thumb Pekovich Tea Chest 1 640Summer - Fall 2020 Class Schedule available. More fall classes coming soon. Click here for more information.

In Memory of Richard Bergen

Richard BergenIt is with great sadness that I tell you Richard Bergen lost his courageous battle with Leukemia on Thursday, April 9, 2020. He was a close personal friend for over 20 years and a huge asset in the school. Richard took dozens and dozens of classes over the years and assisted in most of the beginning classes for many years. Every studio photograph of the school furniture projects was done by Richard- free of charge!

Richard never hesitated to jump in and help out any time we needed it and was a huge help to hundreds of students..

He will be sorely missed.

Bob Van Dyke

By Hammer & Hand: The Dovetailed Schoolbox With Christopher Schwarz

SchoolboxTake a trip to a joiner's shop in 1839 England as we learn to build a dovetailed schoolbox using only our muscles, our minds and a few finely tuned tools.

This small box, which was featured in the 19th-century text "The Joiner & Cabinetmaker," is an excellent introduction to the world of hand-tool woodworking. Even if you plan to keep your machines (I do!), you'll learn how hand tools can make you a more efficient and detail-oriented woodworker.

You'll learn to process stock entirely by hand – using handsaws and bench planes. You'll learn to cut through-dovetails, dados, miters, hinge mortises and basic moulding using hand processes. And you'll learn how to properly choose, drive and set nails – the right nail in the right place is a revelation.

double_screw2_IMG_8096As we build this project, we'll also build three jigs that make handwork easier: A bench hook, a shooting board and a 17th-century-style double-screw vise (which makes dovetailing less of a chore). All the while, we'll be learning a bit about traditional shop practice – the forgotten or lost ways of working that can make modern handwork more accurate and enjoyable.

This class is open for woodworkers with a wide variety of skill levels, from veteran woodworkers who are looking to investigate handwork to beginners with only a few projects under their belts. The only prerequisite is that you can sharpen an edge tool – there's too much else to learn to spend a day on sharpening.
Chris Schwarz is the editor in chief of Popular Woodworking magazine and has written extensively on the subject of handtools and working wood by hand. Do not miss this opportunity to learn some great skills with a great instructor. Tuition: $725.00 plus materials.

Section 080811: Monday - Friday, August 8 - 12, 9:00am- 5:00pm

pdf Tool_list_Chris_Schwarz_By_Hammer_and__hand.pdf

Back to Top

Class Images

cabinet makers workbench class 2009 074.jpg






All I can say is WOW!  Mike Mascelli is absolutely terrific!  

Read more ...



I took the weekend woodturning class this weekend with Cory Anderson and just wanted to let you know how fabulous I thought he was.

Read more ...