7 steps to a great woodworking project
Everything you need to know to go from a pegboard to a log cabin
1. Take a beginner workshop
If you have never been to Les Affûtés, we recommend that you take a group workshop like creating a cutting board, furniture or wood planter for example. This will allow you to familiarize yourself with the wood, to play with the possibilities, in a reassuring collective context.
2. Take the Induction class for wood machines
To be autonomous on the machines of the workshop, the Inductions are the essential step. You will learn about the safety and physics of the machines. In Induction 1, you will learn about the mitre saw, the drill press, the band saw and everything to do with sanding.
3. Carry out a small personal project, with coaching
It’s time to go it alone. We recommend that you choose a project that takes 4-8 hours to complete, such as a shelf, a stool or a wooden puzzle.
You can do it completely on your own if you feel ready, or book a woodwork chief to help you start your project and choose the wood.
4. Take the table saw Induction
Induction 2 will allow you to become independent on the bench saw and the router, two essential tools in a consistent woodworking project.
And once you’ve mastered the bench saw, you’ll feel like Superman, we promise. 😊
5. Carry out an intermediate project
We move on to a new stage, with a project lasting 1 to 2 days. You can tackle an upright table, a shoe rack or outdoor furniture.
6. [Optionnal] If your final project is in solid wood, take Induction 3 class and make a project
If you want to do a large project that uses woods other than plywood and pine (maple, cherry, walnut, oak), you will also need to take the Solid Wood Training course to learn how to use the jointer and planer. Then we recommend that you make a small project, such as a cutting board or a solid wood bench, to get used to using these machines.
7. Launching yourself!
Now you’re ready to tackle the big projects: bed, table, multi-drawer unit, you can make it all yourself, just by booking a workbench. The workshop chiefs who helped you with your smaller projects will also be there to answer your questions or help you refine your design, if you wish.
Are you still wondering if your project requires special preparations? Write to us or drop by, we’ll be happy to look at it together!