Build a Shaker inspired side table with handtools in April. This is our first project-based class and is an ideal next step following the Introduction to Handtool Woodworking class. We won't be covering the basics of planing, sawing, making, layout, etc. so you should feel comfortable with those skills already.
The table includes a dovetailed drawer with half-blind dovetails, which is an added challenge. In a two-day class, this feature may be ambitious if you're not yet confident with joinery saws or chopping with a chisel. Don't be intimidated by that. You can practice sawing straight and square before coming to class, or you can choose to rabbet your drawer sides (there are plenty of surviving 100+ year old drawers that were simply rabbeted and nailed). The most important thing is that you take every opportunity to learn, practice, and ask questions while you're in class so you have the knowledge and confidence to continue at home.
We're adding a new series of events this year to make learning handskills more accessible and affordable - Handskill Open House. Each open house is focused on a single handskill or traditional trade. The first open house on this year is spoon carving, featuring Pennsylvania carver Dick Hetrick.
If you're new to spoon carving, stop in and try it out. If you already carve, bring your tools, perhaps a chair, and let's hang out in a mini Spoon Fest.