FIRST YEAR

The first year is in three parts.


PART ONE

Discussions on selection and uses of fine hand tools.
Sharpening and tuning techniques for hand planes, chisels and other edge tools.
Techniques in the use of hand planes, chisels and other edge tools.
Discussions on selection and uses of woodworking machinery.
Safety and use of woodworking machinery.
Maintenance of woodworking machinery.
Discussions on the general safety issues in the workshop.
Drafting of simple joints required in carcass and furniture making, including edge joints, through, blind, half blind, sliding and secret dovetails, stub and through mortise and tenon.
Laying out and cutting of carcass and furniture joints.



PART TWO

Design and Drafting of toolbox project based on joints learned.
Discussion on wood suitable for project, selection of wood and layout and cutting in an economical manner.
Final sizing and shaping of pieces.
Laying out of joints, cutting and fine tuning of joints, evaluation of joints and dry fitting to final fit.
Final assembly of toolbox.
Preparation of toolbox for finishing.
Discussions on types and suitability of finishes available and final finish of toolbox
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PART THREE

Discussions on choice of final projects. The first year requires that at least one piece should be completed. Selection from a table, chest of drawers or cabinet. Other pieces at the discretion of the school.
Discussions on the history of furniture.
Design and drafting techniques employed on furniture pieces.
Final design and discussions on choice and suitability of materials.
Selection of wood, laying out material lists and cutting parts.
Sizing and shaping of all parts.
Laying out joints, cutting and fine tuning of joints, evaluation of joints and parts and dry fitting to final fit.
Final assembly of piece.
Preparation of piece for finishing.
Discussions on types and suitability of finishes available and final finish of piece.
Final class critique.
This course takes place in a full scale working environment. This is to relay the conditions that students will find themselves in, if that is their desire.

As such, students are responsible for the safe use of hand and machine tools at all times.
The use of machinery to be of an efficient and timely manner, ie, no machines running before working out the tasks.

Clean up of area and machines after use to be student responsibility as part of ongoing workshop maintenance and safety.

Projects will be documented to give the student an idea of timing involved for pricing work. Timelines and deadlines will be discussed as well as marketing product and the best types of marketing strategies will be thoroughly analyzed.

Finding and working with clients and the involvement of clients in the design of the piece will be examined and discussed.

Setting up of simple contracts for client and maker will be examined and discussed.


SECOND YEAR

Further classes and discussions on woodworking machinery; advanced techniques in the use and making of jigs. Router work, table saw techniques, changing blades in the jointer, planer and band saws.

Carving layout, tools and techniques will be thoroughly addressed.
Final designs of up to two pieces.
Discussions on type and suitability of materials for these pieces.
Selection of wood, laying out material lists and cutting parts.
Sizing and shaping of all parts.
Laying out joints, cutting and fine tuning of joints, evaluation of joints and parts and dry fitting to final fit. Final assembly of pieces
Preparation of pieces for finishing.
Discussions on types and suitability of finishes available and final finish of pieces.

For those wishing to make a business from this teaching, there will be continuous discussion on the finding and selection of clients, with emphasis on making the business successful both financially and spiritually.

Students are encouraged to complete up to two pieces in this year. Selection from a chair, cabinet or desk. Other pieces at the discretion of the school.

Veneering with hide glue. Hotpot and hammer work, get messy.
Hand cut veneers and commercial veneers, the differences in the working of each and the difference in the look and feel.

Veneering with cold glues, types of clamping available, use of cauls and vacuum bag.
Techniques for curved work, types of forms, laminates, block built curvature, complex curvature.
Discussions on design of a major piece.
The importance of scale in the design, attention to detail, special elements that give life and soul to the piece that makes the difference between an average piece and a masterpiece.

Discussions on type and suitability of materials for this piece.
Selection of wood, laying out material lists and cutting parts.
Sizing and shaping of all parts.
Laying out joints, cutting and fine tuning of joints, evaluation of joints and parts and dry fitting to final fit.
Final assembly of pieces
Preparation of piece for finishing.
Discussions on types and suitability of finishes available and final finish of piece
Class presentation and discussion of piece.

Final class critique.




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Masterpiece School of Furniture
1203 F Street
Marysville, CA 95901
707 367 3141
jimmybowie@gmail.com

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