Current Classes

Making for the first time? Sharpening your skills? Looking for a new project?

All classes at Artisan’s Asylum are 18+, open to the public and do not require membership to attend. Many of our students come to learn how to make at Artisan’s Asylum with no prior experience. Not sure what class to take? Email our front desk team at general-info@artisansasylum.com with your questions.

Below our class and tool training listings are organized by category/shop area. Each class title is a live link to an Eventbrite registration page with more detail about classes, instructor bios, prerequisites, and pricing. Wondering when the next class offering is? Sign up for our Announcements Mailing List. If the last run of the class session sold out, you will be able to sign up for the wait list of that class and will get an email when latest sessions are posted.

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Art, Multimedia & More

  • NEWOrigami 101  Thursday, 6-7:30pm, Feb. 11 — This is a 1.5 hour workshop covering Origami basics. You will learn: basic origami models, the reading of origami diagrams, and some of the applications of origami in the real world.
  • NEWLeather Mask Making  Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Feb. 24 – Mar. 16 — This class will take students through design conception to completion of leather masquerade / mardi-gras style masks. By the end of the four week session, each student will have learned how to design, pattern, carve, mold and paint a personalized mask.
  • NEWLeather Rose Workshop  Sunday 5:30-8:30pm, Feb. 7 — This course will teach the skills and techniques required for leather rose construction, from conception to completion. We will use the tools of the trade, mold the leather to shape, paint, and construct leather roses just in time for Valentine’s Day. This momento will never fade!
  • NEWComics and Sequential Art  Saturdays 4:30-6:30pm, Feb. 20 – Apr. 16 — Comics is an underutilized medium with its three weird feet simultaneously planted in literature, design, and visual art. This class teaches a complete process-oriented approach to comics. This course can be taken as an introduction, as a workshop for amateur comic artists looking to refine their work, or by artists in other media who would like to broaden their creative processes.
  • Figure Drawing Tuesdays Tuesdays 6:30-9:30pm — Join us any Tuesday night for this fun and constructive drawing session with live models! Open to artists of all levels of experience — whether you’re looking for guided exercises or for free-form drawing time. Drop-ins welcome, but sessions will only run with 3 or more students signed up, so register in advance!
  • Have a Hand! Introduction to Body Casting Workshop Thursday 6:30-8:30pm, Feb. 25 //  Wednesday 6:30 – 8:30pm, Apr. 6 – In this one day workshop, you will learn the basic principles of mold making and casting for body casting. There will be an overview of casting safety, practical applications, and material sourcing. At the end of the workshop, you will walk away with a copy of your hand!
  •  Kombucha & Ginger Beer: Introduction to Fermentation Workshop & Tasting Returning Soon! — Join us for a fun “night out” maker style! Learn the basics of dealing with live cultures at home while tasting a variety of home-brewed kombuchas and ginger beers. Walk away with your own fermentation starter kit and all the information you need to get started on your first batch!

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Bicycle Building & Maintenance

  • Build Your Own Bike Frame 10 Tuesdays 7:15-9:45pm, Nov. 24 – Feb. 2 — Whether you’re an avid cyclist looking for a durable frame which fits you better than anything off­-the­-shelf, a commuter looking for a bicycle with personal touches which suit your needs perfectly, or just interested in learning a new skill which elegantly fuses science and craftsmanship, this class will teach you a functional craft with roots dating back more than a century. You’ll also come away from the class with your own lugged steel bicycle frame!
  • Winter Bike Riding & Maintenance: Tips & Tricks Saturday 5:30-7:30pm, Feb. 13 — For any cyclist who refuses to hang up the bike this winter: this workshop includes both an introduction to winter riding and how to prepare for it, and the opportunity to exchange information with other four-season riders. The instructor will introduce students new to winter riding to both components, and to riding gear that will help you get started. You’ll learn how winter riding will affect your bike and tips to keep you rolling.
  • Bicycle Maintenance I, Thursdays 7-9pm, Feb. 2 – Feb. 23, Mar. 10 – 31 // Wednesdays 7-9pm, Apr. 6 – 27 — Learn how to maintain your bicycle! The four classes in this course will cover the following topics: changing a flat tire, introduction to drive systems and rear derailleurs, brake systems overhaul, and introduction to bearings systems and front hub overhaul. Students will be performing the maintenance themselves, on their own bicycles, after a short instruction and demonstration. This is a basic course, and some bicycle types may be outside of the scope of the course. However, the course does reach a level of detail at which students who are intending to expand their knowledge of bicycles find it helpful to do some light note-taking during lecture time.
  • Bicycle Maintenance II Wednesdays 7-9pm, Mar. 9 – 30 // Thursdays 7-9pm, Apr. 7 – 28 — Topics covered in the course will build upon the skills foundation earned by students in Bicycle Maintenance I. They include rear hub overhaul, in which students will disassemble their hubs, repack them and reassemble them; both radial and lateral wheel truing; headset overhaul, where students will gain confidence in bicycle steering systems; and front derailleur adjustments. Students will be performing the maintenance themselves, on their own bicycles, after a short instruction and demonstration. Although this is an advanced course, some bicycle types may be outside of the scope of the course.
  • Bicycle Generator Hubs, Lighting and USB Ports Sunday 3-5pm, Mar. 27 — By the end of the tool training session, students will be comfortable with the operation of the handheld power drill, impact driver, standing drill press, panel saw, circular saw, jig saw, band saw, scroll saw, spindle sander, belt sander and disc sander. Student will also be able to demonstrate knowledge of tool troubleshooting, shop organization and shop maintenance.

  • Wheelbuilding Returning Soon! — Build your very own hand-built bicycle wheel! You will learn to lace, center, true and tension your own rear wheel.
  • Three-Speed Repair & Overhaul Workshop Returning soon! — Love that old English bike, but can’t get her to go? Strange ticking or clicking in the hub? Then this is the workshop for you! Learn how to disassemble and reassemble a classic Sturmey Archer three speed hub, and bring your personal bike maintenance questions to trouble-shoot with the instructor and group.

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Business & Marketing

  • Arts Marketing for Artists & Makers: Office Hours Wednesdays 6-9pm  — FREE consultations offered to all Boston area artists, makers, and craftspeople by Jesa Damora of FunnelCake Marketing. If you have a project you’d like to publicize or get off the ground; if you have creative goals that require resources, leverage, and nurturing; or if you just need to rant about (and maybe get some traction on) making an art life happen for yourself, this is the place to be. By appointment. Message FunnelCake Marketing on Facebook.

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CAD, Programming, Design & Engineering

  • Product Design Consultations Every other Monday; Walk-in and By Appointment — This is a free services offered to Artisan’s Asylum members and friends. If you’ve got a project you’re thinking about developing for mass production, a working prototype, or just a sketch on the back of a napkin,these sessions aim to provide insights into the product development process,from user research and form development to prototyping, tooling and pitching. Consultations area available by appointment, so email abandazian@gmail.com to reserve a half-hour slot. Walk-ins are also welcome.
  • Introduction to 3D Modeling: Solidworks Mondays 7:15-9:45pm, Jan. 18 – Feb. 22 — Come learn how to use Solidworks at Artisan’s Asylum to create 3D models of parts you can make in our shops! 3D modeling software is used worldwide in professional settings like engineering, product design, and more to develop and test ideas and guide part production. Made possible by our sponsor, Solidworks.
  • HTML Ahoy!! Designing For The Web Mondays & Thursdays 7:30-9:30pm, Feb. 15 – Mar. 10 // Mondays & Wednesdays 7:30-9:30pm, Mar. 14 – Apr. 6 — This class provides an overview of the fundamentals of web design through in-class presentations, exercises and customized short projects (based on your goals/intended project for the class). We’ll be looking at both form and function in the context of modern HTML5 standards and practices. Already know some code, but want to push yourself? This class will give you the time and space to do that, while also presenting you with some challenges and workarounds.  You’ll learn how to customize templates for content management systems like WordPress and Drupal, create responsive layouts for mobile devices, and become acquainted with commonly-used frameworks like Bootstrap and jQuery.
  • One-Day Raspberry Pi Workshop Sunday 1-5pm, Mar. 13 — This one-day workshop will teach you the basics of setting up and working with this single-board computer platform with a truely impressive set of specifications that is available at a fraction of the cost of today’s smartphones.   Add-on hardware (cameras and a multitude of interface boards) make the unit even more valuable and allow a host of real-world applications to be tackled whether in the home, the office and for use in embedded turnkey systems. That very power, and the multiple options of both software and hardware, can make initial setup confusing and frustrating to the beginner. Whether you have a dedicated application or just want to play with it and discover the joys of working with the Linux operating system or program in C++ or Python, this seminar will be the perfect place to start.  In this workshop we will provide a structured hands-on seminar where we will explore the RaPi and how to setup the hardware and software and communicate with the unit with only your laptop.

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CNC Prototyping & CAM

  • NEW! Investment Casting Sundays 7-10pm, Feb. 21 – Mar. 6Mar. 13 – 27  // Wednesdays 7-10pm, Jan. 20 & 27,  Feb. 17 – Mar. 2 // Tuesdays 1-4pm Feb. 23 – Mar. 8 — Investment Casting is the art of casting a metal part from a master model which is destroyed in the process. This 2 day class is designed to introduce students to the art of investment casting using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop. Students will learn the process of investment casting by taking an instructor supplied model made of 3D printed PLA or wax and casting it in Aluminum or Bronze.
  • Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter 101 Sunday 11am-1pm, Feb. 21, Mar. 20, Apr. 17 — Learn how to use the Asylum’s new computer-controlled, water-cooled plasma cutter to cut any shape you want out of a 4’x8′ sheet of metal! In this class, we’ll show you how to translate your hand sketches and CAD drawings into patterns cut out of any metal sheet up to an inch thick at rates of up to 200 inches per minute.
  • Advanced Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter 102: Build a Bracket! Sunday 11am-2pm, Feb. 28 — Build on the skills developed in Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter by altering data in CAD and adjusting for manufacturing precision. It will use your existing knowledge of our Torchmate CNC plasma cutter with Solidworks to understand adjusting K factor and how to make a tabbed connection.
  • Advanced Tool Training: CNC Plasma Cutter 103: Fixturing and Edge Starting! Sunday 3-6pm, Feb. 28 — You have already mastered cutting parts out of a blank, now add features to pre existing parts. Expand the capabilities of your project by working with tube, structural shapes and finished parts. This class will introduce you to fixturing on the CNC Plasma cutter. Don’t need to cut out an entire shape? Work on one side and get the geometry where you want it.
  • Tool Training: 3D Printer 2:30-4:30pm Sunday, Feb. 21, Mar. 20, Apr. 17 — This class trains students to operate the uPrint SE Plus 3D printer independently, whenever they need projects made. Training in generating 3D models in STL file format available separately, in the Introduction to 3D Modeling class (see above).
  • Introduction to ShopBot CNC Router and VCarve Pro Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, Feb. 9 – Mar. 8, Mar. 15 – Apr. 12 — Learn to use the Artisan’s Asylum new ShopBot CNC Router — the best professional-grade but hobbyist-accessible version of this tool — and the easy-to-use CAM software required to make it run, while making a project out of wood or plastic from a 2D drawing! For students with previous experience in 2D CAD/vector software such as Inkscape, AutoCAD, or Solidworks.
  • Tool Training: Asylasaur Laser Cutter Thursdays 7-9pm, Feb. 18, Mar. 24, Apr. 21 or Sunday 2:30-4:30pm, Feb. 7, Mar. 6, Apr. 3 — The laser cutter is the most flexible and accessible rapid prototyping tool in any shop. This 2-hour training class will cover some basics on how laser cutters work and review full operating procedures for the Asylum’s 2 laser cutters. Every student will get to create a small item as part of the class! Testing will be required before students are signed off to use the tool independently as members.
  • Introduction to the Multicam Industrial CNC Router 4 Fridays 10am-2pm, Jan. 22 – Feb. 19 — Want to build big? Learn to use the industrial Multicam CNC router! Able to cut 2- and 3-dimensional shapes from full-size, inches-thick sheets of wood, plastics, and aluminum, this machine is the largest computer-controlled cutter currently in our shops. In this month-long intensive training, learn everything you need to know to operate the machine safely and independently. HSMWorks training a prerequisite (see below).
  • HSMWorks for CNC Machining Fridays 6:30-8:30pm, Mar. 4 – Mar. 25 — Looking to use higher end CNC machining tools to create 2-D and 3-D forms and prototypes? Get familiar with the controls software you’ll need to take a solid model for a wood, plastic, or aluminum prototype and select tools, speeds and feeds, and machining operations and translate them into G-code. Necessary to use our Multicam Industrial CNC Router. Made possible by our sponsors HSMWorks & Autodesk.

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Electronics & Robotics

  • FREE! Circuit Hacking Night Wednesdays 6-8pm — Come play with electronics at Artisan’s Asylum! For newbies and experienced hackers alike, one night a week the electronics & robotics lab will be open to the public — there will be a free introductory soldering lesson, electronics kits on hand for sale for those who wish to make things, and experienced hackers and engineers around to answer all your questions. Feel free to bring your own projects to work on if you have them!
  • One Day Arduino Workshop Sunday 10:15am-2:45pm, Feb 7, Mar. 6 — Learn to work with one of the classic widgets in the maker world, the Arduino! The Arduino is a simple microcontroller which will let you control real world things, and react to stimuli outside of its environment. It is used in many areas, such as robots, autonomous sailboats, and a great many art installations. Students will learn the Arduino platform basics, how to the Arduino is programmed, how to use the included programs, and the basics of sensor and output devices.

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Fiber Arts

  • NEWLeather Mask Making  Wednesdays, 7-9pm, Feb. 24 – Mar. 16 — This class will take students through design conception to completion of leather masquerade / mardi-gras style masks. By the end of the four week session, each student will have learned how to design, pattern, carve, mold and paint a personalized mask.
  • NEWLeather Rose Workshop Sunday 5:30 – 8:30pm, Feb. 7 — This course will teach the skills and techniques required for leather rose construction, from conception to completion. We will use the tools of the trade, mold the leather to shape, paint, and construct leather roses just in time for Valentine’s Day. This momento will never fade!
  • Introduction to Sewing Machines Saturday 1:00-3:30pm, Feb. 13 – Feb. 27 — Learn your way around a sewing machine while making a pair of comfortable drawstring pants. You can learn on our machines or bring your own! This 3-week basic intro class brings students quickly through the process from pattern to cutting to pinning, sewing machine basics, to seams and buttons and hems.

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Jewelry & Metalsmithing

  • NEW! Investment Casting Sundays 7-10pm, Feb. 21 – Mar. 6Mar. 13 – 27  // Wednesdays 7-10pm, Jan. 20 & 27,  Feb. 17 – Mar. 2 // Tuesdays 1-4pm Feb. 23 – Mar. 8 — Investment Casting is the art of casting a metal part from a master model which is destroyed in the process. This 2 day class is designed to introduce students to the art of investment casting using the equipment in the Artisan’s Asylum Casting Shop. Students will learn the process of investment casting by taking an instructor supplied model made of 3D printed PLA or wax and casting it in Aluminum or Bronze.
  • Movable Objects: Make a Metal Puppet! Mondays 6:30-9:30pm, Jan 25 – Feb 29 — This class is ideal for beginner or intermediate students. Over the course of 6 weeks you will be learning cutting and piercing, flush rivets, tube rivets, and hinges, with a little soldering thrown in for decorative pour passes. All the skills you learn will be put to use in your final project: a metal puppet with movable appendages! The complexity and design of the puppet will be left up to individual students, but by the end of the class every one should have a movable metal puppet!
  • Making the Most of Your Jewelry Flex-Shaft Saturday 10am-5pm, Feb. 13 — Different than a Dremel Tool, a jeweler’s Flexible Shaft is a tool with diverse applications, one of the most powerful that jewelers use for fabrication. In this workshop we will learn all about what makes a flex-shaft run, the different accessories available, and the choices for hand pieces.
  • Jewelry 101: Introduction to Metalsmithing Tuesdays 6-9pm, Jan. 12 – Feb. 16 // Mar. 8 – Apr.12 — Come learn the arcane and secret techniques of making fine jewelry! In this introductory series, students will learn some of the metalsmithing tools and techniques used in jewelry construction, including cutting, texturing, cold connections, soldering, and finishing. At the end of six weeks, you’ll have made at least two pieces of your own design!
  • Jewelry 201: Intermediate Metalsmithing Wednesdays 7-10pm, Jan. 13 – Feb. 17 // Mar. 9 – Apr. 13 — Jewelry 201 is designed to accommodate a variety of post-beginner skill levels and interests while reinforcing the fundamentals of metalsmithing. A range of step-by-step projects are available, such as making your own findings (earwires and toggle clasps), fabricating a heavy bezel for any shape of stone, forming a hollow ring and a bell. Students will have the opportunity to put these skills into practice fabricating a set of sample pieces. Taught by Karen Burke, professional jewelry maker and returning Artisan’s Asylum instructor.
  • Tool Training: Hot Craft Studio Jewelry Shop Friday 7-9:30pm, Jan. 15, Jan. 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 26 — Students will learn the proper use and location of all the tools in the studio and to operate the acetylene gas tank, set up a soldering area, turn on and off the tank, use the polishing set up, the rolling mill, and the flex shaft. This one session tool training is the perfect way to get trained up to operate independently in the Jewelry shop if you don’t have time for a long-form class. Testing necessary to be checked off to work on your own — available by appointment.
  • Beading for Beginners Sunday 2-4pm, Feb. 21 — Ever wondered what the difference between a lariat and an opera necklace was? Don’t know a rondelle from a round bead? Take this fun, informative class to learn the basics of beading, including bead types, composition, and durability. Leave class with a beaded necklace or earrings of your own design perfect for gifts, and greater confidence and inspiration for approaching beading projects on your own!

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Machining

  • Tool Training: Manual Milling Machine Tuesdays 7-9pm, Jan. 19 & 26, Feb. 2 & 9, Feb. 16 & 23 — A two-session basic training on the Asylum’s Bridgeport Vertical Milling Machines. his class will teach you how to setup a Bridgeport-style mill for precision machining, how to securely hold a part, how to precisely measure distances down to one-thousandth of an inch, and how to make facing cuts and drill holes using a wide variety of mill bits and accessories.
  • Manual Machining & Layout Sundays 1-3pm, Jan. 10 – Feb. 14 — This 6 week intensive class will have you machining aluminum alloy and carbon steel to exacting specifications. You’ll practice a variety of operations on a mill and lathe which will prepare you for creating parts for anything from robots to coffee grinders to bicycles with confidence.
  • Tool Training: SHARP CNC Mill 201: Cope-A-Tube Monday 7-10pm, Feb. 29 — This 3-hour personalized training will launch you into the world of Computer Numerically Controlled (CNC) precision machining at Artisan’s Asylum. Makers of all types will benefit from shaping aluminum, steel, and plastics into precise, computer-cut parts. After you’ve practiced with the manual milling machine, it’s time to work in the realm of thousandths of an inch!.
  • Tool Training: Intro to Metal Lathe Wednesdays 7-9pm, Feb. 3 & 10, Feb. 17 & 24 — This class will teach students how to set up the metal lathe for precision machining, how to securely hold a part, how to perform machining operations to tolerances of one-thousandth of an inch.
  • Threading 101: Taps, Dies, Mills & Lathes Returning Soon! — Need your pieces to screw together? Learn to use taps and dies, mills and lathes like a pro to cut threads into and onto metal stock in this fast-paced one-night workshop!

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Metalworking & Welding

  • Sculptural Metalworking Saturdays 12-3pm, Feb. 13 – Mar. 5Mar. 12 – Apr. 2 — This is a class specifically geared as an introduction to the wonderful world of sculptural metalworking and welding. Students will learn how to use a MIG welder and various supporting tools (clamps, grinders, sanders, etc.) to produce sculptural art pieces of their own design. Kit and instructor-directed projects are also available if students would like a less independent class experience.
  • NEW! Metalworking Intensive 101: Build a Stool! Wednesday 7-10pm, Feb. 3-24, Mar. 2-24, Apr. 6-27 — In this class, students will learn the basics of how to design and fabricate stools made out of steel. Students will work together to build stools for the shops. Students will participate in the construction and assembly of the pieces all the way from raw materials to finished product, and learn skills including measuring, layout, manufacturing of jigs, cutting, and MIG welding. Each student will get time to practice using saws, MIG welders, and angle grinders over the course of the four-week session. This will be a good introduction to general structural steel construction techniques; each week we’ll reinforce the skills learned in previous classes.
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 101 Cut, Grind, and Drill Metal Thursdays 6-8pm, Jan. 21 & 28, Feb. 4 & 11, Feb. 18 & 25, Mar. 3 & 10, Mar. 24 & 31 — The bare minimum to get started in the metal shop. Learn how to pick the right saw for the job, how to drill holes, and how to grind the burrs down. A quick introduction to the staples of metalworking and the perfect warm-up to welding. You’ll learn how and when to use: abrasive saw, horizontal band, pedestal and angle grinder, hand and drill press, as well as safe workholding and creation and use of jigs!
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 102 Cut, Grind, PUNCH! Thursdays 8-10pm, Jan. 21 & 28, Feb. 4 & 11, Feb. 18 & 25, Mar. 3 & 10, Mar. 24 & 31 — Take your metalworking tool training to the next level! In this beginner/intermediate class you’ll learn how to use: vertical bandsaws, our large belt grinder and smaller belt sander, aluminum grinders, the Iron Worker, production jigging. This class can be taken in conjunction with Metalworking Tool Training 101 if you have no prior experience.
  • Metalworking Tool Training: 103 Sheets, Tubes, and Hydraulics Friday 6-9pm, Feb. 5, Mar. 4 — In this one day class we’ll cover odds and ends such as working with sheet metal, including how to cut, fold, and spot weld it into form. We’ll then experiment with different options for bending tubes and rod. And we’ll also cover forming operations using the mechanical lever and hydraulic arbor presses. As an added bonus you’ll learn to use the sand blaster and parts washer to make cleanup quick and easy. Students should have some metalworking experience to take this class.
  • Introduction to TIG Welding Mondays 7:30-9:30pm, Feb. 8-29, Mar. 7-28 — Come learn how to weld with Skunk! TIG welding is a precise type of welding generally used to make space frames (like bicycle frames) and small pieces. Students learn operation of a TIG welder and a large range of supporting equipment for a variety of materials and joint types. Taught by Skunk, metal sculptor, graphic designer, bike builder, Grand Poobah of the nerd bicycle gang SCUL, and long-time Asylum TIG welding instructor and member.
  • Basic MIG Welding Friday 6-9pm, Jan 22, Jan 29, Feb. 12, Feb. 19, Feb. 26 — One-session basic MIG Welder training for those entirely new to welding and those looking for a refresher.

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Screen Printing

  • Single-Color Screen Printing: A One-Day Introduction 11am-4pm Saturday, Feb. 6, Mar. 12 — Ever wanted to make your own custom t-shirt, tote bag, sticker, poster, or greeting card? In this one day intensive introduction to screen printing, you’ll learn all the basics and by the end of the evening create a screen using your artwork and print a one-color design on your choice of t-shirts or paper.

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Woodworking

  • Tool Training: Basics of Woodworking 101 Sundays 11am-2pm, Feb. 7 & 14Feb. 21 & 28 — Looking for an intro wood shop crash course or refresher for basic work around your home or shop, or to begin your first foray into fine woodworking? This class reviews standard saws and tools like the the handheld power drill, impact driver, standing drill press, panel saw, circular saw, jig saw, scroll saw, bandsaw, spindle sander, belt sander and disc sander.
  • NEW! Build a Bandsaw Box Thursdays 12:30-2:30pm, Feb. 4 – 25 — The bandsaw-box is a quintessential woodworking project. Using only the band-saw, and some sandpaper, a beautiful piece of functional art can be made. In this course students will design and build a custom bandsaw-box. They will flock the inside of the drawer-slot and drawer, and apply a beautiful oil and urethane finish to pop the grain and protect their piece.
  • NEW! Build a Table 5:30-9:30pm Thursdays, Mar. 17 – Apr. 7 — The table saw is an amazing tool that enables even novice wood workers to cut perfectly square joints, miters that are exactly 45 degrees, and repeat cuts of a set length or width. This class will use the table saw to make a parson’s table, including cutting stock to width and length and mitering the legs to make a square splined joint. Students will leave the class with a greater understanding of what is possible to accomplish with the table saw and more familiarity with how to use it skillfully.
  • Tool Training: Router Table Fundamentals Mondays 7:15-9:45pm, Feb. 8-22, Mar. 7-21 — The router table is a versatile tool in any woodshop, used to cut a variety of edge profiles, duplicate patterns, and make dados. In this two-part class, learn to use a router table safely for a variety of woodworking operations, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple cutting board project.
  • Fine Woodworking: Introduction to Precision Woodworking and Joinery Monday afternoons, 12:15-2:15pm, Feb. 22 – Apr. 18 // Tuesday evenings, 7:30-9:30pm, Feb. 16 – Apr. 5 — In the process of building a table-top wine rack, learn everything you need to know to create beautiful fine furniture from selecting rough sawn boards from a mill to applying a final clear coat. We will learn how to read the grain on a board, mill a rough board to perfect dimensions, chop a mortise by hand and cut a perfect tenon on the table saw. We will learn the differences in different wood glues, as well as how to select an appropriate finish.
  • Tool Training: Rough to Smooth — Using the Miter Saw, Band Saw, Jointer & Planer Thursdays 7:30-9:30, Feb. 10-24, Mar. 9-23 — The first step in any woodworking project is dimensioning your stock. Lucky for you there are four tools specifically designed to take rough sawn lumber and process it into boards that are straight, flat, and true! In this 3-week class, learn the maintenance and safe operation of these tools, and the techniques for using them to dimension rough stock, and get checked out to use them as members in the Asylum shop.
  • Tool Training: Tablesaw Fundamentals Returning Soon! — Almost all woodworking projects, from fine furniture to general construction, use a table saw. When used incorrectly, however, it is one of the most dangerous tools in the shop. In this class, learn to use a table saw safely and accurately, and reinforce these techniques by constructing a small, simple project.

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