To celebrate National Woodworking Month, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide will be offering hands-on project kits and classes throughout April. Participants will learn woodworking skills while handcrafting items they can take home after each class.
Projects include a wooden tote; a 4-in-1 screwdriver; a custom sign; and a custom turned bowl. Participants can sign up for any or all of the classes, and they’ll leave with a completed project. Plans, overview videos and materials also will be available online for those who want to make the projects on their own.
“April is National Woodworking Month – the perfect time to learn new woodworking skills,” says Scott Ekman, Rockler’s vice president of marketing. “These classes offer a unique opportunity for anyone interested in woodworking to learn basic techniques, get some hands-on experience and meet other people interested in the craft.”
All Rockler stores will offer the Make-and-Take classes, and a different project is scheduled for each week. Class size will be limited from three to six participants, so lots of one-on-one help will be available.
Each class will last 2 to 3 hours and will focus on a single project. The wooden storage tote class covers the step-by-step process of assembling and finishing a small wooden storage tote. Woodturning basics are the focus of the 4-in-1 screwdriver class, using a lathe to craft a custom handle for assembly with a 4-in-1 screwdriver hardware kit. In the custom sign class, participants will use a plunge router and character templates to create their own sign on a wood blank. The bowl turning class provides the experience of turning and finishing a bowl on the lathe.