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Shaker Table Series

This six-session workshop equips students to move safely and strategically in the ADX Wood Shop by diving into the building of a serious piece of furniture: a Shaker-style live-edge bench or small table. Explore the basic principles of lumber selection, hand tool and machinery safety, milling, mortise and tenon joinery, and finishing. Take the project from blueprint through completion, learn to both organize and conceptualize a furniture project, and practice being in the wood shop environment. The content and combination of machinery used will expand student’s ability to problem-solve and make confident, independent decisions while using the joiner, planer, chop saw, table saw (including dado blade), mortiser, biscuit joiner, chisel, hand planes, and sanders.

This 6 session course begins on 2/1/2018 and continues on the following Thursdays, 2/8, 2/15, 2/22, 3/1, and 3/8. Please confirm with your schedule that you will be available to attend each session.

The nonmember price includes 1 month of Basic Membership plus Wood Shop Add-on (valued at $175). Some work outside of class will be required to complete this project before the final session is complete. ***New members must still attend our New Member Orientation before your membership can be applied, and can be taken before or after this intro course.***

All materials are provided, including hardwood lumber, live-edge slab, consumables, and safety equipment. Jointer, planer, chop saw, table saw (including dado blade use), mortiser, biscuit joiner, chisel, hand planes, sander, ruler, square, scribe, finish scraper.

Working Properties of Wood
Fundamentals of Milling
Accurate Marking and Measuring
Machine safety
Gluing Wood
Design and Proportioning
Surface Preparation and Sanding

Ben Shafer ­Rickles graduated from Vermont Woodworking School, and has been teaching and building furniture since. His designs unionize complex joinery and functionality and purpose. In the woodshop and beyond he often produces a contagious smile, and is referred to by his friends as an energizer bunny. He takes any opportunity to explore anything that’s new.

Students are strongly encouraged to take Intro to Wood before this workshop series. Exceptions may be made for students with prior shop experience.  For additional information, including waiving this pre-req, contact

This class is limited to 6 students to ensure lots of hands-on time with the tools and personal attention from the instructor. If the class is sold out but you’re still interested in this particular class, we can add your name to a waitlist and will contact you if a ticket becomes available. Email for more information.

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February 1, 2018 6:00 PM
February 1, 2018 9:00 PM
ADX Portland
417 SE 11th Ave
Portland OR
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(503) 915-4342

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