The course focuses on working wood starting from it's rough state into a finished furniture project.  For those who only plan to work typical "S2S" (surfaced two sides) material, the thinking behind the course here is that if you can work wood from the rough, you will easily work pre-milled material in your home workshop.  Most serious amateurs should seek to eventually work wood from the rough as the quality and versatility of rough lumber is far superior to typical home center pre-milled wood.

Practical Woodworking Course Syllabus:

  • Understanding the nature of wood.  
  • Standard trade nomenclature of wood as a raw material. 
  • Working from a plan. 
  • Demystifying a Bill of Materials. 
  • Stock selection: How to pick, where to buy hardwood, and how to work with defects. 
  • Layout & dividing project into components. 
  • Rough milling: Minimize waste by learning the practical rules of production. 
  • Component grouping for quick milling. 
  • Rough stock lamination. 
  • SQUARING (likely the simplest yet most misunderstood process in the world of amateur woodworking): The basic steps that should never be deviated from. 
  • Rip and Crosscut blade selection and sharpening.
  • The physics of tool design. 
  • Jointing and milling with 100% accuracy. 
  • Joinery design: The do's and dont's of long-lived joinery techniques. 
  • Dowel and biscuit joinery. 
  •  Advanced router techniques.  
  • Tongue and groove joinery. 
  • Breadboard end table top construction.
  • Mortise and tenon joinery. 
  • Tapering and shaping. 
  • Gluing and clamping. (Includes all types of glues)
  • Sanding: What to do by hand, what to do by machine, and which abrasives/machines to buy. 
  • Project assembly: What to glue, how much glue to use, and how to remove glue.
  • Final grain raising. 
  • Project finishing: Hand-applied techniques for stains, fillers, sealers, varnish, polyurethane, shellac, and oil finishes. Both rag and brush applications. 
  • Rubbing out a finish to give it the professional quality feel and appearance.
  • A power tool & stationary equipment buyers guide: Purchasing the best equipment that will give you the biggest bang for your buck.
  • How to tune your machinery for the best cutting applications: Changing your jointer and planer knives, table saw trunnion adjustment, and tuning snipe out of your jointer and planer.