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At Urban Woodworker we offer both Hand Tool specific and Power Tool specific courses.

Scroll down to see a list of the available courses and navigate to the detailed objectives if you need more details.

Class size:

Each course is limited to 6 registrants

Hand Tool Courses.

Urban Woodworker courses focus on core techniques that are learned by doing. Students are not required to bring their own tools and in fact we prefer that students use our tools during the courses. Most of the tools at Urban Woodworker are made by Lie-Nielsen Toolworks as well as some by Veritas of Lee Valley Tools and are considered by most users as the best available.  These tools are flawless performers and a pleasure to use, enhancing the learning experience and a great opportunity to try the various tools and types of tools before making the investment for your own.

Our Hand Tool Courses are unique since we offer the Level 1 and Level 2 courses as eligible registrations for advanced course participants. This makes it possible to customize your advanced course attendance by registering for a combination of Level 1 through Level 3 courses depending on whats available. For beginners this means that in any course the sessions may be attended by advanced level students who use the beginner courses as eligible time for their advanced projects. This is a fantastic opportunity for beginners to see advanced work in action and for advanced students to review fundamentals. The stated course objectives remain the priority for each course however the instructor will spend time with all students. We have been offering this flexibility since 2014 and its one of the best decisions we have made.

Below is a summary of each course level. For detailed objectives for each course please click

WOODWORKING: HAND TOOLS DEMYSTIFIED INCL SPOON CARVING: LEVEL 1 (19+)  Cost $365

The foundation skills course in Hand Tool Woodworking. This course is for everyone and is the ideal primer to woodworking in general even if power tool woodworking is your focus. Learn techniques for sharpening, preparing the wood, adjusting and using planes, using saws and chisels, layout tools and an introduction to spoon carving.  Materials are provided. Come prepared to take notes and we appreciate your help in cleaning clean up before the end of each session.

(All Level 1’s and Level 2’s are eligible registrations for Advanced Level 2/3 or other advanced courses and drop-ins. If you are using this registration for an advanced project or drop-in please contact Jeremy at least a week before the first session for project planning, lumber selection and additional material fees if applicable.)

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$365/6 sessions  Room A in the Roundhouse

 

WOODWORKING: HAND TOOLS – THE LIDDED BOX: LEVEL 2 (19+ )  Cost $415

Expand your knowledge of wood and create an heirloom by building on the skills you learned in Hand Tools Demystified. Learn to make grooves, rabbets, bevels and pinned finger joints or rabbeted corner joints. A complete kit of premium grade hardwood is supplied. Prerequisite: Hand Tools Demystified. Come prepared to take notes and we appreciate your help in cleaning clean up before the end of each session.

(All Level 1’s and Level 2’s are eligible registrations for Advanced Level 2/3 or other advanced courses and drop-ins. If you are using this registration for an advanced project or drop-in please contact Jeremy at least a week before the first session for project planning, lumber selection and additional material fees if applicable.)

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$415/7 sessions Room A in the Roundhouse

 

WOODWORKING: HAND TOOLS ADVANCED: LEVEL 2/3: (19+)  Cost $525

Up for a challenge? Build your choice of the The Sliding Lid Dovetailed Box or Wine Rack. Learn to make the iconic through dovetail joint and other more advanced techniques. A complete kit of premium grade hardwood is supplied. Prerequisites: Hand Tools Demystified. Come prepared to take notes and we appreciate your help in cleaning clean up before the end of each session.

(All Level 1’s and Level 2’s are eligible registrations for Advanced Level 2/3 or other advanced courses and drop-ins. If you are using this registration for an advanced project or drop-in please contact Jeremy at least a week before the first session for project planning, lumber selection and additional material fees if applicable.)

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$525/9 sessions Room A in the Roundhouse

 

WOODWORKING: HAND TOOLS ARTISANS COURSE LEVEL 4: (19+) Cost $variable

This course will apply all skills acquired in Levels 1, 2 and more in your choice of;

  • Shaker Side Table complete with Half Blind Dovetailed drawer, under beveled top, double tapered legs with hand chopped mortise and tenon joints
  • Tea Chest featuring a compartmented box with mitered and splined hinged lid and mitered plinth.
  • Dutch Tool Chest – the smaller version of Chris Schwarz’s popular tool chest.

Students wishing to register for this course should allow between 12 and 20 sessions based on the project, their pace and confidence and other time dependent details.  Register for any combination of multiple Level 1 to Level 3 courses that fit your schedule. Contact Jeremy Tomlinson for more information and project planning arrangements, lumber selection and additional material costs if applicable. Minimum requirements for this course is Hand Tools Demystified (Level 1) and The Lidded Box (Level 2).

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For detailed objectives for each course please click

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 Power Tool Woodworking Courses

WOODWORKING: POWER TOOLS LEVEL 1 (19+)  Cost $240-280 (price varies based on total time)

For beginners and those with little woodworking experience. Design and materials included. Note: First session attendance is mandatory as this session covers safety orientation and important theory. You will acquire basic woodworking skills directed to furniture making and learn elementary safe operation of major power tools such as the jointer, planer and table saw and other power tools based on design requirements. Come prepared to take notes and we appreciate your help in cleaning clean up before the end of each session. Refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance of the start date since no refunds are issued once classes commence. For more detailed information on Level 1 and Level 2 objectives please click

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WOODWORKING: POWER TOOLS LEVEL 2 (19+) Cost $345-$400. (price varies based on total time)

Building on skills learned in Level 1 there is a stronger focus on classic joinery techniques, project planning and material selection. Projects must be agreed to by the instructor and will be limited in size for demands on storage. A small side or coffee table is typical. Students supply all materials. Come prepared to take notes and we appreciate your help in cleaning clean up before the end of each session. Refunds must be requested 72 hours in advance of the start date since no refunds are issued once classes commence.

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For more detailed information on Level 1 and Level 2 objectives please click

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Register directly through the Roundhouse. For pricing and other information on our courses at the Roundhouse Community Arts and Recreation Centre, a current Program Guide can be downloaded and viewed here.

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Semi Private courses are also available from time to time. Please contact Jeremy to make arrangements.

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What to expect;

Our beginner courses all focus on;

  • Developing an understanding of wood,
    • how trees grow and how this influences the lumber we use,
    • how it is milled into lumber and the lumber classifications
    • the constant movement of wood that affects its dimensions in both width and thickness
    • milling and dealing with internal stresses
  • Project planning
  • Methodologies for achieving consistency / repeatable results.
  • Methods of work in using the tools – specific to whether the course is a Hand Tools or Power Tools course.

These are moderately technically demanding courses requiring people who are completely new to woodworking, to come to each class as prepared as possible. Learning support materials and tutorials are supplied in electronic format.  It is important that you arrive at the first class ready to take notes/photos for future reference and to prepare for the next class by doing your own research and reading the supplied materials to become as familiar as possible with the various concepts that are new to you. While the intent is to primarily to have a fun learning experience it is true the more you put in, the more you will get from the experience.

We hope to see you soon.

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