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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Build a Tool Chest. Day 4: The Silent Day

The dovetailed skirt around the carcase of a tool chest (or blanket chest) is fussy to fit. The case has to be square and plumb. The skirting material has to be flat and square. And you have to get the joint’s baselines in just the right place. And even when you do all that,...

Bottoms, Skirts and Pizza You Cannot See

At some point during a woodworking class, students, teachers and bystanders become a sort of ersatz family. It is not by design. It is despite my best efforts. Today at The Woodwright’s School, students dressed the shells of their tool chests and added the tongue-and-groove bottom boards (yay for cut nails). After that brief...

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Day 2: The Shell is Assembled. And Yikes.

After two only days of work, nearly the entire class has assembled the shells of their tool chests. This is not according to plan. We are supposed to assemble the chests on Wednesday night. Late Wednesday. Dark. With greasy pizza boxes strewn everywhere. There should be tears. Alcohol deprivation. Hide glue. Instead, we have...

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Build (Another) Tool Chest

When you’ve worked out of a traditional tool chest for 15 years, you sometimes forget how excellent it is to work from. That is, until you teach others how to build the chest. This week, I’m at Roy Underhill’s woodworking school, “The Woodwright’s School.” This is the last class I’m teaching in 2012 (aside...

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A Rare Rant About Threadboxes

If I wrote about all the woodworking tools out there that stink, I wouldn’t have much time to build anything. Most of the junk out there can be avoided. You can buy better drill bits, screwdrivers and hammers than the stuff you find in the $1 bins at the home centers. But for some...

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When Will ‘Day 4’ Occur?

Ah, Thursday – day four of a woodworking class. This is the day that most students hit a wall. They take naps at their benches. They sneak off to their cars to lie down. They disappear in the middle of the day and don’t return until the next morning. All these things (and more...

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Entirely Unimportant

The first lesson of handwork is this: Most things that you think are important are not important. Most surfaces do not need to be true. Most edges do not need to be square. Most boards do not need to be four-squared (or even free of bark). Most dimensions – length, thickness, width – will...

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On Gaps and Dovetails and Winterthur

Years ago when touring Winterthur, I saw a lot of wacky Pennsylvanian dovetails on old chests. These joints had been wedged through their pins – a feature I had not seen in person before. While the museum personnel wouldn’t let me take photos, I did make a few sketches. Whenever I cut dovetails, my...

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Kelly Mehler’s Land of Many Benches

If you ever want to try out a lot of different workbench designs before you settle on building one for your shop, you might want to take a class at Kelly Mehler’s School of Woodworking. During the last five years, Kelly and his students have been building different style benches with all manner of...