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.