WOODWORKING CLASSES FOR EVERY SKILL LEVEL

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No matter where you fall on the skills spectrum, you’ll find Weekend with WOOD classes well suited to take your woodworking to the next level. From basic joinery and finishing fundamentals, to dovetails and cabinetmaking, to fine furniture techniques such as wood bending, veneering, and inlay, Weekend With WOOD classes give you the know-how and confidence to challenge yourself with a new technique, or simply solidify your skills. Even seasoned woodworkers come away with tips and tricks to get the job done smarter, safer, and more accurately.


Advanced CNC Routing

STEVE AND JEREMY STEVENSON

 

If you’re already familiar with CNC—maybe you own a small CNC and are considering a leap to a larger-capacity machine—Steve and Jeremy take you beyond the basics and dig deeper into the design and machining capabilities of CNC routing. Note: Good working knowledge of CNC software and equipment is a prerequisite for this class. Anticipated small class size means Steve and Jeremy may be able to provide individualized solutions for some of your CNC needs.

  • Sponsored by Iconic CNC

Bandsaw Set-up and Techniques

jim heavey

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, Jim will cover single-point resawing and drift compensation, along with basic bandsaw setup.

Bent Laminations

GARY ROGOWSKI

Throw yourself a curve. Learn how to create cold bent laminations with your bandsaw and a drill-press jig. Cold bending is reliable and simple once you know how to make forms and laminates that are consistently sized. Watch these techniques and learn how to use them to make handles, chair backs, and other furniture parts. 

Best Joints for Small Boxes

BOB HUNTER

 

Making keepsake and jewelry boxes is a great way to learn new skills while also creating beautiful, giftable projects. In this class you’ll learn how to craft three decorative, functional, strong joints on the tablesaw and router table.

Building Cabinet Doors and Drawers

KEVIN BOYLE

 

WOOD’s Senior Design Editor demonstrates how to build cabinet doors with different joinery methods. And you’ll learn the basics of drawer making, from sizing, slide selection, joinery options, and final fitting into the case.

Building Case-based Furniture

KEVIN BOYLE

 

In this class, you’ll learn how to design strong case-type furniture. Kevin will provide joinery options for solid and plywood cases; show you how to add embellishments; such as moldings, bases and tops; and demonstrate traditional methods for hanging doors and installing drawers.

Cabinetmaking Tips and Tricks

george vondriska

 

How do you cut perfect dadoes and rabbets for cabinet construction? What’s the easiest way to square a cabinet as you assemble it? How do you make a perfectly sized face frame for your cabinets? What’s the order of operations that leads to great cabinets?  You’ll find out in this class, plus see a great shop-made jig that makes adjustable shelf holes a breeze.

Note: This is a two-part class, presented in two consecutive sessions. If you sign up for part 1, you must also take part 2.

Cabriole Legs for Furniture

glen huey

 

Many woodworkers shy away from making cabriole legs; they appear complicated and difficult. Because mass-manufactured cabrioles lack period design, you need to make your own. During class you’ll discover the simplistic effort required to coax the perfect cabriole leg from a block of wood, including proper layout and orientation, required tools (it’s a smaller list than you think) and how to sequence your work for the best results.

Chisels, Planes, and Scrapers: The Timesavers

gary rogowski

 

Nobody loves to sand. Learn to sharpen and use your cutting tools to avoid its drudgery. The wedge shape in these tools is the most important simple machine we have. Each of these tools uses the power of the wedge to do their job whether it’s roughing out, flattening, chopping, paring, or smoothing. Learn about blade geometry, sharpening, and simple techniques for use. Save time. Be happy

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. We’ll 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, how to deal with splits and other defects, and how to tackle joinery as you build the project

Designing and Building Chairs

jeff miller

 

Chairs are often considered among the most challenging of woodworking projects. They need to be structurally sound to hold up to the stresses of everyday use and abuse, visually attractive, and comfortable. Jeff will cover methods for exploring each of these elements. He will then discuss and demonstrate some of the basic techniques and tricks for building chairs effectively.

Dovetails by Hand and Machine

john olson

 

Dovetail joints can be one of the most intimidating woodworking techniques to attempt. In this class, John combines hand- and power-tool techniques to show you the best methods for making through, half-blind, and mitered dovetails to add this signature joint to your next box or drawer build.

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. Brian will demonstrate chatter work, texturing, spiraling, and simple carving.

Finding Cheaper Lumber

craig ruegsegger

 

Save big money by finding and working with rough-cut lumber from hardwood dealers and sawmills. Learn the terms and language, and the proper sequence and techniques to mill rough-cut lumber flat, square, and straight for use in your projects.  

5 Steps to Better Glue Joints

bob behnke

Wood glues can affect the wood as it is being assembled and being prepared in advance will eliminate costly joint failures and frustrating disassembly. In this class Bob demonstrates proper techniques for successful wood gluing, from dry assembly to waiting for the glue to dry. You’ll learn what to watch out for when the glue hits the wood, why failures occur, and why there are so many different wood glues.  Bring your gluing questions, as this is a discussion not just a presentation.

  • Sponsored by Titebond

Flame Finials by Hand or Power

glen huey

 

Sitting atop many pieces of high-end furniture you find finials – the most impressive of which are flame finials. The process looks twisted depending on the number of flutes and the amount of rotation. In class you’ll learn a couple of methods used to layout the twisting coves, but the bigger ask is how do you carve away the excess material to allow your flame to dance into existence? One answer is carving gouges – low and slow. Or you can put electrons to work and power through.

Guide Bushings: Think Outside the Box

glen huey

 

If you own a router, you need to know about guide bushings – those small tubes of varying diameters (and lengths) that fit into a router baseplate through which a router bit extends. There’s way more to them than just dovetail jigs. Guide bushings, in conjunction with different diameter router bits, can make life easier in the shop. This class will open your eyes to new possibilities, and Glen shares techniques that no magazine has shown before.

Getting Started in CNC Routing

steve and jeremy stevenson

 

Robotic (CNC) routing is undeniably in the future of hobby woodworkers. If you’re ready to start exploring the concepts of CNC, Steve and Jeremy will explain how CNC can help in a home woodshop, then show you how to design your own simple carving, which their CNC machine will carve for you to take home at the end of the weekend. Note: To get the most out of this class, you’ll download free trial software to experiment with on your own computer before you come to Weekend With WOOD. It is recommended that you install it on a laptop computer, if you have one, and bring it with you to the class. If you don’t have a laptop, we may be able to provide a computer for use during the class.

  • Sponsored by Iconic CNC

Getting Started in Woodturning

brian simmons

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.

Hand and Power Balance

vic tesolin

The most effective woodworkers have learned to strike a balance between using both hand and power tools in their shop. Vic will demonstrate the hand tools and techniques that are actually faster than machines. Learning a few hand techniques can take your woodworking to a whole new level.

  • Sponsored by Lee Valley Tools

Hand Plane Tune-up

vic tesolin

There are many vintage planes available on the market today, but which ones are worth tuning up and which ones are plane-like objects? Vic will guide you though how to decide and will show you how to fettle the plane to get it working it’s best. Don’t miss an opportunity to clean up your diamond in the rough.

  • Sponsored by Lee Valley Tools

Inlay for Period Furniture

glen huey

 

How do you take your woodworking to the next level? One answer is to use inlay. Line & berry work, sand-shaded fans, stringing and edge banding are typical examples. The techniques to make inlay from shop scraps and install your work into a project are a snap. And the results are extraordinary. Glen shares the necessary “dos and don’ts” to make your woodworking stand out.

Introduction to Furniture Design, parts 1 & 2

jeff miller

 

Part 1 - Generating and Exploring Ideas
Where do ideas come from for a design? What is the thought process involved in coming up with a new idea? Jeff will talk about the process of generating/finding design ideas, as well as a variety of techniques and methods that can help you start designing your own furniture. 

Part 2 - Developing the Design
In design, coming up with an idea is really only one part of the process. The initial idea is then developed and refined by generating drawings, models, and/or prototypes of the idea so you can further explore and refine the design. Jeff will cover some of the basic techniques of getting your ideas out of your head, as well as the basic criteria for critiquing the evolving design.

Note: This is a two-part class, presented in two consecutive sessions. If you sign up for part 1, you must also take part 2.

Joinery Simplified

gary rogowski

 

Joinery requires accuracy plus patience and a bit of help with plotting out your strategy. Learn techniques for carcase and frame construction for both hand tools and machines. Get tips on lay-out and planning for larger projects. Watch a simple trick for finger joints on the bandsaw and discover the value of hand tools for cleaning up joints. 

Make Drawers on the Router Table

george vondriska  

 

The router table provides a fast and easy way to make quality drawers.  Learn to cut a simple rabbet joint, and how to create a drawer-lock joint using a slot cutter.  The slot cutter not only provides a drawer lock, in one set up it creates the joints AND the groove for the drawer bottom.

Make Your Own Cabinet Moldings

craig ruegsegger

 

Trimming your furniture projects with homecenter moldings is like getting married in a thrift-store tuxedo. When you make your own, you can match species to your project, and make any profile. Craig will teach you how to use your router table and tablesaw to make and combine unique profiles for one-of-a-kind moldings and picture frames.

Making a Shaker Box

STEVE lamberti

 

In this session, Steve demonstrates the techniques to build oval Shaker-style boxes. You’ll learn how to safely and consistently rip the wood strips, steam-bend them around forms, and more.

Making Raised-Panel Doors at The Router Table

BOB HUNTER

 

A staple of cabinetmaking and case-type projects, raised-panel doors provide a distinctive look and hallmark of craftsmanship. Bob will show you how to create these doors using cope-and-stick bits for the rails and stiles and panel-raising bits for the center panels.

Mastering Miters

john olson

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, John will show you how to set up your tools to make accurate miters, measure and mark stock, trim miters for a perfect fit, and clamping strategies.

Milling Your Own Lumber

john olson

 

Know where you can find a fallen tree? Know how to turn it into project lumber? John 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 with a bandsaw mill, so wear your safety glasses and plan to get a little dusty.

Mitersaw Tips and Techniques

jim heavey

 

Back in the day, mitersaws earned the unfortunate nickname of “chop saws” because they were crude and unrefined. But today’s mitersaw can rival the accuracy of your tablesaw—assuming you tune it properly and practice good technique, both of which Jim will cover in this session. You’ll also learn some tricks and jigs you can make and use to turn your “chop saw” into your “shop saw.”

Mortise and Tenon Joinery—By Hand, with a Little Help from Jigs

jeff miller

 

Mortise and tenon joinery is at the very core of woodworking. And although most woodworkers rely on machines for these joints, it is very satisfying and effective to cut them by hand. Jeff will take you through the basics of layout, and then chopping and paring mortises, and sawing and fitting tenons. Jeff has also developed a few simple jigs that can help make cutting the mortise and tenon by hand as accurate and repeatable as with any machine.

A New Angle on Pocket-hole Joinery

max durney

Think you know pocket-hole joinery? Think again. In this class, Max will demonstrate advanced techniques for furniture and casework assembly, as well as wall-panel applications. Whether you’re a novice, a pocket pro, or somewhere in between, you’ll learn a lot in this session.

  • Sponsored by Castle

Passion to Profit: How to Start a Woodworking Business

jesse bannor

In this session, Jesse will share his experiences, both good and bad, that will help you decide if turning your passion into a business is a good idea. You'll learn how to determine demand and pricing for your product, what you need besides tools and an idea, the hidden costs of starting a business, and much more. Plus, he'll give you actual action steps and resources that you can use to grow your woodworking business.

  • Sponsored by Epilog Laser

Sculpting a Chair Seat and Shaping Joinery

steve lamberti

 

Is there a Maloof-style chair on your bucket list? If so, you’ll need to learn Steve’s techniques for designing and sculpting a comfortable wooden seat using both hand and power tools. Likewise, the joinery in a sculptured chair, which will be demonstrated in this class.

Shaping and Bending Curves

jeff miller

Mastering curves can open up a whole range of projects, and help bring your woodworking to a new level. In this session, Jeff will discuss layout, cutting, smoothing, and refining curves, including three dimensional curves.  He’ll also demonstrate bending-wood techniques.

Spray Finishing – Choosing the Best Setup for You

jim larin

 

In this session Jim will demystify spray finishing, from old style, conventional spray guns to HVLP turbines and the newest technology: reduced-pressure compressor-driven spraying. You’ll learn the anatomies of the sprayers and systems, as well as the pros and cons of each.  Jim will explain which systems are best for the weekend warrior, DIY'er, and/or production-style shop setting, with emphasis on performance, cost, and ease of set-up/use.

  • Sponsored by Fuji Spray Systems

Spray Finishing Made Simple

jim heavey

 

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.

Stacked and Shaped: Three Techniques for Curved Furniture Parts

glen huey

 

To become better woodworkers we have to push ourselves. A great first step is to move away from the straight and narrow. Design and build using curved furniture parts. Lamination may seem difficult, but techniques for curvy parts are straightforward and elementary when accurately sequenced. From cold laminations to brick work, discover the best ways to stack and shape your table aprons and drawer fronts to expand your woodworking skills.

Tablesaw + Dado Head = Lots of Joints

george vondriska

 

You can do so much on a tablesaw equipped with a stacked dado head.  In this session, George will demonstrate how to use this powerful combo to machine accurate dadoes, rabbets, half laps, cross-halving, and more.

Tablesaw Tips and Techniques

jim heavey

 

Ask 100 woodworkers what tool is the centerpiece of their shops, and 97 of them will answer “tablesaw.” If you’re eager to see what else it can do besides rip lumber to width and crosscut it to length, then this class is for you. Jim will cover basic tablesaw safety and operation, as well as many applications that may be new to you. Of course, there will be plenty of free jig plans and more ideas than you can shake a ripped and crosscut walnut stick at.

The Ins and Outs of Dovetail Jigs

jim heavey

 

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!

Three Simple Finishes

GARY ROGOWSKI

 

Finishing is part chemistry and part alchemy. Learn three simple hand- applied finishes that anyone can put on in their shop, and that can be drying as you get back to work. Forget about spraying toxic finishes. These hand finishes are easy to apply, hold up well, and are simple to repair. Learn about the virtues of oils, wiping varnishes, and the miracle of shellac.

Three Hand-applied Finishes

vic tesolin

Not every woodworker can spray finishes in their home shop. Vic will demonstrate techniques for his three favorite hand-applied finishes. You will learn how to work with shellac, tung oil and polyurethane to bring out the beauty of your next project.

  • Sponsored by Lee Valley Tools

The Top 5 Machines in Your Shop

GARY ROGOWSKI

 

One of the few things we woodworkers can agree on is that we all love tools. But which stationary machines are essential for your work? Everyone has an opinion but for a furniture maker there are five power tools you cannot do without and there’s no tablesaw in the group. Come and hear which machines to concentrate your money and focus on.

Turn a Bowl... Naturally

brian simmons

Discover the techniques for turning a bowl while leaving the natural bark edge on the finished piece. Brian will demonstrate cutting logs on a bandsaw, proper mounting techniques, various cuts with bowl gouges, and discuss sanding and finishing

The Turner’s Cutting Edge

brian simmons

Go beyond tool stereotypes and catchy marketing and 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.

Two Bowls, Two Ways

brian simmons

All bowls are not created equal. 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.

Unusual Tablesaw Cuts 

george vondriska

 

If you're only using your tablesaw for ripping and crosscutting, you're not using it to its full potential. In this lively session, George will demonstrate how to make you never dreamed you could do on a tablesaw, including cutting aluminum, making coved cuts, cutting circles, tracing patterns, and more.

Using and Finishing Exotic Woods

mark stephens

 

Mark will explain the working characteristics of common—and not-so-common—woodworking woods, and when and where to use them: furniture woods, outdoor woods, musical woods. Then he’ll cover several no-nonsense techniques for achieving a fantastic finish on these woods.

  • Sponsored by Woodworkers Source

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.