Topics


Topics cover the gamut from basic to advanced and range from cabinetmaking, project design, joinery, hand- and power-tool skills, finishing, turning, and more.

Every session is packed with real-world, shop-won skills, tips, and tricks to make you a better woodworker.

Class sizes are purposely limited to encourage student/teacher interaction.

Customize your Weekend with WOOD by choosing from among the following subjects and seminars:

 

     
 

Getting Started With SketchUp

 
 

Lucas Peters

In this class, you'll learn the fundamentals of using Trimble SketchUp Make, the free downloadable design software used by millions of woodworkers. WOOD's web guru will teach you how to easily optimize the program for woodworking; the simple commands to draw, size, and give dimension to project parts; copying parts; assembling parts into subassemblies and more. Feel free to download this powerful software to your laptop computer and bring it to the session. (Sorry, we can't provide computers for this session.)

 
 

 

 

 
 

SketchUp: Beyond the Basics

 
 

Lucas Peters

In this class, WOOD's web guru teaches the in-depth secrets of designing a woodworking project using Trimble SketchUp Make, the free downloadable design software used by millions of woodworkers. You'll lLearn to work with layers, texture with wood grain, prep and print your design for the build, and more. Feel free to download this powerful software to your laptop computer and bring it to the session. (Sorry, we can't provide computers for this session.)

 
 

 

 

 
 

Veneering for Furniture

 
 

Kevin Boyle

There's artful veneering, and there's practical veneering. In this session, WOOD's Senior Design Editor demonstrates the complete step-by-step process of making a simple (but beautiful) book-matched veneer panel. You'll learn how to prep the veneer and substrate, precisely book-match the veneer, glue, clamp, and trim the panel.

 
 

 

 

 
 

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, from through tenons to wedged tenons to floating, and even double, tenons.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Learning the Curve

 
 

Andy Chidwick

In this session, Andy 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. Topics include: steam-bending techniques, lamination bending/form making, tapered laminations, kerf bending, vacuum press, and segmentation.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Choosing the Right Hardware for Your Project

 
 

Kevin Boyle

WOOD Senior Design Editor Kevin Boyle demonstrates how to choose the right hinges, pulls, drawer slides, and lighting for your next furniture or cabinetry project. He'll also show how to make your own custom door and drawer pulls for a perfect match.

 
 

 

 

 
 

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.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Joinery II

 
 

Marc Adams

This session will deal with the layout, marking, and cutting of complex joints and builds on the foundations taught in Joinery I. Marc will demonstrate how to cut curved dovetails, angled dovetails, blind mitered dovetails, and a curved slipped mortise-and-tenon joint. You'll learn how to use simple fixtures to hold your cutting tools to make precise, yet unique, cuts. Marc will also share a trick to visualize joints in three dimensions, which simplifies the layout process.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Design

 
 

Marc Adams

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 at Weekend With WOOD 2013!

 
 

 

 

 
 

Basic Veneering FULL

 
 

Marc Adams

The ability to work with veneer is a skill well worth developing, opening up a whole new world of design freedom. This session begins with a brief history of veneer, then moves on to demonstrations in how to handle veneer and make, cut, and tape slip, book, 4-way, and radial matching of veneer. Veneer work is simple, creative, and fun. If you've ever wanted to learn the craft of veneering, this would be the best place to start.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Marquetry and Inlay

 
 

Marc Adams

In this session, you'll learn the fine art of working with veneer to create pictures. Marc will show how to handle, flatten, cut, and tape veneer packets. You'll learn how to easily transform tracings into veneer images using the double-bevel cutting technique on a scroll saw; substrate selections; pressing methods; sanding techniques; veneer selections; knife-cutting; detailing; and the best way to finish your project. Border work and inlay techniques will be covered, as well as edge details and complete demonstrations on how to create parquetry.

 
 

 

 

 
 

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 parallelism, 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 or expensive setup tools. Most of these techniques require nothing more than a block of wood.

 
 

 

 

 
 

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 stick, drawer lock, and lock miter. One of our most popular classes!

 
 

 

 

 
 

Tablesaw Techniques FULL

 
 

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 set up, half-lap joints, and cutting aluminum.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Bandsaw Techniques FULL

 
 

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

 
 

 

 

 
 

You Can Do That On a Tablesaw?? FULL

 
 

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.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Woodworking with Kids

 
 

Doug Stowe

If you long to share your love of woodworking with young people (whether they're your students, children, or grandchildren), this session is for you. Doug developed a woodworking program that teaches woodworking to kids at every level from preschool through senior high school, so he knows firsthand what will keep them engaged. He'll show you how to teach woodworking to kids, demonstrating the making of two boxes and a wooden dinosaur.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Design Beautiful Boxes

 
 

Doug Stowe

Wooden boxes—from humidors to jewelry boxes to wine boxes to valets and more—make great gifts. But box makers often have difficulty planning the look of the box. In this session, Doug demonstrates the principles and elements of good design using boxes from his personal collection. You'll learn simple design tools and skills that can be applied to all 3-dimensional objects.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Identifying and Choosing Exotic Woods

 
 

Keith and Mark Stephens

As owners of Woodworkers Source, Keith and Mark Stephens spend every day among stacks of lumber, from exotics to domestic hardwoods and sheet goods.  In this session, you'll learn the characteristics of common—and not-so-common—woodworking woods, and when and where to use them: furniture woods, outdoor woods, musical woods… even toxic woods that require special caution.  And they'll review sources for hardwoods, explain why lumber prices vary so much by source, and how to save big money by doing some of the work yourself.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Cabinet Construction FULL

 
 

Jim Heavey

Ever thought about building your own kitchen cabinets? Or maybe that family room bar or bathroom that would look just perfect with some unique cabinets? In this session, Jim teaches all you need to know about building face-frame and frameless (European-style) cabinets. Learn how joinery and material decisions contribute to solid, well-built designs and how to customize those cabinets to fit any number of uses and styles.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Build Better, Stronger Drawers

 
 

Jim Heavey

A well-designed and -constructed drawer adds unlimited versatility to a cabinet. It may need to hold a great deal of weight or be compartmentalized to allow easy access to the things stored in it. In this session, Jim will cover both inset and overlay construction using dovetail, drawer-lock, and rabbeted dovetail techniques. You'll learn about wood selection as well as a variety of drawer slides and glides, and see how adding design details, such as veneered drawer faces, add interest to the final result.

 
 

 

 

 
 

The Art of Building Cabinet Doors FULL

 
 

Jim Heavey

Nothing adds greater impact to a cabinet than well-designed and crafted cabinet doors. Where the cabinet is the frame, the door is the "painting" within it. Jim will teach you all the details you'll need to construct both inset and overlay cabinet doors. And you'll learn raised- and flat- panel, as well as arched, designs. You'll see how cope and stick, half-lap, and bridle joints are made and how to install 35mm (Euro-style) hinges.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Templates, Jigs, and Fixtures

 
 

Andy Chidwick

In this session, Andy Chidwick will demonstrate just how important templates, jigs, and fixtures are for consistent results in the shop. Andy will discuss materials and construction techniques, his Top Ten List of jigs and fixtures that should be a standard part of any shop, and strategies for making your own custom jigs.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Boxmaking 101 FULL

 
 

Doug Stowe

World-renowned box maker Doug Stowe takes you through the steps of building beautiful and practical boxes. In this session, he shows how to make and use various fixtures, demonstrates the use of story sticks for fitting hinges (a technique that makes fitting any kind of hardware easy and more accurate), and much more.

 
 

 

 

 
 

A Fundamental Approach to Woodturning

 
 

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 covers the use of gouges, skews, parting tools, and scrapers.

 
 

 

 

 
 

The Simple Way to Super-Sharp Turning Tools

 
 

Brian Simmons

Sharpening your turning tools can be a daunting task, and something that needs to be done frequently. In this session, Brian shows you how to sharpen a set of tools and keep them cutting clean without dulling your spirit.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Turn a Bowl… Naturally

 
 

Brian Simmons

Discover the techniques for turning a bowl while leaving the natural bark edge on the finished piece.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Turned Boxes FULL

 
 

Brian Simmons

In this class, Brian demonstrates how to turn two different-style boxes with different-fitting lids. As part of the process, you'll also learn end-grain hollowing and spindle-turning techniques.

 
 

 

 

 
 

How to Mill and Dry Lumber from Logs

 
 

John Olson

Know where you can find a fallen tree? Know how to turn it into project lumber? WOOD's Design Editor shows you the process from start to finish; how to cut a log to yield the best grain and the most yield; how to stack, sticker, and store your slabs; how to know when they're dry enough to work with, and more. This session includes a live demonstration of slabbing a log using a Wood-Mizer bandsaw mill, so wear your safety glasses and plan to get a little dusty.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Spray Finishing Made Simple FULL

 
 

Jim Heavey

As your projects get bigger and more complex, brushing on a finish can become even more problematic. But learning to spray can provide 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.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Finishing Your Finish FULL

 
 

Jim Heavey

What you do after the finish dries can make the difference between a good surface and a great one. Rubbing out, touch up, and repair will be reviewed. You'll also learn how a few simple tricks can make your finishes something that you'll be proud to display.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Sharpening Simplified

 
 

John Olson

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 marketing hype and confusion and show you the simplest way to produce a keen edge with a minimum of work.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Intro to Sculptural Woodworking

 
 

Andy Chidwick

Unlock your creative potential with this advanced woodworking art form. In this class, Andy will share with you many of his techniques for sculptural woodworking such as: free-form routing, power grinding, convex shaping, concave shaping, profiling, "throwing a line", shape sanding , precision joinery and much more.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Chairmaking

 
 

Andy Chidwick

Chairs are considered by many to be among the most challenging of objects in woodworking to craft. Andy will demonstrate some key techniques and habits to introduce you to the world of chairmaking. In this session, you'll learn a number of advanced joinery techniques as well as stock preparation, layout and marking, and an overview of some specialty jigs and fixtures.

 
 

 

 

 
 

World's Simplest Varnish Finish

 
 

Marc "Wood Whisperer" Spagnuolo

A professional show-stopping finish doesn't need to be difficult and confusing. In his session, Marc demonstrates oil-based finishing basics, including functional and visual differences between oils, varnishes, and oil/varnish blends as well as how to apply them.

 
 

 

 

 
 

The Truth About Turning Tools

 
 

Brian Simmons

Go beyond turning tool stereotypes and catchy marketing buzzwords to learn how tools cut, why catches happen, and how to get the most from every tool. Be prepared, Brian will use some tools that aren't typically considered "woodturning" tools.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Enhance Your Turnings

 
 

Brian Simmons

Not only can embellishments enhance a bland piece of wood, some can even hide mistakes. Learn some simple, easy methods to embellish your turnings. In this session, Brian will demonstrate chatter work, texturing, spiraling, coloring and simple carving.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Bandsaw Techniques

 
 

Kevin Boyle

Want to cut perfect circles?  Taper or curve furniture legs? 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, Kevin will cover single-point resawing and drift compensation, along with basic bandsaw setup.

 
 

 

 

 
 

Hand Tools in a Powered Workshop FULL

 
 

John Olson

People often identify themselves as either power tool or hand tool woodworkers. But efficient craftsmen combine both new-world and old-school technologies to their advantage. Learn which hand tools flatten boards, smooth surfaces, and fit tight joints faster and easier than their motorized cousins. And John will show you how

 
 

 

 

 
 

WOOD's Favorite Jigs

 
 

Craig Ruegsegger

 

In 30 years, we've built a few jigs. WOOD's Deputy Editor shows how to build and demonstrates the use of some of our favorites that should be in every shop because they make work easier, faster and safer. Unleash the potential in your tablesaw, bandsaw, and router with these shop essentials. 

 
 

 

 

 
 

Stock Prep for Perfect Glueups

 
 

Craig Ruegsegger

 

Gluing up attractive, flat panels begins at the lumberyard, depends on properly milled pieces, and relies on proper gluing and clamping. WOOD's Deputy Editor shows you simple tricks and techniques for each step of the process that will save you time and frustration, and take your panels from "blah" to "wow!" Learn efficient milling, new ways of looking at stock selection, and lots of gluing and clamping tips.