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Beginnings II

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: February 1st to March 10th, 2021

$975 More Info

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

Project:  handmade jewelry/valuables box

Tools required for class: ear and eye protection, tape measure, set (6) of good chisels. Low angle block plane ( Most of the these tools are available at Ebanista).  6” adj square, layout tools, low-angle block plane, Japanese saw. plus many others. Call w questions.

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 (pictured above),and frame-and-panel construction and include them in the class project.

There will also be consistent short practice sessions with our new hand planes and sharpening with Japanese water stones. Sharpening is 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 wood a very long time 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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Beginnings I

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: February 16th to March 11th, 2021

$525 More Info

Skill level: Best place to begin. All levels

Tools required: Ear phones (not plugs), eye protection, 10′ or 12′ tape measure, pencils, 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. A set of good quality chisels will be required by the 3rd class. Ebanista has some very nice Japanese chisels for sale, or can advise students who wish to purchase on their own.

Principal joint used is a tongue-and-groove

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Keep Your Workshop Working

with Bob Gilbert

Next session: February 21st, 2021

$245 More Info

It is nigh on impossible to do your best woodworking without a decent workshop. And a workshop is no good if it is not safe and the tools tuned up and running well. But maintaining them is not always easy. There isn't a table saw mechanic or garage on every corner. So we must learn to take care of them ourselves. It just isn't a skill most of us has ever really developed.

Instructor Bob Gilbert has an amazing background with a wide variety of experiences, but his focus in recent years has been on the field of woodworking. He basically fixes, and teaches others to fix, just about anything you will ever need in a woodworking shop. He has a wizard's touch and has offered to share his knowledge with Ebanista students. 

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Sharpening with Water Stones

with Stephen Barney

Next session: February 28th, 2021

$275 More Info

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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Shop Economics

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: March 7th, 2021

$225 More Info

Note: this wkshp is NOT just for woodworkers thinking of going into business for themselves. If you are just thinking of opening a small shop just for your own work, you will learn a lot of things designed to get your shop up and manageable. 

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, or a hobby, 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 than I. 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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Veneering Workshop

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: March 14th, 2021

$275 More Info

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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Intermediate – Level I

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: March 16th, 2021

$1725 More Info

Level I - Small Table w/ Mortise-and-Tenon Joinery

 

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

Project:  handmade jewelry/valuables box

Tools required for class: ear and eye protection, tape measure, set (6) of good chisels. Low angle block plane, smoothing plane ( Most of the following tools are available at Ebanista).  6” adj square, layout tools, low-, Japanese saw. Call w questions.

Also recommended: Design Studio; Sharpening Workshop; Veneering Workshop, Planemaking Workshop, Keep Your Workshop Working,etc.

Students who start in on the Intermediate level should have a high comfort level on all principal woodworking machines; confidence with hand power tools such a routers, jigsaws and biscuit joiners; continued growth with hand planes and tool sharpening.The Intermediate class series are all ten weeks long, with over 60 hours of instruction and bench time.

This class marks student's first opportunity to go from simple box forms into furniture. We believe that the techniques learned in this series of classes will form the foundation for all furniture projects all the way to each persons finest pieces for many years to come. The project we will be working on is a pair of bedside, or couchside tables. The principal joint which we will employ in the construction of these tables is the mortise-and-tenon, which we will learn not only in its simplest hand cut form, but also with a variety of more contemporary options such as the horizontal mortiser and the hand held Domino. The table design includes a gently curving leg and spokeshaves, compass planes and other hand tools will be explored. Bends, arcs, curves can bring a whole new level of sophistication to a woodworker's repertoire.

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Advanced – Chairs

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: December 31st, 2021

$1825 More Info

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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Cherry Trestle Desk Class

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: December 31st, 2021

$1450 More Info

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. 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. There is a $100- materials fee due at the first class to partially cover lumber costs.

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Hall Table w/ Secret Drawer

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: December 31st, 2021

$1450 More Info

Required: Ear and eye protection, tape measure, chisels

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 entryway 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).

Ebanista will provide all materials needed, including wood, glue, sandpaper, if needed, and a very nice finish, for a nominal $100 due at first class.