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    Are there classes one can attend to learn how to do woodworking, i.e. tool usage , safety, etc.

    I am interested in using a router, scroll saw, planer.

    Thank you!

  • #2
    Re: Classes/How to learn

    If there is a Woodcraft store near you check with them. They usually offer classes that cover many different areas of woodworking.
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    • #3
      Re: Classes/How to learn

      Depending on your area, Community Colleges sometimes offer classes on woodworking and furniture making as well.

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      • #4
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        Vocational Schools (now-a-days known as Technical Education Centers in my neck of the woods) often have evening classes also.
        "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
        John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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        • #5
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          As Jason and Bob pointed out Vocational Schools, Technical Education Centers, and Store's are a good idea, also there are alot of good publications one can subscribe to. Mag's usually have projects that range in difficulty, and tool usage, as well as some tips and tricks. I subscribe to several. Also there are TV shows on PBS. you may want to check out some of the DVD's and VHS's avail from different sources(ie Rockler, as well as others).

          Hope this helps

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          • #6
            Re: Classes/How to learn

            Here is a Mag that is out of print now as far as I know, but each issue had a number of projects ranging from beginner on up. They apparently still have back issues available for $5 each.

            http://www.weekendwoodcrafts.com/

            Here's a sample article of one of the easier projects;
            http://www.weekendwoodcrafts.com/pdf/hardwoodtrain.pdf

            My MIL used to enjoy working on her scroll saw and subscribed to this mag for a while. She built a number of the scroll saw projects but for the past few years she is not up to it any more (age is creeping up on us all).
            Last edited by Bob D.; 07-03-2007, 05:18 PM. Reason: fixed some typos
            "When we build let us think we build forever. Let it not be for present delight nor for present use alone. Let it be such work that our descendants will thank us for, and let us think, as we lay stone upon stone, that a time is to come when these stones will be held sacred because our hands have touched them, and that men will say, as they look upon the labor and wrought substance of them, "See! This our fathers did for us."
            John Ruskin (1819 - 1900)

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            • #7
              Re: Classes/How to learn

              BENWANNABE
              Local woodworkers clubs/groups may also be an option. My first choice was the local Woodcraft store, but most of their classes are on weekends and so is my work schedule

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