Woodsmith Workshop Opens
Check-in & receive itinerary + swag bag
Coffee & pastries provided
|8:00 AM||Workshop Welcome with Phil Huber|
|9:00 AM||Breakout Sessions Begin|
|11:00 AM - 2:15 PM||Catered Lunch + Breakout Session|
|2:30PM - 4:15 PM||Breakout Sessions Continue|
|5:00 PM - 7:00 PM||Workshop Meet & Greet Party with live music from Bob Pace|
Woodsmith Workshop Opens
Mix & mingle with fellow attendees & speakers
Breakout Sessions Begin
Personalized itineraries will be distributed at check-in
|11:00 AM - 2:15 PM||Catered Lunch + Final Breakout Session|
|2:30 PM - 4:00 PM||Workshop Closing Session|
Through Dovetails on the Bandsaw | Did you know a bandsaw can be a dovetail cutting machine? With the right blade, a simple shop-made jig and a little practice, it’s easy to cut through dovetails on your bandsaw. Even if you own a dovetail jig you’ll appreciate the fact that a bandsaw lets you create your own layout. Equal spacing or variable spacing, you’re in creative control of how the dovetail looks.
The Importance of Hand Tools Even in Power-Focused Shops | I like to encourage all my beginning woodworking students to learn to carve a spoon by hand before ever touching a power tool. It is a great way to learn about grain direction, planning for optimal grain strength, and how to sharpen tools to a razor standard, how to shape wood by hand, and how to design in three dimensions. Even if your shop is power-tool focused, having a single well-tuned plane and a small assortment of other hand tools can save time as well as help you to work smarter and safer. I'll share my "core tool" list and how you can use them to save time and money on jig making and refine and fine tune your furniture in ways power tools cannot.
+ Using Free Online Tools to Market Your Work & Yourself (keynote session) | Whether you are interested in selling more custom furniture or creating online content as a way of growing your business revenue streams, there are tons of free tools available online. I'll share about how to best utilize quality photography (even from your cell phone camera) and tell your story to grow your business online through Instagram, YouTube and Facebook. There will be a Question and Answer time for the last 1/3 of the presentation, so come prepared!
How Working with Slabs Can Make You a Better Woodworker | Even if you have no desire to create a “slab project,” there is no reason to shy away from using slabs as your material. In this session, Matt will walk through why creating a project from a slab will enhance your skills as a woodworker. Matt will demonstrate how slabs provide you with more options for part layout, grain selection, and grain orientation. Learn how to source parts from larger slabs, ways to integrate live edges into your work, and different methods for treating the live edge. Likewise, Matt will discuss methods to include slab defects in your work or how to avoid them. Put yourself in the control of your material instead of the sawyer who had no idea what you are making when the wood was sawn.
+ Milling Your Own Lumber (keynote session) | For many woodworkers, the cost of lumber eats up a substantial part of their woodworking budget. Without access to local sawyers and lumberyards, woodworkers buy their lumber at big box stores, typically at a high cost per board foot and with little options on species and cut. But you don't have to be stuck with stores as you only option! Even if you do not have acres of forest, you can still mill your own lumber! Skip a trip to the store and harvest lumber in your own backyard. In this session, Matt will guide you through the entire process from sourcing a tree and transporting logs, to milling the logs into boards, and drying the boards for future projects.
How to keep your Stumpy Nubs | Everyone thinks it can’t happen to them, but workshop injuries affect the experienced as well as the untrained. We all need a refresher from time to time and this course is sure to make you rethink some of things you do in your workshop before disaster strikes. James will discuss everything from table saw and router safety, to the time he shoved a chisel through his hand. Be sure to take notes, this information may just save your stumpy nubs!
Building Better Boxes | Making boxes is a sure way to improve your woodworking skills while making something useful and beautiful at the same time. In this class, you'll learn the details that will improve the appearance and quality of your boxes. We'll cover everything from materials and design to essential skills and finishing.
A Fun, Simple Approach to Carving | In this fresh, informal method to carving, Chris emphasizes a modest tool kit, simple-to-learn techniques, and plenty of opportunity for personalization and improvisation. With this foundation, you'll be able to apply carved details to projects or make stand-alone carved accessories for yourself or to give as gifts
Creating Custom Molding with Molding Planes | Shop-made molding is often used in the shop. A few minutes at the router table can often produce many basic profiles using common router bits. When you need to produce something out of the ordinary however, that’s where it gets a little more complicated. Or does it? With a few basic molding planes and some know-how, you can open up a world of countless profiles without the need to invest in new, expensive router bits.
The Magazine Editorial Process | Meet the editors of Woodsmith and Popular Woodworking magazines and learn what is involved in putting a magazine issue together. You'll also hear what they have in store for the upcoming year.
Franklin Junior High, preserving history and creating community. From classrooms to the biggest indoor auditorium in Des Moines, Franklin Junior High serves a wide range of community needs for event space. The facility, originally built in 1951, has plenty to offer with two gyms, two auditoriums, and a range of spaces available for community functions. In 2018, the 213,000 square foot building began historic renovations to create a diverse campus benefiting the surrounding community and Greater Des Moine area.
In 1985, founder Don Peschke opened the first Woodsmith Store in the Beaverdale area of Des Moines. In 2003, the store's location was moved to its current site in Clive. A haven for woodworkers, the Woodsmith Store carries woodworking tools, equipment, accessories, books, and plans. Its lumber department is a woodworker’s dream.
Find the best of Greater Des Moines including top attractions and activities, where to eat, events to catch, places to stay, coupons, and the local scoop at catchdesmoines.com.
The closest airport is Des Moines International (DSM). The Smart Way to Fly! The Des Moines International Airport serves as the gateway to Des Moines and Central Iowa. There are a variety of public transport options around Des Moines and a cab to any of the local hotels should run you $30 or less.
Franklin Junior High is located in Des Moines, IA and is easily accessible off Interstate 235. (Exit 5A onto 56th Street).
Uber and Lyft are easy and affordable alternatives to taking a cab. There are pickup locations at the airport.
Franklin Junior High offers plenty of parking, and it is always free! Registration and welcoming ceremonies will be held at the atrium on the southeast side of the building. Signs and Workshop staff will be available to help attendees navigate the grounds. Each attendee will receive a map with their personalized itinerary during check-in.
Franklin Junior High is constantly working to improve accessibility, while maintaining historical accuracy. Workshop sessions will take place in multiple rooms on the first level of the building. Attendees will be asked to walk along designated hallways to get from session to session. For attendees with mobility concerns, please email Logan Wittmer at email@example.com and let us know how we can assist you.
Please fill out which classes you would like to attend during each time period. We'll try our best to accomodate the schedule that you provide, but we cannot guarantee it.
|Sept. 12, 2020 9:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.|
|Sept. 12, 2020 11:10 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.|
|Sept. 12, 2020 2:40 p.m. - 2:10 p.m.|
|Sept. 13, 2020 7:40 a.m. - 9 a.m.|
|Sept. 13, 2020 9:20 a.m. - 10:50 a.m.|
|Sept. 13, 2020 11:10 a.m. - 12:40 p.m.|