Measure, Mark, Cut: First Steps in Woodworking (Online)

  • Monday, April 19, 2021
  • Friday, April 23, 2021
  • 3 sessions
  • Monday, April 19, 2021, 3:30 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Wednesday, April 21, 2021, 3:30 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Friday, April 23, 2021, 3:30 PM 5:00 PM (PDT)
  • Class time is Pacific Daylight Time, Class Code WO041921BI
  • 4


  • $117 + $96 materials + $20 shipping
  • $117 + $96 materials/kit
  • $90 + $96 materials/kit +$20 shipping
  • $90 + $96 materials/kit

    Registration closes on Tuesday, April 6th at 3:30pm.

Registration is closed
**This workshop will be live streamed via Zoom.** 

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:

  • Enough clear pine to make two stands plus extra wood for practice cuts or your own future projects.
  • A Japanese-style pull saw with a rib to stiffen the blade.
  • Two chisels, 1/4 and 5/8 inch wide. We are including these in the kits so we can sharpen them beforehand, ensuring they are ready for you to use.
  • A simple system using superfine sandpaper on a flat base that will allow you to resharpen the chisels and continue to use them on future projects.

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

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.


  • Registration will close on Tuesday, April 6th at 3:00pm. This is so we can process and mail kits in a timely manner. No refunds or credits will be given after April 6th.
  • Please register by whether you want the kit mailed to you or you will be picking up at BARN. For those choosing to pick up at BARN, you will be notified via email when kits are ready for pick up.
  • This class will be taught via the Zoom video conferencing program. For a great video on how to use Zoom, watch this tutorial.
  • A Zoom link will be sent to the email address you registered with one day prior to each session. Please watch for this email. You may need to check your spam folder for emails from BARN.
  • BARN reserves the right to cancel this class in the case of low enrollment and a full refund will be given. 
  • Tuition assistance is available. Click here to apply.

Instructor Bio:
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.

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