Toy-making was a special occupation of the the School's former kindergarten program in its earliest decades. The training offered young, mostly poor children not only brand new toys but also a set of usable skills. Today, with support from Thos. Moser, NBSS reflects on this legacy with a limited edition of 10 "Little Folks" Rockers lovingly handmade by School artisans. These charming collectors' items will benefit the Toys for Tots program, bringing joy and new toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
Attending a furniture design school provides a student with an opportunity to discover their craft, learn and develop design methods and techniques, master technical advancements in areas such as sustainability, and ultimately determine the trajectory of their career. Hands on experience is a vital element of the learning process, as is comprehensive knowledge of materials and their properties. The graduate leaves school with a portfolio showcasing their unique talents and abilities.
From making your own picture frames to constructing your own furniture, woodwork is one area where many DIY’ers cut their teeth and where many skilled professionals make an honest living. Whether you’re wet behind the ears or a seasoned expert at the craft, here’s a roundup of handy new woodworking tools to consider for your next equipment purchase. PocketJig200 The […]
“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.
Description: Works of Ahhh Wood Painting Set is great for parties, school projects or fun at home with the family. The Nutcracker Prince kit includes: one wood nutcracker, fake fur hair and beard, five non-toxic acrylic paint tubs, one non-toxic glitter glaze, 12 gemstones, one sticker sheet, two paintbrushes and one instruction sheet with painting guide. Includes instructions for the new free painting app to plan your project.

Having swing in your own home, yard or garden can be so de-stressing and be relaxing a thing to enjoy, that doesn’t matter you have a big yard or patio, or vacant porch. Kids will surely fall in love with this swing porch and love playing on a breezy day. Even, adults also do relax and enjoy a quite morning coffee, or just being embraced by the sun in the swing.


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Toy-making was a special occupation of the the School's former kindergarten program in its earliest decades. The training offered young, mostly poor children not only brand new toys but also a set of usable skills. Today, with support from Thos. Moser, NBSS reflects on this legacy with a limited edition of 10 "Little Folks" Rockers lovingly handmade by School artisans. These charming collectors' items will benefit the Toys for Tots program, bringing joy and new toys to less fortunate children at Christmas.
We emphasize quality, attention to detail, considering impact and longevity, and working to high standards for lasting work.  Our instructors are experienced craftspeople who recognize the value of passing on their skill set to the next generation of woodworkers.  We strive to invite you into our community by connecting you with others who have a passion for craftsmanship.  
Finishing:  It’s important to know how to select the right finish for the job and wood.  We train students in surface and material preparation, and in hand applied finishes such as oil, shellac, and varnishes.  Classes include selecting color and applying stains.  Specialty finishes such as French polishing are also covered along with training in how to use tools for finishing work and the proper use of fillers.
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.
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The Austin School of Furniture & Design is located at 3508 E. Cesar Chavez St. and shares space with the Splinter Group. Although the school has its own dedicated space, we are also a part of a larger shared warehouse full of makers and artists. ASFD and Splinter Group strongly believe in supporting the woodworking community, furthering the craft and making shop space and education more readily available and affordable for everyone.
These charming accessories don't require any special tools to create. We simply gathered up four key rings and strung on: a brass cow tag, a plastic toy calf, a two-inch wooden printing block, and a couple vintage skeleton keys. A key ring can loop directly through the holes of the cow tag and skeleton keys; for the calf and printing block, just center and screw in a metal eye hook with your hands, then link the key ring through (key rings, $2.17 for 25; 1" diam.; eye hooks, 59 cents for 20; ⅝"; zorotools.com). For similar fobs, head to Michaels for the calf figurine ($2.99; michaels.com for stores), and search Etsy or eBay for tags, blocks, and keys (from $3 each).

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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.
We emphasize quality, attention to detail, considering impact and longevity, and working to high standards for lasting work.  Our instructors are experienced craftspeople who recognize the value of passing on their skill set to the next generation of woodworkers.  We strive to invite you into our community by connecting you with others who have a passion for craftsmanship.  

Look at the types of things you do each day…each week. What can you move around so that it’s a better fit for you? Can you suggest to your team that you schedule meetings for late morning if you can’t stand to be social first thing? Can you schedule detailed project work or highly creative tasks, like writing or designing when you are best able to focus? How about making sales calls or client meetings on days when you are the most social and leaving billing or reports until another time when you are able to close your door and do repetitive tasks.


Cut off a 21-in.-long board for the shelves, rip it in the middle to make two shelves, and cut 45-degree bevels on the two long front edges with a router or table saw. Bevel the ends of the other board, cut dadoes, which are grooves cut into the wood with a router or a table saw with a dado blade, cross- wise (cut a dado on scrap and test-fit the shelves first!) and cut it into four narrower boards, two at 1-3/8 in. wide and two at 4 in.
“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.
Students enrolled in the Furniture and Cabinet Maker Career Diploma Program are eligible for discounted rates for the Woodworkers Guild of America premium online how-to videos. This video resource site can serve as a supplement to your furniture and cabinetry program, but is not required to complete your coursework. Learn more about this offer here.
2018 marks our 27th year of servicing our customer with a wide array of products, outstanding customer service & competitive pricing. We hope you take the time to look through our product selection. If you have questions, our knowledgeable sales staff is available to assist you M-F from 7:30 am - 5:00 pm CST. Our toll free number is 800-383-0130 or you may contact us via email at info@wwhardware.com.
Blogger Brittany Moser of darkroomanddearly.com made these Polaroid-inspired drink rests from color photos and square tiles (a steal at 15 cents apiece). First, trim a photo to 3 3/4"W x 3 1/4"H. Using a foam brush, spread Mod Podge on the back of the image; then position it on a tile, leaving a 1/4-inch border at the top and sides, and a 3/4-inch border at the bottom. Let dry for 30 minutes. Spread Mod Podge over the photo and exposed tile borders and let dry for one hour; repeat two to three more times. Spray with clear sealant and let dry for 24 hours. Finally, affix adhesive felt pads to the underside corners of your picture-perfect tiles.

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.
Part-time classes at ASFD are geared toward dedicated hobbyists and aspiring furniture makers. They are held evenings and weekends to cater to students’ full-time work schedules. Part-time classes may cover a range of topics, skills, and projects. Classes will vary in duration, skill-level, and styles. As the school grows, so to do the classes. Large comprehensive and project-based classes are now being offered.

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.
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.
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.
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