Foursquare: Preparing Rough Lumber for Projects

  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019
  • Friday, October 25, 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • Wednesday, October 23, 2019, 3:00 PM 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, October 25, 2019, 3:00 PM 6:00 PM (PDT)
  • BARN Woodshop Studio, Class Code: WO102319DK
  • 3


  • $130 + $25 materials fee
  • $100 + $25 materials fee

This class has prerequisites. Please see description.

To register and pay off-line or use a BARN credit, please call the registrar at (206) 842-4475 x216 or come into BARN.

Be sure to "Join Waitlist" if this class fills (there is no cost to do so) and we will notify you if a seat opens up or this class gets offered again.

* 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:

  • Why wood cups, twists and bows, and what to pay attention to when you are selecting wood.
  • How to use the jointer, planer and table saw to get a board to the point where it can be used in furniture making.
  • How to read a board when you are laying out parts, so that you use the wood efficiently and wind up with grain directions that are pleasing to the eye, functional and structurally sound.


  • Designed for beginner to intermediate woodworkers, ages 14+.
  • * Open to those who have completed Woodshop Studio Orientation and Woodshop Tool Safety Checkout 1. If you have not taken these classes, please register for them before you sign up for this class.

Instructor: David Kaplan is an avid amateur woodworker. He especially enjoys the process of turning rough lumber into straight, square stock.

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