Introduction To Woodworking (CSW 101)

Length: 9 Weeks
Price: $475.00
Prerequisite: None

Introduction to Woodworking is a nine week course that serves as the preliminary class in our three course furniture making series. Here you will have an opportunity to learn about the characteristics of wood and the basic principals of woodworking through lectures, demonstrations, and most importantly, practical application.

Focusing primarily on the use of hand tools, you will learn how to use a saw, chisel, and hand planes. You’ll learn to sharpen chisels using grinders, water stones and sand paper.

You will learn to make a variety of joints, including: lap joints, bridle joints,  mortise and tenon joints and dovetail joints. These joints will be used in the construction of your projects, which will be a sanding block, two picture frames, and an exercise in through dovetails.

You’ll also use the router table, and various hand-held power sanders while working on your projects.

The Spring session has been canceled and enrollment has been transferred to the Early Summer session. Some students have requested refunds others have taken a credit for a future session. The current situation is uncertain, so if you are registered and wish to postpone to a later session, please email shaun@chicagowoodworking.com no later than May 15th. Students wishing to enroll should email requesting to be placed on the waiting list. Include the preferred day/time.

These are the new start dates:

Choose a class:

  • Mondays, 5:00-7:30 pm, June 1 – July 27, or
  • Mondays, 7:30-10:00 pm,  June 1 – July 27, or
  • Tuesdays, 12:00-2:30 pm, June 2 – July 28, or
  • Tuesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 2 – July 28, or
  • Wednesdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 3 – July 29, or
  • Thursdays, 6:30-9:00 pm, June 4 – July 30 .

Registration for the Early Summer session starts May 16th.

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Class FAQ

The first of a three course series, Introduction to Woodworking covers the foundations of working with hand-held tools.

  • Students will be given access to all tools needed for this course and all materials will be provided.
  • You will be required to bring a notebook, pen and pencil.
  • Although you will only be using hand-tools in this course, it is still recommended that you dress expecting to get some sawdust on your clothing.
  • If you miss your class, we offer a make-up on Saturdays at 11:00 am. There is a $25 fee.
  • We do not send out emails to let you know you have registered.