This weekend workshop introduces the interested but inexperienced woodworker to woodshop equipment and hand tools. The safe, effective, and efficient use of the table saw, jointer, router, planer, drill press, and band saw will be covered through demonstration and building a hands-on project students will take home, a Shaker-style bench made of solid pine.

Course start time: Saturday, 9am
Course end time: Sunday, 5pm

  • Competency Level: Beginner
  • Sterling College credits: 1 Continuing Education Unit ($130 additional)
  • AIA credits: 14 Learning Units

Course Objectives

This class is designed to take you step by step through the fundamentals of building a bench. We will identify the many properties of wood while demystifying the language spoken at the lumberyard. Students will feel more comfortable and competent using power tools and also gain a sense of confidence.

Suggested/Required Reading

No reading is necessary however students interested in prior knowledge can consult any basic woodworking book to familiarize themselves with tools and terminology.

Materials/Tools to Bring

  • Work clothes and sturdy shoes
  • Eye and ear protection
  • dust mask
  • Photos and ideas of future projects
  • Any tools from home you would like to better familiarize yourself with

Course Outline


9:00 Welcome, Orientation to Yestermorrow

10:00 Class overview

10:30 Tool safety and Lecture: working with wood

11:00 Intro to tapes, marking and clamps

11:30 Demonstration: chop saw and table saw

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Begin project

5:00 Class ends


9:00 Lecture: joinery

9:30 Continue project

10:30 Demonstration: sander and drills

11:00 Demonstration: router and chisels

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Assembly instruction

4:00 (if time permits)

Discussion: tool purchase

Discussion: finishing techniques

Discussion: scaling a photo to an actual drawing

4:30 Clean-up and evaluations

5:00 Graduation


Start Date: August 27, 2016
Duration: 2 Days
Tuition: $350
Materials: $40