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.

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...

Set up your shop with traditional woodworking hand tools

Setting Up a Shop with Woodworking Hand Tools

For many of today’s woodworkers setting up a shop means buying a bunch of often expensive machines and power tools, figuring out how to plug everything in, making sure you have enough outlets and electricity, and all this before you even begin to think about dust control and noise issues. Even apart from the...

Use MDF or particleboard to build legs and other parts, then veneer them.

Furniture Design: Think About the Tools You Have

In our live webinar on February 18, artist and furniture designer Yoav Liberman will talk about getting design inspiration from raw materials. Here’s something that frequently inspires my furniture designs: I don’t have enough tools. Fortunately, you don’t have to have every tool in the catalog to design and build your own furniture. If you...

Make this router table in a couple of hours.

How to Build a Router Table, Quickly

If you’re learning to use a router, it won’t be long before you realize that to get the most out of this tool, you’re going to need a router table. There are some joints and operations you just can’t do without one. Our online router course with Colin Knecht will teach you all about routers and...

A router table can expand the capabilities of your shop.

Router Basics: Work Safely – Work Confidently

With wood routers, working safely almost always equates to working more confidently. When you are not sure how to use a power tool, especially something as intimidating as a router, it can lead to bad cuts, frustration in woodworking and possible injury. There are lots of great things that can be built, changed, tweaked...

An upper end panel made to 32mm System specs.

Six Tips for Building Kitchen Cabinets

Designing and building kitchen cabinets is a big project, and there are lots of things to consider. Before you can make a cut list, you’ve got to know how to incorporate hardware like drawer slides, hinges, Lazy Susans and pantry pullouts. You’ve got to think about material yield, installation, tools you’ll need and much...

Nick Lieurance
Online Editor

Hello from Your New Course Manager & Online Editor

If you’ve been following Popular Woodworking’s Facebook page over the past week, you’ve probably seen some of my posts and wondered who this Nick guy is. I joined the company in November of 2014, and an introduction is overdue. I’ve been a cabinetmaker since 2003, and in the last 12 years, I’ve worked with...


Staked Sawbenches, Day 2

Building staked furniture sometimes feels a lot more like an episode of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” than a typical day in the shop. At assembly-time, the legs have to be knocked home hard to firmly seat the the conical tenon in its mortise and make a bit of a mechanical interlock. I’ve been making...


Building Staked Sawbenches at Highland Woodworking

This weekend I am experimenting on guinea pigs. Scratch that. I’m experimenting on American pigs. Wow. That’s doesn’t sound good, either. OK, I’m teaching a new class on a new topic that has been bottled up inside me for four years now. You’ve probably never heard the term “staked furniture,” but that’s because the...