Optimizing Your Time at Ebanista School

First, we recommend you go as far in the Core Class series as you can. Becoming a fine woodworker is not something one learns overnight, nor even in a year. But with all the experience of our instructors, we have seen all our students progress at a very accelerated pace. For most students that will mean starting with the two-part Beginnings I and II classes. Then progressing on with Intermediate I, II, and III.

In addition to the foundational learning of our Core Classes, we recommend supplementing your learning with our workshops. I can’t overemphasize the benefits of learning to sharpen your tools and highly recommend our Sharpening Workshop. We offer a variety of other workshops such as veneering, and finishing, which will make the student a more complete woodworker.

Finally, a class you will not find at many other woodworking schools is our Design Studio. So many people, even those having made a living at this for decades, bemoan the fact that they have little or no background in this important facet of being a woodworker. It is not true by a longshot that everyone can design. But it IS true that everyone can learn.

Students who already have a background in woodworking and are joining Ebanista to raise their skill level further are welcome to contact the school and discuss starting in a class after Beginnings I.

For those who have schedules that don’t allow them to be at Ebanista School over a multiple week period, we are offering 5 day furniture build classes. These were originally intended for the people who have contacted us from around the U.S. and Canada, but they are also becoming popular with people in the Seattle area as well. The 5 day classes, due to time constraints cannot delve so deeply into every aspect of woodworking as the longer classes, but instead focus on a very hands on building process where students ambitiously build a complete piece of furniture.

Core Classes

Beginnings I


Update: (10/4). We have just posted winter session classes on website and there is one afternoon class and one evening class available.  

Update: (as of 9/23/19):  all  early (Sept) fall Beginnings I ( both sections) classes are now full and closed. we added another section of Beginnings I in mid -October, but it is also full. We have made the decision to add a fourth and final class for this fall. as of this writing, two openings remain. Next Beginnings 1 class : January 2020

Dates: Section 4/. Nov.12-Dec.12,2019 (no class T-giving week)

TTh Oct 15-Nov 7, 2019, 6:30-9:30 pm

TTh Nov 12 – Dec 12, 2019, 6:30-9:30 pm

MW Jan 6 – Jan 29, 2020, 6:30-9:30 pm

Skill level: Best place to begin. All levels

Tools required: Ear phones (not plugs), eye protection, 10′ or 12′ tape measure,

6″ metal rule. optional: apron, tool tote (also available at ebanista w school logo)

Also recommended:  Sharpening Workshop

Beginnings I is a 4 week class with over 24 hours of instruction designed to crack open the door to the amazing world of woodworking. We will help you become skilled, and SAFE, and confident with two of the major tool groups. Machines, including the all-important table saw, and the joiner, drill press, planer, band saw, and disc sander. And hand power tools such as the drill, router, sander, plate joiner, and amazing new Domino. We will also go through an introduction to the most satisfying and versatile group of woodworking tools: hand tools.

Each student will build a handsome serving tray. See photo

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Beginnings II


Update: (As of 10/10) both Begin II classes now full for the remainder of year. Sign-ups open now for winter session , but evening session just has one space left.

Update: (as of 9/30/19): October section 2 class is full and closed. Due to demand, we opened a second section, and there is one space left, ( M/W 6:30-9:30, Oct. 14). Next date we are offering Beginnings II is the second week in January, 2020

Dates: 6 weeks, 2×3 hr classes/week

MW 6:30-9:30 PM, Oct 14 – Nov 20 2019

TTH 1:30-4:30 PM, Oct 15 – Nov 21 2019

TTH 1:30-4:30 PM, Jan 7 – Feb 13 2020

MW 6:30 – 9:30 PM, Feb 3 – Mar 12 2020

Skill level: All Levels (Pre-req: Beginnings I, or permission of the instructor)  

Project:  handmade jewelry/valuables box

Tools required for first class: ear and eye protection, tape measure, 6” adj square, layout tools, set of chisels, block plane,  Japanese saw. Most tools available at Ebanista.

Also recommended: Design Studio; Sharpening Workshop; Veneering Workshop

In this class, we will go more into depth on hand tools, including proper care and techniques and strategies for their use. You will learn why a planed finish is superior to one that is sanded. Why a marking knife is superior to a pencil for laying out joinery. Why accurate use of layout tools such as a combination square and a marking knife are so critical to superior woodworking. Why we believe that an intimate understanding of your chisels will start to reveal what you are capable of doing with wood. We will also start learning some of the joints that are the foundation of building furniture and cabinetry. In Beginnings II we will focus on the splined miter joint and frame-and-panel construction and include them in the class project: a handmade jewelry/valuables box.

There will also be consistent short practice sessions with our new hand planes and sharpening with Japanese water stones. Perhaps the most important skill in all of woodworking and one you will continue to improve on and come to love throughout the years you work in wood. Even many people who have worked for years in wood skip past learning this essential skill and are forever limited in what they are capable of. You should finish this class with a thorough exposure to hand tools and a very solid foundation to begin mastering them and incorporating them into your work. They will be emphasized and practiced in every subsequent class at Ebanista.

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Intermediate Classes


In our new Intermediate class sequence, all levels are held at the same time.

Students will benefit from each other’s experience and the breadth of topics being taught while focusing on their own level-appropriate project. Each level builds on the skills developed in previous levels and projects are designed to provide opportunities for new skill acquisition as well as practice and mastery of the previous.

Begin with level 1, or discuss placement with instructor.

Dates: TTH 6:30-9:30 Sep 10 – Nov 21, 2019 (no class week of Oct. 7)


Level 1 – Small Table w/Mortise-and-tenon joinery

Level 2 – Small dovetailed project (Box)

Level 3 – Small cabinet with frame-and-panel door

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Intermediate Advanced/Chairs


Next Class: Winter 2019

Pre-requisites:  Intermediate I and/or II , or permission of the instructor.)

Also recommended: Design Studio, Veneering Workshop, Sharpening Workshop

Project: Chair

Tools required: see Intermediate II above. Plus spokeshave, rabbet plane

Also recommended: Design Studio, Veneering Workshop, Sharpening Workshop

Making chairs is one of the most difficult, and most satisfying pieces of furniture a woodworker can make. Most all other pieces always have two critical criteria they must reach. Quality of work, and appeal of design. If it is not well built, it obviously will not last. If its’ design is not appealing, you won’t want it to last. Achieving both in one piece of furniture should be your minimum requirement every time you begin a piece. 

But with chairs there is one more important element to add to the mix: ergonomics. Even if your chair is well made and well designed, if it is not comfortable, no one will want to sit in it. It becomes a plant stand, or a place to throw your keys. You will need to gain more understanding of the human body and the support it needs. Good chairs often take years to develop, but in this ten-week class, we will start with one of the instructor’s designs and leap into making a relatively simple looking chair that will challenge your ability to cut precision joinery, and cut and plane curved pieces of wood, and even to dabble in fabrics and upholstery. Completing this class successfully should give a student a sense that they are beginning to be able to build nearly anything in wood.

If a student has made it through this entire series of classes, constantly worked on their sharpening and hand tool skills, and developed their sense of design, it takes no leap of faith to believe that the whole world of woodworking is now theirs for the taking.

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Design Studio


Update: There are at this point, 2 places remaining in the winter Design Studio.

Dates: Fridays Jan.10 – mar 13, 2020  3:30 – 7pm

Skill level: All

Instructor: Jonathan Cohen

Introduction to design and design studio experience. Principles of design, sketching/rendering, mockups, and participating in and learning the value of critiques. Design is by far the most common part of wooding that even longtime woodworkers will tell you they lack and wished they had a chance to learn. It is one of the signature classes here at the Ebanista School of Fine Woodworking, as almost no other schools even offer a design course. Both visual design and structural design as it pertains to woodworking are covered. Instructor has over 45 years of design experience. This class is one of the most relaxed and fun here. Also available to others ( such as interior designers- who want a better understanding of furniture design.

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Independent Furniture Studio


Dates: Saturdays, Jan 13-March 14,2020. 11 am-3pm

Skill Level: Beginnings II  or above

This studio is intended for the woodworker who wants to up their game to another level. They already have a pretty complete knowledge of machines and hand tools, have their own basic tools including planes, chisels, marking tools, etc. The student should arrive with a project already in mind and on paper, prepared to get started from the beginning, and able to work mostly on their own. Ebanista’s principal instructor, Jonathan Cohen will be on hand during studio hours to offer any advice or demonstrate a technique. this instruction will be provided to individual students as needed and not in the form of lectures and classes as in our core classes.

This is an excellent opportunity for students to work on projects of their own choosing, at their own pace, while gaining skills of their choosing. Please note: If you have not attended any classes at Ebanista prior to taking Independent Furniture Studio, you will be required to take a two hour orientation class at an additional nominal charge just prior to first session


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5 Day Build Workshops

Hall Table w Secret Drawer


October 7-11,2019  M-F 10 am- 5 pm.

Required: Ear and eye protection, tape measure

In our 5 Day Build workshops students will experience the entire process of taking a piece of furniture from a drawing to a completed piece, which they will keep. During the week students will also gain a great deal of knowledge on proper and safe use of many of the tools in a woodworking shop. The table we will be building is ideally suited for an entry way or behind a couch. The great fun in this piece is the secret drawer hidden in plain sight. Your table will look very much like the one in the photograph without the lower shelf ( time).

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Cherry Writing Desk Class


Skill level: All Levels

Instructor: Jonathan Cohen

Introducing 5 day intense building classes. 5 consecutive days, 7 hours/day. Instructor has designed a cherry writing desk to be built in its’ entirety, which each student will take with them at the end of the course.  Each subsequent class will also involve a different small piece of furniture, and the price includes all lumber and hardware. Early registration is encouraged as the materials will be purchased in advance to start the seasoning process and prepping before class starts. This class represents a bit of a departure from the structure of our 10 week classes. In those, the heavy emphasis is on teaching new skills and information, and the class projects are seen as a hands on manner of practicing those skills. In the 5 day classes the emphasis is on taking a project from start to completion, with  a great deal of learning occurring during the process. Ideal also for those outside the Seattle area, or those who cannot fit a 10 week course in to their schedules.

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Weekend Workshops

Business of Woodworking


Date:  Sun, Nov 10,2019  11-4pm

Skill Level: Open to all

Instructor: Jonathan Cohen

At first glance, this workshop might seem to be an oxymoron. If you wanted to be good at business, why would you become a woodworker? This class is NOT designed to be a crackerjack Economics course, but to teach the very important fundamental aspects of keeping your love for woodworking a viable one. Not taking care of the planning and money will stop you from making a life as an Ebanista, (or any other craft if you’d like to invite a friend), far quicker than just about any other problem you will face. 

We will discuss setting up a shop, machinery and tool purchase, whether to hire any employees if things start taking off, taxes, how to deal with clients, how to calculate costs and give estimates that pay you enough, the very important attention that should be paid to photographing your work and some tricks for keeping those costs under control, and strategies for dealing with galleries if you choose to give your work a wider audience.

I do not think there is anyone who has less interest in being described as a businessperson. But if you don’t at least become comfortable with the information in this workshop, you know what they say….ignore it at your own peril. As with most of what is taught at Ebanista, we do not claim to be teaching anything you could not learn on your own, eventually. The question is whether you want to avoid years of pitfalls and obstacles to get to your objectives. 

The instructor, Jonathan, has over 43 years of running a professional furniture studio (business) and showing in galleries across the U.S.

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Saw Your Own Lumber Workshop


New to Ebanista this fall, two workshops:

Saw Your Own Lumber

Date: September 22, 2019 11-4pm

Skill level: Open to all

Instructor: Peter Peterson

( Please note: this workshop is not held at the Ebanista School shop , but rather at a professional saw yard in South Seattle. wear old clothes and boots, and bring earphones, safety glasses, gloves and boots. Bag lunch.)

Professional full time sawyer Peter Peterson is welcoming us to give an amazing introduction to sawing your own lumber. Much of this will be hands-on. You will watch as he revs up the huge industrial saw that he and Urban Hardwoods use every day to produce their amazing slabs, move down to a much smaller portable horizontal bandsaw mill, and then we will finish with a hand held chainsaw mill. It is mesmerizing to pull off fresh colorful beautiful slabs of wood. join us hjust for the experience or to give yourself a huge head start in making your own lumber.


Make a Wooden Hand Plane


Update:  AS of 10/23 there is just one place remaining for Planemaking Wkshp. 10 days left to sign up and certainly VERY satisfying to mkake your own plane and customize it to your taste.

Dates: Saturday Nov.2, 11am-2pm and Sunday, Nov. 3, 2019  11-1 pm wkshp is two consecutive days

Skill level: Open to all levels

Instructor: Stephen Barney

Making your own planes is an amazing way to gain a deeper understanding of planecraft and to customize your stable of these iconic hand tools to your own needs. In this class we will de-mystify the process and under the tutelage of extraordinary craftsman Stephen Barney, who has made many of his own planes in use for decades now, tune them and hone them to become some of your favorite hand tools. There is an additional $70- charge for the handmade extremely high quality plane irons we will be using (payable at the first class). After all, what is the point in hand making a plane and using a cheap, factory iron? Students will find it very satisfying at the end of the workshop to carry their own new planes back to their work benches. Ebanista will provide the wood.

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Sharpening with Water Stones



Sunday, Oct. 20, 2019 11-4pm

Sunday, Dec. 8, 2019 11-4pm

Skill Level: All skill levels

Instructor: Stephen Barney

Sharpening your woodworking tools is the most essential skill of all, vital to achieving the skills to become a fine woodworker.   Every person attending these workshops so far has commented on how much this workshop has boosted their woodworking skills. Bring your own tools if you like, or Ebanista will have some planes and chisel sets for sale. There will also be some discussion of Japanese tools. This is a fine opportunity to learn from one of the most experienced woodworkers on the West coast. These classes are always very popular, so we recommend you sign up early.

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Veneering Workshop


Date: Sunday Feb. 9, 2020 11:00-4:00pm

Skill Level: All skill levels

Instructor: Jonathan Cohen

Class Description: Veneering can be a way to open MANY doors to more kinds of fine furniture. It has been around for thousands of years, and when done well can add great beauty to a fine piece of furniture- especially as much of the most beautiful wood in the world is reserved for veneers. Also, knowing how to use, and make your own veneers can open up endless possibilities in your furniture and cabinet design. In this workshop we will learn how to cut, match and press veneers, as well as how to design with them and how to use them to their maximum advantage. We will work with a cold press and also have a demonstration with an easy to build, inexpensive vacuum press. You might be amazed at how a vacuum press can change your workshop completely, greatly expanding your possibilities.

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The Art of Finishing Workshop



Next finishing workshop Winter session , 2019

Skill Level: All

Instructor: Chris Miller

In this workshop, you will learn about the many kinds of finish, available and the strengths and weaknesses of each. Plus you will be shown some lesser known techniques and tricks for making your work even more special.

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