Beginner 1 - Bookcase

Beginner 1 - Bookcase


Instructor: Alan Turner/Craig Vandall Stevens

  • January 4 - February 15, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (7 Thursday evenings)

  • February 6 - March 20, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (7 Tuesday evenings)

  • September 6 - October 18, 2018  6:30 pm - 9:30 pm (7 Thursday evenings)

This is a series of workshop courses designed to carefully introduce the total beginner to woodworking by presenting material around a project-based curriculum.

These courses concentrate on woodworking skills which build upon earlier skills covered, leading to the successful completion of a bookcase (Beginner 1), a solid wood coffee table (Beginner 2) and a pair of Ladderback chairs (Beginner 3). Important and interesting material related to woodworking in general is thoroughly covered. We feel that the planning, learning, practice and hard work that goes into the construction of a furniture piece can be critical to developing and retaining both good habits and learning more advanced techniques.

Beginner I - Basic Bookcase Project

In this 7-session workshop, students are introduced to basic woodworking using both sheet goods (cabinet grade plywood) and solid wood, face frame construction, pocket screw joinery and creating edge profiles using a router. The tools covered include the tablesaw, router, bandsaw, oscillating spindle sander, miter saw, drill, power sanders and the jointer and planer. Installation of shelf hardware is covered. Each student will construct a well-built bookcase with adjustable shelves suitable for finishing clear, with stain or paint.

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PFW has a wide assortment of woodturning 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 recommends purchasing turning tools from Tools for Working WoodLee Valley/VeritasHida Tool and Hock Tools