Classes

Upcoming Classes

Heart Bandsaw Box Class

Instructor: John Slezak, NWA member

January 15 & 16 2022
heart bandsaw boxA bandsaw box is a jewelry type box cut from a solid block of wood. Drawers are cut out and all parts are then glued together, sanded and finished with a quality satin lining inside the drawers

Day 1: Make all bandsaw cuts and glue parts together

Day 2: Make final outside cuts, sand, finish and install pull knobs and lining in drawers

Experience level for class: Basic Woodworking Skills

To reserve a spot in this course Email: nwaeducation@gmail.com

Past Classes

Bandsaw Box Class

bandsaw boxInstructor: John Slezak NWA Member/Instructor
Experience Level for this Class: Basic Woodworking Skills
Description: Bandsaw box is a unique design configured from a single block of wood which allows a consistent look of color, grain and features.

Syllabus: Bandsaw Box is a jewelry type box cut from a solid block of wood. Drawers are cut out using a bandsaw and all parts are then glued together, sanded and finished with a quality satin lining inside. Fish shaped knobs are made for drawer pulls.
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Kumiko Class

Build a Kumiko Panel (2-day class)
Instructor: Juliana Shei NWA member/Instructor

Experience Level: Basic woodworking skills helpful but not required

What is Kumiko? Kumiko is a Japanese style of woodwork. The process involves interconnecting carved wooden pieces together in geometric patterns to create a finished panel without the use of glue, nails, or any external tools.  

Course Description
There are many kumiko patterns and methods. In this class, you will make kumiko frames and strips using table saw and use hand tools to create a kaku-asanoha design (square hemp leaf) panels of the size of your choice that you can incorporate into your project such as a wall decoration, box, or furniture.   

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box joint boxesMake a Finger Joint Box Two Ways – With Table Saw & Router Table

Instructors: Joe Carmola and Dave Mobley

Experience Level for this Class: Intermediate level – some prior experience with woodworking machine tools is expected. 

Description: Students will build two similar lidded finger joint boxes they can take home – one primarily using the table saw and one primarily using the router table.

Students will:

  • Learn and review safe operation of the table saw and router table
  • Learn box joinery techniques
  • Gain hands-on experience with joinery methods on both the table saw and router table
  • Execute the necessary sequence of steps to build two lidded boxes

Turn a Christmas
Sea Urchin Ornament 

Instructor:   John Kingsley
 
Experience Level for this Class: Basic woodworking skills helpful but not required
 
Course description: Turning an ornament embellished with a Sea Urchin.

Introduction to Woodworking
Instructors: Various 

Experience Level for this Class: No woodworking skills required

Description: A five session Class.

Week one: How to properly handle and stack green lumber for drying and future use, and why. Learn to identify flatsawn, riftsawn and quartersawn lumber and properties of each. Learn to use basic shop equipment to safely prepare lumber for making a tool tote.

Week two: Identifying the parts of a bandsaw.  Setting it up including how to install and adjust the blade. Proper safe operation of a bandsaw. Project: A bandsaw box.

Week three: Hand tools: Why use them; How to use; How to maintain. Project: A bench hook.

Week four: Basic wood turning: Introduction of tools and safe use. Project: Turning a candle stick.

Week five: Scroll Saw Basics: Identification of the parts of the scroll saw, cutting basic patterns and understanding the types of projects that are unique to the scroll saw. Project: Cat; Fish; Butterfly. Carving Basics: Safety issues of using a knife; wood grain and its effects on carving; demo of preparing the carving blank. Project: Carving a comfort bird. 

Build a Kumiko Panel with Matt Kenney
Instructor: Matt Kenney
 
Experience Level for this Class: Basic woodworking skills helpful but not required
 
Course description:  
In Japan, doors,windows and room screens are often decorated with a delicate wooden framework called kumiko. The beauty of these frames is enhanced by using small piece of wood to create geometric or floral patterns in the framework. This same technique can be used in furniture making to add a beautiful detail to a door panel, table top, or cabinet base. Kumiko panels also make eye-catching wall art.
 
At first glance, kumiko panels certainly give the impression that they’d be extremely difficult to make. However, they aren’t. In this class,you’ll learn how to make a square framework, and the classic asa-no-ha infill pattern. I explain how to make the joinery for the framework, and then we’ll assemble a frame. After that, you’ll create the small pieces used to make the infill pattern, and then get to work making them for your panel. At the end of the day, you’ll have a beautiful panel.

Make Your Own Japanese Style Pencil Marking Gauge

Juliana Shei – Instructor
Marking gauges with sharp edges or points leave undesirable scribe marks on the wood surface.  It’s also difficult to see a scribed line on hard wood.  Make your own Japanese style marking gauge, use pencil and eliminate scribe mark on your wood or use light colored pencil to mark dark wood.  

Oval Shaker Boxes

Bill Sterling – instructor
 
This class will allow participants to make four (4) oval Shaker boxes of different sizes and of different woods. All materials are provided by the instructor, as well as all tools needed to form, shape and build the boxes.  Cost is $150 including materials.
Bob Van Dyke
of the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking presents…
Demonstrations & Classes as follows:
 
No – Your Tablesaw is NOT trying to kill you! 
Getting More from your Tablesaw Than you ever Thought was Possible
 
The Basics and The Not So Basics of Using Hand Planes 
 
No, Your Table Saw is NOT trying to kill you! 
Getting More from your Table Saw Than you ever Thought was Possible