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Class Date Time Price  
Hands on Router
Class in Progress.
06/24/2015 Wed, 6:30pm–9:30pm $75 Details
Hands on Track Saw
Class in Progress.
06/27/2015 Sat, 9am-noon $75 Details
Hands on Surface Prep
Class in Progress.
07/01/2015 Wed, 6:30pm–9:30pm $75 Details
Private Instruction - PP
Class in Progress.
07/01/2015 - 07/08/2015 Wednesdays, 9:00AM-12:00PM $500 Details
Hands on Joinery
Class in Progress.
07/06/2015 Mon, 6:30pm–9:30pm $75 Details
Intermediate SketchUp for Woodworkers
07/07/2015 - 07/21/2015 Tue 7/7/2015 (pt 1) and Tue 7/21/2015 (pt 2)
6:30pm–9:30pm

$90 Details
Introduction to Woodturning (Parkland Class)
07/08/2015 - 07/23/2015 Wed & Thur, 6:00pm-8:30pm $275 Details
Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades
07/11/2015 - 07/12/2015 Sat 8:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
$205 Details
Hands on Band Saw
07/14/2015 Tue, 6:30pm–9:30pm $75 Details
Introduction to Pen Turning
07/14/2015 Tue, 6:30pm-9:30pm
$75 Details
Hands on Sharpening
07/15/2015 Wed, 6:30pm-9:30pm
$75 Details
Hand Tools 101
CLASS FULL - Email classes@cuwoodshop.com to be added to the waiting list.
07/18/2015 Sat, 9am-5pm $90 Details
Hands on Domino
07/25/2015 Sat, 9am–noon $75 Details
Build an Electric Kit Guitar with Nick Cioni
08/07/2015 - 08/09/2015 Fri, 6pm-9pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm $460 Details
Advanced Pen Turning - Diva Charm
08/12/2015 Wed, 6:30pm-9:30pm $85 Details
Natural-Edge Table or Bench
08/15/2015 - 08/16/2015 Sat-Sun, 8:30am–5pm $245 Details
Build a Cigar Box Guitar with Nick Cioni
08/29/2015 Sat, 9am–5pm $290 Details
Mission Style Hall Table
09/08/2015 - 09/10/2015 Tue-Thu, 6pm-9pm $215 Details
Introduction to Pen Turning
09/12/2015 Sat, 1pm-4pm

$75 Details
Mission Sideboard
09/14/2015 - 09/18/2015 Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm $795 Details
Introduction to CNC Routing with VCarve Pro (Parkland Class)
Parkland registration opens July 1
09/14/2015 - 09/23/2015 Mon(s), 6pm-9pm at Parkland
Wed 9/23, 6pm-9pm at CUWS DreamShop
$215 Details
Hand-Cut Dovetails
09/19/2015 Sat, 9am-4pm $95 Details
Introduction to Woodworking (Parkland Class)
Parkland registration opens July 1
09/21/2015 - 09/29/2015 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm–9pm
$199 Details
Bowed Arm Morris Chair
09/25/2015 - 10/04/2015 2 weekends

Fri(s), 6pm-10pm

Sat(s) & Sun(s), 8am-5pm
$735 Details
Introduction to Cabinet Making (Parkland Class)
Parkland registration opens July 1
10/05/2015 - 10/20/2015 3 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6:30pm–9:30pm
$345 Details
Build a Custom Electric Guitar with Nick Cioni
10/09/2015 - 11/01/2015 Fri 10/9/2015, 6pm–9pm (planning)
Sat 10/31 and Sun 11/1/2015, 8:30am-5pm (assembly)
$650 Details
Advanced Pen Turning - Over and Under
10/10/2015 Sat, 1pm-4pm $85 Details
Introduction to Woodturning (Parkland Class)
Parkland registration opens July 1
10/14/2015 - 10/29/2015 3 weeks
Wed-Thu(s), 6pm-8:30pm
$295 Details
Build a Joined Stool with Jeff Miller
10/17/2015 - 10/18/2015 Sat-Sun, 8:30am-5pm
$440 Details
Cherry Blanket Chest
10/23/2015 - 10/25/2015 Fri, 6pm–10pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-5pm $460 Details
Woodworking Basics (Parkland Class)
Parkland registration opens July 1
10/26/2015 - 11/03/2015 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm-9pm
$249 Details
Turn a Bottle Stopper
11/04/2015 Thu, 6:30pm-9pm $65 Details
Basics of Color
11/05/2015 Thu, 9:30am-12noon $55 Details
Finishing and Refinishing, Myths vs Facts
11/05/2015 Thu, 2pm-4:30pm $55 Details
Basics of Color
11/06/2015 Fri, 2pm-4:30pm $55 Details
Filling Techniques: For Wood and Time
11/06/2015 Fri, 9:30am-12noon $55 Details
Finishing and Refinishing, Myths vs Facts
11/07/2015 Sat, 9:30am-12noon $55 Details
Filling Techniques: For Wood and Time
11/07/2015 Sat, 2pm-4:30pm
$55 Details
Introduction to Furniture Making (Parkland Class)
Parkland registration opens July 1
11/09/2015 - 11/17/2015 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm-9pm
$249 Details
Introduction to Pen Turning
11/12/2015 Thu, 6:30pm-9:30pm
$75 Details
Heirloom Workbench
11/13/2015 - 11/22/2015 2 weekends
Fri(s), 6pm–10pm; Sat-Sun(s), 8am-5pm
$690 Details
Hand Carved Lettering
11/21/2015 Sat, 9am-3pm $135 Details
Introduction to Woodworking (Parkland Class)
Parkland registration opens July 1
11/30/2015 - 12/08/2015 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm–9pm
$199 Details

  Hands on Router
  Class in Progress.
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 06/24/2015 - 06/24/2015
Time: Wed, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Description: This is a hands on class for the beginning woodworker or someone that wants to advance their knowledge in using the router. Join Mike in the school and he will guide you as you put the router through its paces. You’ll discover why this tool is deemed “The Work Horse of the Shop”. Mike will demonstrate the many routers available today. Different operations will be clearly shown and you will have the opportunity to get all your questions answered about routers and their uses.

Participants will get plenty of hands on experience by doing round over’s, plunge cut’s, sliding dovetails, rabbets, dadoes, tongue & groove, and door making. This seminar will also include a hand’s on introduction to router tables and their use.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: Students should bring their own dust mask, eye and hearing protection if they have them.
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  Hands on Track Saw
  Class in Progress.
Instructor: Lowell Miller
Dates: 06/27/2015 - 06/27/2015
Time: Sat, 9am-noon
Description: The Festool track saw has been nothing short of revolutionary. Built for efficiency and accuracy, this tool can earn it’s worth back almost immediately once put to use. Lowell Miller will walk students through the set-up, maintenance and tear-down of this tool. He will also show how to fix problems and tune up the tool for more precise cuts. This class is essential for anyone who may own or is considering owning the Festool track saw.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: If you already own this tool you are encouraged to bring it with you to learn how to tune it up and use it more effectively. Please bring your own dust mask, eye and hearing protection if you have it.
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  Hands on Surface Prep
  Class in Progress.
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 07/01/2015 - 07/01/2015
Time: Wed, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Description: This is probably one of the most important classes being offered because woodworkers must know how to produce flat, square, consistent lumber to achieve good results. Our instructor will teach you how to take warped, uneven, unparallel lumber and produce furniture quality lumber with the proper jointer and planer techniques. Students will get hands on experience dressing lumber.

Achieving a quality surface is usually done by sanding. In this hands-on class you will learn the proper sanding techniques needed to produce a flawless finish.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: Students should bring their own dust mask, eye and hearing protection if they have them.
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  Private Instruction - PP
  Class in Progress.
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 07/01/2015 - 07/08/2015
Time: Wednesdays, 9:00AM-12:00PM
Description: Private Woodworking class, pre-arranged.
Cost: 500.00
Notes: Cost includes materials. Bring your own eye and hearing protection if you have it.
Class PDF: Unavailable
   

  Hands on Joinery
  Class in Progress.
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 07/06/2015 - 07/06/2015
Time: Mon, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Description: Although it looks and sounds simple the process of jointing two pieces of wood together can be a real challenge. A woodworker needs to have in his arsenal a number of ways to glue two pieces of wood together. It needs to be correct and it should be easy and straight forward. Every woodworker must master these skills in order to produce quality cabinets, furniture, and projects. In this class we will cover Kreg Pocket Holes, biscuits, dowels and the Festool Domino.

Join Mike in this class as he will show you a number of ways to create wide stock (that is flat & true). Face frame construction and exploring how pocket joinery can make your work faster and easier will be taught.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: Students should bring their own dust mask, eye and hearing protection if they have them.
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  Intermediate SketchUp for Woodworkers
 
Instructor: Ryan Metcalf
Dates: 07/07/2015 - 07/21/2015
Time: Tue 7/7/2015 (pt 1) and Tue 7/21/2015 (pt 2)
6:30pm–9:30pm
Description: Take your modelling skills to the next level. This course explains strategies and techniques to define more complex geometry within the context of traditional woodworking joinery and construction. Become proficient with the use of components. Among other skills, learn how to make multiple copies quickly and to model dovetail joints, mortise and tenons joints and arched raised panels. Use levels and scenes to easily maintain different views of your project.

Discover also how to add new tools atop the default toolset. Add-ons allow us to expand upon Sketchup’s toolset to assist in quickly drawing dynamic curves, generating cut-lists and more! After completing this course you be well-equipped to quickly define and organize more intricate projects.
Cost: 90.00
Notes: Prerequisites: Completion of Beginning SketchUp for Woodworkers or be already proficient with the basic tools and techniques practiced in that class. Bring your portable computer to class with a copy of either SketchUp Make (free version) or SketchUp Pro already installed. This class will only utilize tools available in the free version.
Class PDF: Download
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  Introduction to Woodturning (Parkland Class)
 
Instructor: Jerry Rhoads
Dates: 07/08/2015 - 07/23/2015
Time: Wed & Thur, 6:00pm-8:30pm
Description: Skilled craftsmen have been using the lathe for woodturning for centuries. Join professional woodturner, Jerry Rhoads in the CU Woodshop School of Woodworking to learn how you can turn a piece of wood into a work of art.
Cost: 275.00
Notes: Recommended book: Woodturning, a Foundation Course by Keith Rowley.
Class PDF: Download
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  Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades
 
Instructor: CUWS Team
Dates: 07/11/2015 - 07/12/2015
Time: Sat 8:30am-12:30pm and 1pm-5pm; Sun 1pm-5pm
Description: Replacing your outdated kitchen cabinets can cost many thousands of dollars when all you are really looking for is a more modern appearance. Why replace the whole cabinet when all that is needed is a new skin and new doors and drawer fronts for a fraction of the cost. This class will consist of 3 half-day sessions. The first session will be dedicated “replacing the skin.” That is covering the face frames and end panels with real-wood veneer. The second session will demonstrate the construction of “Stub-Tenon and Groove,” “Cope and Stick” and “Raised Panel” doors such as those used on high-end kitchen cabinets. Each student will make a small raised panel door and a matching drawer front. In the third session, construction of a “Cathedral Raised Panel” door will be demonstrated and examples of how simple doors can be dressed up with engraved designs using a CNC router or custom laser engraving.

This class will be a team effort:
  • Veneering and laminating will be taught by David Wilson (dwilson@CUWoodshop.com)
  • Door construction will be taught by Michael Van Pelt (mvanpelt@cuwoodshop.com)
  • CNC routing will be presented by Allan Tuchman
  • Laser Engraving will be presented by Scott Hunter
Cost: 205.00
Notes: Prerequites: Students should be basically familiar with the use of a tablesaw.

Students are encouraged to bring safety glasses and hearing protection if they have them. Students are also encouraged to bring a lunch for Saturday.
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  Hands on Band Saw
 
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 07/14/2015 - 07/14/2015
Time: Tue, 6:30pm–9:30pm
Description: Getting the most from your band saw will be stressed in this hands-on class. The instructor will cover just about every aspect of the band saw and its use.
  • Proper blade choice
  • How to change a blade and correct blade set-up
  • Proper tensioning
  • Scroll cutting and Sharp Turns
  • Re-sawing Lumber into Thinner Stock
  • Following a Line when cutting
  • Which Band saw to buy?
  • Dust Control
  • How to fold a blade
Cost: 75.00
Notes: Students should bring their own dust mask, eye and hearing protection if they have them.
Class PDF: Download
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  Introduction to Pen Turning
 
Instructor: Mike Sargent
Dates: 07/14/2015 - 07/14/2015
Time: Tue, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: Students will learn basic spindle-turning skills to turn and assemble a beautiful wooden Slimline (7mm) style pen. You will learn how to use and assemble the various components in a pen kit, as well as the mandrel, pen mill, and pen press. Each student will take home a personally crafted pen to use or give as a gift to someone special.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: Prerequisites/skill level required: No previous experience needed.

Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and dust masks.

Registration Deadline: 7/2/2015.
Class PDF: Download
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  Hands on Sharpening
 
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 07/15/2015 - 07/15/2015
Time: Wed, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: One of the most important skills a woodworker must acquire is the ability to sharpen tools and keep them sharp. And while woodworkers generally see sharpening as a chore that takes them away from woodworking, learning the correct procedures can actual make sharpening an enjoyable task.

This class will teach the basic techniques to get you from dull to sharp. This workshop will cover the proper preparation, sharpening, and honing of plane irons, chisels, carving tools, and cabinet scrapers. The goal of this class is for students to be able to consistently produce razor sharp cutting edges on any tool blade.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: No matter how much you spend on your tools, if they’re not sharp, they won’t work well!
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  Hand Tools 101
  CLASS FULL - Email classes@cuwoodshop.com to be added to the waiting list.
Instructor: Jeremy Taylor
Dates: 07/18/2015 - 07/18/2015
Time: Sat, 9am-5pm
Description: Old hand tools lying around? Wonder why your hand plane does not work right? Spending too much time at the sharpening stone? Do not give up, bring them along to Hand Tools 101. Whether you are a beginner or just wanting to increase your knowledge and skill with hand tool maintenance, this class will teach you how to sharpen, setup, and use a variety of hand tools including bench planes, block planes, shoulder planes, scraper planes, card scrapers, chisels, handsaws, draw knives and spokeshaves. The class will begin with sharpening techniques using jigs and water stones and then proceed to the demonstration of the proper set-up for the task at hand. Once everyone is proudly holding their razor sharp, freshly tuned tools, the fun begins as you practice at your own bench.
Cost: 90.00
Notes: Prerequisites/skill level required: Beginner to advanced
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  Hands on Domino
 
Instructor: Lowell Miller
Dates: 07/25/2015 - 07/25/2015
Time: Sat, 9am–noon
Description: Joinery, especially good joinery, needs to be tight and strong for it to be of use in furniture making or construction. The Festool Domino is a wonderful loose tenon joinery machine that can make every project rock solid and last for ages. Lowell Miller will guide students in how to use this tool to its fullest. He will cover many conventional uses for the tool and show a few unconventional uses that will let your imagination run wild with applications in which to use the Domino in your life. This class is open to anyone who owns a Domino or is considering owning one.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: If you already own this tool you are encouraged to bring it with you to learn how to tune it up and use it more effectively. Please bring your own dust mask, eye and hearing protection if you have it.
Class PDF: Download
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  Build an Electric Kit Guitar with Nick Cioni
 
Instructor: Nick Cioni
Dates: 08/07/2015 - 08/09/2015
Time: Fri, 6pm-9pm; Sat-Sun, 9am-6pm
Description: Finish and Assemble your own electric guitar from one of the Fender style Guitar kits from Rockler, either the Stratocaster or the Telecaster. In the class you will assemble and finish an electric guitar as you learn basic instrument building techniques including basic electronic wiring and installation for electric guitars.
Cost: 460.00
Notes: Class fee includes Behlen’s Guitar Finishing products and other finishing supplies needed.

Students need to purchase a guitar kit several weeks before the beginning of the class. Even sooner would be better in case stocks become depleted. Recommended kits include: Stratocaster, item #49439, or Telecaster, item #48828 or #58192 from Rockler Woodworking and Hardware ( www.rockler.com ) or one of the Fender models - Standard Stratocaster (St -S-S-S body style), Standard Telecaster (TL body style), or the Gibson model - Les Paul (LP body style), from www.bargainmusician.com.
Class PDF: Download
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  Advanced Pen Turning - Diva Charm
 
Instructor: Mike Sargent
Dates: 08/12/2015 - 08/12/2015
Time: Wed, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: Students will use the turning and finishing skills learned in the basic pen-turning class to make this handsome pen. The cap features genuine Swarovski crystals (multi-color for the Aurora Borealis pen, or Blue Sapphire for the Blue Sapphire Crystal pen) on the cap band and an attractive Swarovski crystal charm suspended off the cap end. This beautiful, smooth writing pen is sure to get noticed. A selection of acrylic blanks will be available to choose from. You may also purchase a ¾” x ¾” acrylic or other plastic blank of your choosing at the CU Woodshop or bring one of your own. You will take home your handsome pen at the end of this class to use or present as a gift. Several styles of pen boxes are also available at CU Woodshop.
Cost: 85.00
Notes: Includes the Diva Charm Aurora Borealis or the Diva Charm Blue Sapphire Crystals Pen Kit, an acrylic blank, use of the tools & lathes, and finishing supplies. If you have a specific preference between the two styles, let us know when you register so we can order kits accordingly. Registration Deadline: 8/5/2015.

Prerequisites/skill level required: Students are encouraged to have taken Intro to Pen Turning or have done previous spindle turning.

Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses, dust mask and any desired hearing protection. Turning or have done previous spindle turning.

Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses, dust mask and any desired hearing protection.
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  Natural-Edge Table or Bench
 
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 08/15/2015 - 08/16/2015
Time: Sat-Sun, 8:30am–5pm
Description: Coffee tables, end tables, and benches made from natural edge, or live edge wooden slabs can make wonderful and unique additions to your home. Although the size and bulk wooden slabs may be intimidating, they are not that difficult to build if you know the tricks. Students will purchase the slab or slabs of their choice prior to the beginning of the class. CU Woodshop Supply will have a variety of slabs to choose from that will allow creating tables and benches up to 72” long and 24” wide.
Cost: 245.00
Notes: Does not include materials. A natural-edge slab should be chosen and purchased separately before the beginning of the class. Cost of slab can range from $100 to $300 or more depending on the size and type of wood chosen.

Prerequisites: Students should be familiar with the use of hand-held routers.

Students are encouraged to bring safety glasses and hearing protection if they have them, and a lunch for each day.
Class PDF: Download
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  Build a Cigar Box Guitar with Nick Cioni
 
Instructor: Nick Cioni
Dates: 08/29/2015 - 08/29/2015
Time: Sat, 9am–5pm
Description: Building a musical instrument is a great accomplishment for anyone. The art of instrument making has been evolving for hundreds of years and cigar box instruments are an entertaining and inspiring variation on the tradition of stringed instrument design and construction. It is easy to get discouraged by the complexity of building a stringed instrument; however this class will break down the process of instrument construction and the focus will be on each participant’s creative interpretation of their own cigar box guitar, ukulele, or “slide” instrument.

If you have no idea what type of cigar box instrument you want to make its ok! You are welcome and encouraged to take this class weather you have already built instruments from scratch or if you have never been in a woodshop in your life. All of the basic knowledge will be covered and small class sizes allow for extra individual attention from the instructor whenever necessary. Participants are encouraged to investigate cigar box instruments on their own prior to the class so that they might get some ideas about how cigar box instruments look and function.
Cost: 290.00
Notes: Prerequisites/skill level required: No prior wood working experience is required. Beginners are encouraged!

The instructor will provide a variety of cigar boxes to choose from, pre-made necks, strings, hardware, and piezo electronics, as well as advice on cigar box instrument design. Or, participants may B.Y.O.B. (bring your own box… not bottle). A big part of creating a great instrument is creativity and ingenuity. Each instrument will be a little bit different. Materials available will be Necks – Fretted and Un-fretted; mounting blocks; Frets; Tuners; Nuts, Saddles, and Bridges; Truss Rods; electronics; threaded rods; various fasteners; brace wood; dot inlays; instrument strings. Participants may bring any additional materials they might want to use. Example: Special wood for neck, bridge, or inlay materials.
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  Mission Style Hall Table
 
Instructor: Mike Sargent
Dates: 09/08/2015 - 09/10/2015
Time: Tue-Thu, 6pm-9pm
Description: With Mike you can build one of these elegant hall tables in 3 evenings. In the class you will learn or receive help mastering the table saw, planer, joiner if your lumber needs it, sanders and a variety of drills. You will have your choice of making your table out of oak, maple, cherry or walnut. Finished table dimensions are 48” long X 14” deep X 32” high. You may be able to change the size of your table if desired for an additional cost.
Cost: 215.00
Notes: Some woodworking experience recommended. Class registration closes 9/1/15
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  Introduction to Pen Turning
 
Instructor: Mike Sargent
Dates: 09/12/2015 - 09/12/2015
Time: Sat, 1pm-4pm
Description: Students will learn basic spindle-turning skills to turn and assemble a beautiful wooden Slimline (7mm) style pen. You will learn how to use and assemble the various components in a pen kit, as well as the mandrel, pen mill, and pen press. Each student will take home a personally crafted pen to use or give as a gift to someone special.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: Prerequisites/skill level required: No previous experience needed.

Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and dust masks.

Registration Deadline: 9/5/2015.
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  Mission Sideboard
 
Instructor: John Garrison
Dates: 09/14/2015 - 09/18/2015
Time: Mon-Fri, 9am-5pm
Description: This class will offer you instruction in mortise and tenon construction, dovetail drawers, butterfly inlay and much more. It is a great introduction to furniture building.
Cost: 795.00
Notes: Tuition does NOT INCLUDE materials cost of $650+ depending on lumber selected. A few weeks before the class begins you will be sent a materials list so that you can select and purchase your lumber.
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  Introduction to CNC Routing with VCarve Pro (Parkland Class)
  Parkland registration opens July 1
Instructor: Allan Tuchman
Dates: 09/14/2015 - 09/23/2015
Time: Mon(s), 6pm-9pm at Parkland
Wed 9/23, 6pm-9pm at CUWS DreamShop
Description: The CNC router is a tool for cutting and carving wood. It is widely used to achieve high accuracy and repeatability while decreasing production time. This tool is now available to the small woodworking shop, furniture maker and woodworking hobbyist. The key to using CNC technology is the Computer aided Design (CAD) and Computer Aided Manufacturing (CAM) software. This class will provide an introduction to CNC routers and teach the fundamentals of CAD/CAM software using a popular package, VCarve Pro. You will create your own wooden sign which you will carve on one of the CNC machines at CU Woodshop Supply.
Cost: 215.00
Notes: Students must be comfortable working with Windows PC’s and using a computer mouse. Experience with design, graphics, or photo editing software is helpful. A free trial copy of VCarve Pro can be downloaded from www.vectric.com
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  Hand-Cut Dovetails
 
Instructor: Jeremy Taylor
Dates: 09/19/2015 - 09/19/2015
Time: Sat, 9am-4pm
Description: This class will start with defining what a dovetail joint is and what it is used for. Then we will discuss the proper angles in which dovetails are to be cut (hardwood vs. softwood) and the tools used in laying out and cutting dovetail joinery. A marking gauge, sliding square, angle layout, marking knife, dovetail saw, chisels, block plane and old card scraper are the tools that will be used. We will demonstrate a through hand-cut dovetail, and a blind hand-cut dovetail. The students will then cut their own (no projects, just two pieces of wood dovetailed together). We will then cover gluing, clamping and trimming, and show a few tricks for fixing mistakes.
Cost: 95.00
Notes: Prerequisites/skill level required: intermediate woodworking skill
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  Introduction to Woodworking (Parkland Class)
  Parkland registration opens July 1
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 09/21/2015 - 09/29/2015
Time: 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm–9pm
Description: This class is intended for those with no woodworking experience who would like to learn basic skills. The class will teach you how to select and prepare lumber and how to safely use hand tools and power tools to complete a simple project.
Cost: 199.00
Notes: All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and hearing protection if they have them.
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  Bowed Arm Morris Chair
 
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 09/25/2015 - 10/04/2015
Time: 2 weekends
Fri(s), 6pm-10pm
Sat(s) & Sun(s), 8am-5pm
Description: Build your own classic Bowed-Arm Morris chair from selected quarter-sawn white oak. This beautiful highly figured wood makes this chair a classic. The arms are steam bent using a steam-box and a bending jig. There will be mortise and tenon joinery challenges which will include traditional tenon, floating tenon, and through mortise and tenon joints. Participants will also learn how to lay out the curved arms, and match them to the corresponding side rails and legs, with a tight fit. Upholstery, the foot stool, and finishing techniques will be reviewed but we will build only the chair in this 6 day class.
Cost: 735.00
Notes: Plus materials and supplies of about $290 at CU Woodshop Supply. Several weeks before the class begins you will be sent a materials list so that you can select and purchase your lumber.

Prerequisite: Novice - basic woodworking experience and familiarity with common power tools.
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  Introduction to Cabinet Making (Parkland Class)
  Parkland registration opens July 1
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 10/05/2015 - 10/20/2015
Time: 3 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6:30pm–9:30pm
Description: Each student will build their own wall cabinet in this hands-on class. Students will be taught face frame construction, carcass building, and raised panel door making. This class is a great format to learn new skills that will become the bases of many woodworking projects.
Cost: 345.00
Notes: Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and hearing protection.
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  Build a Custom Electric Guitar with Nick Cioni
 
Instructor: Nick Cioni
Dates: 10/09/2015 - 11/01/2015
Time: Fri 10/9/2015, 6pm–9pm (planning)
Sat 10/31 and Sun 11/1/2015, 8:30am-5pm (assembly)
Description: Enjoy an exciting and inspiring experience designing and creating a custom electric guitar which will be sure to become a family heirloom. Nick Cioni, who has been building and customizing guitars for nearly 15 years, will help you plan and complete an instrument that will play and sound like it is fit for a professional musician. Handmade instruments are all a little bit different and will exhibit the character of the builder.

The class will begin with a 3 hour design session (Friday evening) where you will choose the shape and style of your guitar and select the electronics to be incorporated. Any special customizations can be addressed at this time to make sure all of the needed materials can be ordered and ready for the assembly sessions, 3 weeks later.

The assembly will require two full days (Saturday and Sunday). The woodwork will be completed on the first day and will consist of cutting out the body shape, routing the pickup cavities, fretting the finger board, fitting the neck and body join, and shaping and sanding all of the finished surfaces. The setup, assembly, and wiring will be completed on the second day. At the end of the class, participants can expect to have a completed guitar that plays and functions well but it will be a “raw” un-finished instrument. Guitar finishing is available as a separate class.
Cost: 650.00
Notes: Includes all materials and supplies; domestic hardwood for the body will be supplied by CU Woodshop Supply and all hardware and electronics needed for a basic guitar will be supplied by Cioni Guitars. Exotic or specialty hardwoods and additional trim features such as binding or inlays may be possible at extra cost but should be discussed with the instructor at the planning session.

If you have some very specific ideas about what type of instrument you want to build, please contact the instructor to discuss your ideas to ensure that all the necessary parts can be available.

Prerequisites/skill level required: No prior wood working experience is required. Beginners are encouraged! All students are encouraged to bring safety glasses and hearing protection if they have them and a lunch for each assembly day to maximize their available shop time.
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  Advanced Pen Turning - Over and Under
 
Instructor: Mike Sargent
Dates: 10/10/2015 - 10/10/2015
Time: Sat, 1pm-4pm
Description: Students will use the turning and finishing skills learned in the basic pen-turning class to make this handsome pen. Inspired by the popular Over and Under combination rifle/shotgun, this 24kt Gold Rollerball pen will make the perfect gift for any hunter, sportsman, or gun enthusiast. All facets of this roller ball pen are big and impressive, including a simulated 12ga shotgun shell cap and .30 caliber cartridge pen body, and a shotgun clip. A selection of exotic hardwoods will be available to choose from. You may also purchase a ¾”(sq) x 5” wood blank of your choosing at the CU Woodshop or bring one of your own. You will take home your handsome pen at the end of this class to use or present as a gift. Several styles of pen boxes are also available at CU Woodshop.
Cost: 85.00
Notes: Includes the Over and Under Shotgun 24kt Gold Roller Ball Pen Kit, an exotic wood blank, use of the tools & lathes, and finishing supplies.

Prerequisites/skill level required: Students are encouraged to have taken Intro to Pen Turning or have done previous spindle turning.

Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses, dust mask and any desired hearing protection.

Registration Deadline: 10/3/2015
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  Introduction to Woodturning (Parkland Class)
  Parkland registration opens July 1
Instructor: Jerry Rhoads
Dates: 10/14/2015 - 10/29/2015
Time: 3 weeks
Wed-Thu(s), 6pm-8:30pm
Description: Skilled craftsmen have been using the lathe for woodturning for centuries. Join professional woodturner, Jerry Rhoads in the CU Woodshop School of Woodworking to learn how you can turn a piece of wood into a work of art.
Cost: 295.00
Notes: Recommended book: Woodturning, a Foundation Course by Keith Rowley.

Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and dust masks.
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  Build a Joined Stool with Jeff Miller
 
Instructor: Jeff Miller
Dates: 10/17/2015 - 10/18/2015
Time: Sat-Sun, 8:30am-5pm
Description: Master mortise and tenon joinery in the context of building a simple joined stool. The mortise and tenon joint is the foundation of almost any piece of furniture. The class will guide you through the process of cutting this essential joint by hand, from layout to the skills for hand-chopping mortises, sawing tenons, and fitting the joint precisely.

Jeff will demonstrate a variety of simple jigs that will enable you to make both simple and complex joints with repeatable, reliable results. Using jigs with hand tools is a technique with a rich history, and we will make use of some historically accurate jigs as well as some very simple ones that Jeff has devised. We’ll also cover precise fitting of all of these joints, and the strategies and tools that help make that possible. And just for fun, there are a few angled dovetail joints that attach the aprons of the stool to the side frames.

Come away with the confidence to deal with a wide variety of joinery situations from the simplest mortise and tenon to otherwise intimidating angled joints. And build a simple, yet elegant stool in the process.
Cost: 440.00
Notes: Includes all materials. Please bring your own safety glasses if you have them. If you have your own chisels, including a mortising chisel, and your own planes, including a router plane, you are encouraged to bring them with you. To maximize your time in the shop, it is also recommended that you bring a lunch with you.
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  Cherry Blanket Chest
 
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 10/23/2015 - 10/25/2015
Time: Fri, 6pm–10pm; Sat-Sun, 8am-5pm
Description: Mike will teach some basic as well as new woodworking skills in this class which is ideal for the beginning woodworker. Students will use the jointer, planer, table saw, router and sanders to construct this attractive dovetailed chest. Preferred gluing and clamping techniques will be taught. Students will also use a router and dovetail jig to cut the through dovetails. The 18” wide x 36” long x 18” deep box will be constructed from solid cherry with a poplar or plywood bottom.
Cost: 460.00
Notes: Includes all materials. Prerequisites/skill level required: none. Please bring your own safety glasses and hearing protectors if you have them.
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  Woodworking Basics (Parkland Class)
  Parkland registration opens July 1
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 10/26/2015 - 11/03/2015
Time: 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm-9pm
Description: This 2 week class is intended for those who have taken Introduction to Woodworking, or have had some previous experience with woodworking tools. Students will learn how to safely use the jointer, planer, tablesaw, miter saw, band saw, drill press, and router table to build an attractive Country Cabinet with Towel Rack.
Cost: 249.00
Notes: Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and hearing protection.
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  Turn a Bottle Stopper
 
Instructor: Mike Sargent
Dates: 11/04/2015 - 11/04/2015
Time: Thu, 6:30pm-9pm
Description: In this class we will turn a bottle stopper on the lathe. We will start by turning a wooden blank into a decorative shape. It will then be attached to a metal and rubber chrome plated stopper that you will take home to reseal your favorite wine or spirit. No prior wood-turning experience is required. If you have previously turned a pen or other small object, this will be an interesting extension of your wood-turning skills. All supplies (including a wooden blank), tools, and finishing materials will be provided. However, if you have a piece of wood that you wish to use, please bring it. This blank should be about 1.5-2” square by 2-3” long. Face shields and safety glasses are also furnished. A dust mask is strongly recommended; please bring one of your choosing.
Cost: 65.00
Notes: Class registration closes 10/28/15.
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  Basics of Color
 
Instructor: Peter Gedrys
Dates: 11/05/2015 - 11/05/2015
Time: Thu, 9:30am-12noon
Description: Many woodworkers are adamant when finishing that the wood remain natural. They proudly claim to never use stains but experience has shown me that this attitude is usually rooted in fear. I always hear “I’m afraid I’m going to ruin a piece” That’s because most will guess when color is used and that rarely works.

This seminar will open your eyes to the basic uses of color, including dyes, stains, glazes and toners.

We will explore using the color wheel and complementary colors to create a variety of colors and depth.

If you’ve ever tried to do a color match and failed, this seminar will be your first step towards success.
Cost: 55.00
Notes: During his visit to Champaign, Peter will be sharing his knowledge on three different topics (Basics of Color, Finishing and Refinishing, Filling Techniques). Sign up for all 3 topics and receive a $30 CUWS Gift Certificate.
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  Finishing and Refinishing, Myths vs Facts
 
Instructor: Peter Gedrys
Dates: 11/05/2015 - 11/05/2015
Time: Thu, 2pm-4:30pm
Description: With all of the choices available for finishes, which is the right one for your project? Complicating this you have all those “secret” recipes someone once told you. How do you make an educated decision? This seminar will cover a range of coatings from waterborne to oil varnishes and shellac. Some extra time will be spent going over the most versatile finish in the bunch: shellac. This coating is far more durable than it’s given credit for and with it’s fast drying properties, a good choice for a variety of occasions. When used as a sealant during refinishing it will lock in contaminants or it can be a stand-alone finish, the venerable French polish.

Successful finishing begins with knowledge of the products available and the proper steps in their application. You’ll be fully rewarded when someone looks and touches a finish you’ve done and says: “Wow, you did this?”
Cost: 55.00
Notes: During his visit to Champaign, Peter will be sharing his knowledge on three different topics (Basics of Color, Finishing and Refinishing, Filling Techniques). Sign up for all 3 topics and receive a $30 CUWS Gift Certificate.
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  Basics of Color
 
Instructor: Peter Gedrys
Dates: 11/06/2015 - 11/06/2015
Time: Fri, 2pm-4:30pm
Description: Many woodworkers are adamant when finishing that the wood remain natural. They proudly claim to never use stains but experience has shown me that this attitude is usually rooted in fear. I always hear “I’m afraid I’m going to ruin a piece” That’s because most will guess when color is used and that rarely works.

This seminar will open your eyes to the basic uses of color, including dyes, stains, glazes and toners.

We will explore using the color wheel and complementary colors to create a variety of colors and depth.

If you’ve ever tried to do a color match and failed, this seminar will be your first step towards success.
Cost: 55.00
Notes: During his visit to Champaign, Peter will be sharing his knowledge on three different topics (Basics of Color, Finishing and Refinishing, Filling Techniques). Sign up for all 3 topics and receive a $30 CUWS Gift Certificate.
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  Filling Techniques: For Wood and Time
 
Instructor: Peter Gedrys
Dates: 11/06/2015 - 11/06/2015
Time: Fri, 9:30am-12noon
Description: To get a truly professional finish, it’s essential to understand the oft neglected step of pore filling. Not all projects require pore filling but when they do, it’s the difference between a finely finished surface or one with a “hungry appearance.” The first half of this seminar will be dedicated to showing a variety of techniques including formal and decorative ways to fill the pores of any wood.

The second half of the seminar will fill another neglected step on the finishing ladder: practice. We’ll create sample boards using tried and proven formulas. With these in hand you’ll be able to create your own library of finishes. Remember the old adage; How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice!
Cost: 55.00
Notes: During his visit to Champaign, Peter will be sharing his knowledge on three different topics (Basics of Color, Finishing and Refinishing, Filling Techniques). Sign up for all 3 topics and receive a $30 CUWS Gift Certificate.
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  Finishing and Refinishing, Myths vs Facts
 
Instructor: Peter Gedrys
Dates: 11/07/2015 - 11/07/2015
Time: Sat, 9:30am-12noon
Description: With all of the choices available for finishes, which is the right one for your project? Complicating this you have all those “secret” recipes someone once told you. How do you make an educated decision? This seminar will cover a range of coatings from waterborne to oil varnishes and shellac. Some extra time will be spent going over the most versatile finish in the bunch: shellac. This coating is far more durable than it’s given credit for and with it’s fast drying properties, a good choice for a variety of occasions. When used as a sealant during refinishing it will lock in contaminants or it can be a stand-alone finish, the venerable French polish.

Successful finishing begins with knowledge of the products available and the proper steps in their application. You’ll be fully rewarded when someone looks and touches a finish you’ve done and says: “Wow, you did this?”
Cost: 55.00
Notes: During his visit to Champaign, Peter will be sharing his knowledge on three different topics (Basics of Color, Finishing and Refinishing, Filling Techniques). Sign up for all 3 topics and receive a $30 CUWS Gift Certificate.
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  Filling Techniques: For Wood and Time
 
Instructor: Peter Gedrys
Dates: 11/07/2015 - 11/07/2015
Time: Sat, 2pm-4:30pm
Description: To get a truly professional finish, it’s essential to understand the oft neglected step of pore filling. Not all projects require pore filling but when they do, it’s the difference between a finely finished surface or one with a “hungry appearance.” The first half of this seminar will be dedicated to showing a variety of techniques including formal and decorative ways to fill the pores of any wood.

The second half of the seminar will fill another neglected step on the finishing ladder: practice. We’ll create sample boards using tried and proven formulas. With these in hand you’ll be able to create your own library of finishes. Remember the old adage; How do you get to Carnegie Hall? Practice, Practice, Practice!
Cost: 55.00
Notes: During his visit to Champaign, Peter will be sharing his knowledge on three different topics (Basics of Color, Finishing and Refinishing, Filling Techniques). Sign up for all 3 topics and receive a $30 CUWS Gift Certificate.
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  Introduction to Furniture Making (Parkland Class)
  Parkland registration opens July 1
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 11/09/2015 - 11/17/2015
Time: 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm-9pm
Description: Learn a wide variety of woodworking techniques as you build a cherry candle-stand table with turned pedestal, curved legs, sliding dovetails, and a round top. Students will use the lathe to turn the “wine-bottle” shaped pedestal and the planer, jointer, band saw, table saw, router, and sander to form the other components. This is a beautiful project with which to learn new skills and hone up some of the old ones as well.
Cost: 249.00
Notes: Prerequisites/skill level required: Completion of Introduction to Woodworking or equivalent woodworking experience is recommended.

All materials included. Please bring your own safety glasses and hearing protectors if you have them.
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  Introduction to Pen Turning
 
Instructor: Mike Sargent
Dates: 11/12/2015 - 11/12/2015
Time: Thu, 6:30pm-9:30pm
Description: Students will learn basic spindle-turning skills to turn and assemble a beautiful wooden Slimline (7mm) style pen. You will learn how to use and assemble the various components in a pen kit, as well as the mandrel, pen mill, and pen press. Each student will take home a personally crafted pen to use or give as a gift to someone special.
Cost: 75.00
Notes: Prerequisites/skill level required: No previous experience needed.

Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and dust masks.

Registration Deadline: 11/5/2015.
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  Heirloom Workbench
 
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 11/13/2015 - 11/22/2015
Time: 2 weekends
Fri(s), 6pm–10pm; Sat-Sun(s), 8am-5pm
Description: If your desire is to build heirloom quality furniture, you must first have a quality workbench! Join us in the CU Woodshop School of Woodworking’s well equipped shop and build your own classic rock-solid hard-maple work bench. Building this bench is a very challenging project. You are going to earn your workbench with hard work and dedication to the task at hand.

We will start with 120 bd ft. of rough 8/4 maple and 30 bd ft. of 4/4 & 5/4 walnut lumber. Participates will be using the jointer, planer, table saw, compound sliding-miter saw, mortiser, drill press, sanders, and hand tools to complete this masterpiece. This is one of the heaviest and best built benches available today. The top will be 1 ¾” thick with 5 ½” sides, 24” wide and over 79” long. The legs and stretcher system is massive with a handy shelve for storage. We use 12” heavy duty quick release hardware for the two vises. Every woodworker needs a good bench!
Cost: 690.00
Notes: Plus material and vise hardware cost of $1200 to $1400 at CU Woodshop Supply. After registration, you will be sent a materials list that you can use select and purchase your lumber and hardware prior to the start of the class.

Prerequisites/skill level required: novice to intermediate.
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  Hand Carved Lettering
 
Instructor: Jeremy Taylor
Dates: 11/21/2015 - 11/21/2015
Time: Sat, 9am-3pm
Description: This class will teach the hand-carving of letters. It will start off with demonstrating how to transfer letters to the work piece, selecting fonts, and include the technique of letter carving using only bench chisels and gouges. The students will be able to pick their favorite quote to carve or are encouraged to bring their own quote to carve.
Cost: 135.00
Notes: Includes materials. Minimal woodworking skill required.
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  Introduction to Woodworking (Parkland Class)
  Parkland registration opens July 1
Instructor: Mike Van Pelt
Dates: 11/30/2015 - 12/08/2015
Time: 2 weeks
Mon-Tue(s), 6pm–9pm
Description: This class is intended for those with no woodworking experience who would like to learn basic skills. The class will teach you how to select and prepare lumber and how to safely use hand tools and power tools to complete a simple project.
Cost: 199.00
Notes: All materials included. Students are encouraged to bring their own safety glasses and hearing protection if they have them.
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