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. 

​Luckily, we have also managed to find a detailed video tutorial of the Barn door project that illustrates the process of building a Barn door of your own. The steps and instructions in the video tutorial are different from the source links listed above. Actually, you can make different types of designs for your Barn door depending on which one you can afford easily and DIY on your own.
Our founder, Austin Waldo, got his passion for woodworking by hanging around his grandfather’s woodshop while growing up in Kansas. Over the years he has continued to be an avid hobbyist and became involved in the woodworking industry through taking classes, managing social media for local craftsmen, and running a successful Meetup Group, the Woodworking Social Club.
Work Study:  Students may apply for our Work Study option.   In return for acting as Shop Monitor during open shop periods, MSF will reduce the student’s tuition.  Shop monitors must be present in the shop during assigned hours primarily to enhance safety (assigned hours will not conflict with class hours).  Among other responsibilities, Shop Monitors make sure policies are honored and are responsible for the leaving the shop in good order at the end of their shift.  If space is available, Monitors may use the shop to work on their own projects during their shifts.  Our preference is to award work study positions first to students experiencing financial hardship.  Please notify us if you are interested in work study .  For more information, see our Tuitions & Registration page. 

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.
There are a few common types of degrees that most furniture design schools offer. Associate and bachelor’s degrees typically enable students to learn the fundamentals of furniture design, as well as advanced techniques. These types of degrees usually take students two or four years to complete. Students who are looking for a more in depth education or those who would like to focus on a specific aspect of furniture design may want to consider earning a Master’s degree in furniture design.
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?
Course Entry Points:  There is great value in moving through our series of courses with a cohesive cohort of peers and our goal is to support this by having published start dates for each session.  However, because the nature of the instruction is so individualized, MSF may make allowances for students who wish to enter mid-session.  For example, If a student wants to enter in week 3 of the 12-week session, we may allow their enrollment contingent on their willingness to work outside of structured class hours and receive individual tutoring.
“Going to the furniture making evening class was the highlight of my week (and I wasn't the only person on the course to say that!) Emma was really brilliant at sharing her knowledge and experience to help guide us all through the tricky process of hand-making furniture, and thanks to her we all managed to make something we were proud to take home”   -    Kay Parnell, Student.
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Paid Private or Shared Tutorials:  Students needing or wanting to receive private, customized instruction from a teacher in order to address particular challenges, keep up with the class or make up for absences, may arrange for Paid Private or Shared Tutorials during open shop time.  Tutorials are available on a space and instructor-available basis, and the fee will depend on the number of instructional hours requested and students sharing the instructor. Please contact us to arrange for your tutorial and we’ll quote the fee at that time.

This course is focused on developing the skills that will allow you to start to find your voice as a furniture designer / maker. Design will be the consistent thread through the numerous projects of this class. We will take a hybrid approach to furniture making by blending traditional hand tool techniques with pragmatic use of woodworking machines. 
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. 

For the last six years, Bob Miller CF '11, small business owner and Shop Technician for the Continuing Education Department, has not made many changes to his private bench space. However, three years ago he acquired what he now considers his favorite and most useful tool: an emmert pattern makers bench vice. "That is by far the most used tool in my shop." he says "It's unusual, rare, and was manufactured sometime between 1898 and 1915, making it at least 100 years old."

Work Study:  Students may apply for our Work Study option.   In return for acting as Shop Monitor during open shop periods, MSF will reduce the student’s tuition.  Shop monitors must be present in the shop during assigned hours primarily to enhance safety (assigned hours will not conflict with class hours).  Among other responsibilities, Shop Monitors make sure policies are honored and are responsible for the leaving the shop in good order at the end of their shift.  If space is available, Monitors may use the shop to work on their own projects during their shifts.  Our preference is to award work study positions first to students experiencing financial hardship.  Please notify us if you are interested in work study .  For more information, see our Tuitions & Registration page.

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.

​Luckily, we have also managed to find a detailed video tutorial of the Barn door project that illustrates the process of building a Barn door of your own. The steps and instructions in the video tutorial are different from the source links listed above. Actually, you can make different types of designs for your Barn door depending on which one you can afford easily and DIY on your own.
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