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We all know people who ignore all of this advice and yet seem to prosper and achieve wonderful success anyway, but they are usually the exception, not the rule. For most of us, this habitual tendency to force our bodies and our brains into patterns of working that undermine our productivity result in achieving less than desired results and adding more stress to our already overburdened lives.
The Nine-month Comprehensive is designed for aspiring professional furniture makers and dedicated amateurs who seek in-depth training at the highest standard of excellence. The hands-on, project-oriented format includes the full range of furniture making skills. Sequential projects take students from the fundamentals through the fine points of design and craftsmanship.
Great instruction — Lonnie is a master woodworker and a master teacher as well as a published author, known for his many woodworking books and articles. Lonnie has been woodworking for more than thirty-five years and teaching for over twenty-five. In other words, Lonnie has a background of woodworking skills to teach from. He’s not simply a magazine editor or tool salesman that works wood occasionally and teaches a few days each year; he has made woodworking and teaching woodworking his full-time passion (take a look at Lonnie’s work).
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.
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Learn woodworking techniques and create beautiful pieces of furniture with Penn Foster Career School’s Furniture and Cabinet Maker program. Learn the skills that can help put you on a path toward working for a furniture or cabinet retail store, manufacturer, repair/refinishing shop, home improvement store, or even opening your own woodworking shop and specialize in custom cabinet and furniture making. At Penn Foster Career School, you can complete the Furniture and Cabinet Maker program in as little as four months – all while you train at home at a pace that's right for you.
The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis. You can see Fine Woodworking's video about Aled here. For each project, Aled is joined by a co-teacher who specializes in the relevant skills. The following list is subject to change. Most of the instructors have websites which you can visit for more extensive views of their work. See the list of instructors here.
Look at the bigger picture. Consider what happens during different months or times during the year. Think about what is going on in the other parts of your life. When is the best time for you to take on a new project, role or responsibility? Take into account other commitments that zap your energy. Do you have a sick parent, a spouse who travels all the time or young children who demand all of your available time and energy?
But until then, I’ve been thinking of other ways to use my hands and create things.  (Even though many of our saws and tools have been stolen.) But I’m feeling a little antsy to make some quick projects, because creating makes me extremely happy…..so we’re calling this surge in me to create something simple, THERAPY.  In fact, I need to call up a few friends and have them make some with me because friends and creating is a favorite combo of mine!  (Any out of town-ers want to fly in?! ;) )
This simple craft turns your tattered cardigans, shrunken V-necks, or the kids' castoffs into coasters that you can use time and time again. Wash 100% wool in hot water, then dry with an agitator like jeans. After three rounds, sweaters should feel taut and felt-like. Use a pencil and a large-mouthed glass to trace circles onto the fabric and then snip out a set.
How often do you go to close a cabinet door or drawer and it slams shut, making a seriously loud noise and throwing the contents of the cabinet or drawer all about? If you're like the millions of people without soft-close hinges, then it probably happens more often than you'd like it to. Not to mention, the hip-bump technique to close a cabinet drawer usually results in a loud bang and that's like your go-to move. Luckily for you and everyone else who hates it when their cabinets slam shut, it's relatively easy to install soft-close hinges or dampers. But before you decide yes or no, take a minute to look over the benefits of installing some soft-close hardware for cabinets.
The mission of the Fine Woodworking Department is to provide our students with opportunities for growth and development that set the foundation for life-long learning, academic achievement, and career accomplishment. We do this through three quality educational programs; traditional woodworking, advanced woodworking technology and lutherie. We encourage a passion for learning, through creativity, a commitment to excellence, and dedication to our students, and the communities we serve.
As Chief Creative Officer and Founding Partner at Brit + Co, Anjelika Temple brings her voracious consumption of all things creative and colorful to DIY projects, geeky gadgetry finds and more. When she's not DIY-ing her heart out, you'll find her throwing dinner parties with friends or adventuring with her husband David, their daughter Anokhi, and their silly dog Turkey.
We have a small dining room area in our farmhouse that is separate from the living room and kitchen. The area is much smaller in space than our last house. I was little confused that our typical rectangular farmhouse table was not going to cut it. So, I walked in I came to know that we needed to build a round dining table. So, I searched for a plan design idea and build a very own round farmhouse dining table. I was an amazing DIY plan, I just love it!
Easy woodworking projects are a great way to test your DIY skill level. It's always such an accomplishment when you complete a DIY project you spent time and effort on. DIY woodworking projects can also be intimidating at first especially with all the hand tools you must use. Once you have all you need, however, from tools to a step-by-step guide, you can start making the designs more efficiently. If you're new to woodworking, continue reading below and find easy woodworking projects suited for any beginner.
Prerequisites:  Each level (Basic, Intermediate, and Master-Level) is a prerequisite for the next.  However, students entering our Professional Training series can submit to a Skills Assessment by one of MSF’s instructors to determine if they may enter into the program and receive more advanced instruction without first satisfying previous training requirements.
Need a place to store those beautiful flowers from a loved one or personal garden, but not a big fan of the giant, antique vase? I strongly recommend making a bottle vase holder! These easy to design, easy to make bottle vase holders are the perfect starter project for anyone new to the world of woodworking and looking for a project to help get them off the ground.

Tualatin, OR — October 1, 2014 — SawStop, LLC, the world leader in table saw safety, is celebrating 10 years of designing and manufacturing the world’s safest table saws. To commemorate the anniversary, between October 1 and December 31, 2014, in the United States and Canada each customer who purchases a new Industrial Cabinet Saw will receive over $200 in free […]
The beauty of this project lies in the simplicity. All you need are 3 pieces of wood of your choice (though we must admit natural hardwoods will look incredible), sanding block, clamps, wood glue and finishing product. The hardest step of the whole tutorial is measuring – as always, measure 9 times, cut once! You wouldn’t want to finish your project and then realize it doesn’t have enough space to fit your DVD player, would you?
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.
Steve Brown CF '90, Instructor in the Cabinet & Furniture Making program, recently published a great how-to article in Fine Woodworking. The classic cabriole leg is a solid design choice for period furniture makers, but even with just that leg style, choosing from a variety of foot styles to go with it can be daunting. Steve helps clarify the process with step-by-step instructions for laying out and carving three common feet for the cabriole leg: the pad, slipper, and trifid foot.
When you take a class with Lonnie you’ll receive lots of personal attention and instruction. You won’t get lost in a large crowd and you won’t have to “take a number” to get the help that you need (and let’s face it, isn’t that why you’re taking a woodworking class—to receive instruction?). Whether it’s carving a claw-and-ball foot, sawing a dovetail, creating decorative inlay, or sharpening a plane, Lonnie will demonstrate it personally to you at your bench. As a result of our small furniture making classes, you’ll learn more skills and have a more enjoyable experience.
The Lead Instructor for the course is Aled Lewis. You can see Fine Woodworking's video about Aled here. For each project, Aled is joined by a co-teacher who specializes in the relevant skills. The following list is subject to change. Most of the instructors have websites which you can visit for more extensive views of their work. See the list of instructors here.
The best thing about the toy chest is that it is very easy to build. All you need is the basic understanding of woodworking and a few tools to get started. You can also modify your kid’s toy chest in any way you want or build in a different design or color different from the one pictured above. You can try some other designs for your plan in the below-mentioned link.
Wortheffort is a dedicated woodworking school . A place to inspire, educate and motivate new artisans in this craft. We have afterschool programs, evening classes and long weekend classes targeting all skill ranges. Starting out we’ll specialize in hand tool and basic machinery education but hope to quickly expand into carving, turning, scrolling and sculpting. We also have a YouTube Channel and Facebook page.
We have a great location — Our woodworking school is located near Knoxville, Tennessee. We are very accessible (within a day’s drive of 70% of the population in the USA!) for USA woodworkers. While many of our woodworkers come from Southeastern USA locations such as Atlanta, we also have woodworkers who come from further-away places such as Texas, California, Oregon, Washington, Montana, Wyoming, Minnesota, Maine — 43 states so far and counting!  We’ve even had woodworkers come from other countries  — as far away as Australia! Additionally, our location near the Great Smoky Mountains and Gatlingburg ensures that there is an abundance of fantastic activities for you or your family to experience as well.

Veneering and Marquetry.  Learn to skillfully select and apply different veneers   using traditional methods make use of hide glue and a specialty veneer hammer.  We’ll also train you in techniques for using cold glues, and to do vacuum bag veneering with flat or curved cauls. Marquetry – the art of is creating pictures in wood and veneer, is also included in these classes.
Training Length & Times:  Each professional training session (Fall, Winter, Spring) is 12 weeks in length and may include students at the Basic, Intermediate, or Master level. Our entire program takes 9 months to complete and so we recommend that students enroll in 3 consecutive sessions in order to complete the full curriculum.  Students attend small-group lectures, receive individualized instruction, and complete specific projects that are designed for their experience level.  Class instruction is available Mondays-Fridays from 9:00am-4:30pm with a 1-hour break for lunch.  The shop remains available for independent student work from 4:30pm to at least 8:00pm on most days.  The school is closed on holidays and there is a break between sessions and over part of the summer.  See our current schedule for specific session dates.

The beauty of this project lies in the simplicity. All you need are 3 pieces of wood of your choice (though we must admit natural hardwoods will look incredible), sanding block, clamps, wood glue and finishing product. The hardest step of the whole tutorial is measuring – as always, measure 9 times, cut once! You wouldn’t want to finish your project and then realize it doesn’t have enough space to fit your DVD player, would you?


This simple craft turns your tattered cardigans, shrunken V-necks, or the kids' castoffs into coasters that you can use time and time again. Wash 100% wool in hot water, then dry with an agitator like jeans. After three rounds, sweaters should feel taut and felt-like. Use a pencil and a large-mouthed glass to trace circles onto the fabric and then snip out a set.
Looking for a great gift for a friend or family member or maybe a Christmas gift? Recommended woodwork projects include a turned wood box with a lid or how to make a jewlery box. New to woodworking? Great! Check out these simple beginner’s woodworking projects. No matter the DIY woodworking project you can find your next gift idea in the wood craft videos listed below.
This class is open to woodworkers who would like to broaden their approach to furniture making. What do we mean by this? We think it means you are a person who has decided to commit to learning furniture making; is yearning to develop a finer sense of design; has already acquired some woodworking skills and has a strong sense of the limitations of your own knowledge and skills. 

Hand Tool Selection & Use:  In these classes we explore various hand tools such as chisels, hand planes, handsaws, etc. and train students how to use them safely and maintain them well. We go over various characteristics of different tools and make recommendations based on experience.  Students will learn how to select the perfect tool for the perfect result.
Wall-mounted or placed on a table or countertop, this handsome display cabinet is the perfect way to share any collection while keeping it clean and protected at the same time. Featuring tempered glass doors and three shelves, the cabinet’s design calls for all straight cuts and straightforward construction techniques (simple cut-outs give the effect of
We are a woodworking school centered on traditional hand tool use. Our instructors are passionate about woodworking and about the preservation of the traditions of working wood by hand. Classes are small and each student is provided their own bench and set of tools. During classes students are given the opportunity to try many different tools from many different manufactures to help them make informed decisions on their future tool purchases.
Furnishing and decorating your patio is not an easy task – but then again, it has to be done! Your patio is obviously one of the most important rooms in your home, as you can easily turn it into your little piece of Heaven, your “safe spot” in your home where you can retreat whenever you want to ignore the world and just spend some time alone all by yourself.
Learn woodworking techniques and create beautiful pieces of furniture with Penn Foster Career School’s Furniture and Cabinet Maker program. Learn the skills that can help put you on a path toward working for a furniture or cabinet retail store, manufacturer, repair/refinishing shop, home improvement store, or even opening your own woodworking shop and specialize in custom cabinet and furniture making. At Penn Foster Career School, you can complete the Furniture and Cabinet Maker program in as little as four months – all while you train at home at a pace that's right for you.

Woven throughout the course will be presentations on the history of furniture making, the evolution of furniture styles and a review of contemporary styles. We’ll also do demonstrations on some advanced techniques such as shaping and using curved forms, drawer making, carcass construction, steam-bending, lamination, inlay, chairmaking, veneering, marquetry, and some contemporary joinery techniques. 

Because of his years of professional woodworking, his knowledge is broad. As a long-time professional woodworker he has built countless examples of fine dovetailed casework and drawers, carved tables, delicate inlay, sculpted chairs and elegant turned post beds. You’ll benefit from both his vast knowledge of woodworking and his many years of teaching experience. He’s also written six woodworking books as well as numerous articles for Fine Woodworking magazine.

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