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.

I'm still getting organized for our full class offerings, so if you're interested in booking any of these classes, send me an email!

And for a limited time, while I work out the kinks and develop the curriculum, classes are 50% off!


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.  

Woodworking 101: The Useful Tote

Build a tote to carry your gardening gear, a six pack of beer, or all the cool tools you'll need for your new woodworking hobby. Add a rotating handle, a fixed handle, or come up with your own handle design; mix-and-match different types of wood to get the look you want.

In this class we'll cover the basics of simple box construction using just glue -- no nails or screws. We'll talk about joinery, wood grain orientation, wood movement and the strength of various glue joints.

This course introduces you to two major tools: the table saw and the drill. We'll talk about how to use (and how not to use) the table saw for safe, precise cuts. We'll talk about the different types of cuts, and the different accessories we can use to extend the capabilities of the saw. I'll introduce ways to drill accurate holes using a standard handheld drill. I'll also teach you to use some non-powered tools safely and effectively.

$120 $60. Two consecutive Mondays.

Classes begin first and third Monday of the month.
Materials fee is collected at the first class and varies with materials you choose; typically $20 - $40.
Please read this page about shop safety.
Contact me to book!

 

Woodworking 102: The PENCIL BOX

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.

$70 $35. One session.

Classes are offered on the first and third Thursday of the month, 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Materials fee is collected at the first class and varies with materials you choose; typically $20 - $40.
Please read this page about shop safety.
Contact me to book!

 

WOODWORKING 103: THE CUTTING BOARD

This 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!

Topics covered include:

  • Where to buy rough lumber
  • Jointer, planer, and table saw safety
  • How to get six square sides
  • Bookmatching
  • Glueing and clamping
$70 $35. One session.

Classes begin second and fourth Thursday of the month, 6:30pm - 9:30pm.
Materials fee is collected at the first class and varies with materials you choose; typically $20 - $40.
Please read this page about shop safety.
Contact me to book!

 

woodworking 104: Let's BUY WOOD!

Ever wondered where you should go to buy wood for your own projects?  We'll meet in Seattle's SODO industrial district and tour three different sources for lumber.  We'll cover such topics as:

  • Domestic vs Imported lumber
  • How to identify quality lumber
  • Lumber grading and measuring systems
  • How to find just the right board
  • Big-box stores vs the local lumber yard

$30. Minimum class size is three people.
Class is booked by appointment, typically on Saturday.
Two hours long.

Contact me to book!

 


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!

 


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!