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EDG -Intro to Woodworking & Furniture Design 24-2

  • 24 Apr 2024
  • 12 Jun 2024
  • 8 sessions
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  • Guild Studio, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
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Instructor: Helen Helfand and El Cook

Class Assistant: Mark Klein

Prerequisite: Core Tool Certification and some hand tool experience.

This eight-class series is designed to bring the woodworker from a beginner level of machine competence to designing and making a first piece of furniture: a four-sided tray with plenty of room for customizations.  We will include  important considerations when designing a new piece and prepare you to think like a woodworker and furniture designer. 

We will start by introducing the fundamentals of wood as a material, hand tools and hand-cut joinery. You will then spend time designing your piece, moving from drawing to model-making, before a class trip to the lumber yard where you will learn how to select the best wood for your project.  We will cover safe machine use, the milling process, machine-cut joints, basic shaping techniques, sanding, and glue-ups as you work on your individual project with the help of two professional furniture makers. 

Materials will be provided.

PPE required: hearing protection, safety glasses, dust mask (as needed), closed-toed shoes.
Students should also bring: a Staedtler Lead Holder or a 4H pencil and sharpener and a tape measure. If you have your own combination square and marking knife, bring them, however, the Studio has plenty to use.

Check out the Guild Scholarship Program to see if you qualify for the various scholarship we offer.

The guild promotes and encourages all members to act responsibly in matters of health and safety by adhering to the following measures:  

  • Staying Home When Sick: Members are urged to prioritize their health and the health of others by refraining from attending guild events, workshops, or gatherings when experiencing symptoms of a contagious illness, especially those associated with COVID-19.  
  • Follow CDC guidelines: If you have tested positive for COVID-19 or have been exposed to someone who has tested positive for COVID-19, you are expected to follow the current CDC guidelines.  

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