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Making a Wooden Mallet

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

In this class, you’ll be making a basic all wooden mallet for use in the shop or at home. Materials are included in this class. Note: Wear comfortable clothing but not loose fitting, Hair must be kept under control and tied back for safety. All safety gear, glasses, hearing, dust mask are provided.

Sunday Mar 3rd, 10am - 5pm

Handmade Wooden Bowls

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Wooden bowls are very unique, practical, and fun to make. Come out and work on our lathes using carving tools to finish a bowl in one day.  Instruction and first attempts are in the morning, and then in the afternoon there will be time for guided practice and finishing. A 30-minute break for lunch.

Sunday Apr 14th, 10am - 3:30pm

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Wood; Understanding This Material

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

You'll learn the basics from tree types to the processing trees into lumber. We'll talk of the differences between wood, plywood, OSB, particle board, and MDF. You'll learn how to recognize most of the local hardwoods to be fond around here. So, you will be able to make the  best choices for your own projects. Note: Wear comfortable clothing...

Friday Mar 15th, 7pm - 9pm

Shop Tool Safety and Training

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

Shop Tool safety and training class two-day class (12hrs) The first day will cover use and maintenance of basic hand tools such as; Hammers, mallets, screwdrivers, chisels, saws, measuring devices, marking tools, levels, knives, sanding blocks, planes, and others. The second day will start with hand power tools; routers, circular saw, reciprocating...

Saturday Mar 23rd, 10am - 5pm

  (2 sessions)
$150

2 sessions

Build a Birdhouse

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Rd, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Inviting birds into your garden is a great way to observe and learn about bird behavior, courtship, and nesting. Using a prepared kit, have fun building a birdhouse to take home and hang. Learn which birds in our area use birdhouses, different box shapes, sizes, placement, cleaning, and also habitat tips. All materials included.

Wednesday Apr 17th, 1pm - 3pm

Fundamentals of Drafting

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class will cover the basics of drafting with grafted paper and blank sheets. You’ll learn how to use portable drafting table, pencil, square, triangles, scales, compass, and grafted paper on the first day. On the second day we’ll go through the basics of using Sketchup on your computers. Drafting supplies are included, second day will be in...

Saturday Apr 20th, 10am - 5pm

  (2 sessions)
$325

2 sessions

Weaving the Chair in Cane

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Do you have a vintage chair in need of new caning? Learn the basic, seven-step method of hand caning in this relaxed, hands-on class. Discussion focuses on weaving chair backs and seats with sustainable materials such as cane. Other weave designs, styles, and materials will be demonstrated. Fee includes all materials.

Tuesday Apr 9th, 1pm - 3pm

  (8 sessions)
$323.75

8 sessions

Write On: Make a Turned Wood Pen

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Turn two pens – one for you, and one to give away! We'll cover everything from choosing the materials and kit, preparing the wood, turning, finishes and assembly. The design is limited only by your imagination. Bring to class any turning tools you currently own. All other tools and materials will be provided for the class.

Saturday Apr 6th, 9:30am - 3:30pm

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Fundamentals of Sharpening

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class will cover the use of a glass plate and progressively finer abrasive papers to make scary sharp straight edges. We’ll also go through sharpening card scrapers and basics on gauges. Glass and papers included, bring your own blades to sharpen. Note: Wear comfortable clothing but not loose fitting, Hair must be kept under control and tied...

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$175

Making a Hand Plane

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

Two-day class (12hrs). We will be making a 1.5” wide wooden body block plane using a A2 steel blade, and a choice of woods to customize your own plane. Materials are included in this class. For those taking the class for a second time you will design and build a hand plane to the size and type you...

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$395

2 sessions

Handturned Bottle Stoppers and Kitchen Tools

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Discover the basics of spindle turning. End the day with a selection of finished bottle-stoppers, small kitchen tools or other spindle projects. Learn woodturning safety, safety equipment, turning tools and lathes, work holding, design, basic spindle turning, shaping on the lathe, and finishing. Spindle projects can include pizza cutters, screwdrivers,...

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$165

12-Week Woodworking for Beginners

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class is for all new to mid-level experienced woodworkers. Class will meet for 3.5hrs of lecture and discussion time, and 10hrs of workshop time. Our goal is to share the experience of making a project from start to finish. We will teach you to properly use the tools necessary for your projects, and how to start, work and finish them. When you're...

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$1,120

12 sessions

Fundamentals of Finishing

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class will cover the basics of finishing wood and furniture. The finish on most projects should take more time than you realize, not just slapping on a coat of Minwax and calling it done. In this class we will discuss the history and use examples of Hard and Soft finishes, lacquer, shellac, varnishes, polyurethanes, wax and more. We’ll talk...

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$325

2 sessions

Woodturn a Christmas Ornament

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Create your own hand-turned ornament as a holiday gift or for your own tree! Using various woodturning tools including lathes, you will learn how to safely turn your own ornament to take home at the end of the day!  No experience necessary.  All materials are included.

No Upcoming Schedules
$120

Workshop Express - Furniture Painting

at Avenue 122 - Geneva 12 E. State Main Rm, Chicago, Illinois 60134

Van Gogh Paintologist will teach a hands-on class that will introduce you to the unique qualities of Van Gogh Fossil Paint and Beeswax Finishes.  This is for the DIY-er out there who wants to take a tired piece of furniture and turn it into the star of the show. There is no sanding or prep work involved in Van Gogh, just wipe down your piece...

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$75
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