Do you want to begin woodworking, but don't know where to start? This 3-hour beginner's course will give you an overview of the tools, materials, and knowledge needed to make a project with wood, covering the basics and providing resources for more in-depth skill-building. With a small class size, some of the course content will be tailored to the students' specific interests, such as your goal project(s), tools you already have or are considering, resources for building new skills, and other specific questions.
- Tool overview: Which power tools, hand tools, and materials you may need (and don't need!) to get started
- Basic shop setup and considerations
- Quick overview of tool use (tailored to specific student interests)
- Planning a project: What to consider; limitations and risks
- Where and how to buy and select wood
- Basics of working with wood (hardness, movement, moisture, grain)
- Measuring and cutting basics
- Brief overview of joinery options (wood joints, fasteners, glues, dowels/biscuits, etc.) and how to choose
- Sanding basics
- Brief overview of finishing products and methods (stains, protective coats, etc.)
Appropriate for ALL skill levels.
Open to students ages 15 and older.
Class takes place at Arbutus Folk School, 610 4th Ave E, Olympia
All necessary materials will be provided. Students are encouraged to bring a notebook/pen, and all your woodworking questions! You may also bring any small items or photos that you have questions about for projects you are considering.
Please wear closed-toe shoes and layers (depending on weather).