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Foundation Skills in Woodworking with Kelly Parker

August 13 - August 17 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm

In this 5-day class students will construct a unique side table while learning the basics of solid wood construction, exposed-dowel joinery and finishing.

You will learn how to use power tools and safety will be her focus as the students learn how to use many common shop tools, including the bandsaw, miter saw, table saw, jointer, planer, drill press and router table.  Students will learn to use several types of jigs throughout the project.  Additionally, you will learn how to fabricate simple dowel jigs that will allow them to create joints that are both functional and decorative.

Spontaneous learning opportunities will ensure that students learn basic problem-solving skills that will be useful as you work on future projects.  As time allows, each student will be encouraged to embellish their project with pyrography (wood burning), carved textures, inlay, application of color *, etc., so that the table created is reflective of each student’s personal aesthetic.  The class will also learn strategies for successful glue-ups and discuss simple finishing techniques.  By the end of the class you will have a unique table and a new-found confidence in their woodworking skills!

You will learn about:

  • the safe use of common hand and power tools
  • reading plans
  • successful construction techniques for solid wood
  • exposed-dowel joinery
  • use of shop-made jigs
  • problem solving skills
  • successful, stress-free glue-ups
  • creative use of wood, aluminum and acrylic dowels
  • intro to embellishment techniques: wood burning, textures, ebonizing and color
  • easy finishing techniques


If you are interested in learning more about surface and textural embellishment Kelly will be teaching a weekend class on this following this course. (if you sign up for both you’ll receive a 15% on the weekend class)

Tools need for class:  Tool List

Material Fee:  $60

Registration Fee: $45 if this is your first time registering.


10 available
Table Making 5 day$750.00


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