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The instructor Beth Ireland, is passionate about demystifying tools and sharing her love of woodworking with students at all levels and ages. Beth will show you how to substitute a few clamps for the vise on a dedicated woodworking bench so that you can safely and accurately cut pieces to shape. You will learn fine points of measuring and marking, then progress to cutting two kinds of woodworking joints — a through-tenon and finger joints. You will be able to use these techniques later to build projects such as benches and boxes.
Make a stand for an iPad, cell phone or cookbook in a class designed to inspire and equip you to use easily available materials to make simple things for your home — even if you are an absolute beginner and your only shop space is a kitchen counter or table.
Included in the kit/materials fee:
What you will need to supply:
You will be responsible for supplying the following tools and supplies, some of which you may already have. Shop for the others at your local hardware store or order online. If you need to buy everything, the total will come to around $80, before tax and shipping, if you order via the links below. It's fine to substitute similar tools from other manufacturers. If you are not sure whether a tool you already own will work, please email a picture to the instructor at email@example.com.
In addition, please set up your work space before the class. If you will be working on a table or countertop, have thin cardboard, such as the back of a writing tablet, to protect the surface. Also have a desk light or other concentrated light source so you can see pencil marks clearly and show your work during the class to get help from the instructor.
Beth Ireland earned her undergraduate degree from the State University College at Buffalo and an MFA in sculpture from Massachusetts College of Art and Design. She has been running her company, Beth Ireland Woodworking, since 1983. Her business provides woodworking with a specialization in architectural and artistic woodturning. Ireland has been involved in a traveling art/craft project entitled Turning Around America since 2010. She also teaches the 3-month Professional Woodturning Intensive at The Center For Furniture Craftsmanship. She lives and works in Saint Petersburg, Florida.