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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Eastern Advice for Western Woodworking

The only thing I dislike about teaching at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking is that I’d rather be listening than talking – especially if Doug Dale is my assistant. Doug, a 10-year employee at the school, is a low-key, casual and humble guy. But every time I shut my yap and open my...

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Six-board Chest: Day 2

We decided to skip adding a till to the chests so that we could spend most of Monday working on the mouldings, the decorative scratched patterns and the painted finish. As a result, the chest carcases went together with alarming speed. One minute it was like we were in a shop full of boards....

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Six-board Chests at The Woodwright’s School

For the last two years I’ve been building six-board chests in a variety of ways as part of my research into the forms of furniture that have remained basically unchanged for centuries. This summer and fall, I’ve begun teaching workshops on building this furniture form to woodworkers in Connecticut and North Carolina as a...

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Curse You IKEA! (And a Dovetail Dodge)

While my kids (and wife) are fans of the IKEA, I remain non-committed to the Swedish meatball and presswood furniture empire. But today a little part of me died. I fell in love with an IKEA product. The JANSJÖ is a gooseneck LED lamp that is perfect – perfect – for bench work. It...

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Movie: Cutting Saw Teeth on a Hand-cranked Retoother

There is always something going on at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, N.C. Today as Roy Underhill and I were rehearsing to shoot two shows of the “The Woodwright’s Shop,” Tom Calisto was teaching a class at the school on making a dovetail saw. During a break in the action, Tom show me how...

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An Awesome Edge-jointing Jig

Teaching someone to cut dovetails is easy. Teaching them to joint an edge for glue-up with a handplane is something else. If you don’t believe me, consult Joseph Moxon, who wrote the first English-language book on woodworking. But yet it is counted a piece of good Wormanfhip in a Joyner, to have the Craft...

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Weekend Stool Class August 17 & 18, 2013

Build the infamous and seemingly impossible Chinese stool with Bob Lang, in a special weekend class at the Popular Woodworking Magazine Shop. Once in a great while, we invite readers into the Popular Woodworking Magazine shop to build a project along with one of the editors while we film a video. Back in 2010,...

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Tomorrow, I Want to Hear that Snake Hiss

During the first three hours of my my class on building a trestle table, here are the statements I heard the students say the most. I cannot design. I can’t draw. I can’t come up with original ideas. I will just copy an existing design. Today is Tuesday. It’s only the second day of...

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Design: From Shaker to Snaker

Trying to teach design is like trying to push water uphill – or so I’m told. Despite the warnings and eyerolls from some fellow woodworking instructors, I’ve tried to build in a design component to the classes I am teaching this year. My design process is different. No heart chakras will be opened. No...