Chris Schwarz Woodworking Classes

Chris Schwarz attends and teaches at woodworking schools and conferences all over the world. Here are his blog posts related to woodworking classes. There’s really nothing to match the learning experience of working with an expert woodworker in person. But reading Chris’s blog posts are certainly the next best thing. Get all of his woodworking tips, tricks and secrets, almost as if you are actually there. Explore the many woodworking projects Chris has completed as a globe-trotting woodworking expert.

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The Dutch Campaign Tool Chest

This week, I built a lower cabinet for my small Dutch tool chest, a project featured in the October 2013 issue of Popular Woodworking Magazine. The unit I just built sits below the tool chest proper and does a few nice things. 1. It gives me extra space for tooling and hardware that I...

Workbench Day 2: The Case for Workbench Classes

Building a workbench at a school is, in my calculation, a wise investment. Good schools have huge machines – wide planers, beefy mortisers and sliding table saws – that can make difficult jobs a breeze. You also have lots of help – another 10 to 20 people who can help you muscle the stock....

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...

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Kansas City Woodworkers Guild. Wow.

I have visited a lot of woodworking clubs in North America since 1996, and I thought I had seen it all until I stepped into the Kansas City Woodworkers Guild’s enormous facility today. Perched on top of a cave (Kansas City is full of caves), the club has more than 10,000 square feet of...

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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...