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781- 935-6414
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781- 935-6454
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woburn@woodcraft.com

185 New Boston Street
Woburn, MA 1801

Hours of Operation

sunday 9 AM - 5 PM
monday 9 AM - 7 PM
tuesday 9 AM - 7 PM
wednesday 9 AM - 7 PM
thursday 9 AM - 9 PM
friday 9 AM - 7 PM
saturday 9 AM - 6 PM

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Router Basics with: Brian Days
Beginner

Part 1: Thursday, July 12, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 2: Thursday, July 19, 6 PM - 9 PM

Description: The router is an extremely versatile tool. Handheld, it can be used to put a decorative edge on a table, make rabbets and dados and even inlay materials into your project. In a router table, it becomes a precision tool allowing for repeatable cuts for your project. However, with a very sharp bit that is spinning sometimes over 20,000 rpm, it is critical to know how to use the tool to keep you safe and avoid destroying an important piece of wood.The two night class will cover• The basics of a router's design and use • How to read wood to get the best result• Safe technique with a router• Why bit speed (rpm) matters• How feed rate and depth of cut affects your end result• Hands on exercises will be done for bearing guided edge forming bits, hinge mortising as well as use of guide rails, templates and router tables.Instructor, Brian Days, owner of Red Birch Designs (www.redbirchdesigns.com), had a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry before deciding to pursue a life-long passion for furniture building. Classically trained at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, today Brian is living the dream, building furniture and passing on his knowledge to others through teaching.
Tuition: $170
Tuition Notes: Includes Cost Of Materials.

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Adirondack Chair Building with: John Maslowski
Beginner

Part 1: Friday, July 13, 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Part 2: Friday, July 20, 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Part 3: Friday, July 27, 9:30 AM - 1 PM
Part 4: Friday, August 10, 9:30 AM - 1 PM

Description: Spend the late summer, lounging on beautiful Adirondack chairs made by you! On your deck or in your yard, nothing beats the comfort and style of these classic chairs.Designed by Thomas Lee in 1903, the original Adirondack chair was made out of multiple flat pieces of knot-free wood, all from the same tree. Lee's family — all 22 of them — tested multiple prototypes and ultimately decided upon the gentle recline and wide armrests of what we now know as the Adirondack chair.Using templates provided by the experienced instructor, you'll rough cut pieces of solid cedar for one chair on the band saw, and either rout or sand them to exact measurements. Then choose your finish and assemble the chair. The instruction you'll receive in this class will prepare you to build as many Adirondack chairs as you need.This class will meet on 4 consecutive Thursday nights, starting in July and running into mid-August. Consider signing up with a friend or significant other for a fun series of date nights at Woodcraft. Pizza provided.
Tuition: $300
Tuition Notes: $200 For Materials

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Cutting Board Boot Camp with: Paul Silvis
Beginner

Part 1: Saturday, July 14, 10 AM - 2 PM
Part 2: Saturday, July 21, 10 AM - 2 PM

Description: Learn how to build a cutting board that will inspire awe and envy. Made of multiple segments of contrasting wood species, Paul Silvis's cutting boards remind us of the drawings of MC Escher, in which 2 dimensions appear to be 3, when viewed from different angles. Silvis will demonstrate planning the project, preparing and dimensioning the wood, and students will then use the wood he prepares to glue, clamp, trim, sand and finish elaborate, one-of-a-kind cutting boards. A total of 8 hours in the classroom will prepare you to turn out extraordinary kitchen goods for gifts, for sale or for your own use.
Tuition: $150
Tuition Notes: $50 Materials Fee.

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The Art Of Pen Turning with: Ronald Blais
Beginner

Sunday, July 22, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Pen Turning Tools, Bushings For Your Lathe
Description: Learn to make the same professional style pens as those available in fine gift shops. Ron will instruct you on the complete process from wood selection to final finish, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you produce excellent results every time. Soon you will be making pens for both fun and profit. Ron has been teaching pen turning for many years and has recently won both First Prize AND Best-in-Show at the annual MAPG/IAP meeting. Drop into the store to see some of his current work.The Class includes one pen kit and one wood blank.
Tuition: $75

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Turn A Bottle Stopper with: Ronald Blais
All

Sunday, July 22, 1 PM - 4 PM

Description: Learn to Turn an elegant Wine Bottle Stopper. This class is for Beginners to Experienced Turners. You will learn the "Ins and Outs" of making Unique Gifts for that someone special.Learn to make the same professional stoppers as those available in fine gift shops. Ron will instruct you on the complete process from wood selection to final finish, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you produce excellent results every time. Soon you will be making stoppers for both fun and profit. Drop into the store to see some of his current work. The Class includes a wood blank. Bottle Stopper kits are available for purchase in the store.
Tuition: $75

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A Taste Of Spindle Turning with: Rick Angus
Beginner

Saturday, July 28, 10 AM - 4 PM

Description: In this fast-paced class, students will be trained in fundamental chisel and gouge spindle-cutting techniques of spindle woodturning. Using these techniques, turners cut wood efficiently and leave a smooth accurate surface in their work. We learn how to use the bevel gracefully to guide the knife edge along a smooth curve and why this technique allows such smooth tool control. This class focuses on practicing proper techniques and we make a series of totems that contain examples of each cut that you learn; these serve as a reminder of the techniques that you learned. Beginning by roughing the blank to a cylinder, we practice the planing, chamfer and peeling cuts with the skew chisel. We proceed to the detail gouge and learn coves and beads. By putting all the techniques together, we will develop an eye for making the shape desired. The results of your practice are your totems for use as reference when making other projects.
Tuition: $110

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The Art Of Pen Turning with: Ronald Blais
Beginner

Saturday, August 11, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Pen Turning Tools, Bushings For Your Lathe
Description: Learn to make the same professional style pens as those available in fine gift shops. Ron will instruct you on the complete process from wood selection to final finish, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you produce excellent results every time. Soon you will be making pens for both fun and profit. Ron has been teaching pen turning for many years and has recently won both First Prize AND Best-in-Show at the annual MAPG/IAP meeting. Drop into the store to see some of his current work.The Class includes one pen kit and one wood blank.
Tuition: $75

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A Taste Of Bowl Turning with: Rick Angus
All

Saturday, August 18, 10 AM - 4 PM

Description: In this fast-paced class, we explore fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques for cross-grain woodturning. Using these techniques, turners cut wood efficiently and leave a smooth accurate surface on their work. We learn how to use the bevel gracefully to guide the knife edge along a smooth curve and why this technique allows such smooth tool control. Any surface imperfections are smoothed with a scraper and develop an eye for making the shape desired. We will mount a round section of a plank on a faceplate and turn the outside profile of the bowl and provide a spigot or recess on the bottom. Using a scroll chuck, we remount the blank on the spigot or in the recess and turn the rim and inside of the bowl. Lastly, we grip the bowl by the rim in a jam chuck and finish the foot. This fundamental technique can be used to turn bowls of many sizes and shapes. In such a short class, we focus on learning technique rather than production; it's a perfect way to get a taste of bowl turning to see if you really like it.
Tuition: $110

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A Taste Of Bowl Turning with: Rick Angus
All

Saturday, September 1, 10 AM - 4 PM

Description: In this fast-paced class, we explore fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques for cross-grain woodturning. Using these techniques, turners cut wood efficiently and leave a smooth accurate surface on their work. We learn how to use the bevel gracefully to guide the knife edge along a smooth curve and why this technique allows such smooth tool control. Any surface imperfections are smoothed with a scraper and develop an eye for making the shape desired. We will mount a round section of a plank on a faceplate and turn the outside profile of the bowl and provide a spigot or recess on the bottom. Using a scroll chuck, we remount the blank on the spigot or in the recess and turn the rim and inside of the bowl. Lastly, we grip the bowl by the rim in a jam chuck and finish the foot. This fundamental technique can be used to turn bowls of many sizes and shapes. In such a short class, we focus on learning technique rather than production; it's a perfect way to get a taste of bowl turning to see if you really like it.
Tuition: $110

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The Art Of Pen Turning with: Ronald Blais
Beginner

Saturday, September 8, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Pen Turning Tools, Bushings For Your Lathe
Description: Learn to make the same professional style pens as those available in fine gift shops. Ron will instruct you on the complete process from wood selection to final finish, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you produce excellent results every time. Soon you will be making pens for both fun and profit. Ron has been teaching pen turning for many years and has recently won both First Prize AND Best-in-Show at the annual MAPG/IAP meeting. Drop into the store to see some of his current work.The Class includes one pen kit and one wood blank.
Tuition: $75

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CNC Basics with: Tony Mandia
Beginner

Sunday, September 9, 10 AM - 2 PM

Prerequisite: Basic Computer Literacy
Tools Required: Notepad And 1 GB Or Greater Thumb Drive.
Description: In this class, students will learn how to program and operate a CNC machine, which could be the most versatile tool in the wood shop. We will go through the steps necessary to design and fabricate a project using Vectric's V Carve Pro software. Each student will design and fabricate a simple street sign using the Axiom CNC machine. Some of the items covered include generation, pocketing text, inlaying text, factorizing a bitmap and engraving.
Tuition: $100
Tuition Notes: $5 Materials Fee

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Build A Live Edge Bench Or Coffee Table with: Brian Days
Beginner

Part 1: Thursday, September 13, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 2: Thursday, September 20, 6 PM - 9 PM
Part 3: Saturday, September 29, 10 AM - 4 PM

Description: Live edge furniture, also known as natural edge furniture, is furniture that celebrates wood in its most dramatic, organic and irregular form — by showing off bark, spalted areas and cracks. Creating a live edge piece involves letting the natural properties of the slab take the lead. This is an exciting experience, as the tree, in essence, becomes your co-designer. In this 2-session or 3-session course, students will learn how to evaluate and select slabs from among a diverse array available for purchase at Woodcraft, and to design a piece of furniture, capitalizing on the woods' natural beauty. Students will then be taught to surface the slabs and to inlay bowtie splines that stop naturally occuring cracks from getting larger and add aesthetic value to the project. Next, they will either design and build wooden legs, or attach steel hairpin legs also available for purchase from Woodcraft. Both power tools and hand tools will be used. Students who apply store-bought legs will complete the project in two classes. Students who choose to design, construct and apply handmade wooden legs using time-tested methods of joinery should register for all 3 classes. Finally, advice on wood finishing products and techniques will be provided to all students. Instructor, Brian Days, owner of Red Birch Designs, had a 20-year career in the pharmaceutical industry before deciding to pursue a life-long passion for furniture building. Classically trained at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts, today Brian is living the dream, building furniture and passing on his knowledge to others through teaching.
Tuition: $150
Tuition Notes: $150 For 2 Class Option; $300 For 3 Class Option.

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Build A Cross-Cut Sled For Your Tablesaw with: Andrew Teixeira
All

Sunday, September 16, 9 AM - 1 PM

Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Hearing Protection, Pencil, Notebook, Combination Square
Description: Cutting boards and panels to length safely and accurately is essential in any home shop. In this class, Andrew will guide woodworkers through the process of making their own cross cut sled for the table saw. He will also review the process of checking it for square so each woodworker can calibrate their sled at home on their own saw.
Tuition: $150
Tuition Notes: $75 Materials Fee

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BenchTool Sharpening 101 with: Edward McCormack
All

Sunday, September 23, 10 AM - 4 PM

Description: The most fundamental part of woodworking is sharp tools. A sharp tool cuts more cleanly, precisely, and is much safer than a dull one. This class will be part lecture and demonstration, and part hands on, covering natural and man made water stones, oil stones, diamond stones, and diamond paste. Feel free to bring an old chisel or two and come and see for yourself what a truly sharp tool looks like, and how it feels to use. No tools are required, and there will be a few chisels on hand to practice with for students who don't bring their own. Demonstrations will focus mainly on bench chisels and plane irons, but some of the lecture will cover special cases including, but not limited to draw knives, low angle spoke shaves, and mortise chisels.
Tuition: $110

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Turning Wet Wood with: Rick Angus
Beginner/Intermediate

Part 1: Saturday, October 13, 10 AM - 4 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 14, 10 AM - 4 PM

Prerequisite: Basic Bowl Turning
Description: Turn bowls from wet local hardwoods recently cut. Working with wet wood opens up opportunities for individual design that are unavailable with milled timber. Students will be guided in the fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques. We focus on developing an eye for making a pleasing shape. Blanks of wood will be mounted between centers and the "bowl inside the wood" will be visualized before cutting. We shape the outside of the bowl, remount the blank in a chuck and cut the inside. We sand to a dull luster and remount to shape the foot.
Tuition: $225
Tuition Notes: Materials Cost: $20

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Craftsman's Tool Tote with: Andrew Teixeira
Intermediate

Part 1: Saturday, October 20, 10 AM - 4:30 PM
Part 2: Sunday, October 21, 10 AM - 4:30 PM

Prerequisite: Some Experience With Both Power And Hand Tools.
Tools Required: Dovetail Saw, Marking Gauge, 14 Degree Dovetail Marker, Coping Or Jeweler’s Saw, 1” Chisel, ¼” Chisel, Pencil.
Description: Many of you may remember your Dad's toolbox and how it always seemed to have everything needed to repair a broken chair or hang a screen door. In this two-day, hands-on class, students will learn the basics of hand-cut dovetails and wedge-tenon joinery as they build a nostalgic and useful woodworkers tool tote. This project is a great way to learn and practice the use of traditional wood joinery. This tool tote was originally designed by Mario Rodriguez and was featured in the April/May 2013 issue of Woodcraft Magazine.
Tuition: $300
Tuition Notes: $150 For Materials

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The Art Of Pen Turning with: Ronald Blais
Beginner

Saturday, October 27, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Pen Turning Tools, Bushings For Your Lathe
Description: Learn to make the same professional style pens as those available in fine gift shops. Ron will instruct you on the complete process from wood selection to final finish, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you produce excellent results every time. Soon you will be making pens for both fun and profit. Ron has been teaching pen turning for many years and has recently won both First Prize AND Best-in-Show at the annual MAPG/IAP meeting. Drop into the store to see some of his current work.The Class includes one pen kit and one wood blank.
Tuition: $75

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The Art Of Pen Turning with: Ronald Blais
Beginner

Saturday, November 17, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Pen Turning Tools, Bushings For Your Lathe
Description: Learn to make the same professional style pens as those available in fine gift shops. Ron will instruct you on the complete process from wood selection to final finish, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you produce excellent results every time. Soon you will be making pens for both fun and profit. Ron has been teaching pen turning for many years and has recently won both First Prize AND Best-in-Show at the annual MAPG/IAP meeting. Drop into the store to see some of his current work.The Class includes one pen kit and one wood blank.
Tuition: $75

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A Taste Of Bowl Turning with: Rick Angus
All

Sunday, November 18, 9:30 AM - 4 PM

Description: In this fast-paced class, we explore fundamental gouge and scraper cutting techniques for cross-grain woodturning. Using these techniques, turners cut wood efficiently and leave a smooth accurate surface on their work. We learn how to use the bevel gracefully to guide the knife edge along a smooth curve and why this technique allows such smooth tool control. Any surface imperfections are smoothed with a scraper and develop an eye for making the shape desired. We will mount a round section of a plank on a faceplate and turn the outside profile of the bowl and provide a spigot or recess on the bottom. Using a scroll chuck, we remount the blank on the spigot or in the recess and turn the rim and inside of the bowl. Lastly, we grip the bowl by the rim in a jam chuck and finish the foot. This fundamental technique can be used to turn bowls of many sizes and shapes. In such a short class, we focus on learning technique rather than production; it's a perfect way to get a taste of bowl turning to see if you really like it.
Tuition: $110

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The Art Of Pen Turning with: Ronald Blais
Beginner

Saturday, December 8, 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM

Tools Required: Safety Glasses, Pen Turning Tools, Bushings For Your Lathe
Description: Learn to make the same professional style pens as those available in fine gift shops. Ron will instruct you on the complete process from wood selection to final finish, along with numerous tips and techniques to help you produce excellent results every time. Soon you will be making pens for both fun and profit. Ron has been teaching pen turning for many years and has recently won both First Prize AND Best-in-Show at the annual MAPG/IAP meeting. Drop into the store to see some of his current work.The Class includes one pen kit and one wood blank.
Tuition: $75

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