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Woodworking Fundamentals for Furniture Makers
Woodworking Fundamentals for Furniture Makers

Woodworking Fundamentals for Furniture Makers

Skill level: beginner Instructor: Larissa Huff 5-day workshop Sept 23–27, 2024

Dates & Location

Sep 23, 2024, 9:00 AM – Sep 27, 2024, 4:00 PM

Wendell Castle Workshop, 18 Maple St, Scottsville, NY 14546, USA

Class description

In this course, we will provide the complete foundation you need to make solid wood furniture. Over the course of a week, each student will take rough sawn lumber and turn it into their own finished table. Throughout the class, we will deep dive in to wood and furniture. We will cover wood science, building to accommodate for wood movement, furniture design, milling to maximize material, joinery, detail work, and finishing. We will use a combination of stationary machines, handheld power tools, and hand tools so students can learn how to complete each step of the process with the tooling they have access to when they return home. It’s a jam-packed week!

The project will be constructed with mortise and tenon joinery with carefully book-matched and grain-matched components. Students will be able to add their own design elements so the piece to make it unique. With the aid of routers, jigs, and hand tools, we will problem solve our way through each student’s design idea(s) for a fun, tailored experience.

Whether you are a beginner, intermediate, or advanced woodworker, students will leave this class with a robust new skillset. For beginners, the course will provide a solid foundation in safety, process, and furniture construction that you can apply to any future projects. For more advanced students, the class will provide confidence, a renewed understanding of wood as a material, and insight into efficiency using the jigs and tricks of a professional furniture maker.

Student required tool list:



Tape measure

Combination square

Safety glasses

Hearing protection

Block plane

Chisels (1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”)


Card/cabinet scraper

Class fee: $985

Material fee: $150 (covers 15-20 BF of cherry, glue, fasteners, biscuits, dominos, tape, etc.)

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