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Tuesdays, Sep 14 - Dec 14 | 6:30-9:30pm | No Class: 11/24, 12/1
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WOOD-0811 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Description

In this course, students gain the knowledge and skills required to work safely and efficiently with hand and power tools. Additionally, students learn the properties of various wood species, how to identify different wood types, and how to mill wood. The class begins with an introduction and review of basic woodworking skills such as measuring, the use of marking and hand tools, and advances to the function and safe operation of power tools such as table saws, band saws, joiners, planers, drill presses and sanders. Students receive instruction in effective gluing and assembly techniques, as well as the basics of wood finishing. Students put all of these skills and techniques into practice with a series of projects they build in the wood shop.


Instructor
  • Name: Johnathan Derry (Bio)
Course Details

Saturdays, Sep 18 - Dec 18 | 9am-12pm | No Class: 10/10, 11/28
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2019/CF-WOOD-0817 ( Class has Started )
36 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $495 | lab fee $50


Description

Have you ever wanted to custom design a piece of furniture? Bring your ideas to this fast-paced introductory course in furniture design and construction. We begin with a brief history of furniture design, identifying the unique features of various periods. Students then learn about wood and how to mill it. Using both hand tools and machinery, we investigate traditional techniques for joinery, including mortise and tenon, dovetails, and frame and panel construction. Design theories are discussed, including the 'Golden Rectangle,' to provide students with an understanding of the effect of proportions in their designs. As individual projects are designed and built, students strive to blend the four main objectives in furniture design: function, durability, comfort and aesthetics. Hands-on demonstrations and individual consultations help participants bring their ideas to life. Finishing techniques and a final critique round out the course. Note: Students should plan to buy their own materials. Previous woodworking experience is helpful.


Instructor
  • Name: Shane Richards (Bio)
Course Details

Thursdays, Jun 4 - Jul 9 | 6:30-9:30pm
ages 18+ | RISD Campus | 2020/SE-WOOD-0838 ( Class has Started )
18 contact hours | 0 credits | tuition $345 | lab fee $50


Description

This course is an introduction to the fundamentals of working with wood using power and hand tools. Step by step, students learn the safe and effective use of machinery, and how to develop and execute a realistic plan/design for a piece. Students are introduced to ways of understanding wood -- both in what to look for in selecting it and considerations when shaping it -- and work with table saws, band saws, joiners, planers and sanders, learning which machines are most effective in achieving their chosen project. Demonstrations and presentations further the learning. This hands-on introductory class helps students gain confidence with machines and is ideal for beginners.

Applies to: PM-E


Instructor
  • Name: Shane Richards (Bio)
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