Member Shop Classes

The SDFWA Member Shop Education Department aims to smooth out the rough edges on your skills, introduce you to new ways of working with wood, and support you in building your dream projects. 

This Catalog will introduce you to our current and some of our past course offerings at the San Diego Fine Woodworkers Association's Member Shop. 

Courses may be any of the following.   

Certain tools require specific tool safety certification. <i.e. Lathe, 3D Printer, Laser, CNC Router>

Please note the prerequisites and membership requirements of the course you are interested in attending.  If you sign up for a class and do not meet requirements you will not be able to participate.

 

More detailed information on specific courses, and registration may be found within our class reservation system PunchPass.

For class listings currently available check PunchPass classlist here

Introduction to Woodworking 

Introduction to Woodworking

 

Click here to add to Waitlist

price: $225

classroom time: 4 sessions of 4 hours each in the shop, a little homework

prepares you for: Member Shop Certification on most tools

SDFWA Membership is required for insurance coverage ($35/year)

 

 

A total of 16 hours of instruction.  The curriculum is approximately half lecture and half lab (workshop).

 

The student will learn the basics of woodworking beginning with what wood is, how it's structure dictates the process of woodworking, how wood movement affects design and construction and how to process, join, assemble and finish components of a woodworking project.  Students will use a wide variety of both hand and power tools to complete at least two separate projects designed to give them the widest possible exposure to all facets of woodworking.

 

Shop Membership is not required but encouraged.  No previous woodworking experience is necessary. 

 

 

Digital Tools

3D Printing Introduction

   

price: $75

classroom time: Three hours, plus one shop slot (included)

prepares you for: 3D Printer Certification for Member Shop

SDFWA Membership is required for insurance coverage ($35/year).

 

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

A 3D printer makes things from plastics. In a woodworking shop it can provide solutions to problems. Need a special bracket? Want a custom pocket hole jig? Can't find the right knob or appliqué? This class provides the onramp to using our 3D printer to provide solutions to workshop challenges.

 

In this class we focus on processes (or workflows) to getting things made.

  • Learn to print standard objects that we store locally on our printer
  • Learn to print standard items that you can find on the Internet, specifically from the huge inventory of free models on Thingiverse.com
  • Introduction to printing customizable items which are modified to your requirements

 To earn your 3D printer Shop certification, after the class session you will complete a small independently print project.  

 

 3D Printing Refresher

    

 

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

Refresh your memory about using the 3D printer.  It happens, but we want you to be able to use the tool, so join us for a fun refresher to get going again with the 3D printer.

Offered a few times a year as it is requested.

 

SDFWA Membership is required for insurance coverage ($35/year).

Shop slots needed for projects outside of refresher.

 


3D Print Projects

    

 

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

SDFWA Membership is required for insurance coverage ($35/year).

Shop slots needed for projects

 

Please make suggestions for 3D printable projects you would like to see.  Gather some friends and learn together.

May we suggest 3D models of our Shop Tools for our scale model of the Member Shop?

 

Introduction to CNC Routing

  

Click here to add to Waitlist

price: $295

classroom time: 4 sessions, 3 hours each, plus five shop slots included. 

homework: yes 

SDFWA Membership is required for insurance coverage ($35/year).

 

Using a computer to precisely control a router to cut and engrave wood is at the heart of CNC. The Shop acquired a Shapeoko XXL CNC which is capable of milling wood up to 33”x33” in size. This class will teach you how to competently, confidently and safely use this tool with your woodworking projects.

 

The key to this class is practice. You will use the CNC from the very first session and by the end you will have completed five projects. To design your projects and to define your cuts you will receive a license to Vectrics’ VCarve Pro (Windows-only) for use on the Shop CNC. Our goal in this course is to build confidence through practice. 

 

A CNC is a computer-controlled tool so we require proficiency with Microsoft Windows. Familiarity with computer design is desired but not required. Lastly, before receiving your Shop certification for independent use of the Shop CNC you will complete an independent project.

 

When you complete this class you will have the confidence and competence to design and cut wood safely using a Shapeoko CNC.

 

If you really want to know CNC then this is the class for you.

CNC Refresher

  

 

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

It happens. You took Intro to CNC and learned to use the tool. Then, several months went by and you can't remember what you learned. 

Thankfully we have a CNC refresher class to get you back in the saddle.

 

What sets this class apart are several things:

  • We will review the process and have you again use the CNC.
  • We use a new workflow document so you'll have a ready reference.
  • We complete the class in around two hours, so it's quick and easy.
  • We require that you've taken the full CNC class ... this is a "refresher".

 

This class is the remedy to CNC skill atrophy from months of CNC disuse.

Finally got a CNC project in mind? Take the refresher and just do it!

Grab the class while you can because you'll see it offered rarely.

 

 

Introduction to Laser Cutting

        

Click to add to Waitlist

price: $75

additional requirements: Laptop, Windows, some familiarity with a graphics program, see description

classroom time: 1 session, 3 hours, plus one shop slot 

prepares you for : Laser Certification for Member Shop

SDFWA Membership is required for insurance coverage ($35/year).

 

A laser cutter is an amazing tool for cutting and etching wood. SDFWA has purchased two lasers for its Shop and with just a little training you can add it to your list of woodworking tools. Both are beauties with large beds (3'x4' and 3’x2’), high power (100 Watts), and even rotary attachments for etching on cylindrical objects. With these tools you can easily and precisely cut wood up to 3/8" and etch any wood surface.

In this single class you'll learn the process of going from design-to-cutting/etching. Better still, you'll practice the procedure several times and even produce your own first project.

 

Students should be proficient with Microsoft Windows and be familiar with a graphics program such as Inkscape, Corel, Adobe Illustrator, or Sketchup. 

 

 

Laser Refresher

        

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

It happens. You took Intro to laser and learned to use the tool. Then, several months went by and you can't remember what you learned. 

Refresh your mind and have confidence in your knowledge

 


Laser Projects

        

SDFWA Membership is required for insurance coverage ($35/year).

Shop slots needed for projects

 

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

Please make suggestions for Laser projects you would like to see.  Gather some friends and learn together.

May we suggest 3D models of our Shop Tools for our scale model of the Member Shop?

 

  Woodworking Projects

Small Cabinet with Chance Coalter

   

 

Keep an eye on this spot!

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 


Miter Fold Box

   

 

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

The boxes will be constructed using a fun miter-fold technique that allows you to do all of your joinery on a table saw, creating an enclosed box with seamless corners that involves cutting away the lid after the box is glued up (and gluing up without traditional clamps).

 

Each student will create their own unique pattern in veneer for the faces of the box, using techniques that include jigs for the table saw, router, and use of a veneer saw, scalpel, hand plane, etc.

 

We will learn about atmospheric pressure and use the vacuum press to glue up our box parts. Once the box is glued up and the lid is cut away, we will install quadrant hinges to finish up the box.

 

There will also be demonstrations on more advanced techniques to enhance the boxes, such as inlaying a complex pattern into the lid of the box, and adding a decorative and protective wood edging. We will each make our own box, but also be inspired by each other, and use our collective creativity to push our learning further and develop new ideas for future projects.

 

Student must be shop certified

Next Offered: Express Interest

Small Table Veneering with Chance Coalter

    

$275

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

In this class students will build a side table entirely from raw materials.

Materials included in the price.  Please bring your own safety equipment.

 

The tables base will be made of solid wood, which students will mill and then template route to a set of mdf templates and put together using simple mortise and tenon joinery. Building the base in this way allows it to be made relatively quickly and exposes the student to process and design considerations for making multiples.

 

The tops will be made of an MDF substrate and veneered. Each student will create their own unique pattern for the tops, using a radial match technique that is suited to a waterfall edge, where the grain from the top continues down the edge of the table and seems to fold over the table.

 

We will use hand tools and jigs to create both the top and base, and students will learn how to create and use jigs and templates to make their process fast and effective. We will use jigs and templates to create the base, create the radial match top, glue up the base and the waterfall edge. There will also be demonstrations on more advanced techniques such as creating a waterfall edge on an angled top, inlay techniques and more complex radial matches. Students will each build their own side table, but also be inspired by each other, and use our collective creativity to push our learning further and develop new ideas for future projects.

(veneer in picture for illustration only, your veneer may be different)

 The class last held in June 2019

  

Student must be Member Shop certified.

 

 

Seminars

Router Seminar

 to guests, membership and certification not required.

$50

 

Instructor: Jeff Bratt

Class date: Oct 27, 2019

Start Time: 8:00 am

Length: 4 hours 30 minutes

Click Here to Register: https://app.punchpass.com/org/2729/classes/4353685

 

 

See a live demonstration of using custom jigs and custom router tables

 

An introduction to routers and routing. Learn how to use this versatile wood shop tool - both hand-held and mounted in a router table. Jeff Bratt will share his custom-built router table along with a large collection of jigs to expand a router's capabilities. Beginners will learn the basics of using a router, while experienced woodworkers can discover new possibilities. 

Topics Covered

 

Why use a router?

Hand-held routing demonstration

The custom router table demonstration

Building your own jigs, materials, hints and handout

 

 

 

 

Hand Tools 

Whittling 1

Express interest with the Education Feedback Survey

 

Overview of whittling and carving, introduction to knife skills. Whittling classes are open to all SDFWA members, shop membership not required.

See http://tinyurl.com/y6p5aulg for details on appropriate knives.

 

Knife sharpening

Four different whittling cuts

Responding to the changes in wood grain

 

Make your own butter knife, stylized fox and stem flowers.  

 

Whittling 2

Beginning Whittling Series. Create a 5 minute owl, a perching bird and an old boot

 

Prerequisite: Whittling 1 or Instructor permission

 

 

Whittling 3

Prerequisite: Whittling 2 or Instructor permission

Create a cartoon pelican and a pig

 

Whittling 4

Beginning Whittling Series. Create a Santa Claus Ornament, simple country folk.

During class time we will be discussing various topics about carving, from design issues, how to make patterns, thinking in "the round" and other items of interest. Also there will be short carving exercises to further broaden your knife use.

Prerequisite: Whittling 3 or Instructor permission

 

 Software

Sketchup

 to guests, membership and certification not required.

Price: $195

Instructor: Julia Cornuelle

Class date: Sep 22, 2019

Start Time:  Sundays 1:00 pm

Length: 3 hours each Sunday, plus homework

Click here to register: https://app.punchpass.com/org/2729/classes/4213045

 

Express interest in future class with the Education Feedback Survey

 

This course has been created by our own Julia Cornuelle.  The material is covered in four weekly sessions and we work up from 2D drawings getting to know SketchUp user interface, all the way to making a functional woodworking blueprint. 

 

There is homework, we request that you are able to bring and use your own laptop (mac or windows ok).  We are using the SketchUp Make 2017 edition that is free.

 

You will need to install it before the first session so we can optimize our time with Julia.

 

 

 

 

 

 

(Updated 09/24/19)