Friday, December 6, 2013

Classes At Cambridge Center For Adult Education

Come build this Shaker-style step stool with me at the Cambridge Center For Adult Education.

I'm very pleased to announce a new venue for classes, the Cambridge Center For Adult Education, located at 42 Brattle St. in Harvard Square, Cambridge, MA.

For their Spring 2014 term, I'll be teaching a class building this Shaker step stool entirely with hand tools. Shaker styles make good introductory projects because they're practical, functional forms without being overwhelming.

Exploded view of the step stool, showing the different joinery.

The step stool will be a 10-week class on Saturday afternoons, 2-5PM, April 5-June 7, 2014. Registration opens February 7; I'll post a reminder before then.

For details, see the full description on my Hand Tool Instruction page.

Freddy Roman

But that's not all! When I was talking to CCAE about my class proposal, they asked if I also knew someone who could teach classes covering their power tools. I said I knew just the guy.

So I'm equally pleased to announce that Freddy Roman will also be teaching there. You can read my profile of Freddy here. That's a real two-fer when you can arrange a gig for yourself and for a friend at the same time!

Freddy will be starting almost immediately, with the Winter term, currently open for registration. He'll be teaching two classes, a one-day Boot Camp, and an 8-week course.

The Boot Camp runs twice, 10AM-4PM, Sunday, January 12th, 2014, and 9AM-5PM, Sunday, March 23; registration details here and here, respectively. This covers basic woodworking tools and concepts and includes a simple woodworking project.

The 8-week course will be Monday evenings, 6-9PM, starting January 13th, 2014 (no class February 10). The project will be a Shaker table, using both power and hand tools. Registration details here.

He'll be repeating the 8-week course for the Spring term, again Monday evenings 6-9PM, starting March 31, 2014.


  1. Looks like a fun class. I think I might rotate the wedges 90degs. As shown they are trying to split the top.

    1. Yes, and therein lies a lesson! Plus a future blog post: destructive testing of wedged tenons.


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