Woodworking Classes

Our editors, all of whom are avid woodworkers as well, attend and teach at woodworking schools and conferences all over the world. Their classes cover everything from woodworking basics to advanced hand tool and power tool techniques and seminars on using SketchUp tutorials. The posts below, from out editors blog, will give you a good idea of not only what it’s like to take a woodworking class, but also teach you a few of the techniques you’d learn from being there.

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Build a CNC Router

Have you seen all the new CNC machines available to hobbyists these days? Everybody who sells woodworking tools seems to carry at least one model. Maybe you’ve been thinking about buying one. If you’re computer savvy, you could have a lot of fun with a CNC router. On the other hand, you might be...

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Furniture Design Tools: The Versatile Eraser Shield

At around $1 an eraser shield is one of the best buys in your drafting toolkit. This little bit of punched stainless steel if often in my hand when I am drawing a set of plans and is invaluable for cleaning up corners and errant lines. Most folks can intuitively figure out how to...

SketchUp for Woodworkers

SketchUp for Woodworkers: Creating Compound Miter Joints

If you are like me – compound miter joints always make me a little nervous – your blood pressure rises a little when you have to draw or cut a compound miter joint. So I am always thankful for SketchUp, where I can build a prototype and make angle measurements to assist in setting...

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New Boot Camp Courses Teach Woodworking Tools and Techniques

If you’ve taken a course on Popular Woodworking University, you know how much fun it is to learn new skills on this interactive platform. You can watch instructors demonstrate woodworking tools and techniques. You have the option to ask your instructor questions and communicate with fellow students in the course discussions. There’s a gallery...

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5S Principles and Woodshop Safety

Should safety have its own “S” in 5S? Should it really be “6S?” The question always comes up as woodworkers learn to apply the principles of 5S to their shops. A growing community of woodworkers has been adapting the principles of 5S and Lean manufacturing to their shops. They are learning how to easily...

Dust collection systems

Millionth-of-a-Micron Filters for Dust Collection Systems

Any devoted home barista will tell you that if you are considering a $2,000 espresso machine, instead spend a grand on the espresso machine and a grand on a good grinder and you will get better brews. Coffee beans ground too fine, too coarse, or inconsistent in size will never yield a good espresso...

Kinkauji temple

From Temple Roofs to Tansu: In Search of a Bamboo Nail

Kyoto’s Kinkakuji sits on the edge of an ornamental pond, its gold leaf catching the light and turning it to an aureate glow, the whole gleaming apparition reflected in the pond. And yet when I visited Kinkakuji, I was almost as taken with a roofing display as I was with the newly gold-leafed temple,...

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Using Fillers When Designing Kitchen Cabinets

If you’ve got the right tools, frameless kitchen cabinets are easy to build. They’re just boxes, and if you don’t want to use any fancy joinery, you can glue and screw them together. The tricky thing about cabinets is figuring out how to make them fit into the room and work with whatever appliances...

Designing kitchen cabinets in SketchUp

Designing Kitchen Cabinets with SketchUp

SketchUp is an excellent tool for designing kitchen cabinets. The free version has plenty of powerful features, and even professionals with access to $30,000 cabinet design software frequently use it. Before you start drawing, think about what you’re really trying to accomplish. If you intend to draw every end panel, top, bottom, shelf, back...