Walkey's Weekend Woodworking Workshop: Beginning Furniture Making

  • 03 Feb 2018
  • 04 Feb 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 03 Feb 2018, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • 04 Feb 2018, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
  • 0


We reserve the right to postpone or cancel any course without notice. Attendees may cancel up to 48 hours in advance without penalty. Cancellations up to 24 hours in advance incur no penalty if the minimum number of attendees is maintained. Otherwise, and always in the case of no-shows (except in the cases of medical emergency and family bereavement) a 100% penalty of the tuition (not including materials fees, if any) is levied.
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Over the course of two days, students will build an Antikea Danish modern style coffee table* worth $500.00 from start to finish. The purpose of the course is to teach the fundamentals of furniture making from wood selection and characteristics through the Danish oil finish. The course will provide accelerated training in modern woodworking, by focusing on the thought process of all experienced furniture makers. 

The workshop will be a combination of short lectures on conceptual thinking, followed by instruction on specific techniques as the class goes through the steps of building the coffee table.  Students will leave with the understanding of how to build finely made finished furniture, the tools and techniques needed and used in most woodshops, the transferable skills to move to more complex pieces, the concept of self-reliance, self-teaching, and “thinking like a woodworker.” 

Tools used will include the table saw, cutoff/miter saw, band saw, table router, horizontal belt sander and hand sander.  While not necessary for this project (because we will be using factory planed wood), some instruction will be given on jointer and planer use and order of operations.  Basic gluing and clamping techniques will be augmented with some lessons about the “art of creative clamping.” 

Must register with MakerPlace by February 1st and the fees must be paid on or before the time of registration.  Students will elect at the time of registration to either build their table from black limba and the selection of accent woods provided, or elect to purchase wood of their own choice. Students choosing to buy their own wood may consult with Mr. Walkey about wood selection and purchase by email after registering. Mr. Walkey will supply tape measures, squares, pencils, glue, sanding supplies, and Danish oil/ satin wax for the finish.

Students are encouraged to bring notetaking materials and cameras to photograph the progress of their project.  Students may cancel with a full refund at any time, provided it leaves a three students minimum in the workshop. The minimum must be met in order to run the class.  A nominal charge of $100 will apply to last minute cancelation of classes if registrant is one of the 3 minimum students. 

Required Prerequisites:

Some woodworking or power tool experience is required unless Mr. Walkey waives this requirement for good reason. Students with significant woodshop experience can apply to take the class for free (paying only for the wood) by assisting Mr. Walkey with classes of four or five.

Please arrive 10 minutes early to complete any necessary paperwork. Our shop can be a little tricky to find so we suggest giving yourself extra time for traffic and parking. 

**Please wear closed-toe shoes. No sandals**

619.225.7288    info@makerplace.com
1022 W. Morena Blvd. Ste. H  San Diego, Ca 92110
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