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    • Sunday, March 24, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3

    Get started turning bowls and platters on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Bowl turning generally describes the use of a wood lathe to cut short material that has a large diameter, and typically produces bowls, plates, and often large hollow forms.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisites to taking this class are Wood Turning 1 and Wood Turning 2: Spindles. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring in wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Monday, March 25, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Tuesday, March 26, 2019
    • Tuesday, April 16, 2019
    • 4 sessions
    • San Jose
    • 4
    Register

    In this advanced woodworking class, learn to make an heirloom-quality box customized to your own design intentions—it might be meant to hold jewelry, become a music box, or contain special memorabilia. By the end of the course, you will have hand-made a beautiful personalized object that would cost hundreds to purchase elsewhere. We will work with you to develop your ideas into a buildable design, then begin the process by milling down raw lumber. To add to both the function and aesthetic of your boxes, we will learn to work with the structure and grain of the wood, to incorporate shelf and drawer elements, and laser engrave the finished box.

    The class takes place in four sessions, beginning with milling. We will take boards of a variety of lumber including cedar, and after deciding on the design of each box, cut and dimension the necessary pieces. The second session will cover the process of making slight adjustments to your milled pieces and testing the assembly with a dry fit before gluing the pieces together to wait for the next session. In the third session we will begin by cleaning up edges and adding any remaining desired features to the glued box, then move on to finishing processes to improve the surface appearance of the wood. The fourth session will cover final assembly and fitting of any other elements such as hinges and drawers, then continue into the laser engraving time.

    While we will still briefly cover safety practices for the tools and machines used, please note this is an advanced class—having taken our introductory woodworking classes (or equivalent safety training) is a required prerequisite. If you are unsure whether or not you have completed the necessary prerequisites, call us to check.

    The course takes place Tuesday evenings; each session is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but if you have wood you would prefer to work with, you are welcome to bring it in.

    • Wednesday, March 27, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    In this wood turning class, come try out our Oliver wood lathe and make a simple, unique item for yourself or as a gift.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    Class length is 2 hours. Material and tools are provided.

    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Thursday, March 28, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate some of the more powerful shaping and dimensioning woodworking machines in the woodshop. These tools are often used for dimensioning raw lumber, for creating complex curvatures and profiles, and for smoothing and finishing large flat surfaces.

    This class covers the jointer, planer, table router, shaper, and drum sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.

    • Saturday, March 30, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning spindles on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Spindle turning usually refers to a woodturning method in which long stock is cut while supported “between centers” using both the headstock and tailstock of the lathe. Typical results of spindle turning include items like pepper grinders and table legs of all styles. 

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisite to taking this class is Wood Turning 1. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Sunday, March 31, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning bowls and platters on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Bowl turning generally describes the use of a wood lathe to cut short material that has a large diameter, and typically produces bowls, plates, and often large hollow forms.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisites to taking this class are Wood Turning 1 and Wood Turning 2: Spindles. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring in wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Monday, April 01, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Monday, April 01, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 6
    Register



    In this class, the instructor will demonstrate several Tips and Tricks for using the Bandsaw while inspiring you to be safely creative in the use of a bandsaw. Several old and venerated techniques will be demonstrated as well as commonly used techniques, plus some updated tricks.

    This class is a prerequisite for upcoming bear carving and wood sculpture class(es), because you will learn how to use the bandsaw to rough out your carving.

    Some techniques are suitable for wood turners who can use the bandsaw to simplify and shortcut the turning process by creating better rough profiles before putting the work on the lathe.

    The class is oriented to the average woodworker, but is very suitable for novices as well. During the class you will use a couple of the tricks and techniques to make your own bandsawn box to take home and apply your choice of finishes.

    About the instructor: B. Clyde Beck has been learning and doing woodworking since he was 10 years old. In the 65 years since he has built houses, constructed cabinetry in the shop and on site, worked in finish carpentry, designed and built furniture, done some wood sculpture, and all along designed and made many useful items in wood. He has used most woodworking machines and tools old and modern, and the band saw is one of his favorite go-to machines.

    This class is designed for students 18 and up, 16 and up with a guardian in attendance.

    This class requires a minimum of 2 students. If the minimum is not met, you will be notified 24 hours before the class. 

    This is not an SBU and is not part of the SBU class pack.

    • Wednesday, April 03, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    In this wood turning class, come try out our Oliver wood lathe and make a simple, unique item for yourself or as a gift.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    Class length is 2 hours. Material and tools are provided.

    • Thursday, April 04, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 4
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate the powered saws and drills most often used when working with wood, as well as power sanding equipment. These tools are commonly used to prepare and dimension raw lumber for further use in projects, as well as in more refined shaping and finishing steps.

    This class covers the SawStop table saw, band saws, compound miter saw, drill press, and the combination belt & disc sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.


    • Thursday, April 04, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate some of the more powerful shaping and dimensioning woodworking machines in the woodshop. These tools are often used for dimensioning raw lumber, for creating complex curvatures and profiles, and for smoothing and finishing large flat surfaces.

    This class covers the jointer, planer, table router, shaper, and drum sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.

    • Saturday, April 06, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning spindles on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Spindle turning usually refers to a woodturning method in which long stock is cut while supported “between centers” using both the headstock and tailstock of the lathe. Typical results of spindle turning include items like pepper grinders and table legs of all styles. 

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisite to taking this class is Wood Turning 1. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Sunday, April 07, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning bowls and platters on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Bowl turning generally describes the use of a wood lathe to cut short material that has a large diameter, and typically produces bowls, plates, and often large hollow forms.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisites to taking this class are Wood Turning 1 and Wood Turning 2: Spindles. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring in wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Monday, April 08, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Wednesday, April 10, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    In this wood turning class, come try out our Oliver wood lathe and make a simple, unique item for yourself or as a gift.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    Class length is 2 hours. Material and tools are provided.

    • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate the powered saws and drills most often used when working with wood, as well as power sanding equipment. These tools are commonly used to prepare and dimension raw lumber for further use in projects, as well as in more refined shaping and finishing steps.

    This class covers the SawStop table saw, band saws, compound miter saw, drill press, and the combination belt & disc sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.


    • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Thursday, April 11, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate some of the more powerful shaping and dimensioning woodworking machines in the woodshop. These tools are often used for dimensioning raw lumber, for creating complex curvatures and profiles, and for smoothing and finishing large flat surfaces.

    This class covers the jointer, planer, table router, shaper, and drum sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.

    • Saturday, April 13, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning spindles on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Spindle turning usually refers to a woodturning method in which long stock is cut while supported “between centers” using both the headstock and tailstock of the lathe. Typical results of spindle turning include items like pepper grinders and table legs of all styles. 

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisite to taking this class is Wood Turning 1. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Sunday, April 14, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning bowls and platters on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Bowl turning generally describes the use of a wood lathe to cut short material that has a large diameter, and typically produces bowls, plates, and often large hollow forms.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisites to taking this class are Wood Turning 1 and Wood Turning 2: Spindles. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring in wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Monday, April 15, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Monday, April 15, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 6
    Register



    In this class, the instructor will demonstrate several Tips and Tricks for using the Bandsaw while inspiring you to be safely creative in the use of a bandsaw. Several old and venerated techniques will be demonstrated as well as commonly used techniques, plus some updated tricks.

    This class is a prerequisite for upcoming bear carving and wood sculpture class(es), because you will learn how to use the bandsaw to rough out your carving.

    Some techniques are suitable for wood turners who can use the bandsaw to simplify and shortcut the turning process by creating better rough profiles before putting the work on the lathe.

    The class is oriented to the average woodworker, but is very suitable for novices as well. During the class you will use a couple of the tricks and techniques to make your own bandsawn box to take home and apply your choice of finishes.

    About the instructor: B. Clyde Beck has been learning and doing woodworking since he was 10 years old. In the 65 years since he has built houses, constructed cabinetry in the shop and on site, worked in finish carpentry, designed and built furniture, done some wood sculpture, and all along designed and made many useful items in wood. He has used most woodworking machines and tools old and modern, and the band saw is one of his favorite go-to machines.

    This class is designed for students 18 and up, 16 and up with a guardian in attendance.

    This class requires a minimum of 2 students. If the minimum is not met, you will be notified 24 hours before the class. 

    This is not an SBU and is not part of the SBU class pack.

    • Wednesday, April 17, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    In this wood turning class, come try out our Oliver wood lathe and make a simple, unique item for yourself or as a gift.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    Class length is 2 hours. Material and tools are provided.

    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate the powered saws and drills most often used when working with wood, as well as power sanding equipment. These tools are commonly used to prepare and dimension raw lumber for further use in projects, as well as in more refined shaping and finishing steps.

    This class covers the SawStop table saw, band saws, compound miter saw, drill press, and the combination belt & disc sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.


    • Thursday, April 18, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate some of the more powerful shaping and dimensioning woodworking machines in the woodshop. These tools are often used for dimensioning raw lumber, for creating complex curvatures and profiles, and for smoothing and finishing large flat surfaces.

    This class covers the jointer, planer, table router, shaper, and drum sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.

    • Saturday, April 20, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning spindles on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Spindle turning usually refers to a woodturning method in which long stock is cut while supported “between centers” using both the headstock and tailstock of the lathe. Typical results of spindle turning include items like pepper grinders and table legs of all styles. 

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisite to taking this class is Wood Turning 1. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Sunday, April 21, 2019
    • 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    Get started turning bowls and platters on the lathe in this wood turning class, and make a unique item for yourself or a friend. Bowl turning generally describes the use of a wood lathe to cut short material that has a large diameter, and typically produces bowls, plates, and often large hollow forms.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own design.

    This is an advanced class and is not part of the SBU class pack. Prerequisites to taking this class are Wood Turning 1 and Wood Turning 2: Spindles. 

    Class length is 3 hours. Materials and tools are provided, but feel free to bring in wood you are interested in working with if you have it!


    • Monday, April 22, 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Wednesday, April 24, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 3
    Register

    In this wood turning class, come try out our Oliver wood lathe and make a simple, unique item for yourself or as a gift.

    You will learn about basic operation of the lathe and safety while turning, talk about tool selection and types of cut, then practice making your first few cuts before turning down your own small design.

    Class length is 2 hours. Material and tools are provided.

    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    In this class you will learn to safely operate the powered saws and drills most often used when working with wood, as well as power sanding equipment. These tools are commonly used to prepare and dimension raw lumber for further use in projects, as well as in more refined shaping and finishing steps.

    This class covers the SawStop table saw, band saws, compound miter saw, drill press, and the combination belt & disc sander.

    Course length is 2 hours.


    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register

    The Shopbot is a CNC (computer numeric control) router that allows the user to cut out a wide variety of 2D and 3D designs into wood, plastic, foam, and some composite materials. It can be used to repeatably create intricate parts with tight tolerances.

    In this class, we will show you how to safely operate the ShopBot and machine a small lidded box we have designed ahead of time. While softwares like Fusion 360, SolidWorks, and V-Carve can be used to generate part files and tool paths for the ShopBot, this class only covers use of the machine. Check online for design resources and be sure to ask a staff member if you have questions about your work!

    Course length is 3 hours.

    • Thursday, April 25, 2019
    • 8:00 PM - 10:00 PM
    • San Jose
    • 5
    Register