This workshop offers an introduction to the construction principles used in fine woodworking. Through the use of a wide range of tools and machinery, you will build a solid wood frame. As we go through the process of taking lumber-in-the-rough to finished, dimensioned parts, you will learn the proper use of stationary power equipment including the table saw, jointer, planer, miter saw, and band saw. In addition to learning how to assemble wood parts using a miter joint, you will be taught how to sand, assemble, and finish your frame. You may customize the face of your frame through the use of a traditional, solid wood inlay technique or by creating your own design and etching it onto the surface of the wood using the laser cutter. Completion of this workshop and successful passing of a safety test will give you a working knowledge of the tools and techniques necessary to continue using the GCAD Wood Shop.
The following will be covered during the course of the workshop:
- Taking lumber-in-the-rough to finished, dimensioned parts
- Drawer construction and fitting
- Solid wood tabletop construction
- Loose mortise-and-tenon, miter, and lock-joint joinery
- Traditional solid wood inlay
- Optional: basics of Rhino 3D software and how to use the laser cutter
For safety reasons, and to keep the pace in the wood shop flowing at a reasonable rate, this workshop will be capped at eight participants who will need to commit to attending the first three 2-hour sessions to learn how to use the tools and machinery, the milling process, and fabrication techniques. From there, if a participant chooses the traditional inlay technique, he/she can finish up in one more 2-hour session or on his/her own. If a participant chooses to etch his/her own design using the laser cutter, he/she will need to complete the 3-hour session to learn the basics of Rhino 3D software and how to use the laser cutter. He/she would then work independently to create a design; schedule with me to use the laser cutter; and edge, sand, and finish the frame.