Woodworking Classes

The Crucible’s woodworking courses teach you to use hand tools and power tools, to carve and turn wood, and to apply this knowledge to your own projects. Students become familiar with different types of woods, appropriate techniques for working with them, and gain an understanding of basic furniture-making and cabinetry design.

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Upcoming Bay Area Woodworking Courses

Browse below for all upcoming Woodworking classes. Please note that due to safety concerns surrounding COVID-19, all upcoming Crucible classes are in-person with strict health and safety policies in place for students, faculty, and staff. You must review all Crucible policies before registering.

Wooden Box

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Create a tabletop wooden box for everything you need to keep in one place! After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home....

Wooden Box

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Create a tabletop wooden box for everything you need to keep in one place! After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home....

Marquetry

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Learn the basics of handling veneer and the decorative technique of marquetry, where you use small, variously colored veneer to create an image. You will make at least two...

Woodworking Lab

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Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided...

Marquetry

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Learn the basics of handling veneer and the decorative technique of marquetry, where you use small, variously colored veneer to create an image. You will make at least two...

Woodturning I

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Use a lathe to turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle-turned mallet and face-plate mounted bowl. You will learn the basics of the turning process and cover...

The Bandsaw Box

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You don’t need a fully equipped shop to enjoy woodworking! In this class, you will learn to design, make, and finish a unique wood box. With an emphasis on tool safety and material...

Woodworking I

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Learn how to use power tools and hand tools safely and effectively to build a piece of fine furniture. Class assignments introduce the core concepts and techniques required for...

Woodworking II

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Build on the skills you developed in Woodworking I through the construction of a small nightstand. Woodworking II introduces the basics of cabinet design and construction, working...

Wooden Box

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3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small,...

Wooden Box

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3-Hour Tasters are a great way to explore a new art form without the deeper commitment of a full course. After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small,...

Woodturning I

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Use a lathe to turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle-turned mallet and face-plate mounted bowl. You will learn the basics of the turning process and cover...

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Meet The Woodworking Department Head: Eric Blanpied

Eric got his start in the Wood Technology Program at Laney College and has spent decades since building furniture. “My desire to mix wood and metal in my designs brought me to The Crucible, where I now enjoy being a teacher of wood and a student of metal,” Eric told us. “I love sharing what turns me on about these dynamic materials, and helping people chase their creative goals.”

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Woodworking Adult Classes

The Crucible offers a wide variety of adult classes teaching different woodworking skills. Whether you want to learn the fundamentals of cabinetry or how to master the table saw, The Crucible has you covered. See the complete list of woodworking classes offered below.

Note: Due to COVID-19, we’re unable to offer all of the classes listed below at this time. You can sign up to be notified when specific classes are offered or browse a list of upcoming classes here

3-Hour Taster: Wooden Box

Wooden Box

Create a tabletop wooden box for everything you need to keep in one place! After a basic introduction to woodworking handtools, create a small, functional wooden box to take home. Use for work, special keepsakes, or as a jewelry box.

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carving the tudor rose

Carving the Tudor Rose

Carve the traditional and historical Tudor Rose design, while learning to work with chisels, gouges, and techniques for creating detail and three-dimensional visualization. By combining stylistic and historical references, you will get to experience wood carving as a centuries-old tradition and a modern means to express your creativity.

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fundamentals of woodworking

Fundamentals of Woodworking

Begin your woodworking experience in this introduction to tools and techniques. We will cover the basics of wood technology, what hand tools and power tools to use, how to use them, and how to care for them, as well as an intro to finishing, and a discussion of joinery vs. structure. Bring a notebook and comfortable shoes, as this will be a fast-paced, hands-on overview.

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hand-cut dovetails

Hand-Cut Dovetails

Cutting dovetail joints by hand is a milestone in the path of a fine woodworker. Students learn how to use chisels and saws to cut dovetails precisely, getting feedback on how to improve their work with hand tools. This class is appropriate for beginners and those with some woodworking experience who wish to further their hand tool skills.

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marquetry

Marquetry

Learn the basics of handling veneer and the decorative technique of marquetry, where you use small, variously colored veneer to create an image. You will make at least two coaster-sized projects, one of which will have the traditional leaf design. You will learn both classic methods that can be done at home, as well as more modern techniques that utilize woodworking machines and laser cutters.

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pen in one day

Pen In One Day

Students will make two pens at the lathe, one of solid wood and one of your own design built up from several pieces of wood. Since turning pens is a quick process, we will have time to teach you how to choose woods, how to prepare and mount wood on the lathe, and several of the more popular finishes. We will cover safe operation of a lathe, demonstrate how to use common woodworking tools, practice tool sharpening techniques, and discuss options for what kind of lathe you might want in the future, from a small pen lathe to more robust machines that can handle much bigger projects. Bring clothes that can get dirty.

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Spoon Carving By Hand

Spoon Carving By Hand

Learn basic principles of working with wood while making your own carved wooden spoon. Topics covered include different types of wood, grain direction, carving, shaping, and food safe finishes. Through short demonstrations and lectures, we will use a combination of power and hand tools, exploring the material for its functionality as a creative medium. At the end of the workshop, students leave with a unique spoon, ready to use!

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the bandsaw box

The Bandsaw Box

You don’t need a fully equipped shop to enjoy woodworking! In this class, you will learn to design, make, and finish a unique wood box. With an emphasis on tool safety and material exploration, we will use a combination of power tools and hand tools to make boxes of all shapes and sizes. Beginning with a solid block of wood, you will learn how to lie out, cut, sculpt, and reassemble the block into the form of a box. Demonstrated techniques will include hidden hinges, small drawers, pull knobs, and fitted lids, as well as texturing, carving, burning, painting, and finishing. Suitable for beginning and intermediate students, all materials provided.

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wooden bench

Wooden Bench

Learn basic concepts and techniques of woodworking, including how to use power tools and traditional and modern hand tools to create a simple wooden bench. Explore how to create strong joints for connecting wood and the proper way to glue boards together to make a wooden bench.

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wooden toy

Wooden Toy

Build a unique, customizable wooden toy! Learn to safely use woodworking tools and machines, then complete your project with colorful, foodsafe finishes. Class projects include wooden pull toys, simple dollhouses, or animal rattles. You will leave with a beautiful heirloom toy to last for generations.

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woodturning i

Woodturning I

Use a lathe to turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle or bowl. In this jam-packed course, you will learn the basics of the turning process. The class will cover tool usage and sharpening, as well as wood selection, preparation, and finishing.

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Woodturning II

Woodturning II

Explore more advanced projects, now that you are comfortable using the lathe and understand basic tool usage. This class gives students more time on the machines with the guidance of the instructor. Demonstrations in additive sculpture will be emphasized.

PREREQUISITE: Woodturning II

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woodworking i

Woodworking I

Learn how to use power tools, as well as traditional and modern hand tools, safely and effectively. Class assignments introduce basic concepts and techniques, to give you the skills needed for many woodworking projects, such as mill board flattening and straightening, creating strong joints for connecting wood, and gluing boards together to make a panel. Students leave with a strong foundation for more advanced wood classes and a small end table. All tools for learning are provided.

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woodworking ii

Woodworking II

Build on the skills you developed in Woodworking I through the construction of a small cabinet. Woodworking II introduces students to miter and dado joints, hardware installation, and re-sawing on the bandsaw. Please bring a sketch for a small cabinet you would like to build to the first class. NOTE: Students are responsible for their own materials in this class.

PREREQUISITE: Woodworking I

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woodworking lab

Woodworking Lab

Lab sessions are a great benefit, exclusively for Crucible members! Practice the skills you learn in class and explore new possibilities with your craft. No instruction is provided during lab sessions, but a lab monitor will be present to answer questions, manage safety, and provide overall support. You are free to come and go at your convenience during open lab hours, however you must provide your own materials.

PREREQUISITE: Woodworking I and Crucible membership

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Woodworking Youth Classes

In the Woodworking Department, we offer youth classes specifically for ages 8-18. In these classes, The Crucible provides a unique setting for youth to get hands-on with tools, wood, and more, exploring their creative voices and absorbing real-life lessons in science, technology, engineering, and math. You can see all The Crucible’s offerings for youth here.

Youth Woodcarving and Sculpting

Youth Woodcarving and Sculpting (ages 8-11)

Learn the history, cultural significance, and process of woodcarving and sculpting, including design and carving approaches. Through hands-on demonstration and approach, students get expert guidance through every step of the carving process, from brainstorming to adding fine detail. You will create a unique 3-D project of your own.

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youth woodturning

Youth Woodturning (ages 12-18)

Using a lathe, you can turn a rough piece of wood into a beautifully shaped spindle or bowl. In this jam-packed class, you will learn the basics of the turning process as you explore small bowl turning and spindle turning. The class will cover tool usage and sharpening, as well as wood selection, preparation, and finishing.

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Youth Woodworking I (ages 14-18)

Learn to use hand and power tools to shape wood into objects that will last for decades. You will learn about the properties of lumber, safe tool use, measurement and layout, and fundamental woodworking joints. You will leave with an end-grain cutting board, a mitered corner box, and the skills to build an unlimited range of wooden objects.

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