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Intro to Woodworking: Picture Frame

Join us to learn how to make your own decorative picture frames for your photos or artwork! 

First in our series of woodworking classes, this course will expose you to the introductory basics of woodworking and basic tools. We will use a combination of power tools and hand tools and techniques to create a custom picture frame you can take home and enjoy or give as thoughtful gift for any occasion.

We will also demonstrate techniques for using salvaged or reclaimed wood to recycle into affordable and wonderful projects. Types of wood and basics of wood as a building material will be outlined briefly.

The basic skills that will be learned include: Rip cutting with a table saw, using a chop saw and miter saw (manual and power miter saw), Use of a router table to create decorative edging, gluing butt miter joints, demos of more advanced miter joints, how to use band clamps, how to create and use a frame clamping jig, sanding, and finishing. Other types of miter joints will be demonstrated as alternatives to the butt miter joints, including dowel-reinforced miter joints, biscuit joints, and half-lap miter joints. We will also discuss how the frame hardware will be added and the basics of making a custom matte. We will also discuss cutting lexan, acrylic, and glass for frames, and how to attach hanging hardware. 

We will be making two frames in this class, which could be identical or different. Students will have a choice between two 8' x 10', two 5' x 7', or one of each size. the frame design for each frame can be created uniquely or to match, from the same woods or different! this will make sure you as the student get to experiment and be creative!

This course will have a limit of 10 attendees for safety and to ensure enough time and one-on-one attention and instruction is possible. 

Fee's will be $25 for tuition and $25 for materials. This will leave you with two completed frames and the know-how to make many more.

Please join us for this exciting new low tech but high creativity project, and stay tuned for further woodworking classes to come!

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  • Michael L.

    anyone have any pictures of what they used their frames for or what they looked like after sanding and painting? I'd love to see the end results.

    November 6, 2013

  • David A. R.

    Michael was a very patient and effective teacher. We really appreciated what we learned about each of the tools we were using and the tips on how to use them safely and efficiently. Travis was also very helfpul.

    The Maker Bar really makes you feel welcome, regardless of your competency.

    We can't wait for the additional programs for woodworking, arduino, 3D Printing/CADCAM, or metalworking. Thanks everyone.

    Also, Travis can you post the pictures that you took?

    1 · October 28, 2013

    • Michael L.

      Thanks for your positive feedback, David. I am glad MakerBar made a good impression, and i'm looking forward to the next class in about 3 to 4 weeks time.

      October 28, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Thanks everyone for coming and working hard, safely. I hope to see you at the next woodworking xclass to be announced soon.

    October 28, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    The class was great. Thanks a lot. I'll definitely be there for more.

    October 26, 2013

  • Travis J.

    Thank you to everyone that participated.... We hope you enjoyed yourselves will learning and making so sweet looking picture frames.... Stay tuned for our next woodworking class which will be announced here on meetup soon!!

    October 26, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    I just found this meet up this morning. It actually starts in 3 hours. I am not sure I will be able to swing it at such short notice, so I don't want to register that I will attend. But If I can manage it, I'd really like to be there. Can I say I'll attend up to the last minute? Or can I just show up and pay?

    1 · October 26, 2013

    • Michael L.

      Do your best to make it and I think one other is coming by late so you will still have a chance to make it. You're welcome to walk in and pay then.

      October 26, 2013

  • Michael L.

    Just to clarify and to encourage any last minute hold-outs, we are still going to run this class on Saturday! Please sign up here if you've been waiting and thinking about it. It's a fairly easy build to make, but the core skills will apply to many other projects, and I think you will like the resulting frames. I'm looking forward to seeing you all there on Saturday, so please sign up! Feel free to email me with any questions.

    October 25, 2013

  • Andy F.

    Very tempting, it's the weekend before some big deadlines at work so I'm going to hold off signing up at the risk of maybe missing it.

    September 23, 2013

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