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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Beginning 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.

H Nann - Dale

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

  • April 21-25, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: 750.00
  • Materials Fee: 90.00T

Slab Coffee Table

Very Cool Stab Coffee Table

This is offered to the George Nakishima fans wanting to learn his techniques. You will order your slab online and have it delivered to our shop. Then your slab top will be what you have chosen – wood, style, shape and size (up to 36″ wide and 48″ long, subject to The Cabinetmakers, Inc approval.)

The base support is a tribute to Wendell Castle, via stacked lamination. 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 tecniques 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.

slabtop

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 (wood of your choice)

Level

All levels, beginners ok!

When

  • May 05-10, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $900.00
  • Materials Fee: $150.00T

Thorsen House Table with Drawer

Thorsen House table inspired my 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.

Barnard 3 Wall Cabinet2

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

  • May 19-23, 2014

Fees

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

Fearless Finishing

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

  • Beginner or Intermediate

When

  • May 24-25, 2014

Fees

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

Victorian Tilt-Top Table

A small project packed with learning options.

If you love Victorian-style furniture, you can’t go wrong. The design mimics an antique piece Dale restored 20 years ago. It makes a beautiful wedding gift.

Tilt-top table

Details

  • Three legs dovetail into the pedestal
  • Tilt-action hinge is all wood, just like the original
  • A banjo catch fixes the top when in use

You will learn

  • Spindle turning, sliding dovetail joinery, wooden hinge making, and how to make a perfect circle.

Materials

  • Cherry; pedestal glued from smaller boards to resemble a thick piece.

Level

  • Beginner or intermediate.

When

  • June 09-13, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750
  • Materials Fee: $175.00T

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.

Dale-Barnard-11-Bow-Arm-Mor

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 23-29, 2014

Fees

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

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.

Best shot

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 12-20, 2014

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.

Box Making Extravaganza

This class tailored for box makers

The first two days will be mostly making a set of five cherry nesting Shaker oval boxes. (see Shaker Boxes below) Days 3 – 5 will be spent making a traditional dovetailed jewelry box with a mechanical lock and a contemporary box of your own design. Let your ideas fill the shop and challenge this instructor.

 

Shaker Boxes

Box Making Extravaganza

Details

This will be a fun week learning all the things about box making you ever wanted to know

You will learn

  • Simply system to bend wood
  • Tapering on the belt sander
  • Accurate horizontal drill press
  • Scroll saw uses
  • Dovetailing and much more

Materials

  • Cherry wood, birch or maple pegs
  • copper tacks
  • Mechanical locks, hardware, etc

Level

  • Beginner
  • All others

When

  • August 04-08, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750.00
  • Materials Fee: $150.00 +T

Wall Sconce Class For Couples

Team/Couple Wall Sconce and Art Class

Nice Change added to this great class!

The Wall Sconce Class Has Been Changed to Just Three Days Instead of Five Days. Students were just too quick! We will be building two beautiful light fixtures in the Greene and Greene style as always, but in only three days.

Simultaneously, I will also be teaching the Art Glass Class for the sconces. This class has been changed for team or couple sign ups. A couple (husband and wife, friend-friend, parent-child, etc) = team. One team member will complete the Art Glass Class while the other will complete the Sconce Class (wood part). This change came about while I was working with a couple in a private class. I’ve used it since for another team and thought I should offer it on the schedule. Two sconces are the finished product, so each team member has one.

It’s a fun time for all involved. The Fearless Furniture class immediately follows this class so sign up for both and take home your finished Wall Sconces ready to install.

 

Call soon, it might help to read my blog on this website about finishing.

*Bring-a-Buddy discount does not apply to this class.

Greene & Greene Wall Sconce

Details

Wall Sconce and Art Class class end on August 20, Wednesday.

You will learn

Both woodworking skills and art glass skills (the foil method and stained glass)

Materials

mahogany, ebony, glass, copper foil tape, solder, etc.

Level

Skill level - all

When

  • August 18-20, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: Wall Sconce & Art Glass $800.00 for two people
  • Materials Fee: Wall Sconce & Art Glass $150.00T for two people

Treasure Chest for Novice

Blackbeard's Treasure Chest

This Treasure or Sea Chest will be a big hit on the next “Talk like a Pirate” day! The photo is a variation of the one we will make in class.

You can build your chest out of cherry, oak or walnut. Or pick any wood of your choice, but we must have enough time to order and have it arrive before you do. All the hardware is included in this project and the chest is lined with red cedar.

Very cool hardware, hinges, and old looking iron padlock included in class. If all goes well and quicker than planned its possible that we can spray the finish on the last day, but not garanteed.

This piece could fool Blackbeard himself, especially after you fill it with Spanish dubloons, mate!

Arrgh Matey - a place to hide your gold.

Details

Build this great chess for blankets, linens or any treasure you want to store away.

You will learn

We will be using common grade lumber for the rustic look. Using wood with the knots and saw marks to the advantage and make a beautiful piece of useful furniture. We may possibly use re-claimed for the same effect. You will learn the importance of the hardware selection to make your chest perfect. We'll conquer unique joinery problems with equally unique solutions.

Materials

  • Wood of your choice, #1 common, with red cedar lining
  • Handles, hinges, iron padlock
 

Level

Beginner to Master will enjoy this class of fun learning.

When

  • September 01-06, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750.00
  • Materials Fee: $420.00T

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.

 

Sculpted Rocker Best1-1

Details

  • Crest rail is coopered and rounded
  • Part 2 is scheduled October 20 - 24, 2013

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

  • September 22-26, 2014

Fees

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

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 September.

maloof

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 07-11, 2014

Fees

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

Arts & Crafts Lamp and Art Glass

The A&C Lamp You Always Wanted to Make

This table lamp is a new design by Dale that has been years in the planning stage. The glass design is the foil method used for over 100 yeras, made famous by the Tiffany Company. Some design lee-way will be allowed in the class, as it is evolving into perfection. Drawings or Photos will be posted when available.

Details

You will learn

  • Designing for glass applications
  • Building small scale project
  • Joinery for small items
  • How to do stained glass, etc. including decorative soldering

Materials

Mahogany, ebony, art glass, foil tape, solder, patina making chemicals etc.

Level

All skill levels welcome

When

  • November 17-21, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750.00
  • Materials Fee: $125.00T

Toy Train Set & Doll House

Santa's Helper

This is a heavy duty train set. I built the first one Christmas in 2011, for my then two year old grandson, Quintin. All wood of various colors, sanded &  finished is an heirloom meant to be played with and passed on to great – great grandchildren.

The Doll House design is still on paper but will be ready for you when you arrive for the class. Trust me this house will  be a beauty. I have my darling 7 year old granddaughter consultant, Annie to guide me on the best thing going for Doll Houses this year.

Show your young relatives your love with handmade gifts that will become treasured possessions for generations. I wish I owned something my granddad made with his own hands, or my grandma. Wouldn’t that be a special treasure?

Toy Class

Details

This is about making cool wooden toys that will hold up to abuse and real life use that are made to be played with, as well as admired.

You will learn

  • How to make your own wheels
  • Simple spindle turning on the lathe
  • Using various woods together
  • Gluing, nailing, wood screws application

Materials

Various hard woods:
  • Walnut
  • Poplar
  • Cherry
  • Maple and more

Level

From beginner to any level of woodworker can come and enjoy the Christmas fun.

When

  • December 08-12, 2014

Fees

  • Instructor Fee: $750.00
  • Materials Fee: $50.00T

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