This class is aimed at anyone interested in learning the fundamentals of working with wood, from absolute beginners to the hobbyist who wants to establish a better understanding on how and why woodworking techniques are the way they are.
The barrier to learning about woodworking shouldn't be behind having the biggest shop with the best tools, there's lots of people who live in apartments without shop access or who don't have the money for fixed machines like table saws. With this in mind every lesson in this class uses basic hand power tools to teach the skills and make the projects.
Wood is a fantastic material: it's strong but can bend, it comes in all kinds of varieties, it's easily manipulated by tools, and it's very easy to prototype with. For ages mankind has used wood to solve all kinds of problems, and with modern technology it's never been easier or cheaper to get involved!
What you'll learn:
This woodworking class is by no means exhaustive, but will supply you with the building blocks to start down the rewarding path of creating with wood. You'll learn practical skills that will give you a solid foundation in woodworking and the confidence in creating your own woodworking project. From how to cut wood straight, the best ways to drill holes, and how to shape wood, each lesson will have a project build that will apply the theory and allow you to walk away with something to share after each lesson.
Skill based projects you will make:
All culminating in a capstone project:
Even if you think you know all about the basics of woodworking already, there's bound to be some pieces in here that will fill in any gaps of information.
About The Instructor:
Hello. I'm Mike, and I make things.
With hundreds of open-source projects, my aim is to educate, inspire, and entertain. I love learning new things, breaking all the rules, and getting my hands dirty.
My functional prototypes have been included on TV shows and print magazines all over the world, and reprinted in a few art and design books, too. I've compiled 2 books for Instructables and authored my own kids book, 23 things to do before you're 11 ½ - a book for young makers to do with their parents.
I'm originally from Vancouver, Canada, but now cause trouble in San Francisco, California. I work on the Instructables Design Studio, part of the Autodesk Digital Manufacturing Group.
I make all kinds of things aside from woodworking, like circuit bending electronics and designing my own clothes. You can read more about me here.
In this course we'll be covering the basics of woodworking tools, techniques, and skills that will form the foundation for your woodworking knowledge and give you the confidence to head into the shop and make your first project.
We'll cover the fundamental skills every woodworker needs, including: making perfect cuts, drilling straight holes, working with glue, shaping wood, and working with routers. The final project will combine all these skills into a capstone build.
Keep these things in mind as you progress through the class:
Ready to get started? Let's go to the shop!
Share a photo of your finished project with the class!
Nice work! You've completed the class project