Urban Lumber Furniture Class

  • 20 Apr 2019
  • 21 Apr 2019
  • 2 sessions
  • 20 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • 21 Apr 2019, 10:00 AM 4:00 PM
  • MakerPlace Classroom & Woodshop
  • 5


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.

During the two day course students will make an urban lumber live edge slab table or bench from a selection of lumber we have available from local nonprofit mill called Lumber Cycle. They are based in Ramona, CA and work with arborists, property owners and county officials to harvest downed and dying trees, milling them into affordable live edge slabs for local artisans to create beautiful furniture from. Typical species include Torrey Pine, Coastal Live Oak, Eucalyptus, Redwood, Cedar, Ash, California Pepper and many more. The slabs are selected on a first come basis based on sign up order but it may be possible to get specific species If it’s been prearranged with the instructor and it’s available.

Days and Hours:

The course will run from 10am until 4pm Saturday and Sunday. Students must register with Maker Place in advance. Fees must be paid at the time of registration. The minimum number of students per workshop is three; the maximum number of students is five. Students will elect at the time of registration to build either a table or bench. Instructor will supply tape measures, squares, pencils, glue, sanding supplies, and finish etc.

            The cost of the class without wood is $400 for members and $420 for non-members to be paid to Maker Place directly. The urban slab prices vary depending on the size/ thickness and variety of wood but total class price including hair pin legs will be in the $500-600 range typically. The selection of lumber varies so you will have to check with the instructor prior to class for lumber payment details.

            The plan is to complete the finished project during those hours. However, students may stay and work until the close of the shop both days to complete unfinished steps if any and apply wipe-on poly finish to the final product. Students will begin by selecting the slabs for their table/bench and we will go through the process of cross cutting the slabs to length using a circular saw and fence. Then we will proceed to the CNC machine where students will learn how to secure and shim the slabs to ensure a level/ flat surface. I will demonstrate the leveling of the slabs using a surfacing bit. Students are encouraged to take the wood CNC class offered (at Maker Place) but if they have not the instructor (MG) will assist in the operation of the machine. Next we will remove the bark and outer layers from the live edge to reveal the natural beauty underneath. We will use (a) variety of sanding attachments to smooth and polish the surface without destroying its organic features.

            At this point we will assess the overall integrity and stability of the slabs. There will most likely be some cracks or defects which we will either putty/ wood glue or epoxy depending on the severity of the cracks. After we will sand the  flat surfaces of the slabs using orbital sanders and 80 through 220 grit sandpapers as well as the live edges of the slabs using 320 grit and steel wool. After the final 320 hand sanding they will be ready for finishing.

            The easiest and most forgiving finish for beginners is wipe-on polyurethane because it doesn’t require any spray experience. We’ll clean the slabs with denatured alcohol to remove any final dust and then apply the wipe on the poly allowing it to penetrate before wiping up the excess. This process will take several coats allowing it to dry between each one. So depending on their time allowance students can either stay after class to finish their coatings or can complete the finish at home on their own time. I will provide satin wipe-on polyurethane and rags for students who stay but if you want to do it at home or prefer a different sheen you will need to provide it yourself. The final step in the project will be to attach the hairpin legs students have pre-selected from several off the shelf options (16”/18” and black or steel finish) which simply need to be screwed too the underside of the table/bench.

            Students are encouraged to bring note taking materials and cameras to photograph the processes and their projects as it proceeds. Students may cancel with a full refund at any time, provided it leaves three students for the workshop. A nominal charge of $100 will apply to last minute cancelation of three-student classes.

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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