Beginner - Open Shelf

Beginner - Open Shelf


Make a Solid Wood Open Shelf

Instructor - William Leeser

  • October 10 - 31, 2019 6:30pm - 9:30pm (4 Thursday evenings)

In this course, students will develop an understanding of basic solid wood construction while building a versatile piece of furniture designed to live and function for many years. The lightweight, open form shelf provides a useful organizational space that can be broken-down and assembled by hand for transport and assembly. Designed for beginning woodworkers, the class serves as an overview and introduction to woodworking in PFW’s shop.

Concepts of the course include design and layout, the fundamentals of shop safety, machine and hand tool skills, joinery, and finishing. The machines we will use for joinery and shaping include the bandsaw, hollow chisel mortiser, tablesaw with crosscut sled, chopsaw, and router table. Hand tools such as the plane, spokeshave, file and sanding block all provide possibilities for shaping and finishing touches. Mortise and tenon, lap joints, and edge gluing are the joinery techniques introduced during the course. Finally, we will discuss the application and use of wood finishes, ranging from shellac to oil to soap.

The piece is designed to encourage thoughtful work and straightforward process to foster success across all skill levels, as well as to provide a foundation for experience, knowledge, and capability working in the shop.

Cost includes all materials.

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PFW has a wide assortment of tools for students to use. However, if you have your own tools or would like an excuse to purchase some new ones, the tool list is below. PFW has always had excellent satisfaction purchasing tools from Hock Tools, Lee Valley/VeritasHida Tool and Tools for Working Wood.