In this 2-day course, students will learn how to transform raw lumber into working material in order to make two styles of cutting boards. Receive a thorough demonstration on shop safety and proper use of each machine. The instructor will then discuss types of wood, including choosing one species over another for specific projects. Demos and in-depth answers to questions are provided. You are encouraged to take design risks and have fun! Simple examples are provided as a starting point, but students are encouraged to use their creativity to design and execute more complicated additions. Each student will create two finished cutting boards during this course.
Concepts covered include machine safety (table saw, band saw, jointer, planer and sanders); four squaring a piece of raw lumber, “order of operations;” differences in face grain, end grain, edge grain, and the effect on function; proper glue-up techniques; and proper finishing (sanding, oiling, etc.).
The instructor, Delia Lopez, fell in love with the art of design and the satisfaction of making while a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design. After graduating in 2008, she started her own woodworking business designing and making cutting boards and unique pieces of furniture. For the past three years, she has taught woodworking, wood shop safety, and prototype making at the very school that began her career. Her passion for good design and exceptional craftsmanship inspires and empowers students to explore their own ideas and succeed at completing them with a high level of craft.