New: Create an Indoor/Outdoor Table & Bench Set
Interdisciplinary: woodworking, metal fabrication & MIG welding
In this three-part class, learn skills in three different tool areas: wood shop, metal fabrication, and MIG welding to create your own modern indoor/outdoor table set.
Instructors Matt Hatcher, Todd Perkins and Matt Bowman will show students how to build a simple, durable, outdoor/indoor table with matching bench seats.
One evening, students will learn how to prepare rough sawn pine and assemble solid blocks for the table tops and bench seats. The second evening, students will weld the steel tube frames for the supports. The third session addresses finishing both materials for outdoor use and final assembly.
Class features the use of locally sourced, Ohio grown wood and all materials costs are included in the class fee.
Instructors:Don Sell or Matt Hatcher
Learn how to safely use the woodshop at the Columbus Idea Foundry.This class will instruct participants on how to set up and use the woodshop tools properly. The instructor takes you through the steps of one wood-worked demo project.
The class covers setup and safe use of the
- 6” jointer.
- 12” Surface Planer
- 10” Cabinet Saw
- 12” Cutoff Saw
- 14” Band Saw
- Oscillating Spindle Sander
- Router Table with Router lift
- 24”/44” Drum Sander
- Panel Saw
This class is a prerequisite to using the tools in the woodshop. After taking the orientation, CIF Members are eligible to rent the woodshop for their own projects.
Table Saw Tips and Tricks
This class is intended for beginners and intermediate woodworkers who would like upgrade their skills, and learn a few tricks.
Participants will learn how to choose the right blade for the job and learn how to tune the saw for the best performance. The class also will include learning how to use the table saw to create jointery, including miter, spline, drawer lock, box joints, dados, and rabbits.
Participants will make and take home a blade carrying case to store and protect their blades.
Wood Lathe 101: Cigar Pen
Preparing Rough Sawn Wood for Use
Instructor: Don Sell
Learn how to prepare rough sawn wood for use in your woodworking projects.
Using rough sawn wood is both economical and fun. The instructor recently priced a 1x6x8 piece of red oak from a Big Box store for $24.72. A piece of 1x6x8 rough sawn Red Oak purchased from a local sawmill would cost about $8.80. As you can see there is substantial savings to be had by doing it yourself.
This class will cover selecting rough sawn wood, how it is priced, and where to find it. Participants will learn how to do a straight line rip and use a jointer to true two of the sides. Additionally participants will then use the surface planer to mill the wood to the desired thickness and prepare a 1x6x8 piece of poplar for their future use.
Using rough sawn wood can be a way to use wood that you cannot get or afford from a big box store.
Scarey Sharp: Tool & Blade Sharpening
In this class, students will learn how to affordably profile and sharpen cutting instruments with sandpaper/plate glass as opposed to commonly used oil and water stones. The class starts with a brief lecture on cutting theory, blade metalurgy, care/use, matching cutting angles with materials and use.
We’ll then sharpen kitchen and pocket knives with the DMT sharpening guide that is yours to keep after the class.
We’ll sharpen a woodworking chisel or carving tool or a planer blade. To complete, we’ll move on to powered sharpening using belt sanders and bench grinders.
In the last 1/2 hour of the class, students are free to sharpen additional items or learn specialized sharpening techniques for chainsaw chain, hand plane sharpening, or mower blades.
Please bring 3 or more of the following items:
- Kitchen and pocket knives
- Chisels or carving tools
- Mower Blades
- Chainsaw chain
- Hand plane blades
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