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.

Workbench Day 1: Grab the Ash With Both Hands

The hardest part about teaching a class on building a workbench isn’t the teaching part at all. It’s finding good material that makes the class a pleasure – instead of a battle against the material. This week I’m teaching a class on building a traditional French workbench at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking....

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Workbench Joinery: 10 Years of Tenons

Tomorrow morning I start a new workbench class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. While I’ve lost count of the number of workbenches I’ve built or midwifed into this world, I never tire of the grueling and exhilarating labor they require. For each class, I design a new workbench from scratch that is...

Routing wood? The process and results will depend on bit and collet sizes.

5 FAQs on Routing Wood

Woodworkers ask me a lot of questions on routing wood, and many of the questions are similar, so here’s a short list of FAQs and answers to help you. Question #1 – I just purchased/inherited a router that only takes 1/4″ bits. Can I put 1/2″ bits in this router? Answer – If the...

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Do You Know Wood?

When I started my job as director of marketing at a lumber company, I received an e-mail from Christopher Schwarz telling me that I would be in a unique position to help educate scores of woodworkers about wood, something they ironically know little about. I laughed it off at the time and felt he...

ASTM (formerly the American Society for Testing and Materials) D 2665 spells out guidelines for Schedule 40 PVC pipe such as wall thickness, minimum and maximum wall thickness, inside and outside dimensions, and pressure capacity.

Dust Collection System FAQ

Is there any advantage/disadvantage to installing a dust collector outside the shop? It may sound as resolute as a long-range weather forecast, but yes, maybe and no. It is really a personal choice. Locating the dust collection machine outside the shop will lower sound levels and free up shop space. For some woodworkers (me...

This toy, called a plasma globe, effectively demonstrates electricity build-up in a DIY dust collector.

DIY Dust Collector – Avoiding Spark Potential

Woodworkers love their toys. Table saws, jointers and planers are serious big-boy (and big-girl) toys. Planes, chisels and saws are cherished, too, and though we all take our craft and hobby seriously, we just seem to love our toys. We collect woodworking toys and play with them as much as we can. Lately, though,...

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New Online Course – Router Basics with Colin Knecht

Many newcomers to woodworking consider routers scary and confusing tools. No wonder – there is so much to know about wood routing. Not only is there a wide variety of routers and router tables, but also a large range of bits, jigs and accessories. Even for experienced woodworkers this can be daunting. The “scary”...

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New Course Download – Dust Collection Ductwork

Ductwork Online Course Dust collection should be considered a holistic “system,” not just a machine. A good system starts with effective capture of dust at point of generation, includes efficient transport of the chips and dust, and depends on thorough separation and collection of dust and wood chips, leaving only clean air behind. In...

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Woodworking in America 2014 – Save the Dates

In the coming weeks (and months), we’ll have a great deal more  to share about Woodworking in America 2014, but for now, know this: Dates: Sept. 12-14, 2014 Location: Winston-Salem, N.C. The main venue is the Benton Convention Center, located in the heart of downtown Winston-Salem (read: You won’t go hungry. Or thirsty.) And...