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01-26-2017 03:11 PM

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Hello friends
As you may or may not know I’ve been teaching woodworking for my local community college for more than 10 years and now have had a recent spike in in interest in more privet classes, with this interest, I’ve decided to revamp my website and the classes I offer so I thought I would ask the membership what classes they would be interested in and what price point makes sense for them. I also would like to hear from others that teach private woodworking classes and what their most popular classes are. It would be great if other teachers have sources for more affordable liability insurance too.
Thank you for your input.


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#1 posted 01-26-2017 03:28 PM

Two classes. Basic AND advanced finishing. Big emphasis on wood prep before finishing.
Too many folks spend a bunch of time building, then slap a coat of polyurinethane on top of an otherwise good project.

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#2 posted 01-26-2017 03:29 PM

Im with Bill, i have never failed to fill a finishing class

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#3 posted 01-26-2017 03:31 PM

I agree with the above. Having not taken any woodworking classes, I would sign up for a surface prep/finishing class in a heartbeat!

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#4 posted 01-26-2017 03:40 PM

Thanks Bill A lot of what I cover in my College classes covers basics since the class coverers a broad base of individuals with different amounts of woodworking experience.
Thanks Charles I’m no finishing expert but know a lot more since I’ve been in touch with you and have taken your online finishing class.
Thanks Dustin those are good ideas for classes.


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#5 posted 01-26-2017 04:18 PM

I know this is probably in a different area than the question you are asking, and it
has more to do with cabinet making than traditional wood working.

One thing that I never have seen taught is how to install a project.
Whether it’s a bar, wall unit, kitchens, etc. etc..
Installing a project is as important as making the project. You can build a perfect job and if it’s not installed properly it will look like crap.

The only way I have seen to learn the proper techniques for installing has been on the job training.

Over the years I have been challenged on how to mount a project to a space that has uneven walls, out of square niches, no studs to mount to, and the list of variables goes on.
Learning how to build a project to allow and make provisions for the above mentioned variables, and also what to do when faced with them, would be a class that could be valuable to many.

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#6 posted 01-26-2017 04:32 PM

People in my area are all interested in finishing.
They see the finished product and thats what they want to learn how to do.
What MOST of them dont realize is the prep work ahead of time before that “finish makes it look good”
I always make the comment ” The difference between a cabinet maker and a carpenter is the joinery”
A carpenter will use a regular 2×4.(1 1/2×3 1/2) A cabinet maker will size that same piece of lumber to 1 1/4” x 3”. The vissual difference separates the carpenter from the cabinet maker ! I am a cabinet maker…...I do not think I am BETTER than a carpenter !
I guess we are also fortunate enough we do have the “TOYS” in our shop to make these jobs a lot easier.

Stepping away from a collage format might let you show people other ideas !
Good Luck Jim !

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#7 posted 01-26-2017 04:43 PM

I use to offer seminars on “Sanding” before finishing. Very limited if any response. I changed the title to “Pre-finishing” and seminars were full.

As to other types of classes you may want to reference 2017 brochure. Marc has been offering and building his programs/facilities for decades.

Good luck

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#8 posted 01-26-2017 05:52 PM

I know a wood turning class would peak my interest.

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#9 posted 01-26-2017 06:04 PM

that mysterious art- chair making

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#10 posted 01-26-2017 06:14 PM

Are you looking for one day or multi day ideas?

Right now, a class on surface embellishments appeals to me. Something like an overview of the different types of carving, inlay, and marquetry that would let me try out the tools and techniques to see what I’d want to take a longer class on would be great. That would be a short class (1-2 days) compared to a more in depth coverage of any one of those topics.

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#11 posted 01-26-2017 06:48 PM

Definitely a finishing class. I’d take a class on using and sharpening hand tools. And a class on sketchup.

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#12 posted 01-26-2017 07:25 PM

Jim, I just got a Woodccraft catalog in the mail, you know, the outfit in Tigard? They offer many different types of classes, you might get some ideas there.

In this issue of the catalog they had Wooden Bowls, Spray Finishing with HVLP, Craftsy Finishes like milk paints, distressing techniques, faux finishes, glaze coats, and Java Gel Stain makeover, Valentines Day Pen, Turning Lidded Boxes, Intermediate Scrollsaw techniques, Cabinetry Intensive – carcass construction, face frames, hinges and doors.

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#13 posted 01-26-2017 07:46 PM

Interesting idea Jbay I would suppose that could follow a cabinet making class.
Bruce that’s and interesting point,who wants to sand but lots of folks want to finish better,
tungoil I’ve built chairs before that’s a possibility would be a week long class.
Mike I’m not a master turner but could have a class on turning basis
engineerchic I’ve offered multiple day classes in the past and may still.
Clammy I’ve taught sharpening before I think that might be a good work shop.
Jerry the closest woodcraft is 80 miles away and has offered to have me teach classes but it’s just too far to be worthwhile. Tigard I’m afraid is closer to 200 miles from me. but Your right I’ll see if I can find their list of classes online for ideas.
Great Ideas guys some of the I’d never thought of before thanks so much.


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#14 posted 01-26-2017 08:43 PM

Wish you were closer. I’d sign up for the lathe class.

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#15 posted 01-26-2017 08:53 PM

Sharpening and using hand planes. I got some wood body planes and I have better luck with them for some reason.
Maybe the fit is just right for my hands, less tipping.

Anyway, basic hand plane classes. They can be very frustrating to learn on your own.

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