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WOD101: Wood Shop SBU

Learn the fundamentals of woodworking and how to safely operate the core woodshop tools in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Get practical, hands-on experience using a SawStop table saw, sliding compound miter saw, drill press, band saw, and belt and disk sanders. Learn to make straight cuts (rip and crosscut), mitered cuts, curved cuts, smooth edges, and drill holes.

Project: Build a small wooden shelf

Prerequisites: None

Equipment access: Sliding compound miter saw, table saw, wood drill press, wood band saw, and belt and disc sanders

Minimum age: 16

Supervision requirements: None


  • Mandatory: Closed-toed shoes, eye protection, short sleeves

  • Advised: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask

Once you take and successfully pass this class, you can use this equipment for your projects whenever you work at TechShop as a member!

1 session currently scheduled:
    Wood Shop SBU Tuesday, 9/23/14 6:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
WOD304: Advanced Woodworking - Joinery

Wood joinery is the foundation of building furniture and wooden structures. Joints can be very simple and purely functional or they can be complex and elegant, requiring a master level of artistry and skill to produce.

In this class, you will learn joint-making techniques as well as highly valuable theory and background information as they apply to joint making. You will learn when to use certain joints, which joints are the strongest, how grain direction influences joint strength, glue selection, pre-gluing techniques, proper clamping and much more. This class will provide the foundation needed to create virtually any wood structural project.

Class time will be split between discussing theory in the classroom and learning joinery techniques and creating joints in the woodshop.

Prerequisites:To participate in this class, you must pass the Woodshop SBU (WOD101) and Planer, Jointer and Router Table SBU (WOD201).

1 session currently scheduled:
    Advanced Woodworking - Joinery Sunday, 9/28/14 9:30 AM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.