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How to Make a Blind Dovetail Jig

How to Make a Blind Dovetail Jig

Here’s a step by step instruction to making a blind dovetail jig.

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Multi Function Table Saw Jig: Flush trim and Cut small pieces safely

Multi Function Table Saw Jig: Flush trim and Cut small pieces safely

Here’s a multi purpose Jig I use on my table saw to help support cutting small pieces and big panels safely. I also use it for flush trimming.

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Wood Turning with Jimmy Clewes (2/19/16 – 2/21/16)

Wood Turning with Jimmy Clewes (2/19/16 – 2/21/16)

In this class the emphasis will be design, shape, form and aesthetics. The class will also cover safety issues, sharpening, finishing and the use of the basic woodturning tools. The course is structured so that students will gain confidence in their ability and allow them to return to their workshop to further develop their artistic abilities. I encourage students to bring along any tools as I will... [Read more...]


Making Custom Cabinets with William Ng (2/22/16 – 2/26/16)

Making Custom Cabinets with William Ng (2/22/16 – 2/26/16)

In this class, we will cover different methods and techniques for cabinet construction. These methods can be applied to building kitchens, vanities, entertainment unit, build-in, home theaters or just a stand alone cabinet. We will build a cabinet using face frame, finish ends with frame and panel. We will cover topics such as door making from raised panels to grain matching, drawer construction using... [Read more...]


G & G Inspired Coffee Table – Evening Class with William Ng   (2/22/16 – 3/23/16)

G & G Inspired Coffee Table – Evening Class with William Ng (2/22/16 – 3/23/16)

In this class not only will we build this beautiful coffee table inspired by Greene and Greene, Stickley and a little bit of Krenov, but will learn many table construction techniques. Reading wood grain, Mortise & tenon, shaping wood, bread board ends, drawer construction, fitting the drawer, as well as many of the Greene and Greene details such as square ebony plugs, cloud lifts and exposed ebony... [Read more...]


Inlay Techniques Class with William Ng (2/27/16 – 2/28/16)

Inlay Techniques Class with William Ng (2/27/16 – 2/28/16)

Using inlay to embellish your projects can be very rewarding. It’s a way to take your work to the next level, to set yourself apart from others. In this intensive two day class, we will cover the following topics: 1) Tools (including the Jeweler’s fretsaw, carving tools, shopmade vises, and a vise that I’ve personally designed and used for over 25 years); 2) Materials (including wood,... [Read more...]


Joinery Techniques with William Ng (2/29/16 – 3/4/16)

Joinery Techniques with William Ng (2/29/16 – 3/4/16)

Good joinery is key to making fine furniture that will last for generations. Many of us are intimidated by the complexity of these joints. In this class we hope to de-mystify and simplify the joinery process. We will learn western and eastern joinery and their applications, including dovetails, half-blind dovetails, sliding dovetails, mortise-and-tenons, angled mortise-and-tenons, lap joints, bridle... [Read more...]


Finishing Techniques with Brian Miller (3/5/16 – 3/6/16)

Finishing Techniques with Brian Miller (3/5/16 – 3/6/16)

This class will give every student a thorough understanding of the finishing process. It will cover all aspects of wood finishing: Proper sanding techniques, coloring wood (dyes, stains, chemical and plant dyes), color-matching, membrane finishes (shellac, varnish, lacquer) and understanding solvents and their use in the finishing process. We will also explore hand-rubbed finishes, shading and toning,... [Read more...]


Shoji Lamp with Taeho Kwon (3/5/16 – 3/12/16)

Shoji Lamp with Taeho Kwon (3/5/16 – 3/12/16)

In this eight-day class you will embark on a learning journey adding traditional Eastern joinery such as the bird’s beak, three-way miter, miter lap joints and many shoji joints. This class will enhance all woodworkers’ skill levels using power tools and hand tools. Precision is the key to making this lamp come together. Taeho spent two years in Korea learning from some of the great masters who... [Read more...]


Sculpted Low back Chair with David Wade (3/14/16 – 3/18/16)

Sculpted Low back Chair with David Wade (3/14/16 – 3/18/16)

In this five day class we will look at many aspects of chair making. We will discuss in detail the chair joints, Design: what make a comfortable chair, structure and construction techniques. Sculpting details including hard and soft lines. Working with compound angles, curves and blending between joints to get an organic look. The main tool for this class will be a 4-1/2″ grinder. We will also... [Read more...]


Roubo Bench Build with William Ng (3/20/16 – 3/26/16)

Roubo Bench Build with William Ng (3/20/16 – 3/26/16)

The workbench is the heart of the shop. It’s where most woodworking is done. A good workbench will provide stability and numerous options in securing your work for those critical woodworking moments. Some of the construction methods will include making large mortise and tenons, cutting angled square dog holes, milling, gluing and assembly. This workbench will be constructed with the finest hard... [Read more...]


Sitting Bench with Traditional Eastern Joinery (Evening Class) with Taeho Kwon (3/28/16 – 5/4/16)

Sitting Bench with Traditional Eastern Joinery (Evening Class) with Taeho Kwon (3/28/16 – 5/4/16)

This beautiful sitting bench is constructed using traditional timber frame joinery known for it’s integral strength utilizing locking joinery. This class will challenge and improve your hand and machine skills. Taeho will start with a lecture on the concept and layout of the joints, preparation and sharpening of tools used. At the end of the class you will have a greater understanding of joinery... [Read more...]


Making a Wooden Hand Plane with William Ng (4/1/16 – 4/3/16)

Making a Wooden Hand Plane with William Ng (4/1/16 – 4/3/16)

Using a finely tuned wooden hand plane you make yourself is probably one of woodworking’s ultimate experiences. It offers a great sense of satisfaction and is a reflection of fine craftsmanship. Plane making has been an honored tradition with the Eastern Masters, and is gaining huge popularity here in the states. In this three day class we will look at the history of hand planes and its design.... [Read more...]


Nakashima Inspired Chair with William Ng (4/4/16 – 4/8/16)

Nakashima Inspired Chair with William Ng (4/4/16 – 4/8/16)

In this class we will explore the works of one of my favorite woodworker, George Nakashima. This chair has elegance, simplicity, suttle details and beauty. Don’t let it’s simplicity fool you… This chair requires great skill in precision to execute. It involves carving, sculpting of the seat with various power and hand tools. The complex joinery has to be done accurately to ensure... [Read more...]


Intro to Wood Carving with David Frisk (4/9/16 – 4/10/16)

Intro to Wood Carving with David Frisk (4/9/16 – 4/10/16)

The carving class will be for all levels of experience. We will carve a low relief of a tree branch with birds that could be used for a furniture piece or a door. Day One: Overview of sharpening techniques, carving tools/mallets Working with the grain, relief cuts Pluses and minuses of various woods Background removal by hand Day Two: Rough out the design Finish carve the design Question/answer Each... [Read more...]


Shaker Chair with Robert Turnbull (4/11/16 – 4/15/16)

Shaker Chair with Robert Turnbull (4/11/16 – 4/15/16)

According to Shaker beliefs, “That which has in itself the higest use possesses the greatest beauty”. When this Shaker saying is applied to their furniture, it describes a plain and simple type of construction completely without adornment. Shakers were expert craftsmen with an eye for proportion that resulted in some of the most beautiful furniture ever made. In this class the student... [Read more...]


Craftsman’s Tool Box (4/18/16 – 4/22/16)

Craftsman’s Tool Box (4/18/16 – 4/22/16)

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Inlay Techniques in the Greene & Greene Style with William Ng (4/25/16 – 4/29/16)

Inlay Techniques in the Greene & Greene Style with William Ng (4/25/16 – 4/29/16)

In this class we will be covering basic inlay techniques from design, cutting, fitting, glue up, materials, tools to finish product, and will proceed with a little more advance techniques use in some of the Greene and Greene furniture. We will be dealing with materials such as shells, silver, brass, wood, plastic and any material that we can cut which is almost endless. The main tool for the class... [Read more...]


Blacker House Inspired Chair with William Ng (4/30/16 – 5/7/16)

Blacker House Inspired Chair with William Ng (4/30/16 – 5/7/16)

This is perhaps the most difficult class we offer at our school. This class is not for the faint hearted. This chair will challenge every areas of your woodworking skill. We will be dealing with angles, proportion, chair design, choosing wood grain, Sculpting of the crest rail using a 4-1/2″ angle grinder, Inlay technique for the back slat of the chair, Scribing technique for hand fitted joinery,... [Read more...]


Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (5/9/16 – 5/13/16)

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (5/9/16 – 5/13/16)

The secret to fine woodworking can be found in the pursuit of the fundamentals. With high-tech machines and power tools, these fundamentals can be overshadowed. In this class we will learn the values of design, drawings, mock-ups, sharpening, care and use of hand tools, tuning up a bench plane, layout, measuring tools, wood technology, choosing and preparing lumber, joinery (including hand cut dovetails... [Read more...]


Speaker Build with Dr. Ying Kit Lee and William Ng 5/16/16 – 5/20/16

Speaker Build with Dr. Ying Kit Lee and William Ng 5/16/16 – 5/20/16

I have always desired to create loudspeakers that sound like the truthful reproductions of the recordings the artists and composers have originally intended to create. With the ingenious engineering and woodworking skill of William Ng, I am proud to say that we have that unique product for the class. Working with William Ng, I will build the crossover network, install the custom driver elements,... [Read more...]


Sculpted Dining Chair with William Ng (5/23/16 – 5/28/16)

Sculpted Dining Chair with William Ng (5/23/16 – 5/28/16)

This six day sculpted chair class will definitely broaden and raise your woodworking skills a few notches. The class will cover topics such as chair joinery, design, placement of back spindle for comfort, defining hard and soft lines, sculpting using various methods such as grinder, rasps, gouges, scrapers and spoke shaves. Cherry wood will be prepared for you before you arrive to save on milling time.... [Read more...]


Sharpening Pond with William Ng (6/3/16 – 6/5/16)

Sharpening Pond with William Ng (6/3/16 – 6/5/16)

In this 3 day class you’ll be able to build this beautiful sharpening pond for your shop. I designed this pond to be a relaxing and stress free place to hone your tools as I believe sharp tools are so important in working wood. Not only are sharp tools a joy to use but they are also safer. In the construction process you’ll be learning mortise and tenon joinery, mitered joinery using 30,... [Read more...]


Open Shop with David Wade (6/6/16 – 6/10/16)

Open Shop with David Wade (6/6/16 – 6/10/16)

This class is designed for those of you that have taken a sculpted chair or table class that needed some help with final detailed sculpting and sanding. It doesn’t matter where or which school you’ve taken the class from, David Wade with his background can help you finish and get that certain look associated with this type of sculpted furniture. This class will help you with sculpting techniques... [Read more...]


Greene & Greene Inspired Coffee Table with William Ng (6/6/16 – 6/10/16)

Greene & Greene Inspired Coffee Table with William Ng (6/6/16 – 6/10/16)

In this class not only will we build this beautiful coffee table inspired by Greene and Greene, Stickley and a little bit of Krenov, but will learn many table construction techniques. Reading wood grain, Mortise & tenon, shaping wood, bread board ends, drawer construction, fitting the drawer, as well as many of the Greene and Greene details such as square ebony plugs, cloud lifts and exposed ebony... [Read more...]


Shaker Rocking Chair with Robert Turnbull (6/13/16 – 6/18/16)

Shaker Rocking Chair with Robert Turnbull (6/13/16 – 6/18/16)

The Shakers were masters of furniture design and construction and this rocker is no exception. Enjoy an afternoon reading your favorite book on Shaker Furniture in this reproduction of one of their most popular pieces. The chair is made from Cherry wood, and woven canvas tape (available in several colors). A maple wedge is used in the tenon that secures the hand shaped shawl rail to the back posts.... [Read more...]


Boxes, Joinery, & Jigs……OH MY! (6/20/16 – 6/24/16)

Boxes, Joinery, & Jigs……OH MY! (6/20/16 – 6/24/16)

Box making ……… sounds simple, yet, it can be one of the most complex areas of woodworking because it offers endless opportunities for self expression in design and technique. Box making demands precision and accuracy in order for joinery, lids, hinges and other hardware to fit correctly. In this class we will cover box making tools, jigs and fixtures to aid in cutting small accurate... [Read more...]


Finishing Techniques with Brian Miller (6/25/16 – 6/26/16)

Finishing Techniques with Brian Miller (6/25/16 – 6/26/16)

This class will give every student a thorough understanding of the finishing process. It will cover all aspects of wood finishing: Proper sanding techniques, coloring wood (dyes, stains, chemical and plant dyes), color-matching, membrane finishes (shellac, varnish, lacquer) and understanding solvents and their use in the finishing process. We will also explore hand-rubbed finishes, shading and toning,... [Read more...]


Morris Chair with William Ng (7/11/16 – 7/16/16)

Morris Chair with William Ng (7/11/16 – 7/16/16)

The Morris Chair is an American classic piece of furniture designed and created by William Morris. This chair has a rich history and will sit well, anywhere in the house. This six-day class will challenge woodworkers of all levels. The main emphasis will be on joinery. We will also cover how to design and use jigs and fixtures to accomplish tasks such as: the angled mortise and tenon, the drop arm,... [Read more...]


Sculpted Rocking Chair with William Ng (7/17/16 – 7/23/16)

Sculpted Rocking Chair with William Ng (7/17/16 – 7/23/16)

 The focus of this class will be making a sculpted rocking chair. We will explore the joinery, bent lamination, sculpting, balance and comfort that make this chair so special. This is an advanced class and requires the student to have knowledge and experience with basic hand tools like rasps, gouges, spokeshaves and block planes. We will also use a grinder and power-carver to help shape the seat and... [Read more...]


Making Custom Cabinets with William Ng (7/25/16 – 7/29/16)

Making Custom Cabinets with William Ng (7/25/16 – 7/29/16)

In this class, we will cover different methods and techniques for cabinet construction. These methods can be applied to building kitchens, vanities, entertainment unit, build-in, home theaters or just a stand alone cabinet. We will build a cabinet using face frame, finish ends with frame and panel. We will cover topics such as door making from raised panels to grain matching, drawer construction using... [Read more...]


Shaker Sewing Table with Robert Turnbull (8/1/16 – 8/5/16)

Shaker Sewing Table with Robert Turnbull (8/1/16 – 8/5/16)

Let’s have some fun building a really nice example of Shaker furniture. This little table was used by Shaker seamstresses in the course of their work. The drawer is designed to open from both ends, so two Shaker Sisters could use the same table. The legs are attached to the post with sliding dovetails. Both half-blind and through dovetails are used in making the rest of the table and drawer... [Read more...]


Tuning and Using a Japanese Plane with William Ng & Taeho Kwon (8/6/16 – 8/7/16)

Tuning and Using a Japanese Plane with William Ng & Taeho Kwon (8/6/16 – 8/7/16)

In this two day class we will reveal some of the secrets to tuning up a Japanese Hand Plane (Kanna) We will start with conditioning the Body of the Plane (DAI) to stabilize movement. Proper sharpening and grinding of the blade and chip breaker will be discussed and demonstrated. Custom fitting the blade to the Dai and conditioning the sole. We will also demystified the angle setting to allow for the... [Read more...]


Sitting Bench with Traditional Eastern Joinery with Taeho Kwon (8/8/16 – 8/13/16)

Sitting Bench with Traditional Eastern Joinery with Taeho Kwon (8/8/16 – 8/13/16)

This beautiful sitting bench is constructed using traditional timber frame joinery known for it’s integral strength utilizing locking joinery. This class will challenge and improve your hand and machine skills. Taeho will start with a lecture on the concept and layout of the joints, preparation and sharpening of tools used. At the end of the class you will have a greater understanding of joinery... [Read more...]


Sculpted Table with David A. Wade (8/15/16 – 8/19/16)

Sculpted Table with David A. Wade (8/15/16 – 8/19/16)

We have an exceptional opportunity offering a class taught by David A Wade, who had worked along side Sam Maloof for over 25 years. David sculpted many of Sam’s creations from the iconic sculpted rocking chair to the sculpted table. Many refer to sculpted Maloof pieces as “sensuous” and are drawn to touch his works. Every woodworker desiring to enhance their craft will benefit from this class.... [Read more...]


Joinery Techniques with William Ng (8/22/16 – 8/26/16)

Joinery Techniques with William Ng (8/22/16 – 8/26/16)

Good joinery is key to making fine furniture that will last for generations. Many of us are intimidated by the complexity of these joints. In this class we hope to de-mystify and simplify the joinery process. We will learn western and eastern joinery and their applications, including dovetails, half-blind dovetails, sliding dovetails, mortise-and-tenons, angled mortise-and-tenons, lap joints, bridle... [Read more...]


Building a Low Back Settee with William Ng and Special guest David A. Wade (9/11/16 – 9/17/16)

Building a Low Back Settee with William Ng and Special guest David A. Wade (9/11/16 – 9/17/16)

In this class we will be making a low back settee made to sit two. In this seven day class we will look at many aspects of chair making. We will discuss in detail the chair joints, Design: what make a comfortable chair, structure and construction techniques. Sculpting details including hard and soft lines. Working with compound angles, curves and blending between joints to get an organic look. The... [Read more...]


Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (10/24/16 – 10/28/16)

Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng (10/24/16 – 10/28/16)

The secret to fine woodworking can be found in the pursuit of the fundamentals. With high-tech machines and power tools, these fundamentals can be overshadowed. In this class we will learn the values of design, drawings, mock-ups, sharpening, care and use of hand tools, tuning up a bench plane, layout, measuring tools, wood technology, choosing and preparing lumber, joinery (including hand cut dovetails... [Read more...]