You'll learn all the tricks of material prep, routing techniques and fine-tuning the finished joint. Wait 'til you see how easy this is!
Understanding the process for preparing a project for finishing, including surface repair, sanding, filling and staining, will assure a consistent quality finish. Jim will deminstrate dent and gouge repair, glue spot problems and cures, sanding basics, pore/grain filling or sealing, pigment vs. dye, controlling blotching, stain application techniques, color blending, water vs. oil-based stains. Remember: “It’s all in the preparation!”
Choose and Use the Best Topcoat for Your Project
A "clear" topcoat of finish adds protection and enhances a project's appearance. In this session, you'll learn the benefits (and downsides) of Danish oil, shellac, lacquer, and polyurethane finishes. Jim will also cover brush selection, finish application and fixing common mistakes.
Spray Finishing Made Simple - FULL
As your projects get bigger and more complex, brushing on a finish can become even more problematic. On the other hand, spraying provides a finish you will be proud of every time, and this session demystifies the process. You'll learn what type of gun to choose; viscosity, pressure and atomization, and how they work together; how to set up a safe, simple spray booth, application techniques, and much more. The cost of the equipment has come down too so now it's time to learn how easy the process is.
The "Final Touch" - FULL
Finishing your finish can make the difference between a good surface and a great one. Rubbing out, touch up and repair will be reviewed. Learn how a few simple tricks can make your finishes something that you'll be proud to display. Includes tips on getting it right the first time, repairing minor surface flaws, rubbing out techniques, markers, crayons, shellac sticks.
Boxmaking - FULL
Learn great tips and techniques for building all types of small boxes. Included in the demonstration will be box-joint and splined-miter joinery, how to add bottoms, how to make and install custom feet, making and fitting lids, and attaching lids with mortise and no-mortise hinges.
What’s more eye-catching than dovetails? Why, double (or inlaid) dovetails, of course. Bob will discuss when this attractive joint makes sense for your projects, and walk through several ways to create them using a router and router table.
The Art of Making a Rocking Chair
Tom will walk through the process and what to consider when designing and making a contemporary Craftsman-inspired rocking chair, with various elements being featured and demonstrated.
Pearls of Wisdom Learned from a Master Craftsman
Derived from personal experience, Tom shares and demonstrates the best lessons learned his apprenticeship with P. A. "Pug" Moore. Topics will include: making things worth waiting for; pushing the panic button; what to do when things go wrong (facing, recovering, and learning from mistakes); and much more.
Make It Your Own with Embellishments
In this session, Tom demonstrates the wide range of creative options, possibilities, and techniques to personalize and add interest to your work. Methods include the use of various hand tools (block plane, spokeshaves, chisels, scratch stocks, etc.) to add detail and distinguishing elements.
Designing a Masterpiece
The process and approach to designing an original piece will be the focus of this session. Tom walks you through the actual process he uses when designing and making an original and contemporary coffee table. Topics include: sketching, scaled drawings, models, full-sized drawings, making working patterns form your drawing, and using your drawing and patterns to create your masterpiece.
Hand cut dovetails are a signature joint in the world of woodworking and can also be one of the most intimidating techniques to attempt. In this class, Tom will break down the process into manageable steps giving you the confidence to take this technique on in your next drawer build. He will cover the basics of design, layout, cutting, and fitting.
They should be so simple, but miter joints can be frustrating to make—the tiniest inaccuracy in your tools is multiplied eight times on a four-sided frame. In this session, Jeff will show you how to set up your tools to make accurate miters, measure and mark stock, trimming miters for a perfect fit, and clamping strategies.
Bending Wood to Your Will
It’s time to break free from the rectilinear! In this session, Jeff will show you some helpful techniques that add a little “curve” appeal to your next project. You’ll learn a variety of traditional and non-traditional approaches to the art of the curve including: steam-bending, cold-bent lamination/form making, and more.
Terry K. Moore
There’s artful veneering, and there’s practical veneering. In this session, Terry demonstrates the complete step-by-step process of making a simple (but beautiful) tabletop veneer panel. You’ll learn how to prep the veneer and substrate, precisely seam the veneer, glue, clamp, and trim the panel.
Terry K. Moore
In this class Terry Moore uses many of the same techniques from the Basic Veneering class and builds on those to show you how to construct a striking radial match veneer panel. He will cover more advanced techniques of how to select, handle, cut and tape the veneers to achieve the most pleasing look.
Terry K. Moore
The ability to create a curved component opens up new and exciting design options in your work. This workshop will focus on Terry’s technique of using veneer and a vacuum press to create beautiful curved panels that can be used as doors, drawers, or even a curved apron on a demilune console.
Making Sexy Legs
Terry K. Moore
Tired of always going straight when it comes to building your tables? Terry will make an end-table base during that class to demonstrate several different designs for legs, including tapered, curved, Ming-style, and more.
String Inlay and Edge Binding - FULL
Terry K. Moore
Take your veneer work to the next level by learning to install string inlay, a fine line of contrasting wood that accentuates the joint between the veneered frame and the panel. Terry will also demonstrate the art of inlaid “binding” which is a contrasting wood edge around the perimeter of a tabletop that not only makes the design really pop, but it also protects the otherwise fragile edge of the veneer.
Beyond the Cutting Diagram: Get the Best Boards - FULL
Selecting the right boards can make or break a project. So put down that cutting diagram and pick up a raft of tips on how to choose lumber for your project. John will share tips on board selection, reading grain, milling strategies, getting great wood from crappy boards, moisture content, and more.
Mortise and Tenon Joinery
WOOD’s Design Editor shows you multiple methods of cutting one of the strongest Woodworking joints—the mortise and tenon—using hand tools only, power tools only, and a combination of hand and power tools. In addition, he’ll demonstrate variations of this joint from through tenons, to wedged tenons, to floating, and even double tenons.
Build the Ultimate Workbench
An overview of features and accessories (vises, bench dogs, doors, drawers) you can add when constructing a workbench. John will also show how to best tailor your workbench to your style of woodworking, material choices, and design elements to consider.
Build Your Own Hand Tools
You don’t need to forge iron to make useful, accurate tools for your own shop. John demonstrates how to build a hand plane, marking knife, dead-blow mallet, and more from those small scrap pieces you’ve been saving for something special.
Hand-tool Sharpening and Tune-up - FULL
With all of the gadgets, guides, and gizmos available for sharpening flat cutters, such as chisels and plane blades, how does one even get started? We’ll cut through the confusion and show you the simplest way to produce a keen edge with a minimum of work. John will also cover in this class how to take that old plane and refurbish it to work like new.
WOOD’s Deputy Editor shows you—start to finish—the methods to adjust your saw to eliminate rough or out-of-square cuts and make any tablesaw perform better. And the tools needed to dial in this high level of precision are low-tech and low-cost. If you own a tablesaw, this class is must-see.
WOOD magazine’s Favorite Jigs - FULL
Jigs make life in the shop easier and your work better. See the jigs we use regularly in the WOOD magazine shop—including five tablesaw jigs you can make from a half-sheet of plywood!—and learn how to build them and use them. Craig will also show jigs for the drill press, bandsaw, and router.
Get Started In Turning
Does woodturning look like fun? Have you wanted to add some turnings to your work but don’t know where to start? In this session, Brian will cover the essential tools and techniques to get you turning. He will demonstrate how to make crisp details, straight lines, convex and concave shapes, using “safe” drive centers, gouges, skews and scrapers in spindle turning.
Two Bowls, Two Techniques, Two Hours
All bowls are not created equal, and depending on the grain orientation you need to use different tools and techniques. In this session, Brian will show you how to cut and turn both an end grain bowl and a face grain bowl in a “compare and contrast” style session.
Get a Grip on Turning Accessories
Don’t be limited by the drive centers and faceplate that came with your lathe. Brian will show you numerous accessories that you can purchase, as well as some you can easily make, that will hold your turnings securely and enhance your turning experience. Discover the versatility of using glue blocks, jam chucks, 4-jaw chucks, Jacobs chucks, collet chucks, live centers, dead centers, Stebcenters and more.
Turning Identical Multiples
Whether you’re making your own furniture or helping a friend with a repair, turning multiple identical spindles can seem like a daunting task. Brian will show you how to simplify the process and share tips on how to successfully make each one look alike.
Turning the Perfect Curve
A sphere’s perfect, continual curve is intriguing but can be challenging. Whether you’re looking to make some balls or trying to improve your curves on other turnings, you’ll want to see how Brian turns a perfect sphere, of any size, without any expensive jigs. He’ll also show you how versatile a bowl gouge can be for turning things other than bowls and discuss vacuum chucking on a budget.
Working with Natural-edge Slabs
Learn techniques and tips for working with stock to showcase its natural edges and all the quirky features Mother Nature provides. Jan will give tips on how to obtain natural-edge stock, how to flatten the faces of a rough-sawn slab too wide for a planer, how to prep and smooth the wavy edges, how to deal with splits, voids, and other defects, and how to tackle joinery and finishing as you build a project.
Bandsaw Setup and Techniques
Want to cut perfect circles? Resaw with ease? The bandsaw is the best tool for the job. You’ll learn about a handful of simple shop-made jigs make these operations a breeze. In this class, Jan will cover single-point resawing and drift compensation, along with basic bandsaw setup.
The table saw is a great tool for creating joints for your projects. In this seminar you’ll learn to cut perfectly fitting dadoes and rabbets, half-lap joints, cross halving joints, and two methods for making perfect tenons.
Router Table Techniques - FULL
One of the most versatile tools in the shop, the router table can do everything but make your coffee. (But we’re working on that.) Learn to cut mortises, make a one-bit-one-set-up drawer, use the router table as a jointer, and make a no-miter picture frame.
Precision Power-tool Setup
The tablesaw and jointer work hand in hand to make certain your material is true. Let’s make sure these two tools are set up correctly. You’ll learn how to check; parallelism between the blade and fence, accuracy of the fence cursor, blade and miter gauge square, position of the jointer knives, height of the outfeed table (eliminate snipe), and calibration of the infeed table.
Cathedral Raised-panel Doors
Cathedral doors look tricky, but are very manageable to make, once you know some secrets. In this session you’ll see a cathedral raised-panel door being made start to finish using a matched rail and stile set for the door frame and a panel raiser with back cutter on the raised panel, and the trick for easily ramping into the curved cuts that cathedral doors require.
You Can Do That On a Tablesaw?? - FULL
Make circles? Cut dovetail sockets? Make coved or angled raised panels? Pattern-cut for perfect parts? You can do all this on your tablesaw. All it requires are some simple shop-made jigs and the right tips and tricks that you’ll learn from George.
Logs To Lumber - FULL
Turn firewood into project wood with an ordinary bandsaw and a simple jig . Learn about bandsaw set up, blade selection, machining the log into planks, and air-drying the resulting lumber. This process provides you with access to species you may not be able to purchase commercially, and turn trees from your own back yard into heirloom projects for your family.