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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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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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Intermediate – Level III

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: December 31st, 2021

$1725 More Info

Level III - Smal Cabinet w/ Dovetailed Drawer

Prerequisite: Succesful completion of Intermediate levels I & II at Ebanista, or permission of instructor

Either section is open to both IM I,  IM 2, and now, IM 3 level students. 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.

Class project is a wall mounted solid wood cabinet w a single hand-dovetailed drawer. Emphasis in this class is on using all the skilled layout techniques of previous classes, plus sharpening/hand planing skills to build this simple looking but surprisingly sophisticated piece with no sandpaper involved. 

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Intermediate – Level II

with Jonathan Cohen

Next session: January 31st, 2022

$1725 More Info

Level II - Console table including Bent Lamination

Prerequisite: Succesful completion of Beginnings II level class at Ebanista, and Intermediate level I, or permission of instructor

Either section is open to both IM I,  IM II, and now, IM III level students.

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.

In IM II the project is a console table, also referred to as a hall table or sofa table. This size table makes it most useful in a wide array of sites in a house, and is the perfect vehicle to further refine mortise-and-tenon work and to add to it a dynamic and sensuous curved element. We will go over design and building of the mold used in bending, and proper lamination techniques. 

Either section is open to both IM I,  IM II, and now, IM III level students