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Intermediate Woodshop Skills (Prerequisite: Beginning Woodshop at Ideaworks or Instructor's Approval)

  • 09 Aug 2023
  • 10 Aug 2023
  • 2 sessions
  • 09 Aug 2023, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • 10 Aug 2023, 5:30 PM 8:30 PM (PDT)
  • Fresno Ideaworks
  • 6


This short course is designed for people who have completed the basic wood course offered at Ideaworks. Students will not only be able to improve upon the skills learned in the basic class, but will learn some new ones as well. The class is oriented around a predetermined project. Materials for the class project are included.                                                                                     

The course will include:

1. Safety - general shop safety review

2. Use of power tools - All can hurt you, but proper use and practice will improve your woodworking!

     A. Miter/chop saw

     B. Jointer

     C  Router table

     D. Table saw

3. Skill refinement -

     1. Planning

     2. Measurement

     3. Cutting to dimension

     4. Gluing & assembly

     5. Sanding

4. Class outcomes:

Students will refine skills that can be applied to future projects, and become more practiced on the tools. This class is a gateway to projects that are bigger, better, and requiring more skill in the future.  Participants will experience a feeling of accomplishment, and have a good time in the class!

Students should plan to attend all classes.  

The first meeting will cover  basic safety and project selection (mandatory).  The second session will be devoted to a project that will reinforce the skills learned on day 1.  We will be using many of the tools we practiced on, as well as some layout and marking skills, to build a small project that you will be able to take home and be proud of!

What Not to Wear:

  • Do not wear any dangling jewelry or lanyards that can get caught in machinery. 
  • Do not wear clothing with loose sleeves or draped or dangling elements that can get caught in machinery
  • No open toe shoes (anywhere in the facility)
  • Long hair and beards should be securely tied back.
  • Currently face masks are recommended but not required the facility. A cotton cloth mask with ties instead of ear loops must be well secured with no dangling tie ends.

We will provide:

  • Eye protection
  • Ear plugs if requested
  • Materials for class projects


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Fresno, CA, 93721



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