Classes

Classes at Ruby Pear Woodworks are fun, inclusive, and empowering. Whether you're a complete beginner or know your way around a table saw, you'll find a fun project to help you grow your skills and passion.

I build each class around a single project. Take your pick from simple boxes, to lamps, to small pieces of furniture: at the end of the class you'll bring home a beautiful piece that YOU designed and made!

Creativity is built right in to the curriculum. Each project is flexible: you can choose the dimensions and features that work best for you. And since this workshop has a wood-first philosophy, in every class I'll teach you how to look at wood with a fresh perspective. You pick the species, boards, and grain patterns that are just right for you!

Classes are small, so you'll get lots of individual instruction along the way. We keep the focus on safety and how to bring the skills you're learning back home to your own projects.


Woodworking 100

All 100-level classes are designed for people with no previous experience in woodworking. Take them in any order; each project teaches different skills and brings different tools into play.  

 

 

THE CUTTING BOARD

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This one-night class is a primer on the basics of converting rough lumber into useable square stock.  Along the way, we'll mill up enough wood to create a beautiful, useful cutting board that you designed!

We'll be using three major tools in this class: the jointer, the planer, and the table saw. I'll explain when and how to use each tool safely and effectively, and show you how to use them to make accurate, square lumber.  

Once we've milled up enough lumber for our cutting boards, we'll do a quick overview of the various types of wood glues. Then we'll clamp our boards and they'll be ready the next day!

Materials fee is collected at the class and varies with materials you choose; typically $20 - $50.


Please read this page about shop safety.
 

 

 

The PENCIL BOX

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In this one-night class we'll build a simple, beautiful box with a sliding lid.  This is a great opportunity to explore different kinds of wood and how they can combine for dramatic, classic, or subtle effects. We'll talk about miter cuts, housed panels, and using grain and color to create interesting designs.

This course introduces you to one major tool: the table saw. We'll talk about how to use (and how not to use) the table saw for safe, precise cuts.  We'll cut miters, dados and splines on the table saw using various accessories.

Materials fee is collected at the class and varies with materials you choose; typically $20 - $50.


Please read this page about shop safety.

 

 

 


    Studio Rental

    Do you already know the ins and outs of table saws and routers?  Looking for a well-equipped shop where you can practice your craft on evenings and weekends? The Ruby Pear Woodworks shop is available for rent!

    By appointment. Safety interview required. Contact me for more details!

    Woodworking 200

    If you already know your way around the basic shop tools, then these classes are for you! These have a greater focus on independent work and more complex joinery techniques.

    coming soon... but think about benches, lamps, and slab-style coffee tables! Contact me if this sounds interesting!