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Build A Cherry Side Table

May 17 @ 6:30 pm - 9:30 pm

A 3-week Furniture Building Workshop at Artisan’s Asylum
5/17/21 – 6/3/21

This class is not only an introduction to fine woodworking furniture building but also an opportunity to learn almost every tool in the woodshop. For anyone interested in building their own furniture, this class will teach you everything you need to get started.

We will start from rough lumber Cherry board and through the class you will learn to create a Shaker-style side table with a drawer. Students will be shown how to use a drawing plan to layout your project including wood grain consideration and joinery. In this class we will use virtually all the tools in the woodshop from Chisel to Tablesaw, Router, Band saw, Joiner, Planer, and Miter saw. In addition, the student will learn some hand tool woodworking skills.

You will learn the following topics during the course of the class:

•Rough lumber to dimensional stock

• Drawer construction-fitting

• Full assembly and glue-up

• Mortise-Tenon

• Double Tenon

***PLEASE NOTE: Tool testing for Router is NOT included in this course, and should be arranged separately by each student. ***

Materials Fee

There is an additional $400 materials fee for each registration. This fee covers the materials for the table, materials for use in learning the different tools including extras for testing, and necessary materials prep prior to the start of the class.

This can be paid directly to the instructor or by contacting teach@artisansasylum.com to schedule a credit card payment.

Class Goals

Learn fine woodworking furniture building techniques and skills that can be used for any project size. Learn hand tools and power tools including Chisel to Tablesaw, Router, Band saw, Joiner, Planer, and Miter saw. This is a class that will take the student from layout to a finish fine furniture Cherry Side Table with a drawer. Also, you will learn how to sand-assemble and apply oil / water-based finish to guide you through the finishing process, (finishing intended to be completed at home).

Dates and Access

Week 1: Monday, 5/17 thru Thursday, 5/20

Week 2: Monday, 5/24 thru Wednesday, 5/26

Session 3: Tuesday, 6/1 thru Thursday, 6/3

Instructor: Francisco Leon


The safety of our community, members, and instructors is our greatest priority. We ask all participants in this workshop to commit to a reduced level activity leading up to and during this workshop in our facility.

Students must wear a mask that complies with our updated safety policies. Mask must be a 3-ply surgical mask, KN95 disposable mask, N95 mask, or a tightly woven cloth mask with a filter insert. Students not wearing the appropriate masks will be asked to purchase one from our facility before joining the session.

When you arrive please be sure to:

– Wear an approved safety mask at all times

– Adhere to social distancing rules

– Be aware that this class has capacity limits to ensure your safety

– Limit your activities leading up to and during the class sessions so that you and your classmates stay safe

Artisan’s Asylum is closely following the guidelines set by the CDC and Massachusetts regarding COVID-19. Please reach out to us with any concerns or questions you may have.


Artisan’s Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, MA 02143 United States
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