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Intro to Woodworking - a Box with Dovetails
Make a Box with Dovetails - because it feels Great to Make! Do you feel the need? the need to MAKE? Make something out of wood? Start learning and doing woodworking! Dave Alvarez has decades of experience in woodworking and fine cabinetry. Join him and other students at Freeside, and make a classic, useful box!. Your box can be used to hold tools, papers, or keepsakes! They make a great gift, because everyone has things to store. Also take a look at pictures of a box similar to the one you will make below. This initial class will involve both LEARNING and DOING. You will learn plenty, and make a great start. A student of one of Dave's earlier classes wrote: "This was a really enjoyable class, and my foot-stool turned out great. I was worried that it might be a bit too basic for me, because I have some previous experience, but I learned quite a bit, even about tools I was already familiar with. The class did take longer than it was scheduled for, which I personally considered a plus. Dave really took the time to give everyone personal attention and individual feedback, and his easygoing manner made everyone really confident in what they were doing. His years of experience in his craft really showed, and I'm looking forward to taking some more classes with him." Please note: This class is over multiple days. Dave will coordinate with you to schedule time at your mutual convenience. If you would like to bring your own wood, or make alternate arrangements, please coordinate with Dave (reachable via FB). otherwise we will be using ordinary construction lumber, though building something lovely from it. For safety's sake, please remember to wear close-fitting clothing, close-toed shoes and be prepared to control long hair during the event. Skills you will strengthen:- calculating materials required, based on a design - squaring up and straightening/flattening wood - marking up a board - rough cutting - using a jointer and planer - sanding - cutting dovetail joints and fastening them together with glue. Materials you will gain experience with: - board wood - glue - sand-paper - finish of your choice Tools you will use: -Personal --- pencil --- tape measure --- combination square - Hand power tools --- power hand sander --- power drill/screw gun and --- Porter Cable dovetailing jig - Large Tools --- table saw and sled --- miter box saw --- jointer --- planer - Other - clamps - stands

Freeside Atlanta

675 Metropolitan Parkway Suite 6066 · Atlanta, GA


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What we're about

Freeside is a Makerspace for hackers, designers, artists, students, and hobbyists in Atlanta, Georgia. We host lots of classes and projects to help people network and make their ideas a reality.

We are a non-profit organization with a space that features a classroom, 3D printers, an electronics lab, co-working space, a media lab, a workshop, and and two auto bays. Members and non-members can make use of the space for art, projects, and education.

Our projects include CNC, 3D Printing, Art, Robotics and UAVs, electronics, woodworking, biology, chemistry, and much more!


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