Get Bending & Shaping

Monday, July 31, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 04, 2017 5:00 pm
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Get Bending & Shaping

Steam Bending

July 31 ~ August 4, 2017 Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Phil Lowe

Level: Intermediate

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

Stepping beyond straight and square will add tremendous oppurtunities to your work. Learn how to steam bend, bend and laminate, cooper,  coopering with sawn profiles, and brick layering. Where to use each technique will open up a world of design options. Learn to build molds for steam bending and bent laminating and jigs for gluing coopered joints and brick layering. 

Cutting & Serving Boards

Saturday, August 05, 2017 9:00 am - Sunday, August 06, 2017 5:00 pm
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Cutting & Serving Boards

cutting boards

August 5 & 6, 2017 9am ~ 5pm Saturday & Sunday

Instructors ~ Freddy Roman & Paul Jasper

Level ~ Beginner

Tuition ~ $360.00 Plus materials 

NEW CLASS!  The cutting board/serving board class is a brand new offering here at the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts and was specifically designed with two goals in mind: (1) Allow students to design, build, and take home 2 or 3 cutting/serving boards ranging from professional end grain cutting boards to more artistic and fun hand shaped serving boards.  (2) Be the perfect introductory woodworking class, incorporating both hand tools and machine woodworking, as well as stock processing, glue-ups, shaping, and finishing.  
 
The price of the custom cutting boards alone can justify the class price, but even more importantly you get two full days of woodworking experience and personalized instruction.  Freddy and Paul both enjoy teaching and offer this class as a way to introduce woodworking to a larger audience, so you too can experience the fulfillment of hand-crafting something for your family. 
 
Join us for a fun filled weekend of learning and making before the class fills up!  (maximum enrollment = 9 students)
Freddy Roman is a graduate of the Furniture Institute of Massachusetts full time program who runs his own woodworking business restoring and making furniture from his shop in Littleton, MA.  Paul Jasper has is an avid woodworker, studying at several of the Boston area furniture schools, and pursuing the craft for over a decade from his home shop in Framingham, MA. 
 
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Machine Woodworking

Monday, August 07, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 11, 2017 5:00 pm
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Machine Woodworking

Machine 2

Monday ~ Friday (9:00 AM to 5:00 PM)

Instructor ~ Phil Lowe
August 7 ~ 11, 2017 (One Week)

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials 

Machines are a necessary part of woodworking. This class is the perfect class for anyone interested in becoming involved with woodworking. The students will be instructed in the safety and operation of all of the shop machines while building a simple pair of saw horses. The  table saw, chop saw, jointer, planer, band saw, lathe, drill press, mortiser, grinder, and router table are the machines to be covered. This class brings you through the layout and cutting of rough parts, proper milling techniques, ripping, crosscutting, bevel cutting, mortising, setup and cutting dados, and router table techniques. This is a great class for anyone using or wanting to use machines.

Build And Fit A Dovetailed Drawer

Saturday, August 12, 2017 9:00 am - Sunday, August 13, 2017 4:00 pm
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Build And Fit A Dovetailed Drawer 

at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Drawers

Instructor: Philip Lowe

August 12-13, 2017

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Tuition:$275.00

Materials Fee: $25

A well-fitted drawer is one of the defining features of a well-crafted piece of furniture. Many articles, tutorials, and books have been written to address the fitting of drawers, but most have focused on the best case scenario, ignoring a common situation: fitting a slightly imperfect drawer into a slightly imperfect opening.

In this workshop, master craftsman and educator Phil Lowe will demonstrate how to construct a classic dovetailed drawer. Over the course of the weekend students will cover the techniques of proper drawer-making, including how to fine-tune the piece after assembly to ensure a high-quality fit.

 
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Pembroke Table with Alf Sharp

Monday, August 14, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 18, 2017 5:00 pm
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Pembroke Table with Alf Sharp

Pembroke

August 14 ~ 18, 2017, Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Alf Sharp

Level: Intermediate

Tuition: $850.00 Plus Materials

Carriage Clock

Monday, August 21, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, August 25, 2017 5:00 pm
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Carriage Clock

clock

August 21 ~ 25, 2017 Monday ~ Friday  9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Phil Lowe

Level: Beginner / Intermediate

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

Carriage clocks were early timepieces that could be easily transported. This workshop is a great opportunity to build this classic and to work along side one of the countries premier woodworkers. Past students say that watching Phil at the layout board, where he will develop the design and proportions of the case, is worth the price of the class. After the layout the stock list will be developed and hardware determined. In the shop students will prepare lumber and begin construction. Throughout the class Phil will give pointers on the accuracy in machining of wood and you can marvel at the control and precision he can obtain with simple hand tools. This class is also great way to learn about the router table and running straight moldings with the shaper. Be one of the first to build this heirloom with Phil.

Traditional Upholstery

Monday, August 28, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, September 01, 2017 5:00 pm
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Traditional Upholstery

Ruthjoe

August 28 ~ September 1, 2017

Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Joseph Karagezian

Level: Beginner

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

This week long class is a great opportunity to spend time learning from a master upholsterer who describes himself as having “been spitting tacks for 60 years”. Throughout the week, Joseph Karagezian will discuss the tools and materials necessary for simple upholstery and the students will upholster a simple slip seat using webbing, burlap, horsehair, cotton and muslin. In the latter part of the class the more advanced technique of spring tying and complex fabric cutting and advanced sewing techniques will be practiced. If you have a simple chair with a slip or spring seat we encourage you to bring it along to work on. Make sure the frame you bring is stripped of its upholstery when you arrive and it is structurally sound. Don’t miss this class as it isn’t offered that often. Learn from a true “Master”.

Getting The Most out of Your Lathe

Monday, August 28, 2017 9:00 am - Friday, September 01, 2017 5:00 pm
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Getting The Most from your Lathe

Turning 2

August 28 ~ September 1, 2017

Monday ~ Friday 9:00 AM ~ 5:00 PM

Instructor: Ralph Rummery

Level: Beginner

Tuition: $750.00 Plus Materials

This weeklong class will open your eyes to all the possibilities of working with a lathe including spindle turning and faceplate turning.  While focusing on spindle turning, you will learn the grinding techniques for the proper angles of parting tools, gouges, and skews, as well as the honing of the edges needed to make clean proper cutting.  This will present you with the opportunity to learn the safe, correct setup and sequence of cuts to transform basic shapes into beautiful ornamental turnings.  Using the techniques of making cove, parting, and round over cuts, you will be taught to combine them to create complex turnings for candle sticks, lamps, and many more useful and exquisite objects. Another focus of this course is faceplate turning.  With this you will come to understand the set up of faceplate turnings, which are sawn from circular form.  These are the basics for table tops, trays, and lamp bases.  You will apply the grinding and sharpening skills to your tools which will largely contribute to the success of your project and will open up a multitude of faceplate turning possibilities.  Not only will spindle and faceplate turning be covered in this course, but you will also explore the use of chucks to turn knobs and bowls, using a lathe to bore holes, creating index wheels for reeds and flutes, and laying out spirals.  

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