Boston Woodworking Co. Ltd., Sunbury, OH

2014 Class Schedule & Registration
Tool Tune-Up

Tool Tune-Up June 14 or November 8 (choose one)

Why does your new hand plane chatter? Why does your card scraper produce only fine dust? Does your marking gauge skip and tear the grain? Has your best chisel been used as a screwdriver? Whether you are working with dad's old tools or buying new, most hand tools need some fine adjustments to perform properly. Get your handtools ready for serious woodworking! This one-day intensive workshop is recommended for all beginners. Level: Beginner. Please specify session when registering. $155. Register by Wednesday before session begins.   Tool List





Basic Joinery Techniques: Handcut Dovetails

Basic Joinery Techniques: Handcut Dovetails September 13 & 14

This two-day intensive course covers the fundamental joint of drawer, box, and case construction: the dovetail joint. In this workshop, students will learn to layout and cut half-blind and through dovetails and pins using a variety of measuring, marking and cutting tools. Level: Anyone new to handtools and/or handcut joinery. Please specify session when registering. $275. Register by Wednesday before session begins.   Tool List



Make a Dovetailed Box

Make a Dovetailed Box November 15 & 16

In this workshop, students will make a small dovetailed box with a sliding lid. This is a great project to try out your recently acquired knowledge of laying out and cutting dovetails. Drawer boxes and carcase construction are a natural segue from this project. Level: Anyone new to handtools and/or handcut joinery. Please specify session when registering. $295 (includes materials). Register by Wednesday, November 12.   Tool List



Mortice & Tenon Joints

Basic Joinery Techniques: Mortice and Tenon Joints July 12 & 13

This two-day intensive course covers the fundamental joint of door, frame, and chair construction: the mortice and tenon joint. Students will learn to layout and cut mortice and tenon joints using a variety of hand and machine methods. Variations of the mortice and tenon, including draw-bore, through, and wedged joints will also be explored. A discussion of proper joint selection and proportion as well as tips for easier layout will accompany instruction. Level: Anyone new to handtools and/or handcut joinery. Please specify session when registering. $275. Register by Wednesday before session begins.   Tool List



Introduction to Veneering

Introduction to Veneering Session 1: June 21 & 22, or Session 2: October 11 & 12

Veneer is often feared and maligned, yet unfairly so. Introduce yourself to some of the amazing possibilities of working with thin sheets of wood. In this two-day course, students will decorate a panel while learning how to flatten unruly veneers, bookmatch sequentially-sliced sheets, and tape a decorative veneer "face", and adhere it to a substrate using urea formaldehyde glue. In the process, we will discuss veneer figures, treatments, tapes, adhesives, substrates, clamping options, and strategies for doing curved work. Students will embellish their panels with stringing and/or banding. The sequence for making herringbone and rope bandings will also be demonstrated so that students can use these on a future project. Veneer and substrate provided. Level: Beginner. Please specify session when registering. $275. Register by Wednesday before session begins. Tool List




Introduction to Woodcarving

Introduction to Woodcarving August 9 & 10

In this two-day workshop, students will be introduced to the use and care of carving tools. Topics to be addressed include the numbering system, sweeps, wood density, grain direction and tool sharpening. Stab and relief cuts, stop fluting, beading and volutes will be demonstrated and practiced. Carving on moldings and how tRegister by Wednesday before session begins.o develop a pattern will also be discussed. Day two will be devoted to carving an acanthus leaf. Carving blanks provided Level: Beginner. Please specify session when registering. $275. Register by Wednesday before session begins. Tool List



Carving the Ball and Claw Foot

Carving the Ball and Claw Foot April 26

Perhaps no detail in period furniture is as instantly recognizable as the ball and claw foot. In this intensive one-day session you will learn how to reproduce this hallmark of Chippendale furniture. We will begin by comparing the different styles of the ball and claw foot in Colonial America and then we'll systematically lay out and carve the Philadelphia variation. Carving blank included. Level: Intermediate. $165. Register by Wednesday, April 23. Tool List



Make a Piecrust Tray

Make a Piecrust Tray August 23 & 24

The carved and raised rim of a piecrust tray is an eye-catching detail and is a perfect opportunity to show off some hand skills. The recessed center of the tray is shaped by removal of material via a router or lathe, but the piecrust edge itself is carved in a series of coves and ogees to create an undulating frame. We will create a tray about 12" in diameter. Carving blank included. Level: Intermediate. $275. Register by Wednesday, August 20. Tool List



Make a Country Sheraton Side Chair July 14 through 18

Chair construction presents many new challenges to the first-time builder including: angled joinery, sequential assembly, vector clamping, and more. In this 5-day workshop, we will cover all aspects of the design and construction of a simple joined side chair in the vernacular Federal style, from template making through final assembly. Students will learn invaluable skills that are transferable to their own projects. Meets five consecutive weekdays. Level: Advanced. $625 plus materials ($90). Register by Wednesday, July 9. Tool List



Mastering Federal Oval Inlays

Mastering Federal Oval Inlays Session 1: June 28 & 29, or Session 2: October 18 & 19

One of the more instantly recognizable features of American Federal furniture is its fanciful inlay. And no detail is as American as the eagle patera used to adorn drawer fronts, plinths, and aprons of case furniture, and the tops of tables. Let your skills take flight with our national bird as we explore some of the other motifs commonly found in paterae while practicing inlaid urns, eagles, and shells to give your work a distinctive edge. Students will practice the bevel, or conical, method of cutting overlapping pieces of veneer to make their own horizontal and vertical paterae. Along the way, we will discuss how to develop a pattern, how to sequence the cuts for best results, and how to shade with hot sand. We will use a fret saw and a shop-made bird's mouth bench. Level: Intermediate. Please specify session when registering. $295 (includes veneer and some materials). Register by Wednesday before session begins. Tool List




Build a One-drawer End Table

Build a One-drawer End Table September 20 & 21
This small table is a great project for gaining practical experience in cutting and fitting different types of woodworking joints. The table frame is assembled with mortice and tenon joints while the drawer is dovetailed. The table top and tapered legs provide an opportunity to practice surface preparation using hand tools only. Level: Intermediate. $330 (includes materials). Register by Wednesday, September 17. Tool List



Make a Sunburst Veneered Table Top

Make a Sunburst Veneered Table Top May 10, 17, & 18
This 3-day course is designed for students who want to get more serious about veneering or who may already have some experience working with veneer. Completing the Introduction to Veneering course is highly recommended before enrolling in this course. Students are required to bring their own pre-treated sequentially-sliced veneer with them as well as a suitable backing veneer. Students may choose to do a 6, 8, or 12-piece sunburst, full-circle or demi-lune, up to a diameter of 42 inches. Students will cut, assemble, tape, and glue their sunburst faces to a Baltic birch ply substrate and explore myriad edge treatments and other types of embellishment for your table top. Substrate and adhesive provided. Level: Advanced. $395 (includes some materials). Register by Wednesday, May 7. Tool List



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