A full complement of woodworking classes

Dale Barnard shares his lifetime of woodworking experience with you.

Register today for one of Dale’s classes and learn from one of the most accomplished woodworkers of our time. All classes are limited to four students.

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Fabulous Greene and Greene Coffee Table

The difference between “sort of” Greene and Greene and the real thing.

A Dale Barnard original design, this coffee table was inspired by Robinson House Dining Table, a Greene and Greene masterpiece.

Details

  • Small table mimics the same challenges as the original, full-size, table
  • Border sits proud of the veneered top, a unique joinery problem to solve

You will learn

  • Pattern routing and special bits, working with 12/4, double mortise and tenon joints, radius shaping

Materials

  • African mahogany, genuine ebony

Level

  • Beginner or Intermediate

When

  • June 01-05, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750.00
  • Materials Fee: $262.15T

Classic Bow Arm Morris Chair

Build a recliner to pass down to your children

Learn to steam bend the arms of the chair, which are quarter sawn oak (select), 1″ finish thickness, 6″ wide and 42″ long. Most people are surprised at how simple it is and how much clamping pressure it takes.

Details

  • Adjustable back has bandsawn curved slats
  • Quartersawn grain on all four sides of front and back legs
  • Footstool plan is included, but not made in class

You will learn

  • Steam bending
  • Special tips and techniques to attach the bent arms with through tenons
  • Dowels and drill press to make the pivot and adjustor pins
  • Beginner spindle turning, time permitting
  • Cutting band saw curves

Materials

  • Quartersawn White Oak

Level

  • Beginner, Intermediate and Master

When

  • June 15-19, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $900.00
  • Materials Fee: $360. +T, excludes upholstery, which will be discussed in class. Footstool kits available for purchase.

Slab Coffee Table

Very Cool Stab Coffee Table

This is offered to the George Nakashima fans wanting to learn his techniques.

We have located a source locally for some 3 inch thick slabs about 20 – 24” wide and about 60” long. These are kiln dried, made of ash, – a beautiful wood that may be disappearing soon do to the emerald ash borer insect. The slabs are included in the materials cost below, very reasonable.
The base or support for the slab is a tribute to master furniture designer Wendell castle. This is a stack lamination sculpture – made of textured poplar – to simulate tree bark. This type or style of work is very organic – and can be used in many other designs – let your artistic side go wild! This class is an opportunity to learn new techniques in power carving and sculpting organic forms as well as the special skills to flatten large slabs with live edges. When you finish this class you could easily build a full sized dining table in the same style.

We will be building the base out of poplar to be stained or painted. Cracked or split slabs will be repaired with butterfly inlays in the style.

This is an opportunity to learn new techniques and to enter into the rewarding world of unique one of a kind art furniture. The value of the completed table will be several thousand more than it cost you to make it here with The Cabinetmaker.

Details

We will be building the base out of poplar to be stained or painted. Cracked or split slabs will be repaired with butterfly inlays in the style.

You will learn

Technique to flatten a slab with router and sleds, the system of stack lamination, as pioneered by Wendell Catle. Possibly butterfly inlays for stabilization, power carving and shaping with angle grinder and burrs.

Materials

8/4 poplar for stack laminated base or support and slab top

Level

All levels, beginners ok!

When

  • June 29-03, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $900.00
  • Materials Fee: $310.00T

Greene and Greene Tall Clock

Step up to the challenge and take home a clock worth $9,500.

A Dale Barnard original design that stays true to the Greene brothers’ philosophy. The clock’s face, cocobolo numbers and ebony pegs with custom made hands are made in class. Even the interlocking back of the clock is a work of art.

Details

  • Eight-day mechanical movement
  • Cloud-lift door and side panels
  • Pendulum motion shows through artistic piercing cut out on bottom door
  • Ebony proud pegs

You will learn

  • Mortise and tenon construction, finger joints, cloud lifts, pattern routing, glass-door building, hanging two full inset doors, making stepped moldings, and installing the movement

Materials

  • African mahogany, genuine ebony
  • Hiding place and Hermle clock movement #13044 and stick pendulum, will be purchased from Klockit, Inc.
  • Custom-made brass pulls will be available for purchase

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • July 11-19, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $1,350.00
  • Materials Fee: TBD one month before class, estimated at $1,000.00; excludes clock movement, which will be determined at time of class for current pricing.

Furniture Making Basics

Starting Your Path to Craftsmanship

This 5 day class is great for anyone, especially if you are self-taught. It will fill in the missing pieces of the woodworking puzzle and help you to understand wood.  A few of the techniques you will learn in this class are; the technology of how to make a flat board, square and true, panel door and drawer construction, and using the tools to accomplish the tasks. You will also learn how wood moves and why it does, which are essential to furniture building.  And I will be teaching how design is affected by wood movement.

Pictured woodworking student Hermann Nann, Dale Barnard with finished projects from this class.

Details

This is a primer class for beginners and you go home with knowledge, experience and two cool end tables. 5 days

You will learn

Some of the lessons taught in this class:
  • Solid wood top
  • Panelized sides (frame and panel construction)
  • Adjustable shelf
  • Learn to hang and fit the door and
  • How to make the drawers
  • Machine cut dovetails
  • Mortise and tenon joinery

Materials

Poplar, Cherry, Spalted Maple - a variety of different woods

Level

Beginner

When

  • July 27-31, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: 750.00
  • Materials Fee: 90.00T

Fearless Finishing 1

Put Dale’s decades of finishing experience to work

Lose your intimidation or confusion about finishing with this excellent overview. You can bring an unfinished project to finish in class (subject to approval). Bring your spray gun if you have one and you can use it in the class with expert instruction.

We will offer two finishing classes this year

Details

  • Includes a small booklet that explains various products and how to use them

You will learn

  • The steps needed for high-class finishes, including step boards to take home with you
  • Crinkle paint for an authentic antique look
  • Aniline-dye staining, ammonia fuming, glazing stains, lacquer top coats, spray finishing, shellacs, finishing the finish

Materials

  • Various finishes

Level

  • All

When

  • July 31-01, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $45.00T, excludes water-based top coats; Organic Vapor Respirator required for class

Thorsen House Table with Drawer

Thorsen House table inspired me to design this smaller one

I have always admired the Thorsen House Serving Table in the Dining Room. I have built a full size reproduction, but it would be too long for a class. I designed this smaller version which has all the design features of the version.

Details

  • Top with breadboard ends
  • Dovetailed drawer
  • Handmade drawer handle
  • Ebony plugs and ebony splines
  • Cloud lifts
  • Pierced slots in  the bottom apron, etc.

You will learn

  • You will learn all the above skills in this five day class

Materials

  • Mahogany with ebony

Level

  • Intermediate

When

  • August 03-07, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750.00
  • Materials Fee: $230.00T

Fearless Finishing 2

Put Dale’s decades of finishing experience to work

Lose your intimidation or confusion about finishing with this excellent overview. You can bring an unfinished project to finish in class (subject to approval). Bring your spray gun if you have one and you can use it in the class with expert instruction.

Details

  • Includes a small booklet that explains various products and how to use them

You will learn

  • The steps needed for high-class finishes, including step boards to take home with you
  • Crinkle paint for an authentic antique look
  • Aniline-dye staining, ammonia fuming, glazing stains, lacquer top coats, spray finishing, shellacs, finishing the finish

Materials

  • Various finishes

Level

  • All

When

  • August 07-08, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $45.00T, excludes water-based top coats; Organic Vapor Respirator required for class

Nakashima Inspired Two Legged Chair

Inspired by George Nakashima

This chair is built from a slab of walnut cantilevered over the two legs. The complex joinery in this chair will challenge your skills and take you into a new level of woodworking. It  is also one of the most comfortable chairs you’ll find. The spindles give a wonderful support to the back.  Overall once you finish the class you will find yourself needing more chairs and you’ll have the skill to make them and even design furniture of your own.

Details

This class is a tribute to the well known furniture designer, George Nakashima. This chair is inspired by the creative design of  this artist.

You will learn

  • Carving and sculpting with various hand and power tools
  • Working with the lathe
  • Joinery

Materials

  • Walnut
  • Various hard wood for spindles

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • August 17-20, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $600.00
  • Materials Fee: $257.91

2015 Sculpted Maloof-Inspired Rocker – Part I

This intense project teaches new and unusual skills for the accomplished craftsman

This class is a great time and an opportunity to build a beautiful family heirloom while meeting other accomplished woodworkers. We will provide the wood of your choice, which will vary the material costs.

 

Details

  • Crest rail is coopered and rounded
  • Part 2 is scheduled October 05-09, 2015

You will learn

  • Sculpture by carving with grinders and rasps
  • How to laminate the curves on the flexible back slats and rockers
  • Many jigs and time-saving tips
  • Making flexible slats
  • Free-form sculpture

Materials

  • Your choice

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • August 31-04, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $775.00
  • Materials Fee: Depends on your choice of material; contact Dale to discuss 812-723-3461

Advanced Kitchen Cabinetry

To be announced

Details

You will learn

Materials

Level

When

  • September 21-25, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750.00
  • Materials Fee: Cost depends on wood choice Indiana Sales Tax will apply 7%

2015 Sculpted Maloof-Inspired Rocker – Part 2

This intense project teaches new and unusual skills for the accomplished craftsman

This class is the completion of a two-part project. The first part is held in two weeks earlier.

Details

  • Crest rail is coopered and rounded

You will learn

  • Sculpture by carving with grinders and rasps
  • How to laminate the curves on the flexible back slats and rockers
  • Many jigs and time-saving tips

Materials

  • Your choice

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • October 05-09, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $775.00
  • Materials Fee: Depends on your choice of material; contact Dale to discuss 812-723-3461

Stickley Sideboard

A challenging project

This beautiful piece’s complex carcass brings many challenges for the experienced woodworker, especially completing it in six days.

The photo shows the finished piece of student & friend Paul Anwiler, an excellent craftsman.

Details

  • Quad linear legs, dovetail drawers, butterfly inlays in the panel doors, and solid wood top
  • If you don’t complete the piece, you may have a small amount of work to complete when you get home.

You will learn

  • How to create dovetails, butterfly inlays and finish a complex project in a short amount of time, all about drawers with secret tips
  • Hanging full inset doors with traditional butt hinges

Materials

  • Quartersawn oak

Level

  • Intermediate or Master

When

  • October 19-24, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $1,050.00
  • Materials Fee: $780.00T

Box Class or Grove Park Inn Rocker (undecided) TBA

Class will be decided after 2014 Sept 12-14 Woodworking In America Conference

Details

You will learn

Materials

Level

When

  • November 09-13, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee:
  • Materials Fee:

Craftsman Joinery – Footstool

Joinery every craftsman must know!

In this joint making class instead of practicing on scrap and tossing it later, we will practice on a small footstool. You can give it away or you might want to keep it because it has a great “wow” factor.

 

Details

If you love the Arts & Crafts design, also called Mission, Craftsman, Stickley, etc.  this is the joinery they used

You will learn

  • Designing for wood movement
  • How to make quadrilinear legs the easy way
  • Through tenons - 2 applications

Materials

  • One of the most beautiful domestic hardwoods, quartersawn sycamore, some spalted. 

Level

  • Beginner
  • Intermediate
  • Master

When

  • November 21-22, 2015

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $300.00
  • Materials Fee: $40.00T