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ON-SITE CLASSES

Craftsman Style Rocking Chair: June 26-July 1

Instructor:  Tom McLaughlin
Level:  Intermediate
Duration:  6 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Spots available:  0 of 6
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The lines and beauty of this rocking chair has stirred a lot of interest among woodworkers who after seeing in on Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac decided they would like to build one. For the purposes of this class Tom slightly revised, and improved the design to include a 4½“ higher back to accommodate taller sitters, an appropriately adapted backrest for greater comfort, and an increased curvature on the rockers for optimal rocking.

This 5-day experience puts you shoulder-to-shoulder with Tom and 7 other wood enthusiasts, free to focus on the project at hand, increasing your skills, and building courage along the way. It’s more than a woodworking class, it’s an apprentice-style encounter.

Dates:  June 26-July 1 (Mon-Fri)
Cost:
   Class fee $810, plus $180 materials and prep (includes full-size plans)
Option to pay 50% at time of registration. Balance due 2 weeks prior to class.

Bowl Turning 101: July 8-9 (Sat-Sun)

Unfortunately this class is FULL but we are offering a waiting list which you may join HERE.

Instructor:  Claude Dupuis
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  2 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Spots available:
  0 of 8

Imagine producing finished works of art in less than a day. Few types of fine woodworking are so immediately satisfying as turning a bowl on a lathe. Like a potter’s hands shaping a lump of clay, you begin with a rough chunk of wood, become absorbed in the process, and end with a beautiful finished bowl.

In this course, award winning bowl turner Claude Dupuis will demonstrate and describe, step by step, the proven methods for achieving great results turning attractive and unique bowls. Then at your own lathe, you will begin applying and improving your own fresh skills. And you can relax, this class is geared toward beginners, in a no pressure setting, where everyone can work at their own pace.

By the end of the 2-day course, you will have multiple new creations to take home with you, as well as the great memories and experience of turning a bowl from start to finish.

Topics include:
   • Lathe features, overview
   • Types of turning chisels
   • Sharpening lathe chisels
   • Chucking methods (holding the workpiece in the lathe)
   • Lathe safety
   • Design considerations and material choices
   • Turning and sanding techniques
   • Finishing options

Dates:  July 8-9, 2017 (Sat-Sun)
Cost:  Class fee $290, plus $70 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class.

Veneering a Round Table: July 10-14 (Mon-Fri)

Instructor:  Terry Moore
Level:  Intermediate
Duration:  5 days
Spots available:  0 of 8

Some of the most striking and valuable furniture designs combine skillful veneer work with solid wood construction. Terry Moore should know, a desk he made is an a museum collection and he has won numerous awards for his design
s and craftsmanship. But don’t let that intimidate you, Terry is a fantastic teacher, very down to earth, and interested in passing on the craft. During this 5-day class, with patience and a bit of Welsh humor, he will guide you, step by step, through the process of making a “museum quality” table of your own.

You will learn the valuable skills to handling and pressing veneer in a sunburst pattern for the 28″ diameter round top, as well as edge banding and inlay techniques. The round table base, made from solid wood, will incorporate learning to use various mortise and tenon joinery and the process of developing patterns and jigs. And the finished table height of 22″ makes it perfect for use as an end table.

Topics include:
• Finding and buying veneer
  • How to handle and flatten veneer
  • Tuning up and using veneering tools
  • Making a sunburst pattern
  • Edge banding and inlay techniques
  • Using the right adhesives
  • How to use a vacuum press
  • Approaches to design
  • Using drawings and patterns effectively
  • Mortise and tenon joinery
  • Finishing options and recommendations

Dates:  July 10-14 (Mon-Fri)
Cost:  Class fee $725, plus $165 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

Experience Woodworking: July 24-28 (Mon-Fri)

Instructor:  Tom McLaughlin
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  5 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)

Spots available:  0 of 8

This comprehensive 5-day class, is a great follow-up to the Beginning Woodworking Class. It’s open to all skill levels, as in this class you will gain the essential knowledge base for making beautiful fine furniture. The week is full of the methods, approaches, and techniques you need to build a solid, foundational start in fine woodworking. As an added bonus, these core skills will be acquired as you make a classic solid cOne-Drawer Shaker Table-0805 009herry Shaker style end table that is yours to take home at the end of the class.

Those with previous experience, as well as beginners, have raved about this course, noting how much this week added to their woodworking understanding, confidence, and skills. We offer this class twice each season due to its popularity, so sign up early.

Topics include:
   •  Safe and effective machine use
   •  Design considerations
   •  Selecting and buying wood
   •  Mortise and tenon joinery
   •  Effective table saw jigs
   •  Sharpening, using Handplanes and chisels
   •  Layout and handcut dovetails
   •  Dovetailing a drawer to fit an opening
   •  Sharpening and using a cabinet scraper
   •  Finishing options and advice for your table
   •  Table Dimensions: 21″W x 18″D x 27″H

Dates:  July 24-28 (Mon-Fri)
Cost:  Class fee $725, plus $145 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

Pencil Post Bed: August 7-11 (Mon-Fri)

Instructor:  Tom McLaughlin
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  5 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Spots available:  0 of 6

Few projects offer a more enjoyable opportunity to learn, practice, and apply your hand tool skills than making this classic pencil post bed during this 5-day class. Patterned after a favorite post design of Tom’s mentor, P. A. “Pug” Moore, this bed exudes timeless design and simple elegance.

Clever jigs and machine techniques will be explained and demonstrated to create the octagonal shape. Then the long tapers are surfaced smooth with sharp, freshly-tuned handplanes. The posts are further refined and personalized with hand-carved “lamb’s tongue” details. Bed rails will be prepared to attach to posts with the “post and beam-like” traditional bolted mortise and tenon joinery. The headboard will also be customized to one of several shape options.

This will be an extremely rewarding project, after which you will certainly “rest easy” admiring your fine craftsmanship, sure to be appreciated for generations.Your bed will be made of solid Cherry, in your choice of double, queen, or king size. (Note: you will be required to bring length, width and thickness measurements of your bed’s boxspring and mattress.)

TOPICS INCLUDE:
• Design considerations and discussion
• Techniques and jigs for shaping the octagonal tapered posts
• Carving a lamb’s tongue detail with bench chisels
• Sharpening, tuning and using hand tools
• Techniques and jigs for making the mortise and tenon joinery on the posts and rails
• Buying and installing the traditional bed bolts, bed irons, and bolt covers
• Designing, making patterns and shaping the headboard
• Finishing approaches and techniques

Dates:  August 7-11 (Mon-Fri)
Cost:
Double in cherry —  Class fee $890, plus $940 materials and prep
Queen in cherry — Class fee $890, plus $990 materials and prep
King in cherry — Class fee $890, plus $1090 materials and prep
• An additional support rail will be needed for the king

Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

 

Woodfinishing Overview: August 19 (Sat)

Instructor:  Tom McLaughlin
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  1 day (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Spots available:  0 of 8

Woodfinishing is mysterious and intimidating to many furniture makers, but it doesn’t have to be that way. In this one-day, concentrated class, Tom will break it down into understandable components. You will end up with a thorough overview and knoFinishingwledge base to more confidently and consistently achieve great finishes.

The day will be chock -full of explanations, demonstrations, question and answer sessions, and hands-on opportunities. As an added bonus, Tom will share a few of his favorite finishing recipes, which he has applied successfully on fine furniture over his 25 years as a custom furniture maker.

Topics include:
   •  Surface preparation
   •  Understanding and applying wood stains and dyes
   •  Oil finishes, use and application
   •  Understanding and applying shellac and lacquer
   •  Approaches to achieve special effects: filler, glazes, tints and toners
   •  Techniques to rubbing out a finish

Dates:  August 19 (Sat)
Cost:  Class fee $145, plus $45 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class
 

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ONLINE CLASSES

Shaker End Table -- over 5 hours of ARCHIVED training FREE when you purchase the plans

This table project is a great place to get started in woodworking! To encourage you in that, we’re providing 5+ hours of archived training FREE with the purchase of the plans for $27.

The sessions were recorded live with Tom in the shop as he streamed 3 sessions to those taking the course at the time. Watch each session as many times as you like. Rewind or fast forward through sections you need to hear again, or with which you’re already familiar with.

TOPICS INCLUDE
• Design – the fine points explained
• Select and prepare the stock
• Mortise and tenon joinery techniques
• Use a simple jig to make the tapered legs on the table saw
• Cut pocket holes by hand with just a chisel
• Lay out and glue-up the table top
• Glue up the table base and add pegs
• Use a handplane to quickly make polished surfaces and save sanding time
• Prepare the table for finish
• Discussion 2 types of finish applications: (1) milk painted base and varnished top for country look, (2) varnished cherry table for Shaker style.

LOGISTICS
• Full size plans included – 36″x48″ drawings along with a materials list
• Each sessions runs about 90 minutes but can be watched in segments as you wish
 
• Take away tips and techniques useful for making other projects in the future
• Hear answers to questions from live stream participants​

• Unlimited access to the training for future reference

5 hours of FREE archived instruction when you purchase the Plans for $27 (plus $7 SH)
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Outdoor Swing -- over 7 hours of ARCHIVED live training sessions

Enjoy this swing hanging between trees in your backyard, or on a porch, or build a stationary stand to hook it to. Its solid, comfortable design is undeniable and built to last. In addition to 7+ hours of online instruction, receive hand-drawn, full-size custom drawings (36” x 48”), providing design and construction specifications for this original design Outdoor Swing. The plans identify parts, accurate dimensions, and joinery visuals. Also included will be a materials list, and suggestions related to finishing and hanging the swing.

This is a slightly revised design of an outdoor Tom designed and built for the PBS show Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac (Season 6). You can view the episode at our Videos page.

DESCRIPTION
• Step-by-step instruction with a career fine furniture maker and teacher, Tom McLaughlin
• (5) 90-minute sessions with Tom McLaughlin (over 7 hours)
• Full size plans included – 36″x48″ drawings along with a materials list.
• Take away tips and techniques useful for making other projects in the future.
• Hear answers to questions from live stream participants
• Unlimited access to the archived video training for future reference.

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Pricing Live Stream:$77 (plus $7 SH) (NOTE:  a set of full-size plans are included, 5-7 business days for delivery)

Purchasing the Plans ONLY for $27 (plus $7 SH)
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Craftsman Style Rocking Chair -- over 10 hours of ARCHIVED live training sessions

Make this Craftsman inspired rocking chair and enjoy hours of relaxing comfortably while reading, sitting with friends, watching TV or sitting with a grandchild. In addition to 10+ ours of online instruction, receive hand-drawn, full-size custom drawings (36” x 48”), providing design and construction specifications for this original design Rocking Chair. The plans identify parts, accurate dimensions, and joinery visuals. Also included will be a materials list, and suggestions related to finishing and upholstery.

This chair is a slightly revised design to one featured on public television’s Rough Cut Woodworking with Tommy Mac, Season 5 (see a link to the full episode at epicwoodworking.com). This version has a 4½“ higher back to accommodate taller sitters, appropriately adapted backrest for greater comfort, and increased curvature on the rockers for optimal rocking. You can view the episode at our Videos page.

DESCRIPTION
• Step-by-step instruction with a career fine furniture maker and teacher, Tom McLaughlin
• (7) 90-minute sessions with Tom McLaughlin (over 10 hours)
• Tips and techniques for making future projects
• Hear answers to questions from live stream participants
• Full size plans included – 36″x48″ drawings along with a materials list.
• Take away tips and techniques useful for making other projects in the future.
• Unlimited access to the archived video training for future reference.

Pricing Live Stream:$77 (plus $7 SH) (NOTE:  a set of full-size plans are included, 5-7 business days for delivery)

Purchasing the Plans ONLY for $27 (plus $7 SH)
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Click here for Tom’s full-size hand drawn plans for:
Kitchen Leaf Table
Craftsman Style Rocking Chair
Outdoor Swing
Simple Shaker Table

Classes offered earlier this year

The Art of French Polishing

Instructor:  Gary Wood
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  1 day (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Limit:  12

French Polishing is one of the finest, age old, finishes you can apply and surprisingly, requires only a low-tech approach. Very few tools are needed to achieve good results. But there is an art to using these simple tools in order to achieve consistently fine finishes. Gary will describe the time-honored methods and share his best techniques drawn from his many years of experience with french polishing, including a unique approach to french polishing that greatly simplifies the process.

In addition, coloring, polishing for antique restoration, and french polishing at the lathe will also be demonstrated. Each student will leave with a completed panel of their own. After this great day of close-up instruction and hands on experience, with a little practice at home, you may soon be applying this beautiful finish to rival the great masters.

Topics include:
   • Surface preparation
   • Shellac types and where to find them
   • Mixing your own shellac from scratch
   • The best brushes for the job that can last a lifetime
   • Wrapping and forming the all-important polishing pad
   • Methods of applying the first coats
   • Techniques and patterns using the pad
   • The final coats and achieving a mirror finish
   • Cleaning and storing your tools
   • French polishing at the lathe

Dates:  TBA
Cost:  Class fee $125, plus $20 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

Beginning Veneering

Instructor:  Terry Moore
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  3 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Limit:  8

Some of the most creative and dynamic furniture designs made today are achieved with the skillful use of veneers. After this 3-day encounter with veneering expert Terry Moore, you won’t believe the fantastic woodworking possibilities. And you will enjoy learning the different approach to working with veneers…it’s solid woodworking’s quieter cousin, more civilized, with little dust, and no need to have many expensive tools to get started.

The range of interesting and exotic materials is also much greater when veneering. Surprisingly, the finest figured lumber, burls and crotches, bypass the typical lumberyards and are sent directly to veneer mills. The veneers produced are only available to those who know how to use these beautiful materials.

In this 3-day class, Terry will explain and demonstrate the techniques to using a variety of veneers effectively. You will enjoy lots of hands-on practice as you decoratively veneer three tabletops; an 18×18” book matched table top with a border, a beautiful 18” square chessboard, and an @12″ diameter round sunburst panel perfect for making a contemporary wall clock with the mechanism included. And as a bonus, these valuable skill building projects are yours to take home at the end of the class.

Topics include:
   •  Purchasing, handling, and flattening veneer
   •  Essential veneering tools
   •  Cutting, matching, and taping techniques
   •  Designing and laying out classic patterns
   •  Choosing the best adhesive
   •  Using a vacuum press
   •  Correcting mistakes and unexpected problems
   •  Border and edge band techniques
   •  Making and applying inlay designs

Dates:   TBA
Cost:  Class fee $390, plus $105 for materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

Beginning Woodworking

Instructor:  Tom McLaughlin
Level:  Beginner
Duration:  3 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Spots available:  0 of 8

I remember feeling a little intimidated when I walked into master craftsman “Pug” Moore’s shop for the first time…but looking back to that day 27 years ago, I’m so glad I didn’t let the unknown stop me.

If getting more creative in woodworking is on your Bucket List, (and why wouldn’t it be?), you are going to need good coaching to get off on the right foot. You don’t have to be intimidated in the least, I know the feeling and believe the only stupid question is the one never asked. I have specifically designed this class for someone getting started, who simply has the desire to learn, like you…all you have to do is take the first step.

In this class we will get down to basics as you will be introduced to the fundamental tools and techniques, step by step, to build a solid foundation for your new beginning as a fine craftsman (or crafts”person” to be more inclusive if you prefer:) And as a bonus, as you progress in your understanding, each student will make their own Shaker style cherry end table to practice and apply your new skills….not to mention it feels good to have something to show and tell back home!

Topics Include:
• Understanding wood as a creative material
  • Where and how to buy the best wood
  • Understanding workshop machines and how to use them safely
  • Jigs, what they are, how to make them and why it’s worth it
  • Essential hand tools, what they’re for and how to use them
  • How to sharpen and tune hand tools, including handplanes and chisels
  • How to use a workbench effectively
  • Basic mortise and tenon joinery
  • Making your own Shaker style solid cherry end table

Dates:  June 8-10 (Thurs-Sat)
Cost:  Class fee $390, plus $85 materials and prep (includes full-sized plans and unlimited access to “How to” video)
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

 

Chairmaking

Instructor:  Tom McLaughlin
Level:  Intermediate
Duration:  5 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Limit:  8

Making a chair, or set of chairs, may represent the ultimate woodworking experience. Unfortunately, with so many compound angles and curved parts, the prospect of actually making a chair seems too intimidating and confusing. But it doesn’t have to be that way. In this 5-day course, Tom will simplify the process of chairmaking, breaking it down into understandable stages. The focus will be on how to make a stylish mortise and tenoned chair design.

As a bonus, you will apply your new knowledge and skills by making your own contemporary style side chair (Similar to the article featured in Wood Magazine, May 2011). As time permits, the chair will be assembled in class and completed at home. This will likely be the most rewarding project you will have undertaken and conquered.

(Note: The Experience Woodworking 101 class, or equivalent experience, is a recommended prior to taking this class).

Topics include:
•  Design considerations, for comfort and style
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Drawing techniques
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Making good patterns you can use
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Mortise and tenon joinery
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Simplifying compound joinery
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Clever table saw jigs
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Hand tool skills to add detail and value
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Upholstery options
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Finishing approaches

Dates:  TBA
Cost:  Class fee $725, plus $145 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

Joinery Essentials

Instructor:  Tom McLaughlin
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  2 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Limit:  8

Fine Woodworking, most simply stated, is the ability to put wood together well. And this “putting together” of wood, the study of joinery, is the difference maker when it comes to defining great craftsmanship. This 2-day class will cover the two most common types used in fine furniture making: the mortise and tenon, and the dovetail joint. Many variations of these primary joints, and their applications, will be discussed.

Using both machine and traditional hand cutting methods, you will have ample opportunity to make practice samples. Some of the joints covered will be: through, half-blind, sliding and lap dovetails; standard, through, angled, pegged, and wedged mortise and tenons. By the end of the class, you will have a collection of joinery samples, essential skills, and great memories to take home with you.

Topics include:
   •  
Fundamental joinery terms
   •  Choosing the optimum joinery for the job
   •  Laying out and marking out, tools and techniques
   •  Effectively using a marking gauge
   •  Sharpening and tuning joinery tools
   •  Cutting and fitting precisely
   •  Selecting and using adhesives

Dates:  TBA
Cost:  Class fee $290, plus $55 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

Turning Lidded Bowls 201

Instructor:  Claude Dupuis
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  2 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Limit:  8

Something special happens by simply adding a sweetly fitted lid to a bowl that transforms it to a whole new category, becoming a very special gift item, decorative object, or place for a treasured keepsake.

In this 2-day course, award winning bowl turner Claude Dupuis will take you through the process, step by step, unlocking the mystery and art of making beautifully fitted decorative lids. The creative possibilities are endless! The class will include demonstrations, designing and practice turning numerous bowls with matching or contrasting lids that are yours to keep or give as gifts to someone special.

Pre-requisite: Some basic bowl turning experience is required (or the Bowl Turning 101 course)

Topics include:
   • Types and styles of lidded bowls
   • Sharpening lathe chisels (brief refresher)
   • Designing your lidded bowls
   • Creating matching and contrasting lids
   • Approach to making the perfectly fitted lid
   • Detailing the lid with knobs or finials
   • Sanding and finishing techniques
   • Lathe features, overview

Dates:
  TBA
Cost:  Class fee $290, plus $70 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class

Turning Hollow Vessels 301

Instructor:  Claude Dupuis
Level:  Beginner and Intermediate
Duration:  2 days (8:30 AM – 5:00 PM)
Limit:  8

In this introductory class, experienced turner Claude Dupuis will guide you, step by step, through the process and art of turning hollow forms. You will discover exquisitely beautiful vessels are within your reach, and limited only by your imagination. Considered one of the more difficult acquired skills in lathe work, hollow turning can be made easy. This 2-day class is geared toward beginners and you will be working in a no pressure environment where everyone can work at their own pace. By the end of this course, you will have multiple sample creations to take home with you as well as the knowledge of hollow turning from start to finish.

Topics include:
   Tool technique
   Sharpening
   Chucking methods
   Lathe safety
   Design considerations
   Wood selection
   Finishing options

Dates:
  TBA
Cost:  Class fee $290, plus $55 materials and prep
Option to pay 50% at time of registration with the balance due 2 weeks prior to class