In-person Wood Classes

IMAGES AND SCRIPT: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SHOPBOT CNC ROUTER

Instructor: Stephen Reeves

An introduction to the Crafts Center’s ShopBot router, students will design imagery, create tool paths and execute basic cuts. CAD [computer-aided design] software will be used to develop imagery before setting up the machine to cut and inlay designs into matching pockets on contrasting hardwood. Engraving of script and other designs will be explored to embellish wooden plaques. Class fee includes practice wood and cutting furnished during the class. You must provide your own bits for use outside of class.

Fridays [3 weeks], February 5 – 19: 6:30 am – 9:30 pm 

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisite: Must be proficient in the use of CAD software

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $65     Public – $95      Register for this class»

 

INTRODUCTION TO THE BAND SAW AND SCROLL SAW

Instructor: John Metzler

Scroll Sawing ProjectsIn this introductory class you will learn the basics of both the band saw and scroll saw. Students will learn the techniques used to create unique puzzles, toys, intarsia projects, and trinket boxes. Gain confidence in both band sawing and scroll sawing as you work to complete a basic project. Once the machine is mastered, you will explore more advanced techniques, work with patterns of your choice, or even create imagery of your own design. Students will also learn how to re saw material. Class fee includes wood and use of tools during class.

Thursdays [4 weeks] February 4 – 25: 12:00 – 3:00pm*

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $90     Public – $130      Register for this class»

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

 

INTRODUCTION TO WOODTURNING

Instructors: Bill Wallace

Woodturning-Summer 2018Turn wooden bowls and spindles! In this introductory class students will have the opportunity to explore the very different experiences found in turning the side grain of a spindle and the end grain found in making a bowl. The class fee includes plenty of wood and use of lathe tools during class and studio. Visit Bill’s website: http://newlightwoodworks.com/.

 

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] February 2 – March 9: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 23 – April 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $95     Public – $150      Register for this class»

[Punch Card and Class Pass eligibility for Woodturning only.]

 

INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING

Instructor: John Metzler

Interested in woodworking and have never been exposed to the larger machines, tools, and processes? Students in this introductory hands-on class will learn the skill sets of machine and hand tool woodworking while constructing a Poplar end table complete with a drawer. This table is the perfect for any couch, bed, or dorm. Class fee includes wood, hardware, and use of tools during class.

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] February 2 – March 9: 12:00 – 3:00pm*

Section B: Tuesdays [6 weeks] March 23 – April 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $130     Public – $190      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

*Note: Parking on campus prior to 5:00pm requires a Visitor Parking Permit [$10 daily].

 

INTRODUCTORY MACHINE TOOLS

Instructor: Willie Wolf

If you want to learn safe operating procedures of woodworking machines without working on a project, this class is for you! You will learn the basic functionality and proper use of the major woodworking machines including the jointer, planer, table saw, miter saw, router table, drill press, radial arm saw, and band saw. You will be qualified to purchase a wood studio membership upon completion of this class.

Section A: Saturdays [4 weeks] March 6 – 27: 10:00am – 1:00pm

Section B: Saturdays [4 weeks] April 3 – 24: 10:00am – 1:00pm 

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $75     Public – $110      Register for this class»

 

JIGS AND FIXTURES [Workshop]

Instructor: Willie Wolf

This session will demonstrate the construction and use of basic jigs and fixtures. How to construct jigs and the variety of accessories available for them to function. Come prepared to take notes!

Table saw jigs:

  • Cross cut and special purpose sleds
  • Tenoning jig
  • Spline jig
  • Box joint jig

Drill Press:

  • Sled for drilling corner braces

Friday, March 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $35     Public – $55      Register for this class»

 

 

PROJECT CLASS: CONTEMPORARY BENCH

Instructor: Willie Wolf

This project class will instruct participants on how to build a contemporary bench made from domestic hardwood. The construction challenges are precisely cutting and fitting double tenons and mortises. You will learn how to cut precision double tenon and mortise joinery using the table saw and mortising machine. Hand tool skills using chisels and hand planes are essential in fitting and finishing the bench. The bench top is fixed to the legs using threaded steel inserts and 1/4 – inch hex bolts. Students should be well versed in milling boards to exact specifications and precisely measuring and marking joinery. Expect to spend $50 – $150 for materials, depending on choice of project and wood used. Glue and fasteners are provided.

Thursdays [8 weeks] March 4 – April 22: 6:30pm – 9:30pm  

Skill Level: Intermediate/Advanced

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Woodworking, Introductory Machine Tools, or an equivalent.

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $140     Public – $215      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

PROJECT CLASS: HALL TABLE

Instructor: Willie Wolf

This class will guide participants through the process of making a hall table. The table is 18” wide, 30” tall and 44” long. It has tapered legs and a 3” apron. The top is 1” thick. The size of the project can be customized to the users need. The joinery is mortise and tenon. The top is constructed of multiple pieces joined and glued together. The machines used in the construction of this project are the jointer, planer, table saw, drill press, and mortising machine. A detailed materials list will be provided prior to the start of class. Class participants will be responsible for purchasing their own hardwood for the project. Estimated lumber costs are between $100 and $150 depending on hardwood species.

Fridays [6 weeks] March 19 – April 23: 6:30pm – 9:30pm 

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of Introduction to Woodworking, Introductory Machine Tools, or an equivalent.

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $115    Public – $170      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS

 

PROJECTS IN WOOD

Instructor: Tim Bevacqua

After completing the introductory woodworking class, are you eager to get started on your next woodworking project? From a plan and materials of your own choosing, discussion on the first night is aimed at getting you going. From there, this class will be all hands-on, requiring possible time outside of class to complete your project. Expect to spend $50 – $125 for materials, depending on choice of project and wood used. Students furnish their own materials based upon project selected.

Section A: Wednesdays [6 weeks] February 3 – March 10: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section A: Wednesdays [6 weeks] March 23 – April 27: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisite: Completion of Introduction to Woodworking, Introductory Machine Tools, or an equivalent.

Class fees by level:    NC State Students – $115    Public – $170      Register for this class»

[Class includes a PUNCH CARD and eligibility for a CLASS PASS]

 

SHARPENING PLANES AND CHISELS [Workshop]

Instructor: Willie Wolf

In this two-day workshop you will learn a variety of techniques used in sharpening both plane blades and chisels. The use of Tomek grinder and Japanese water stones will be demonstrated as well. After demonstrations students will practice sharpening on both a block plane and a set of chisels. While bringing your own chisels or plane blades is not required, it is recommended. Supplies included.

Saturday, February 27: 12:00 – 3:00pm
Sunday, February 28: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $45     Public – $65      Register for this class»

 

SPOON CARVING [Workshop]

Instructor: Bill Wallace

Coming soon…