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Learn how to use hand tools skillfully in this three-week component of BARN's Beginning Woodworking series.
You will build a two-compartment tote, handy for storing or carrying silverware, garden tools or other items. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common hand tools. You will learn to use:
Instructor: Josh Haza
* This class has a prerequisite. Please see below.
In fine woodworking, everything starts with the wood. Before you can focus on joinery or fancy details, you need to make a board foursquare, with surfaces that are flat, straight, parallel and square. And then you need to cut the lengths, widths and thicknesses you need, in a way that positions the pieces where the grain direction makes the most sense.
In this class, you will learn techniques and strategies that will help you custom mill wood to the precise dimensions you need. You’ll learn:
Instructor: David Kaplan is an avid amateur woodworker. He especially enjoys the process of turning rough lumber into straight, square stock.
* This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Build a playable acoustic-electric cigar box guitar in a class that blends traditional lutherie, folk-instrument wisdom, and a bit of whimsy. Cigar box guitars are great fun to make and easy to play.
You will learn:
Instructors: Doug Salot and Mo Ellis.
Doug Salot started playing the guitar about 10 years ago and occasionally tries to distract himself by building guitars and ukuleles.He studied instrument building with local luthier Alan Simcoe.
Mo has played guitar off and on for a loooong time and is still trying to figure it out. He built his first instrument, a mountain dulcimer, about 40 years ago, then went on to make a hammered dulcimer and lotsof experimental stringed instruments. Some were playable. All were fun to build.
Please avoid dangling jewelry or loose clothing. Long hair must be tied back. Close-toed shoes are required.
Learn the basic features of Fusion 360, a 3-D design program that will allow you to design objects on a computer screen and turn into items made of metal, wood, plastic or even molds for casting glass.
This class is required if you want to take studio-specific classes in how to run computer-controlled tools at BARN including the plasma cutter in the Welding Studio, the milling machine in the Metal Machining Studio, or the CNC router in the Woodworking Studio. You can also use Fusion 360 to design objects for BARN's 3-D printers.
Please note: You must bring a laptop computer with a mouse and a working copy of Fusion 360 already downloaded to that computer. This is critical as no computers are provided, and the design program does not work well with a trackpad. There is no time during the class to download the program. If you have questions or run into problems downloading the program, please use this form to contact the instructor for help. You can download a free trial by clicking here. Look towards the middle of the screen and click on "Create an Account". AutoDesk will send you a confirmation email. Click on the link and go to Download Free Trial. Be sure you choose "Fusion 360 for hobbyists and makers".
This is a two-session class, designed to allow you to work with the program after the first session and get help with roadblocks or answers to your questions at the second session. Allow time between the sessions to work on your project, which you will get at the first session. A learning reference will be provided on the techniques covered in the class, including:
Instructor: Chris Stanley is a fourth-generation artist/ craftsman who works in a variety of media. After working for many years as a professional model maker in both architectural and design fields, he went into education. He taught computer-aided design and other classes for the Art Institute of Seattle for 19 years.
Build an elegant wooden pie box with a punched copper top as you gain experience on tools in BARN's Woodworking and Sheet Metal studios.
In this three-evening class, you will use a table saw, chop saw and other tools to build a pegged box from cypress. You will also create a decorative punched-copper top, which will allow steam to escape as your pie cools, and a stainless steel drawer to hold the pie.
If you also register for the November Monthly Bakealong: Pumpkin Pie, scheduled for Nov. 26 in BARN's Kitchen Arts Studio, you'll be able to give your freshly baked pumpkin pie a ride home in style.
Instructors: Carol Fiedler Kawaguchi will guide the woodworking phase. Linda Sohlberg will head up the metalworking. Carol is a professional furniture restorer. Linda heads BARN's Sheet Metal Studio.
Wear close-toe shoes. Avoid dangling jewelry or loose clothing. Long hair must be tied back.
**Class cancelled per Jeanne due to low enrollment. Registrant has been notified. 10/21 SK**
To use the shop, you will also need to attend our free one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Woodshop Tool Safety 1 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time and in classes that require certification in these tools:
Get started on your woodturning adventure with this three-session beginner's class, where you’ll complete small spindle projects as you learn safety, tool control and how to create the basic shapes involved in spindle and bowl turning.
In Session 1, you will turn basic spindle shapes as you learn about woodturning safety, gouge technique and how to use the tools with good body mechanics — all important to building a foundation to launch your turning skills. Tools you will use: spindle roughing gouge, spindle gouge.
In Session 2, you will refine your use of the spindle roughing gouge and spindle gouge, learn how to use a parting tool, and design and turn a spindle project between centers. You may need to sand and finish your project outside of class.
In Session 3, you will increase the precision of your turning technique by making a small project such as a honey dipper, finial, spinning top or goblet, with your own design elements. You will be turning using a scroll chuck, and further refine your gouge skills by turning a thinner design with smaller elements. Time permitting, a texturing tool may be used on appropriate projects.
Instructor: Bruce Claiborne has been woodturning for over 12 years, enjoying various spindle projects, bowls, platters, and boxes. He is an active member of the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, and has been instrumental in establishing the wooturning area of BARN's Wood Studio. He currently volunteers regularly at the high school shop on Bainbridge helping students with the wooturning projects.
Wooden spoons can be completely utilitarian — or real works of art. In this class, you will learn to make the more challenging, artful kind. You'll be well prepared if you later want to make purely utilitarian spoons on your own.
Spoon carving involves grain changes, curves and hollowing — all techniques that are useful in many kinds of carving projects. The instructor will explain a variety of tools you might want to use and how to use them safely. You will also learn how to hold or secure the wood safely and the steps involved in carving spoons efficiently. You will work from prepared basswood blanks.
Instructor: As a third-generation woodworker, Jeff Iller learned about woodworking tools and knives early on. By high school, he was winning ribbons with his wood carvings at his hometown fair. Around 1996 Jeff found room for a shop and he has carved ever since. He’ll carve most anything, but prefers to innovate with the working tools to carve multiple parts inside one piece of wood and to make physically detailed and accurate carvings of women's faces. Carvings on the entry sign to the BARN Woodworking Studio shows the quality of his work.
Iller says he was taught early on that he could make anything from wood. He is still trying to prove that statement wrong.
Instructor: Mike Morgan
No experience necessary. We will be on hand to help as needed.
Start a project, finish a project, or just play with wood and see what happens. We will have some extra wood available or bring in your own.
Sketching and model-making are great ways to work out a design for a woodworking project, but at some point you also need a drawing with dimensions so you can figure out how much wood to buy and the sizes you need to cut. This class takes you through the steps from having a sketch to buying the wood — and knowing how to cut it in a way that makes efficient use of materials.
Yes, it's possible to do this on a computer screen with a program such as SketchUp — but paper and pencil work, too, and that's the approach this class will cover.
Taught by an architect who spent a career making models for challenging architectural projects, this class will cover:
Open to beginners, ages 14+.
** This class has prerequisites. Please see below.
Make two bowls 6 to 7 inches in diameter in this two-session class as you build your woodturning skills and learn some of the special techniques and insights needed for bowl-turning.
The best (and most fun) way to hone your bowl-turning skills is to use green wood for the blanks. In this class you will turn two green-wood bowls, working on smooth and efficient cuts. In the first session, you will learn the best bowl shape for a novice turner, how to safely mount the blank on the lathe, and how to use of a scroll chuck and bowl gouge. You will also learn time-saving methods of hollowing out the inside of the bowl, how to maintain even wall thickness, and how to treat the bowl to prevent cracking while it dries. In the second session, in addition to turning a second bowl, you will learn the basics about balancing grain, finding and selecting green wood, creating proper bowl blanks and preserving the blanks for future turning,
By successfully completing these two sessions and turning two bowls, you will have a good understanding of the process and techniques, and be qualified to turn bowls of this size independently during Open Studio time in the BARN Woodworking Studio.
Photograph by Joy McCallister Photography.
Instructor: Jamie Straw has been turning wood for several years, working on both spindle and bowl projects, and has taught woodturning at BARN since July 2017. She also serves as coordinator of BARN’s woodturning classes. She is past Vice President for Education and Training for the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners. Her focus is on helping students build skills progressively as they design and create their woodturning projects.
Gain confidence in using a wide array of power tools safely in this three-week component of BARN's Intro to Woodworking series.
You will build a sturdy, two-step stepstool of solid wood and plywood. The project was specifically designed to give you experience with the most common stationary and portable tools in the woodshop:
Want to make an electric guitar, a wooden sign with engraved letters or a sculpture or toy with interlocking parts? Or do you want to precision-cut wooden parts from expensive wood while minimizing waste? The Woodworking Studio's new CNC router is the tool for you — but for many woodworkers, using it can be daunting.
By signing up for a Custom CNC Router Project class, you will get one-on-one help (or two-on-one help if you want to team up with a friend and share the cost) in carrying out your project. The help available will be tailored to what you need. If you have nothing other than a pencil sketch, you'll be matched with a BARN instructor skilled in design and use of the Fusion 360 design program. If you already have a design in Fusion 360 and just need help in translating that design into the code that controls the CNC router, securing your work, and running the router, that's the help you will get.
Custom CNC Router Project classes are set up for an initial two-hour session. If you already have a design in Fusion 360, you may be able to complete your project within that time. If you are starting from scratch, the initial session may not be enough but you will get a better idea of the scope of work involved and you will be able to schedule the additional time you need.
Because every project is different, please email firstname.lastname@example.org and give an idea of what you want to do. Include a sketch if you have one. Other times are available, so if this scheduled class doesn't work for you, please include in your email several times when you are generally available.
Designed as a user's guide to BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio, this free orientation session is required for all who wish to work in the Woodworking Studio. It will cover everything from shop etiquette to specifics of how to use the shop's dust collection and compressed air systems. Overall BARN policies, as well as shop-specific ones, will also be covered.
Participants will also learn about the leadership structure within the shop and about opportunities to participate in helping everything run smoothly. Volunteer jobs range from serving as safety monitors to helping on Maintenance Mondays.
This class is free, but please register so we know how many to expect.
Instructor: Jeff Williams
This meeting will be held in the woodworking studio.
Join other woodworkers and those new to woodworking for the monthly general membership meeting of BARN's Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio. Held every second Saturday of the month.
Get checked out on the Woodworking Studio’s major power tools not covered in the Tools 1 safety class. This Tools 2 safety class may be taken without first having taken the Tools 1 safety class. Provided you have also attended our free Orientation to the Woodshop class, completing Woodshop Tool Safety 2 will qualify you to use the following tools during Open Studio time or in classes that have this as a prerequisite:
Instructor: Dave Roe
So you’ve gotten proficient with the basics on the table saw, like ripping and crosscutting and cutting rabbets and dados. There is so much more that can be done on this machine, and this class is designed to introduce you to some of the more advanced techniques.
In this class, you'll learn how to select the right blade and prevent tear out, how to use a jig to cut tapers, how to cut a straight edge on a crooked board, how to cut tenons or angles on edges of boards, how to make thin repetitive cuts, and how to make dead-on miter cuts for picture frames and other projects. You will also learn how to cut box joints, splines for mitered frames, raised panels and even circles — all on the table saw.
Instructors: Dina Madson is a safety monitor in the BARN Woodworking Studio and a local general contractor. She has battled her addiction to wood and woodworking machinery for more than 30 years.
Interested in being a safety monitor in the Woodworking Studio at BARN? This two-session class will explain the safety monitor program and the responsibilities of the shop monitor.
Session one will cover BARN and woodshop policies. Discussion will include safety of users, safe operation of tools, woodshop systems including lighting, dust collection, cleanup, and opening and closing procedures for Open Studio time. Session two will go into detail on the safe operation of several of the more complex tools including the SawStop table saws, band saws and wide-belt sander.
Monitors should be able to volunteer for at least one three-hour shift each month. When the shop is not being used for classes or other activities, monitors receive an email saying they can use the shop as long as another monitor is present.
This class is free but please register so we know how many to expect.
Level of Class: Intermediate
* Prerequisites: To take this class, you must be a BARN member and have already taken Orientation to the Woodshop, Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1, and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2.
Instructor: Joe Dunstan has been a woodworker for 20 years and has built his own house. He and Jodi Kelly manage the safety monitor program for the Woodworking Studio.
Learn to give plane blades and chisels a razor-sharp edge so you can experience the joy of doing fine woodworking by hand. Having sharp tools, whether they’re BARN’s or your own, is not only safer. It’s also key to dramatically improving the quality of your work.
In this single-session class, you will learn:
How to flatten and polish the back of the blades (and why that's important).
How to shape the lower front edge to the required angle, using BARN's WorkSharp tool.
How to polish the bevel using water stones.
How to hone a polished edge to razor sharpness.
How to flatten a waterstone using a diamond pad.
Bring one or two plane or chisel blades that need sharpening, if you have them. If they are in really bad shape, you might not have time to get them fully tuned up during the class.
If you don’t have tools to bring, no problem. You can learn on BARN’s tools. BARN’s tools must be sharpened according to specifications that the studio has adopted. You can use other angles or processes for your own tools.
The sharpening systems are also available for use during Open Studio times, provided you have first taken our free, one-hour Orientation to the Woodshop class. Open Studio is free for members and $20 for guests.
Instructor: Todd Butler
Instructor: Bruce Claiborne has been woodturning for over 12 years, enjoying various spindle projects, bowls, platters, and boxes. He is an active member of the local chapter of the American Association of Woodturners, and has been instrumental in establishing the woodturning area of BARN's Wood Studio. He currently volunteers regularly at the high school shop on Bainbridge helping students with the woodturning projects.
BARN will be closed and the front and back doors locked down to both Members and Non-Members beginning at 7:00 PM on Friday night as we begin preparations for the Bazaar at BARN.
Doors will reopen to all on Saturday, at 8:00 AM.
If you have questions, please contact Carla our Membership Coordinator at Membership@bainbridgebarn.org.
BARN members wishing to participate in this event must be a member for a minimum of 3 months (must join by August 31st) to participate. You can contact Carla Mackey at email@example.com for an application which will be available Monday, October 21.
This is a staff holiday.
* This class has prerequisites. See below.
In this culminating segment of BARN's Beginning Woodworking series, you will build a small, Shaker-style table suitable as a lamp stand or night stand that incorporates some of your own design elements.
This class is designed for students who know the basics of using hand and power tools but want to develop those skills more and learn to take a project through all of the steps from initial idea through finished project. This class includes:
Short-sleeve or tight-cuff tops and close-toe comfortable shoes are required. No jewelry other than "button-type" earrings for women is allowed, so no rings, bracelets, necklaces. Long hair must be tied back.
Get a good foundation in carving techniques, including push, stop and draw cuts. In this three-session class, you will learn the basics of safe handling and use of carving knives the first night, then go on to learn how to deal with changes in wood grain, hollowing techniques, and other concepts as you make a spoon and carve a figure during second and third sessions.
This class is open to both beginning carvers and those who already have some carving experience. Each time BARN schedules this class, the carving projects are new.
With their interlocking nature, mortise and tenon joints are among the strongest ways to link two pieces of wood together when the grain direction runs in opposite ways. But to work correctly, both sides of the joint need to be cut precisely right.
This two-session class focuses on making four different styles of these joints, using the vertical mortiser, the table saw tenoning jig, the Festool Domino cutter, and the router table.
On the first day, you will learn how to lay out these joints, using marking gauges and rulers. You will then cut mortises two ways — with the vertical mortiser and with a drill press and chisels. You will cut tenons with the tenoning jig on the table saw. On the second day, you will learn how to cut haunched tenons and why you might want them, and you will learn how to use two tools — the Domino cutter and the router table — that each can make all the cuts you need for mortise and tenon joinery.
The focus of this class is on learning the techniques. You will go home with samples, not a complete project. The instructor will challenge each student to cut each style of joint using custom dimensions, ensuring that everyone gets a chance to learn to adjust the tool settings to match different depths and widths.
* This class is open to woodworkers 14+ years old who have competed Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1 and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 2. If you have not already taken them, please register for them before you sign up for this class. If you want to use any of the tools covered in this class during Open Studio time, you also need to take our free Orientation to the Woodshop class.
Instructor: Josh Haza. Josh has been building furniture for his home and doing home renovations for a few decades now. He also built equipment for high school physics classes he taught.
Please avoid dangling jewelry or loose clothing. Long hair must be tied back. Wear close-toe shoes.