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Joinery I

 
 
 

Marc Adams

 
 
 

This session starts with a quick review of joint selection, including strength, grain direction, movement, and the quality of fit. You’ll learn a quick way to razor sharpen your chisels, the correct method for layout, and the process for cutting precise-fitting joints. Marc will demonstrate the easy way to hand-cut both through and half-blind dovetails, then show a simple way to cut accurate mortise and tenons, and finish with revealing the strongest joint in woodworking: the hip joint.

 
 
 

Cabinet Drawers

 
 
 

John Olson

 
 
 

Whether it needs to hold a great deal of weight or be compartmentalized to allow easy access, a well-designed and constructed drawer adds versatility to a cabinet. In this session, John will cover both inset and overlay construction using dovetail, locking rabbet, and a couple of unconventional techniques that you might not have thought of.

 
 
 

Accurate Power-tool Setup—On the Cheap

 
 
 

George Vondriska

 
 
 

If your tools aren’t set up correctly, they won’t perform correctly. Learn how George checks a tablesaw for parallel, calibrates a rip fence for perfect measurements, sets a bandsaw table perfectly square, squares miter saw and tablesaw blades, sets bit and blade depth on routers and table saws… with no fancy and expensive setup tools. Most of these techniques require nothing more than a block of wood.

 
 
 

Crafting Projects with Natural-edge Slabs

 
 
 

Bob Hunter

 
 
 

Learn techniques and tips for working with stock to showcase its natural edges and all the quirky features Mother Nature provides. Bob will show how to obtain natural-edge stock, how to flatten both faces of a rough-sawn slab too wide for a planer, how to prep and smooth the wavy edges, and how to tackle joinery as you build the project.

 
 
 

Basic Veneering

 
 
 

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) table top veneer panel. You’ll learn how to prep the veneer and substrate, precisely seam the veneer, glue, clamp, and trim the panel.

 
 
 

Tablesaw Tips, Jigs, and Techniques

 
 
 

Andy Chidwick

 
 
 

At the center of most woodworking shops lies the familiar and illustrious table saw. Its power and versatility have proven it a valuable asset to woodworkers of all skill levels. But how well do we really know this old stalwart icon of the shop? Join us in this very practical seminar for an in-depth look at the set-up, strategies, and skills needed to get the best from this ubiquitous machine. Included in this seminar you will see many of Andy's jigs and fixtures as well as demonstrations on various advanced techniques such as: compound ripping, angled coving, thin stock ripping, panel raising and more.

 
 
 

Turning Fundamentals

 
 
 

Brian Simmons

 
 
 

Whether you are a beginner or have been turning for years, it’s important to get a firm understanding of each tool and how to use them properly. In this session, Brian will cover using gouges, skews, parting tools and scrapers.

 
 
 

Finishing Basics

 
 
 

Jim Heavey

 
 
 

The key to a successful finish starts long before the topcoat. "It's all in the preparation!" Jim walks you through the critical finishing steps you should be taking before you apply a topcoat, covering surface repair, sanding, pore-filling, staining, and more.

 
 
 

Fundamental Woodworking

 
 
 

Marc Adams

 
 
 

Perfect for beginners as well as intermediates, this workshop will advance your woodworking skills by leaps and bounds. Marc will cover several elements of furnituremaking including a brief overview of design, wood movement, joinery techniques, working with veneer, and finishing. There will be demonstrations on sharpening common edge tools, cutting simple joints, cutting simple veneer patterns, gluing techniques, and finish selection. By the end of the workshop, you will be on your way to a better understanding of fine woodworking craftsmanship.

 
 
 

Mastering Miters

 
 
 

John Olson

 
 
 

The humble miter is often overlooked right up until, frustratingly, you can't make them join tightly. In this class, John shows you how to set up your tools accurately, how to measure and mark stock, how to trim miters for a perfect fit, and more.

 
 
 

Cabinetmaking

 
 
 

Kevin Boyle

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Router-Table Joinery

 
 
 

George Vondriska

 
 
 

A router table is one of the most versatile tools in the shop. In this session, George shows how to set yours up as a jointer, and make the following joints: cope-and-stile, drawer lock, and lock miter. One of our most popular classes!

 
 
 

Tool-buying Tips from the Tool Man

 
 
 

Bob Hunter

 
 
 

WOOD Tools Editor Bob Hunter takes you behind the scenes of the tool world, providing insights, tips, and opinions that will help you make your next purchase of battery-powered tools, stationary and benchtop machines, and portable power tools.

 
 
 

Advanced Veneering

 
 
 

Terry K. Moore

 
 
 

In this class Terry builds on the techniques from the Basic Veneering class 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.

 
 
 

The Design Dilemma—How to be a Design/Build Craftsman

 
 
 

Andy Chidwick

 
 
 

Understanding the design process is key to growing as woodworkers, yet many of us often find it difficult to create things completely from scratch. In this insightful seminar, Andy will show you his design process and inspire you to push your limits. Not only will you gain insight into Andy’s elements and principles of design—such as grain mapping, dynamic composition and line manipulation—but you will also learn how to apply these principles through practical woodworking skills and aptitudes.

 
 
 

An Inside Peek at Hollow Turning

 
 
 

Brian Simmons

 
 
 

In this demonstration, Brian will literally cut away some of the mystery surrounding hollow turning and show you his process for hollowing a vessel through a narrow opening using some basic tools.

 
 
 

Spray Finishing

 
 
 

Jim Heavey

 
 
 

Most woodworkers dread the finishing process because they have not had consistent success. But as projects get bigger and more complex, brushing on a finish can become even more problematic. Spray finishing makes those complex finishes easy. And Jim makes spray finishing easy. In this class, you'll learn how to choose a spray system, understand viscosity, pressure, and atomization, and watch demonstrations of application techniques that will have you eager to try your hand at spraying.

 
 
 

Getting the Most from Your Router

 
 
 

Marc Adams

 
 
 

The router is the most often-used and, without a doubt, the most versatile tool in the shop today. In this informative workshop, Marc will demonstrate the trim, general, plunge, and “D” handle routers along with safety and maintenance considerations for each. Students will learn about the large selection of router bits available today, how to choose the right bit, and how to properly employ it. The remainder of the class will be spent on router-table setups and other router fixtures including circle, elliptical, mortise & tenon, cope and stile, and more.

 
 
 

Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery

 
 
 

John Olson

 
 
 

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 including through tenons, wedged tenons, floating, and even double tenons.

 
 
 

Bandsaw Techniques

 
 
 

Kevin Boyle

 
 
 

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 that make these operations a breeze. In this class, Kevin will cover single-point resawing and drift compensation, along with basic bandsaw setup.

 
 
 

Tablesaw Techniques

 
 
 

George Vondriska

 
 
 

The table saw is at the heart of every woodworking shop, so make certain you’re getting the most out of yours. This session covers blade selection, easy dado and rabbet setup, half-lap joints, and cutting aluminum.

 
 
 

Prep and Glue Up Flat Panels—and Keep Them Flat

 
 
 

Craig Ruegsegger

 
 
 

To make a flat solid-wood panel that stays flat throughout its life, you need to choose, prepare, machine, and join its boards correctly, and then properly fasten the assembled top to its base. Learn a variety of strategies in this session.

 
 
 

Hand-cut Dovetails

 
 
 

Terry K. Moore

 
 
 

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, Terry 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.

 
 
 

16 Essential Tools and 8 Essential Techniques for Making Furniture

 
 
 

Andy Chidwick

 
 
 

Take a look into a furniture maker's tool box, becoming an apprentice for a couple of hours to learn about some essential hand tools. From layout and marking tools, to shaping and scraping tools, to tooth-edged and plane-edged tools, you will gain insight into how these highly functional hand tools fit in a modern woodworking shop. A strong emphasis will be placed on the importance of the kinesthetic approach (learning by doing) while teaching the "best practices" for each tool including set-up, proper use and maintenance as well as identifying common mistakes and misinformation.

 
 
 

From Log to Bowl

 
 
 

Brian Simmons

 
 
 

Step by step, Brian demonstrates the process of taking an ordinary log and reducing it to a pile of shavings to create a beautiful bowl. Details will include bandsawing, mounting, roughing, and finishing cuts as well as a discussion on finishing.

 
 
 

The "Final Touch"

 
 
 

Jim Heavey

 
 
 

"Finishing your finish" can make the difference between a good surface and great one. Learn simple tricks for rubbing out, correcting minor surface flaws, and finish repair that will make your finish something that you'll be proud to display.

 
 
 

WOOD magazine's Favorite Jigs

 
 
 

Craig Ruegsegger

 
 
 

Jigs make life in the shop easier and your work better. See the jigs we use regularly in the WOOD magazine shop, and learn how to build them and use them.

 
 
 

Curved Doors

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

The 4-hour Chair Build

 
 
 

Andy Chidwick

 
 
 

Yep, you heard that right. In this not-to-be-missed, two-session class, Andy will attempt to break a world record (not really) in this never-before-seen epic chair build. If you learn best by seeing things done in real-time, then this class is for you. Forget about the power points and artfully alliterated outlines, this is a fire-up-the-bandsaw-and-make-some-sawdust kind of project. Get up out of your chair, put your safety glasses on and take as many notes and photographs as you desire. You will see every step of the process in this comprehensive (and crazy) seminar. The best part: all attendees of this class go home with a free set of detailed plans to accompany this project.

 
 
 

Turned Gift Items

 
 
 

Brian Simmons

 
 
 

Learn how Brian quickly turns unique gift items for any occasion. Projects include: spinning tops, Christmas ornaments, baby rattles and more.

 
 
 

Machine Safety and Techniques

 
 
 

Marc Adams

 
 
 

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 chop saw, table saw, 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.

 
 
 

Cabinet Doors

 
 
 

Kevin Boyle

 
 
 

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.

 
 
 

Bandsaw Techniques

 
 
 

George Vondriska

 
 
 

Want to cut perfect circles? Make through dovetails? Resaw with ease? The bandsaw is the best tool for the job. You’ll learn about a handful of simple shop-made jigs that make these operations a breeze. In this class, George will cover single-point resawing and drift compensation, along with basic bandsaw setup.

 
 
 

The Sweet Side of the Skew

 
 
 

Brian Simmons

 
 
 

From sharpening to turning, discover what makes the skew indispensable for woodturners. Brian will not only demonstrate the terrific capabilities of this tool, but give insights into what causes catches and steps you can take to improve your successes while using it.

 
 
 

Cabinetmaking

 
 
 

Marc Adams

 
 
 

Cabinetmaking is the fundamental place to start woodworking. In this 2-hour, intensive class, Marc will discuss design, layout, common materials, the difference between face frames and faceless cabinets, the joinery process, and carcass assembly. This class is designed for anyone wanting to learn how to make cabinets. If you are considering cabinetmaking as a future source of income or just enjoy working with wood, this is the class you have been waiting for.

 
 
 

Turned Boxes

 
 
 

Brian Simmons

 
 
 

In this demonstration, Brian will make two different styles of boxes, with different fitted lids. He will cover end grain hollowing and spindle turning techniques as well.

 
 
 

Embellishment

 
 
 

Jim Heavey

 
 
 

Personalizing a project can turn a common woodworking plan into an artistic statement. Beginning with wood selection, Jim will walk you through project design alterations and on to surface treatments such as veneer, inlay, tinted epoxy, even glass etching—techniques that will equip you to add your own personal signature to that special piece.

 
 
 

Setting Up a Shop

 
 
 

John Olson

 
 
 

This class will focus on creating a small to mid-size shop that makes working with wood enjoyable. John will discuss floor plans, the tools necessary to furnituremaking, dust collection setup, lighting, work flow, and choosing the right workbench for you.

 
 
 

Topcoat Application

 
 
 

Jim Heavey

 
 
 

Selecting the right topcoat for your project and applying it properly will lead to very satisfying results. Jim skillfully steps you through a variety of finishing options, brush selection, application technique, and overcoming common finishing mistakes.

 
 
 

Hand Planes

 
 
 

John Olson

 
 
 

In this class, John will unlock the mysteries of hand planes. He will focus on selection, using, and tuning. John will also cover how to take an old plane and refurbish it to work like new.

 
 
 

Router Table Tips & Tricks

 
 
 

Craig Ruegsegger

 
 
 

Mounting your router in a table opens up a world of options in joinery, edge treatments, and more. Discover some of what’s possible.

 
 
 

You Can Do That on a Tablesaw??

 
 
 

George Vondriska

 
 
 

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.

 
 
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