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tools and techniquesTools & Techniques classes get you up to speed on tool safety and operation, and basic woodworking techniques. Successful completion of these classes "certifies" you use Makeville's workshop for your own projects.

hands-onHands-on classes give you in-depth training on specific tools as you make a project to take home with you. Materials, tools, and basic designs are provided.

hands-onKnowledge classes provide you with essential design and technical background on a variety of topics in a compact, seminar/demonstration style format.

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lathe turning wood
tools and techniques
hands on
Lathe 101: Intro to Turning - March
Mondays 7-10pm 3/9 to 3/23
This three-session class is a hands-on introduction to the art of turning wood on the lathe, covering lathe setup, operation and safety, carving techniques, and tool sharpening. Instructor Alan Dorsey will guide you through the basics, with a special focus on turning decorative and functional furniture parts such as table legs, chair parts, and finials to name a few. This class also provides a solid foundation for those interested in a range of turning projects, such as pepper grinders, tool handles, and pens. All materials and safety equipment provided. Completion of this class allows you to rent open studio time to use the lathe to work independently on your own turning projects.
Non-member price: $345 + $50 materials/equipment fee
Member price: $355 (includes materials)
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intro to woodworking
hands on
tools and techniques

Intro to Woodworking - April
Session #1-Saturdays 10am-1pm 4/4 - 5/2
Session #2-Saturdays 3-6pm 4/4 - 5/2
Session #3-Sundays 10am-1pm 4/5 - 5/3
Session #4-Sundays 3-6pm 4/5 - 5/3

Session #5-Mondays 3-6pm 4/6 - 5/4
Session #6-Mondays 7-10pm 4/6 - 5/4
Session #7-Wednesdays 3-6pm 4/8 - 5/6
Session #8-Thursdays 3-6pm 4/9 - 5/7
Session #9-Thursdays 7-10pm 4/9 - 5/7
Designed for beginners with little to no woodworking experience, this five-session class covers wood physics, shop safety and etiquette, an introduction to joinery concepts, and hands-on experience with both hand tools and machinery. The project for this class is a small side table with tapered legs.
This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to work safely in the shop on your own projects and/or to move forward with more advanced woodworking classes. Completion of this class also certifies you to rent studio time for your own projects.
All tools. materials and safety equipment are provided.
Price: $495 + $100 materials
Register now - Session #7
Register now - Session #8
All other sessions - SOLD OUT
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lathe bowl turning wood
tools and techniques
hands on
Turning Bowls on the Lathe - March
Tuesdays 7-10pm, 3/10 to 3/31
In this comprehensive four-session workshop, instructor Phil Gautreau will help you turn a block of wood into a wooden bowl while learning the principles of bowl turning, tool selection, and turning techniques. You will also learn lathe operation and safety, how to sharpen lathe tools, and finishing basics. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided.
Completion of this class allows you to rent open studio time to work on your own lathe projects.
Non-member price: $395 + $60 materials/equipment fee
Member price: $410 (includes materials)
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lathe bowl turning wood
tools and techniques
hands on
Intro to Hand Tools - April
Tuesdays 7-10pm, 4/7 to 4/28
Over the course of four sessions you'll get hands-on training with essential hand tools--back saws, chisels, and planes--while making a classic hardwood mallet with simple and elegant joinery. You'll also learn how to keep your tools sharp and well-tuned. This class provides a solid foundation of skills and techniques for both small projects and more advanced hand cut joinery for furniture making. All tools and materials are included.
Non-member price: $365 + $30 materials/equipment fee
Member price: $355 (includes materials)
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workshop tools studio rental
Workshop Certification
Do you have experience with woodworking machines and want to bring your own projects to Makeville Studio? Take this class to get certified to rent studio time or become a member. Beginners should take Intro to Woodworking for equivalent certification.
This class will get you oriented to the machines and systems in our shop as well as review critical safety concepts for the table saw, band saw compound miter saw, router table, and drill press, with an introduction to the planer and jointer. Basic techniques will be covered for each tool, including how to use the various jigs and tables for more efficient and accurate work. Single 3-hr session.
Available dates:
Thursday 2/12, 7-10pm
Friday 3/13, 7-10pm
Price: $215
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furniture making joinery bench
hands on
tools and techniques
Getting Started in Furniture Making - Feb/Mar
Thursdays 7-10pm, 2/19 to 3/26
This 6-session intermediate-level workshop takes you step by step through the typical furniture-making process: design, layout, cutting, joinery, assembly, glue-up and finishing. Working with machine and hand tools, you will build a solid hardwood bench with mortise and tenon joinery. Topics covered:
  • How to make a cut list and estimate materials and cost from a design
  • Milling rough lumber using the jointer, planer and table saw
  • Edge joining boards into panels, mortise and tenon and bridle joint
  • Accurate marking and measuring for joinery layout
  • Assembly, gluing and clamping tips and techniques
  • Using a card scraper for finish preparation
  • An introduction to simple hand rubbed oil finishes
Non-member price: $615 + $150 materials
Member price: $688 (includes materials)
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