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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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intro bootcamp
tools and techniques
hands on
tools and techniques
Woodworking Boot Camp - NEW!
Mon-Fri 10am-5pm, 8/11 through 8/15
Immerse yourself in a variety of beginner level woodworking classes for five full days! Everyone starts with Intro to Woodworking in the mornings. Then choose from a selection of foundation skills / knowledge classes for your afternoons. Friday afternoon we will all come together for a fun and challenging furniture design workshop and happy hour send-off.
All tools, safety equipment and materials will be provided for these classes.
Complete course details here.
Non-member price: $1250 (includes everything except lunches)
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intro to woodworking
hands on
tools and techniques

Intro to Woodworking - Sept
Session #1-Saturdays 10am-1pm 9/6-10/4
Session #2-Saturdays 3-6pm 9/6-10/4
Session #3-Sundays 3-6pm 9/7-10/5
Session #4-Mondays 7-10pm 9/8-10/6
Session #5-Tuesdays 7-10pm 9/9-10/7
Session #6-Wednesdays 7-10pm 9/10-10/8
Session #7-Wednesdays 3-6pm 9/10-10/8
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: $475 + $100 materials
Register now - Session #7
All other sessions - SOLD OUT
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furniture design workshop
tools and techniques
hands on
Furniture Design Workshop
Friday 8/15, 2-5pm
In this fun 3-hour hands-on sculpture and design workshop, you will be given a series of timed creative design challenges, in which you will create original small-scale furniture models. You can select and build from batches of thousands of small hardwood parts of different sizes, shapes, and proportions (provided, prepared prior to the workshop), allowing endless opportunity for unique designs. The classroom will be transformed into an environment much like a professional design studio, encouraging complex artistic engineering and design decisions involving material, color, texture, composition, proportion, scale, aesthetic, and form choices. Students will develop creative and technical problem solving skills, and gain from working collaboratively in pairs and groups. This workshop aims to improve upon your design strategies and processes and get you thinking creatively about furniture.
Level: Beginne
Non-member price: $50 plus $25 materials fee
Member price: $67
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hardwood lumber 101
tools and techniques
Hardwood Lumber 101
Monday 2-5pm - 8/11
Every woodworking project--from fine furniture to simple boxes--starts with selecting the right wood. In this seminar, we will take the mystery out of selecting, estimating, and purchasing hardwood lumber. You'll learn about hardwoods vs. softwoods, how to spot “problem” lumber, wood sizing and pricing, and how to prepare for a trip to the lumber yard, including moneysaving tips and local sources of quality lumber.
Non-member price: $100
Member price: $90
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hardwood lumber 101
tools and techniques

Understanding Wood Bending
Wednesday 2-5pm - 8/13
This seminar will introduce you to the principles and methods for creating bent wood elements for furniture and sculpture. Topics covered include wood selection and physics, techniques for steam bending and making bent laminations, constructing forms, steam box design and much more. You will also get a chance for some hands-on with a basic steam bending demonstration.
Non-member price: $100
Member price: $90
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furniture making joinery bench
hands on
tools and techniques
Getting Started in Furniture Making - Sept
Tuesdays 7-10pm, 9/9 to 10/4
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
  • Tips and techniques for jointing boards into panels
  • How to do quick, accurate mortise and tenon joints--multiple methods
  • Gluing and clamping the joints
  • Using a card scraper for post glue-up surface preparation
  • An introduction to simple hand rubbed oil finishes
Non-member price: $595 + $150 materials
Member price: $643 (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:
Wednesday 7/16, 7-10pm
Price: $215
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