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Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box JAN/FEB

Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM (EST)

Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box JAN/FEB

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Pretty Wooden Box with Top


In this class you'll get familiar with typical woodworking tools and the basics of joinery and finishing techniques by building the foundational shape from which most furniture and structures are constructed - a box! We will be creating a small (roughly 3x6x9") box with lid.

While this is a hands-on class producing a final project that you can take home, there will also be theoretical lecture portions of the class. We will discuss different types of wood, what factors go into your choice of material, and what behaviors of the wood to keep in mind when choosing which tools to use on that wood. We will also discuss different types of joints, and both the structural and aesthetic reasons you may want to use one joint method over another. We will discuss joints that require jigs, however, we will NOT be practicing those joints (such as dovetails, finger joints, biscuits, and pocket screwing). We will also discuss the different finish options, including waxes, oils, stains, varnishes, and paint, and you will get instruction on how to apply a stain or oil finish to your final piece.

Class Goals:

Teach students how to safely use woodworking and assembly tools like table saws, sliding compound miter saws, circular saws, the jointer and planer, layout tools and more, leading to the completion of a wooden box.


Students must be at least 18 years old.


Wood will be provided; please bring $10 cash to the fist class to cover the cost of materials.

Instructor Biography:

Carolyn Emberley

Carolyn Emberley has a BFA in Studio Art from UMass Amherst, taught in the Student Union Craft Center for most of her time there, and took woodworking classes in the art department.

Carolyn has been observing and building in her Dad's workshop since before she can remember. She built her first toolbox as a wee lass with her Dad's help when she was probably 8 or 10. Her personal projects tend to range from jewlery stands to boxes to small furniture. She comes from a family of professional builders and remodelers, and has helped frame, drywall, trim, paint, etc. many a structure, including her parents' home improvement projects, the construction of an addition to a family summer cottage, volunteering on several Habitat for Humanity sites, and supervising and teaching 14-18 year olds in week-long trips rebuilding houses in the Gulf Coast for three summers post-Hurricane Katrina. Teaching a 15 year old girl to cut and hang crown molding and seeing her amazement and the homeowner's gratiture in her results has been one of her most rewarding teaching experiences.

Event Time:

Session 1: Tuesday, January 14, 7PM - 10PM

Session 2: Tuesday, January 21, 7PM - 10PM

Session 3: Tuesday, January 28, 7PM - 10PM

Session 4: Tuesday, February 4, 7PM - 10PM

Session 5: Tuesday, February 11, 7PM - 10PM


REFUNDS: We offer full refunds for any class cancellations more than three days in advance of the class start date. After that point refunds are contingent upon the Asylum being able to fill the seat. No refunds whatsoever are offered for same-day cancellations. To request a refund for a class, please fill out this form.

CANCELLATIONS: Your class may be cancelled if too few people register. A decision will be made a few days before the class is scheduled to run, and you will be notified of the cancellation and your registration refunded in full.

Have questions about Intro to Woodworking: Build a Box JAN/FEB? Contact Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

When & Where

Artisan's Asylum
10 Tyler Street
Somerville, 02143

Tuesday, January 14, 2014 at 7:00 PM - Tuesday, February 11, 2014 at 10:00 PM (EST)

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Artisan's Asylum, Inc.

Artisan's Asylum is a 40,000 sq. ft. member-based non-profit community fabrication center located in Somerville MA, dedicated to making creativity a way of life. Our mission is to support and promote the teaching, learning and practicing of design & fabrication by offering:

* Shared design and fabrication tools and equipment in our various community workshops.

* A large range of publicly-accessible classes offered by local artisans.

* Various monthly membership structures allowing access to our facility. 

* On-site studio and storage rentals allowing members to create and store projects on-site.

* Hosting local craft-related events to help encourage DIY culture and community craftsmanship. 

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