Walkey's Weekend Woodworking Workshop: Beginning Furniture Making

  • 06 Jan 2018
  • 07 Jan 2018
  • 2 sessions
  • 06 Jan 2018, 9:00 AM 5:00 PM
  • 07 Jan 2018, 9:00 AM 5:00 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.

Over the course of two days, the student 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 objective of the course is to provide accelerated training in modern woodworking, by focusing on the thought processes used by all experienced furniture makers.  The course will be a combination of short lectures on conceptual thinking, followed by instruction in specific techniques as the class goes through the steps of building the coffee table.  The intent of the course is to demonstrate that the student can build finely made and finished furniture, and learn the transferable skills needed to move to more complex pieces with confidence. Students will learn the concepts of self-reliance, self-teaching, and “thinking like a woodworker.” The students will learn most of the typical techniques and tool usage of the modern woodshop and how to apply them as desired for different applications.  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.” 

Students must register with MakerPlace by December 27th. 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 either build their table from black limba and the selection of accent woods provided, or elect to purchase woods of their own choosing. 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 processes and their project 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. 

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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