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Furniture School #3: The first class.

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Blog entry by TraumaJacques posted 04-25-2009 04:04 PM 1596 reads 0 times favorited 5 comments Add to Favorites Watch
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Well… last Wednesday night was my first class. I was not sure what to expect since I was in high school the last time I was formally instructed in woodworking. The course is being held at the Living Arts Center here in Mississauga, Ontario. We are 10 students with a wide variety of experience and different background. A great bunch of people and the atmosphere was relaxed. I had already decided to leave my past knowledge in my shop and walk in with an open mind. It is a good thing because the first few hours were pretty basic. We went over shop safety and used most of the tools to cut and dress a 6×12 board. It was fun and I did learn something about thickness planners.

We are provided with enough rough lumber to make a small table or something with 4 legs, aprons and a top. I have decided to make a piano bench. I made one about 3 years ago out of pine and with pocket holes and screws ,it still is fine but I am not happy with the construction and all the mistakes I made. I finish the design and drawings yesterday and my conundrum right now is should I bring in my own wood. I should mention that the lumber provided is poplar. (It is free) I know poplar takes stain well and this piece needs to be dark brown to match the antic piano it will be used with.

The instructors are both skilled craftsmen’s with great designs in their portfolio. I know I am going to learn lots and get to work in a” really well equipped shop” for 10 weeks what more can a lumberjock wants. I will take photos and post the progress. Thanks for reading comments always welcomed.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.



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Todd A. Clippinger

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#1 posted 04-25-2009 04:13 PM

I am pretty jealous that you are attending a formal class in woodworking. Other than business lectures and lectures on design at some furniture conferences I have not had this opportunity.

I hope they will let you take pictures during shop class.

Who are the instructors?

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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Don K.

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#2 posted 04-25-2009 04:52 PM

I agree with Todd, I wish I could have had formal training, and would go in a min. if I had the chance.
Good luck with the new clas.

-- Don S.E. OK

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#3 posted 04-26-2009 05:22 PM

I came back this morning looking for an update.

I am living vicariously through you, I hope you don’t mind.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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TraumaJacques

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#4 posted 04-26-2009 07:54 PM

Todd I am honoured, I should have mentioned that the classes are held on Wednesday nights and I will certainly post weekly update with photos of the progress.

-- All bleeding will eventually stop.

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Todd A. Clippinger

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#5 posted 04-26-2009 11:17 PM

It is always fun to follow the individuals who get to attend the classes.

-- Todd A. Clippinger, Montana, http://americancraftsmanworkshop.com

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