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Fundamentals of Finishing

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class will cover the basics of finishing wood and furniture. The finish on most projects should take more time than you realize, not just slapping on a coat of Minwax and calling it done. In this class we will discuss the history and use examples of Hard and Soft finishes, lacquer, shellac, varnishes, polyurethanes, wax and more. We’ll talk...

Saturday Nov 17th, 10am - 5pm

  (2 sessions)
$325

2 sessions

Handmade Wooden Bowls

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Wooden bowls are very unique, practical, and fun to make. Come out and work on our lathes using carving tools to finish a bowl in one day.  Instruction and first attempts are in the morning, and then in the afternoon there will be time for guided practice and finishing. A 30-minute break for lunch.

Sunday Jan 27th, 10am - 3:30pm

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Handturned Bottle Stoppers and Kitchen Tools

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Discover the basics of spindle turning. End the day with a selection of finished bottle-stoppers, small kitchen tools or other spindle projects. Learn woodturning safety, safety equipment, turning tools and lathes, work holding, design, basic spindle turning, shaping on the lathe, and finishing. Spindle projects can include pizza cutters, screwdrivers,...

Saturday Feb 2nd, 10am - 3:30pm

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Woodturn a Christmas Ornament

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Create your own hand-turned ornament as a holiday gift or for your own tree! Using various woodturning tools including lathes, you will learn how to safely turn your own ornament to take home at the end of the day!  No experience necessary.  All materials are included.

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$120

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Willow Furniture Workshop: Chair

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Natural willow furniture is the ideal rustic accent when you need a seat for that perfect spot in your garden or porch. Learn the basic techniques of making bent willow furniture. You will select one project to complete during the workshop. Projects are large, so bring a vehicle that can accommodate them.  Requirements: Bring a hammer, hand pruners,...

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$329

Holiday Willow Workshop: Tree

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Create either a charming rustic reindeer or a holiday tree of willow. The holiday tree is 5 to 6 feet tall, and can be decorated with twinkly lights and more for the holidays, and then used as a vine support for the summer. The reindeer has an overall height of 4 to 5 feet from its hooves to the tips of its antlers. Please bring a hammer, hand pruners,...

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$69

Making a Bird/Bat House

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class is a great beginning class for individuals, or for parent and child project together. You’ll learn the fundamentals of joinery and connections. The house comes as a kit that you will do the basic finishing and construction on. Materials are included in this class. Note: Wear comfortable clothing but not loose fitting, Hair must be kept...

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$175

Fundamentals of Drafting

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class will cover the basics of drafting with grafted paper and blank sheets. You’ll learn how to use portable drafting table, pencil, square, triangles, scales, compass, and grafted paper on the first day. On the second day we’ll go through the basics of using Sketchup on your computers. Drafting supplies are included, second day will be in...

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$325

2 sessions

Making a Wooden Mallet

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

In this class, you’ll be making a basic all wooden mallet for use in the shop or at home. Materials are included in this class. Note: Wear comfortable clothing but not loose fitting, Hair must be kept under control and tied back for safety. All safety gear, glasses, hearing, dust mask are provided.

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$175

Fundamentals of Sharpening

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class will cover the use of a glass plate and progressively finer abrasive papers to make scary sharp straight edges. We’ll also go through sharpening card scrapers and basics on gauges. Glass and papers included, bring your own blades to sharpen. Note: Wear comfortable clothing but not loose fitting, Hair must be kept under control and tied...

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$175

Shop Tool Safety and Training

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

Shop Tool safety and training class two-day class (12hrs) The first day will cover use and maintenance of basic hand tools such as; Hammers, mallets, screwdrivers, chisels, saws, measuring devices, marking tools, levels, knives, sanding blocks, planes, and others. The second day will start with hand power tools; routers, circular saw, reciprocating...

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$150

2 sessions

12-Week Woodworking for Beginners

at Chicago Creative Commons - Bridgeport 1200 W 35th St, Chicago, Illinois 60609

This class is for all new to mid-level experienced woodworkers. Class will meet for 3.5hrs of lecture and discussion time, and 10hrs of workshop time. Our goal is to share the experience of making a project from start to finish. We will teach you to properly use the tools necessary for your projects, and how to start, work and finish them. When you're...

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$1,120

12 sessions

Workshop Express - Furniture Painting

at Avenue 122 - Geneva 12 E. State Main Rm, Chicago, Illinois 60134

Van Gogh Paintologist will teach a hands-on class that will introduce you to the unique qualities of Van Gogh Fossil Paint and Beeswax Finishes.  This is for the DIY-er out there who wants to take a tired piece of furniture and turn it into the star of the show. There is no sanding or prep work involved in Van Gogh, just wipe down your piece...

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$75

Using Stained Glass in Woodworking

at Evanston Art Center - Evanston 1717 Central St, Evanston, Illinois 60201

Interested in incorporating stained glass into your next woodworking project?  Join us as we review a brief history of the use of stained glass in works of art, religious ornamentation and contemporary art, and then learn how to select, cut and incorporate glass into your woodworking. Students will purchase and fabricate a project of their...

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$245

6 sessions

Willow Workshop: Plant Stand

at Chicago Botanic Garden - Glencoe 1000 Lake Cook Road, Chicago, Illinois 60022

Celebrate the summer solstice with Bim Willow to craft and create rustic accents and furniture for your home, garden, or porch. Learn the basic techniques of making bent willow furniture. You will select one project to complete during the workshop. Projects are large, so bring a vehicle that can accommodate them. Bring a hammer, hand pruners, and work...

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$99
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