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Calendar of Vondriska Woodworks teaching events
Hammond, WI class schedule
Sunday, Nov 10 10-3 Resin Work with Jess Crow
Teaching on the road
Nov 2 Rockler, Salem, MA
Logs to Lumber, 10-12
April 2020 Marc Adams School of Woodworking
Week long cabinetmaking class. Watch for more info.
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Call to register: 715-796-5221
Fees for woodworking courses include all materials. For all day classes students may pack a lunch or eat at a Hammond restaurant.
Intro to Benchtop CNC
Wondering if a benchtop CNC machine is a good investment for your shop? Here's your chance to see, first hand, what today's CNC machines can do. Vondriska Woodworks has machines from Laguna, Next Wave, and ShopBot. You'll see how the design work is done on VCarve software (common to many CNC machines), how material is secured to the work surface of the CNC, zeroing of the X,Y, and Z axes, bit changes, and how cuts are made on the CNC machine. This is a great opportunity to have a look at three different machines, and see what kind of detail a CNC can produce. Call or email to reserve your spot in this class. Please bring a folding chair and hearing protection.
This is a lecture/demo class. George will use a power point presentation to show different aspects of CNC work, and get cutting started on a CNC machine so you can see what's involved with that.
Resin Work with Jess Crow
Nov 10, 10 AM - 3 PM
If you've been intrigued by the idea of adding resin (epoxy) to your arsenal of shop tricks, here's your chance to learn from one of the best. Jess not only understands the ins and outs of working with resin, she is truly an artist with this medium.
You'll learn about the different resins in the market place and how to choose which one is right for your work. Jess will give you tricks to achieve a bubble-free, mirror-smooth finish on your resin projects. And she'll teach you to make her famous resin wave.
Each student in this hands-on class will start with a practice board and then move on to making a charcuterie/cutting board. All materials are provided and included in the class fee. Your board will be shipped to you after the resin has cured.
Pack a lunch, or join us for lunch in a local restaurant.
You Can CNC
Work with VCarve software to create a design that includes lettering and artwork. Learn to create toolpaths, check the paths for accuracy, and export the files for work on a CNC machine. You'll see different methods for securing the work to the CNC table, how to zero the axes and, time permitting, you'll cut the project you designed.
If you have VCarve on a laptop, please bring it with you to class. If you don't, let us know when you register. We can provide a limited number of VCarve Pro equipped laptops.
George will take you step by step through project design, a wall clock. This project provides many design and toolpath learning opportunities. Everyone makes the same project. When the design and toolpath work is complete, we'll cut some of the clocks on one of George's CNC machines. We may not have time to cut all of the clocks.
This is a hands-on class, accepting a small number of students.
Mainstream Your CNC
Yeah, CNC routers are great for doing 3D cuts and cutting unusual materials. But here's your chance to see how a CNC router can augment your day-to-day woodworking. Finger joints, making templates, cutting cabinet parts, making bowties, dadoes and rabbets, adding inlay...there are lots of ways a CNC could be a benefit to your everyday woodworking.
Logs to Lumber
Learn how to use your bandsaw to convert fireplace logs into usable lumber. This is a great way to get species of wood you can't buy into your shop. This process also lets you turn an "heirloom tree" (you know, the one your kids climbed all their lives) into material you can use for keepsake projects.