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William Ng comes from an engineering background and uses a similar approach in his woodworking. Precision, accuracy and efficiency are emphasized in his teaching. His sense of humor, combined with his passion for woodworking makes for an enjoyable learning experience. William was an instructor of furniture making at Cerritos College. Many of William’s students have won numerous woodworking awards. In addition to being an instructor and the director of our school, William continues to make custom furniture in his studio.

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William Ng

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William Ng comes from an engineering background and uses a similar approach in his woodworking. Precision, accuracy and efficiency are emphasized in his teaching. His sense of humor, combined with his passion for woodworking makes for an enjoyable learning experience. William was an instructor of furniture making at Cerritos College. Many of William’s students have won numerous woodworking awards. In addition to being an instructor and the director of our school, William continues to make custom furniture in his studio.

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February 2018
$1025.00

The Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng

2/26/183/3/18

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 and the mortise and tenon), safe machine and power tool operation and how to apply a hand-rubbed…

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March 2018
$1225.00

G & G Inspired Coffee Table

3/5/183/10/18

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 we 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 splines will be studied in detail.

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$395.00

Inlay Techniques with William Ng

3/17/183/18/18

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, shop made vises, and a vise that I personally designed and use. 2. Materials, including wood, mother of pearl, abalone shells, brass, silver, gold, and corian. 3. Design, cutting methods, gluing, leveling, and surface treatments.…

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$840.00

Joinery Techniques

3/19/183/23/18

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 joints, miter joints, scarf joints, splice joints, mitered mortise-and-tenons, bird’s-beak and the Chinese three way mitered joint. You will be guided step-by-step…

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April 2018
$1535.00

Blacker House Inspired Chair with William Ng

4/7/184/14/18

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 area of your woodworking skill. We will be dealing with angles, proportion, chair design, choosing wood grain, sculpting of the crest rail using an angle grinder, inlay techniques for the back slat, scribing techniques, angled mortise & tenons, and compound angles. We'll also be covering details such as leg indents, angled ebony splines, brackets, and…

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$860.00

Inlay Techniques in the G & G Style

4/16/184/20/18

In this class we will be covering basic inlay techniques from design, materials, cutting, fitting, gluing up, to finishing. We'll proceed with more advanced techniques used in some of the Greene & 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 will be a four inch jeweler fret saw. Proper cutting technique will be emphasized. There will…

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$1230.00

Making Custom Cabinets with Taeho Kwon

4/23/184/28/18

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 dovetail joinery, box joint or lock joints, hardware options and installation. If you are planning to…

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May 2018
$1280.00

G & G Inspired 8 Legged Table

5/14/185/20/18

This is one of our more popular classes. This beautiful table is well proportioned, with simple elegant lines that will grace any home. It can be used as a hall table, sofa table or an entry table. Imagine what your guest will say when they are welcome into your home and met with this stunning piece of furniture.

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June 2018
$1570

Sculpted Rocking Chair With William Ng

6/10/186/16/18

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 different parts of the chair. The class will move at a very…

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$3500.00 - $3635.00

Roubo Bench With William Ng

6/23/186/30/18

The workbench is the heart of the shop and 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 maple and will complimented with quality hardware from benchcrafted. This bench is built to last and be…

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July 2018
$545

Making A Wooden Hand Plane With William Ng

7/6/187/8/18

Using a finely tuned wooden hand plane you make yourself is probably one of woodworkings ultimate experiences. It offers a great sense of satisfaction and is a reflection of the 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 their design. We will learn about the materials used, such as metal, wood, and…

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$1075.00

Nakashima Inspired Chair

7/9/187/13/18

In this class we will explore the works of one of my favorite woodworkers, George Nakashima. This chair has elegance, simplicity, subtle details, and beauty. Don't let its simplicity fool you. This chair requires great skill and precision to execute. It involves carving and sculpting of the seat with power and hand tools. The complex joinery has to be done accurately to ensure strength and function. Approx. 24"D, 21"W, 40"H

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$1025.00

The Fundamentals of Fine Woodworking with William Ng

7/16/187/21/18

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 and the mortise and tenon), safe machine and power tool operation and how to apply a hand-rubbed…

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