Wood Working Classes

Woodworking classes at the

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CU Woodshop School of Fine Woodworking in Champaign IL

 

Introduction to Hand Tools 

Next class:   2018 – Date to be scheduled

The hand tools class is at the CU Woodshop in Champaign Illinois. (3.5 hour class)

This class will explain how wood working is done with chisels, hand planes, saws, files, rasps, and scrapers. There will be some hands on use with the tools. I’ll be discussing the history, variations, and evolution of hand tools focusing on how they can be used to compliment the power tools in our modern workshops.

There is not a specific project associated with this class, the purpose being to gain a better understanding of how to develop general hand tool skills. There will be several demonstrations and hands on experiences such as; creating mortise and tenon joints, dove tails (and pins), as well as shooting a plate joint and thicknessing surfaces with hand planes.

 

Guitar Making

US Guitar Kit Class – Building an acoustic guitar (3 Day Class)

Next class:    2018 – Date to be scheduled

Offered at the CU Woodshop in Champaign Illinois, is the perfect opportunity for anyone who want’s to build a guitar and isn’t sure about where to begin.

We do use a kit. Some parts of the kit are already assembled (Back and Sides) We will do the rest of the construction in class. No prerequisites. If you have previous woodworking experience that’s fine but not required. We build the guitars in three very busy days. I’m there teaching the entire time. It’s a lot of fun and can also be a bit challenging for most people.

So far… all the guitars have turned out great. I’m happy to discuss the class with anyone thinking about taking it. I’m always happy to answer any questions you might have about what we’ll be doing, or about the guitars, or about individual needs and accommodations. I’ve been offering this class about once a year for approximately six years and it’s one of my favorite classes to teach.

 

Introduction to Structural Joints

Next class:   2018 – Date to be scheduled

Mortise and Tenon / Full Lap Joint class offered at the CU Woodshop in Champaign Illinois.

Use hand tools to make traditional joints.

 

Standard Finishing Techniques

Next class:   2018 – Date to be scheduled

Finishing class offered at the CU Woodshop in Champaign Illinois.

Learn best practices for creating a variety of common wood finishes using stains, dyes, oils, and clear finishes.

 

 

Kids Woodworking Classes

Tool Tote (kids edition)

Next class:   2018 – Date to be scheduled

Children’s intro class offered at the CU Woodshop in Champaign Illinois.

Learners will practice wood working skills with the instructor and learn to use hand tools and safety equipment responsibly. Participants will make a custom tool tote as the focus of the class.

 

Desk Organizer (kids edition)

Next class:   2018 – Date to be scheduled

Children’s intro class offered at the CU Woodshop in Champaign Illinois.

Learners will practice wood working skills with the instructor and learn to use hand tools and safety equipment responsibly. Participants will make a custom desk organizer for pencils, crayons, or art supplies.

 

Pull Toy “Car” (kids edition)

Next class:   2018 – Date to be scheduled

Children’s intro class offered at the CU Woodshop in Champaign Illinois.

Learners will practice wood working skills with the instructor and learn to use hand tools and safety equipment responsibly. Participants will make a children’s pull toy as the focus of the class.

 

 

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