In-person Wood Classes

ADVANCED PROJECTS – SHOPBOT

Instructor: Stephen Reeves

In this advanced topics class you will have the opportunity to work on your own CNC project while getting assistance from the instructor. This class is the next step after taking the Introduction class and allows you to have the one-on-one time that you need to safely and efficiently create your own project. You are asked to come to class with a project already chosen. You must provide your own bits for use outside of class.

Fridays [3 weeks] October 29 – November 12: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Completion of the Images and Script: An Introduction to the Shopbot CNC class.

Prerequisite: Must be proficient in the use of CAD software or VCarve Pro (Free trial and training at www.vectric.com)

Class fees by level:  NC State Students – $75    Public – $115      Register for this class»

 

ADVANCED WOODTURNING

Instructor: Bill Wallace

In this advanced woodturning class you will learn to expand your skills in bowl turning. You will have an opportunity to turn a bowl with a square outside, a natural edge piece, or a bowl that you could do some carving on. Visit Bill’s website: http://newlightwoodworks.com/

Tuesdays [4 weeks] November 2 – November 23: 6:30 – 9:30pm  

Skill Level: Intermediate

Prerequisites: Completion of an introductory woodturning class.

Class fees by level:      NC State students – $95     Public – $130      Register for this class»

[Includes Punch Card for Woodturning only.]

 

BUILD A CAJON DRUM

Instructor: Jimmy Lewis [NC State student]

No experience needed. Intensely hands-on! Make a playable wooden cajon! Students will learn to use various machines and hand tools to create their very own Cajon. The first and second day will consist of cutting material and assembly. In the third class you will attach the snare and customize your Cajon by painting and drawing. There will be a jam session on the last day where you will learn how to play your newly created drum! The class fee includes Birch plywood, glue, hardware and use of all tools to make your very own Cajon!

Mondays [4 weeks] October 11 – November 1: 6:30 – 9:30pmS

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:  NC State Students – $100    Public – $150      Register for this class»

 

GETTING BACK INTO WOODWORKING

Instructor: John Metzler
Projects in Wood

Have you taken woodworking classes in the past but it’s been sometime? Are you familiar with a few of the machines in the shop but don’t qualify for a membership? Then this class is for you. In this class you will learn the basic functionality and proper use of major woodworking machines, including the radial arm saw, jointer, planer, table saw, miter saw, router, drill press, stationary sanders and the band saw. Hand tools, power tools and jigs will be included in discussions. This class is meant for students who have some woodworking experience but either want a refresher or want to be approved for a membership to the Wood Studio.

Section A: Tuesdays [3 weeks] August 24 – September 7: 12:30 – 3:30pm*  

Section B: Saturdays [3 weeks] October 16 – 30: 12:00 – 3:00pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisite: Some woodworking experience.

Class fees by level:      NC State Students – $75    Public – $100    Register for this class»

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

 

IMAGES AND SCRIPT: AN INTRODUCTION TO THE SHOPBOT CNC ROUTER

Instructor: Stephen Reeves
Images and Script_Intro to Shopbot

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] October 1 – 15: 6:30am – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisite: Must be proficient in the use of CAD software or VCarve Pro (Free trial and training at www.vectric.com)

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $75    Public – $115     Register for this class»

 

INTRODUCTION TO WOODTURNING

Instructor: Bill and Jim Wallace
Turn 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/ and Jim’s website: https://jimwallacewoodturning.com/

Tuesdays [6 weeks] August 24 – September 28: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Beginner

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $125     Public – $180     Register for this class»

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

 

INTRODUCTION TO WOODWORKING

Instructor: John Metzler

Interested in Woodworking and have little exposure to the larger machines, tools and processes? Students in this introductory class will learn the skill sets of machine and hand tool woodworking while constructing a Poplar end table complete with a shelf. This table is the perfect companion to any couch, bed, or dorm. Class fees include wood, hardware, and use of tools during class.

Section A: Thursdays [6 weeks] August 26 – September 30: 12:30 – 3:30pm*

Section A: Tuesdays [6 weeks] October 12 – November 16: 6:30 – 9:30pm

 Skill Level: Beginner

 Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $140     Public – $210     Register for this class»

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

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

 

JIGS AND FIXTURES – TABLE SAW AND ROUTER TABLE [Workshop]

Instructor: Tim Bevacqua

This two-day class features two important machines in anyone’s shop; the Table Saw (SawStop) and Router Table (Jessem/Bosch). Both classes consist of demonstrations by the instructor and hands-on use of a variety of jigs and fixtures. This class is meant for students who have prior woodworking experience and want to expand their knowledge.

Thursdays [2 weeks] September 16 – 23: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisite: None

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

 

MAKING THE LONGBOARD/SKATEBOARD DECK

Instructor: Louie Silva [NC State student]

No experience needed. Intensely hands-on! Make a custom-sized longboard or skateboard you can ride and enjoy for years. Students will learn to laminate plys of Baltic birch into the necessary complex curves. The form will then be cut with the band saw, drilled, routed and sanded to final shape.  By the end of the three classes, you will have a finished longboard deck ready for wheels. The class fee includes Baltic birch plywood, glue and use of all tools to make one board of your own design [trucks and wheels not included].

Section A: Thursdays [3 weeks] August 26 – September 9: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Section B: Thursdays [3 weeks] September 30 – October 14: 6:30 – 9:30pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $80    Public – $120    Register for this class»

 

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] August 25 – September 29: 6:30 – 9:30pm

 Section B: Wednesdays [6 weeks] October 13 – November 17: 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 – $125    Public – $190      Register for this class»

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

 

SHARPENING HAND TOOLS: SCRAPERS, PLANES, CHISELS, AND MORE! [Workshop]

Instructor:  Jim Wallace

This three day workshop will cover both basic and advanced methods of sharpening almost all of the hand tools in your shop. Classes will start with demonstrations and talks followed by hands-on practice with a wide variety of tools. Visit Jim’s website: https://jimwallacewoodturning.com/

Friday, September 17: 6:30 – 9:30pm
Saturday, September 18: 12:00 – 5:00pm
Sunday, September 19: 12:00 – 5:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $80     Public – $120     Register for this class»

 

ORNAMENT CARVING [Workshop]

Instructor: Bill Wallace

Carve a wooden ornament in a piece of basswood using mallet-type and hand held carving tools. Use your imagination to create a one of a kind sculpture. Medium hand strength is useful. No experience required. All skill levels are welcome. Visit Bill’s website: http://newlightwoodworks.com/.

Saturday, December 4: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Sunday, December 5: 12:00 – 5:00pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Prerequisites: None

Class fees by level:     NC State Students – $85     Public – $125     Register for this class»

 


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Cancellations

Most of our classes fill quickly so there is often a wait list. Late notice cancellations require considerable processing and labor to try and fill the reserved seat. Therefore, cancellations under 10 days are not able to be refunded unless we can fill the space.
• If cancellation occurs 10 or more days prior to the start of a class, a 75% refund of payment will be issued; 25% of payment is assessed for processing charge.
• If cancellation occurs less than 10 days prior to the start of a class, a refund cannot be issued unless the space can be filled. If the space is able to be filled, a 50% refund of  payment will be issued.
If you find you need to cancel out of a class you have registered for, you must drop the class via Reporter», our new online registration system

Cancellation requests will not be accepted at the main desk or via phone or email.

Absences

To receive an optimal experience and get the most out of the class, attendance is important as there are no provisions for make-up sessions for missed classes.

Wait Lists

Names are accepted on waiting lists via Reporter» after a class is full until the day the class begins.  Wait lists are only valid for the current semester’s class – wait lists are not carried over to the next semester.