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 WOODSHOP (WOD)
 
   
WOD011: Bat House

In this project class, you will use best practices, recommended from bat conservation experts, to build a home for the only flying mammals in existence. You'll use the tablesaw, table router, and kreg screws for the construction of the house and then stain your project with a walnut based natural dye for a finish perfectly suited for a bat habitat.



Prerequisite: Woodshop SBU



*Unlimited class pass holders may take this class by paying a materials fee of $30*

1 session currently scheduled:
    Bat House Wednesday, 5/17/17 5:00 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD405: Master Class - Router

Master this versatile tool that is essential to serious woodworkers. This class covers hand router use and template routing.

1 session currently scheduled:
    Master Class - Router Tuesday, 5/16/17 6:00 PM 0.0 Hour 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD800: Woodshop Workshops: Build a Birdhouse!

Spring is on its way- spruce up your yard, balcony, or other outdoor space with a handmade birdhouse! This project-based class is perfect for beginner woodshop aficionados who have taken our WOD101: Woodshop Access (SBU) class. Students can continue to gain confidence using the basic woodshop tools while working alongside a skilled TechShop instructor. You'll leave class with an assembled birdhouse that can then be painted, stained, etched in the laser- the possibilities are endless!

Prerequisite:Successful completion of WOD101: Woodshop Access (SBU) is required before you take this workshop.

Project: Wooden birdhouse

Minimum Age: 16

Supervision Requirements: None.

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield

  • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter, or dust mask


2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Woodshop Workshops: Build a Birdhouse!
(Build a Birdhouse)
Saturday, 5/20/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    Woodshop Workshops: Build a Birdhouse!
(Build a Birdhouse)
Tuesday, 6/20/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD801: Woodshop Workshops: Make a Toolbox or Six-Pack Carrier

This class is a must for anyone who needs to organize their TechShop locker... or their fridge... or both. Students will work with a TechShop instructor to build their choice of either a toolbox or a six-pack carrier using the same tools from our WOD101: Woodshop Access (SBU) class. This is a great way for beginners to become more confident with using the basic woodshop tools while building a fun and useful project! After class, any members who want to practice further are encouraged to come back and build the second project from this class on their own. These two pieces can be customized in a large number of ways and present a great opportunity to experiment with stains or other finishing techniques.

Prerequisite:Successful completion of WOD101: Woodshop Access (SBU) is required before you take this workshop.

Project: Wooden toolbox or six-pack carrier

Minimum Age: 16

Supervision Requirements: None

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield

  • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask


2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Woodshop Workshops: Make a Toolbox or Six-Pack Carrier
(Make a Toolbox)
Wednesday, 5/10/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    Woodshop Workshops: Make a Toolbox or Six-Pack Carrier
(Make a Toolbox)
Monday, 6/26/17 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD803: Woodshop Workshops: Jigs and the Woodshop

Jigs are an invaluable tool to streamline your craftsmanship and work more efficiently. Whether you’re a seasoned woodworking professional or a novice, jigs can help you work smarter and faster. This workshop is a great follow-up for those who have taken WOD101: Woodshop Access (SBU) and want to continue expanding their skills and the complexity of their woodshop projects.

During this workshop, your experienced instructor will help build different jigs with you and show you their many uses. You will then use your jigs to construct a small finished box. You will also discuss further jig making, including various table saw sleds for simple cuts and bevels, dado cuts, and mitres. Upon completion of this workshop, you will have 4 versatile jigs to take home as well as a unique project that can be stained or painted.

Due to the higher cost of materials, all students who book with a class coupon (including Unlimited Class and Unlimited SBU Pass holders) will be asked to pay the $20 materials fee before class.

Prerequisite:Successful completion of WOD101: Woodshop Access (SBU) is required before you take this workshop

Project: Four jigs and a wooden box

Minimum Age: 16

Supervision Requirements: None

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield

  • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter or dust mask


1 session currently scheduled:
    Woodshop Workshops: Jigs and the Woodshop
(Jigs and the Woodshop)
Tuesday, 5/16/17 12:00 PM 4.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD901: Master Sessions - Table Saw

Completed the Woodshop SBU? Interested in learning more?

Join us for this 2-part master class in which you will gain hands-on experience with advanced table saw techniques. Get familiar with feather boards, sleds, and work holding techniques. You'll also learn how to square lumber, rough cut, rip cut, cut narrow pieces, and re-saw. In part 2, you'll focus on miters, bevels, angled cuts, and dados.

5 sessions currently scheduled:
    Master Sessions - Table Saw Wednesday, 4/26/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
    Master Sessions - Table Saw Thursday, 4/27/17 6:30 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Master Sessions - Table Saw Wednesday, 5/24/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
    Master Sessions - Table Saw Thursday, 5/25/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Master Sessions - Table Saw Wednesday, 6/28/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $169.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $139.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD102: Hand Tool Basics

This is a great skill building class for adults who may have missed high school shop class or are looking to familiarize themselves with these tools before undertaking a DIY project. The class is also ideal for young people who are interested in learning how these tools can empower them to build whatever they imagine, from a skate ramp to a backyard roller coaster.

In this class, you will learn how to safely operate a number of the most frequently used hand tools. Your instructor will guide you through the proper techniques to cut, shape, assemble, and finish a small project.

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Hand Tool Basics Monday, 5/22/17 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Hand Tool Basics Tuesday, 5/23/17 7:00 PM 2.0 Hours 6 SEATS TOTAL
6 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $59.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $69.00 plus $5.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD101: Woodshop Access (SBU)

Learn how to safely operate the core woodshop tools in this Access class (formerly called Safety and Basic Use).

After this class, members will have access to the SawStop table saw, sliding compound miter saw, drill press, band saw, and belt and disk sanders. Learn to set up straight cuts (rip and crosscut), mitered cuts, curved cuts, smooth edges, and drill holes.

Project: This class doesn't include a project.

Prerequisites: None

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

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield

  • Advisable: Hearing protection, particle filter, or dust mask

Note: This class does not cover the wood router, the planer, the jointer, or the wood lathe.

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

9 sessions currently scheduled:
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Saturday, 4/29/17 2:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
CLASS FULL
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Monday, 5/1/17 4:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Wednesday, 5/3/17 6:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Tuesday, 5/9/17 10:00 AM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Saturday, 5/20/17 12:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Monday, 5/29/17 6:30 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Saturday, 6/3/17 6:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Friday, 6/9/17 10:00 AM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Woodshop Access (SBU)
(Woodshop SBU)
Saturday, 6/17/17 12:00 PM 2.5 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD201: Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn proper techniques and how to safely operate the jointer, planer, and table-mounted router.

Use these woodworking tools to turn rough lumber into finished boards (achieve precise thickness, square edges and flat surfaces) as well as create complex profiles for edge finishing and joinery operations. Say goodbye to the constraints of lumberyard wood and the high price of mail order wood. Say hello to affordable custom woodworking projects!

Project: Perform various operations on a piece of wood

Recommended: Successful completion of WOD 101: Basic Woodshop SBU prior to taking this class

Equipment access: Table-mounted router, jointer, planer

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves, face shield

  • Advisable: 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!

7 sessions currently scheduled:
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Saturday, 4/29/17 5:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Wednesday, 5/3/17 10:00 AM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Monday, 5/15/17 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Saturday, 5/27/17 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Saturday, 6/3/17 10:00 AM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Thursday, 6/15/17 6:30 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    Jointer, Planer and Table Router SBU Tuesday, 6/27/17 6:00 PM 2.0 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD103: Wood Lathe SBU

Woodturning is a method of woodworking used to create wooden bowls, pens, table legs and endless other round or cylindrical items on a lathe.

Learn to safely use the lathe to make wooden parts in this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class. Discover how to set up the lathe, prepare raw materials, and use different wood turning tools. Spin circles around the shop with the new skills acquired in this class!

Project: Turn a wooden spindle

Prerequisites: WOD101: Woodshop SBU is recommended but not required

Equipment access: Wood lathe

Safety
  • Mandatory: Closed-toe shoes, eye protection, short sleeves

  • Advisable: 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 Lathe SBU Wednesday, 5/3/17 12:30 PM 2.5 Hours 4 SEATS TOTAL
2 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $79.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $99.00, No Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.
   
WOD302: CNC ShopBot SBU

In this Safety and Basic Use (SBU) class, learn to use the computer-controlled (CNC) ShopBot router to cut objects, parts, or art designed in 2D or 3D CAD.

This powerful tool is perfect for rapid prototyping and digital fabrication. Create parts with complex curves and surfaces from most woods, plastics, foams, and other composites (no metal on this machine). This class teaches the use of the machine, but does not cover CAD drawing or toolpathing. VCarve Pro (CNC 201) is a good starting point for people new to CAD and CAM.

Materials fee: Includes materials for the class project and a router bit for each student to keep.

Project: Wooden gear

Prerequisites: Use of CAD and CAM software like VCarve Pro (CNC 201) and Basic Woodshop SBU (WOD101) are recommended.

Equipment access: CNC ShopBot router

Safety
  • Required: Closed-toe shoes; remove dangling jewelry; wear short sleeves; tie back long hair

  • Advisable: 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!

6 sessions currently scheduled:
    CNC ShopBot SBU Monday, 5/1/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
3 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    CNC ShopBot SBU Monday, 5/8/17 6:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    CNC ShopBot SBU Friday, 5/19/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    CNC ShopBot SBU Saturday, 5/27/17 3:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    CNC ShopBot SBU Saturday, 6/24/17 3:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $109.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
    CNC ShopBot SBU Tuesday, 6/27/17 7:00 PM 3.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    Member and non-member Sign Up $109.00 plus $20.00 Materials Fee
   
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, learn joint-making techniques as well as highly valuable theory and background information as they apply to joint making. 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: Successful completion of WOD101 - Woodshop and WOD201 - Planer, Jointer and Router Table Safety and Basic Use (SBU) classes.

You will learn how to use a mortise and tenon jig and a dovetail jig for use on your own joinery projects, available for you as a TechShop member!

2 sessions currently scheduled:
    Advanced Woodworking - Joinery Tuesday, 5/30/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
4 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00, No Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00, No Materials Fee
    Advanced Woodworking - Joinery Friday, 6/30/17 6:00 PM 4.0 Hours 5 SEATS TOTAL
5 SEATS LEFT
    * Member Sign Up $109.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    Non-member Sign Up $129.00 plus $10.00 Materials Fee
    * Membership is verified at the time of the class session. Be sure to bring your badge.