See the Light: Abundant windows and glass-paned doors allow sunlight to pour inside. The seamless transition between indoors and out makes the room appear larger. Open up a tight kitchen with floating shelves. While they won’t hide toasters and coffeemakers, they’re a sleek alternative to upper cabinetry, which often overwhelms a tiny space. | CoastalLiving.comSee the Light: Abund


Ben Hobbs has been building period reproduction furniture for nearly 30 years. After teaching high school math for 10 years, Ben's passion for early American furniture and architecture drew him into the shop in 1982. Since then, Ben has operated as a bespoke custom furniture maker reproducing fine early American pieces, focusing on Southern and local NC examples. After training all three of his sons to be accomplished furniture makers, Ben opened his shop doors in 1996 to train students in his woodworking school.
There’s a lot of space above the shelf in most closets. Even though it’s a little hard to reach, it’s a great place to store seldom-used items. Make use of this wasted space by adding a second shelf above the existing one. Buy enough closet shelving material to match the length of the existing shelf plus enough for two end supports and middle supports over each bracket. Twelve-inch-wide shelving is available in various lengths and finishes at home centers and lumberyards. 

Uses Sisters High School shop (2000+ SqFt). SHS shop has seven workbenches with quick release vises and additional work/assembly tables. Stationary tools include a SawStop tablesaw, two bandsaws, jointer, planer, 2 drill press’s, a wide belt sander, belt and disk sanders and a grinder. Portable powertools include circular and jig saws, drills, plate joiner, routers, ro sanders. Handtools (provided by the instructor) include measuring and marking tools a variety of handsaws, bench, block, scraping and joinery planes, rasps & files, chisels, gouges and sharpening equipment. Topics include SAFETY, wood selection, tool buying and maintenance, sharpening, joinery and finishing. One instructor. Class size is limited to fourteen students.
First, use a drill to make a 1/8-inch-wide hole halfway down into a new cork ($3.99 for 30; winemakingsuperstore.com). Next, twist off the top of a vintage trophy (typically a few bucks each at thrift shops and garage sales). Apply superglue to the underside of the trophy top's base and the screw that extends from it. Insert the screw into the cork and twist the pieces together until flush and a tight bond forms. Allow one hour of drying time before using your prize design.
Cross-stitch makes the leap from fabric to glassware with help from a free font and transparent sticker sheets ($13.99 for ten 8 1/2"W x 11"L sheets; amazon.com). Go to myfonts.com and download the Home Sweet Home font. Use it to type out the names of pantry staples, adding a decorative flourish if you like, in a Microsoft Word document, then adjust the type size and alignment to fit your canisters (from $3.99 for one quart; containerstore.com). Following package instructions for the decal sheets, print your document(s). Once the ink has dried, lightly coat each sheet with a thin layer of hair spray, to prevent smearing; let dry. Cut out and trim each label, then affix to the canisters. Note: The labels won’t be entirely waterproof, so when necessary, carefully wash your canisters by hand.
There will be two instructors for this course. One of the school’s instructors will be there full time. The second instructor will change with each project so you are exposed to a wide range of aesthetics, techniques and approaches to furniture making. These will include local makers and designers including Jim Tolpin, Tom Dolese, Michael Hamilton, Seth Rolland, Jaap Romijn and Tim Lawson. Other makers from the Puget Sound area will share their experience with you. 

Do you want to use an oil stain, a gel stain, a water-based stain or a lacquer stain? What about color? Our ebook tells you what you really need to know about the chemistry behind each wood stain, and what to expect when you brush, wipe or spray it on. It’s a lot simpler than you think! This is the comprehensive guide to all the varieties of stain you will find at the store and how to use them.


The engineering involved in building this garden bench is pretty simple, and we have provided some links to get a full cut list and plans with photos to help you along the way. Additionally, to the stock lumber, you will need wood screws, barrel locks, and hinges to complete the table. A miter saw or hand saw is also extremely helpful for cutting down your stock to the correct angle and length.


Certificate programs may last up to a full year. They can be specialized in a particular type of furniture, such as cabinets, or a specific style, such as Spanish colonial. Many certificate programs offer generalized furniture making techniques and may culminate with the creation of a piece of furniture. Depending on previous experience and education, students may be qualified to enter into advanced certificate programs.
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