Woodworking Class


9 Lessons

47,686 Enrolled

Beginner Level

Learn the basics of woodworking with simple hands-on projects to build your confidence and skills. Each lesson in this class explores an area of woodworking that will form the building blocks of all future woodworking projects you undertake. Keeping the average DIY'er in mind, this entire class is conducted using basic handheld power tools, with no fancy fixed tools like table saws, lathes, planers, or drill presses.

This class will cover the fundamentals from making straight cuts and perfect holes to mastering the router and making mitres. Whether you're new to woodworking or just want to solidify your understanding of the woodworking basics, this class is definitely one you'll love!

If you get stuck along the way, or need any additional help at any point, you can sign up for virtual office hours in the Questions section below and get one-on-one guidance from me. Happy making!

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Class Author:mikeasaurus

Mike is a self-taught DIY troublemaker who enjoys working with wood to make all kinds of fun things, like the glow table, scrap ends table, and a wedding card box made from a log. 

Outside of the wood shop he's designed and built hundreds of prototypes that explore the intersection of functionality and whimsical absurdity, from chainsaw blenders to successfully melting metal in a microwave (though, that project eventually caught fire).

His work has been featured all over the Internet, in print media in all kinds of languages, and even on Japanese television. When not getting his hands dirty building, Mike is a published author and video maker.


Lesson 1: Tools + Supplies

The basic tools to get you started in your woodworking. With the beginner in mind, this tool list is meant to be inexpensive and approachable - with no expensive fixed power tools.

Lesson 2: Making Perfectly Straight Cuts

The most fundamental skill that you will use over and over is cutting wood. Learn how to make those cuts perfect and square every time. Put this core concept into practice by making fun and easy Yard Dice with straight cuts.

Lesson 3: All About Glue

Glue is indispensable for a woodworker. This class explores types of glue, application, and cleanup. Put the knowledge into action by making a custom House Numbers using concepts from this class.

Lesson 4: Drilling Perfect Holes

Not every woodworking project can be solved with glue. Discover tips and tricks for making drilled openings perfect every time. This lesson puts drilling skills to use by making an Upcycled Bottle Vase.

Lesson 5: Sanding

Sanding your work is a cornerstone of any woodworking project. This short lesson looks into the details of how and why to sand your work.

Lesson 6: Wood Shaping

There's no substitute to learning the age-old craft of shaping wood by hand. This lesson explores the basic techniques and processes for shaping wood by hand. This lesson explores these techniques by making a Salad Servers as part of the lesson.

Lesson 7: Hand Router

Arguably the most versatile hand tool in the woodworker's arsenal, the router can preform a variety of duties with ease. Learn all the tricks and the core types of router bits you need in this lesson, then finish up by making a Magnetic Knife Rack.

Lesson 8: Bevels and Mitres

Bevels, mitres, what's the difference? Learn all about these angled mysteries and learn how and why they are used. We'll make a picture frame that uses both bevels and mitres. You'll be a mitre master before you know it!

Lesson 9: Color + Finishes

Seal and protect your work with color and finish. Dive into the different types of finishes your work can have, and what makes some sealants food safe in this lesson.

Now that you have the skills, what are you waiting for?
Get out there and make something!