It's time! Conquer your fears and discover the joys of using a wide variety of power tools in a safe, friendly and supportive environment. We'll learn the basics of working with wood as we gain hands-on experience with the table saw, chop saw, router, jigsaw and drill press. Each student will build a Shaker-style bench to take home.

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

  • Competency Level: Beginner

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: June 4, 2016
Duration: 2 Days
Tuition: $350
Materials: $40