I’ve done a lot of crafts in my time but one I had never tried was woodworking. I love wood. The look of wood, the smell of wood, the feel of wood. But for some reason I’ve never worked with wood. So when I saw that Site 3 CoLaboratory was offering a Basic Woodworking class I was eager to check it out.
Site 3 is a workspace which provides members with access to tools and equipment for working on projects. It’s a pretty impressive list of equipment including a laser printer, welding equipment, a 3D printer, woodworking equipment and much more. As well as memberships they also have open nights on Thursdays where anyone can stop in to use the shop. And they have a variety of classes to choose from.
The project for the woodworking class I took was making a wooden box. The instructor is Marc Reeve-Newson. He is a very knowledgeable and affable teacher, and very brave to trust a bunch of newbies around large power tools, lol. We used a planer to take a piece of rough lumber and turn it into a usable board. To do this we put a board through the planer and it skimmed off the rough surface. We used the table saw to cut the pieces into desired sizes and the chop saw to cut the lengths. We used a router to cut the grooves where the lid would slide in. And then we clamped the boxes together and used the brad nailer to put it together. Lots of work and lots of measuring!
The end result is very cool, a box with a sliding lid. I didn’t quite finish mine because I had a prior commitment and had to leave, but the others in the class stayed and did their final sanding, staining and even had a beautiful Celtic design put on the lid by a Site 3 member. Gorgeous! I’d definitely recommend the class. Just make sure you get there on time and give yourself some time after the class (Marc lets you stay until you are finished the box) because there are a lot of steps involved!
Besides making a beautiful box you also get a great intro to using the various woodworking tools. I plan on using this for some of my future projects.
Marc is offering the class again in July. Here’s the link: