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I teach woodworking and design at a remarkable place in Brooklyn, New York. We have around 18 classes just in the woodworking department; we have tons of other classes in the rest of the lofty old industrial building that houses 3rdWard. The institution is a hub of creativity in crafts, art, and design.  It functions as a home for a community of young and old professional and amateur makers and is a Mecca for the budding cadre of hipsters from all over New York City. One of the classes that I teach there is Intro to Woodworking. The mission of this class is to give someone who has never worked with wood the skills to become a beginner woodworker.  Over the course of 5 class meeting my students learn the following:

  • The basics about wood and its properties
  • How to read plans
  • How to measure and mark
  • How to safely and confidently operate the miter-saw, the band-saw and the table-saw
  • How to cross cut, rip, drill, groove and made dados 
  • How to glue and clamp
  • How to work with a chisel, a rasp & file, a scraper and a mallet 
  • How to make a project out of dimensional lumber

What we at 3rd Ward seek to achieve is for the student to leave the 5 sessions with a passion for woodworking.


 

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