Classic American Workbench Class

Trad-BenchA Classic American Workbench!

Ok, so it’s actually a German Inspired workbench…

But it’s super stout, and ready for all your woodworking!!

Students can alter height and length to suit their needs!

This class is limited to only 3 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $948 Plus Materials/Lab: $795 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here
Course Length: 6 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Woodworking Fundamentals – Contact Us for more info
Instructor: Gregory Paolini

Sculpted Rocker – Maloof Inspired

SculptedRockerMade popular by iconic woodworker, Sam Maloof, the sculpted rocker has become a “Must Build” project on almost every woodworker’s bucket list!

In this 6 day class, students will be exposed to many advanced techniques, including bent lamination work, sculpted joinery, and the famous Maloof housed rabbet joint, which give strength to this piece.  And, of course, anyone who has ever considered a sculpted rocker, knows they will be exposed to a myriad of shaping techniques!

Class chairs will be made from American Cherry, for its appearance, strength, and workability

Finishing techniques will be reviewed but not applied during the class. Upon completion of the course, students will have a chair that is dry fit, together, and ready for final shaping, sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops. Or students can choose to have us complete their chair to our museum quality standards by taking advantage of our completion service.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $1043    Materials/Lab: $590   :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Contact Us

Course Length: 6 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Pre-requisites: Our Fundamental Woodworking course, or Equivalent training/Experience
Instructor: Gregory Paolini
Maximum Class Size: 6 Participants

Scandinavian Workbench :: Frank Klausz Inspired Bench

Scand-BenchMade popular by woodworking Legend Frank Klausz, The Scandinavian workbench is Gregory Paolini’s favorite style of bench – It’s really suited to furniture makers!

The open face vise, without having any interfering hardware by design,  is wonderful for cutting dovetail joinery,  holding odd shaped parts, and supporting the end of a long board for hand planing.The tail vise of this bench is extremely stout, and great for a variety of woodworking tasks, including pinch clamping work pieces for carving, fitting, or joinery work.

And, the bench knocks down, for easier transport!  We have personally seen folks who have fit this bench into a Honda!

Students will have the option of modifying the size of the bench to best fit their shops, and woodworking styles. And class benches will be made from Maple or Beech, as available.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $1043 Materials/Lab: $795 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Contact Us

Course Length: 6 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Woodworking or Equivalent
Instructor: Gregory Paolini
Maximum Class Size: 6 Participants

Arts and Crafts Coffee Table, as seen in Fine Woodworking Magazine

CoffeeFWWUpon completion of the course, students will have created a coffee table that is dry fit, together, and ready for sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops. Or students can choose to have us complete their chair to our museum quality standards.

Open Group Tuition: $790 Materials/Lab: $XXX :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here

Course Length: 5 Days (32.5 hours)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Woodworking or Equivalent

Stickley 700 Bookcase

Stickley700Originally designed by Harvey Ellis, for Gustav Stickley, The #700 Bookcase has become a classic piece which represents the Arts & Crafts period extremely Well

Deceptively simple in appearance, this Solid furniture piece has dual panel shiplap backing, exposed through tenon joinery at its base, and a complex lap rabbet joint detail on the door, which will humble experienced woodworkers, during its execution.

Finishing techniques will be reviewed but not applied during the class. Upon completion of the course, students will have a piece that is dry fit, together, and ready for sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops. Or students can choose to have us complete their bookcase to our museum quality standards by taking advantage of our completion service.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $869   Materials/Lab: $345 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Contact Us

Course Length: 5 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Woodworking or Equivalent

Maximum Class Size: 6 Participants

Limbert Coffee Table

Limbert158cA scaled down version of Charles Limbert’s classic #158 Library table, our Limbert inspired coffee table offers several challenges to even the intermediate level woodworker. This entire piece fits together like a puzzle, and is held together with mortise and tenon joinery, numerous bridle joints, and even a housed lap joint.
You’ll learn how to lay out and cut the oval shaped top and shelf, and the large table top will be flattened and smoothed with hand planes. There’s a lot of skill building which takes place in this short 4 day course!

Course based on Gregory’s article which appeared in Fine Woodworking magazine.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $596

Materials/Lab: $180 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here
Course Length: 4 Days
Skill Level: Novice & up
Pre-requisites: Students should be competent with general woodworking machinery and hand plane use :: Please call us if you have concerns in these areas

Mission Bookcase

CCbookcaseMDUpon completion of the course, students will have created a bookcase that is dry fit, together, and ready for sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops. Or students can choose to have us complete their bookcase to our museum quality standards.

Open Group Tuition: $790 Materials/Lab: $XXX :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here

Course Length: 5 Days (32.5 hours)
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Woodworking or Equivalent

Mission Writing Desk

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Mission Occasional Table

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Mission Sideboard Woodworking Class

sideboardA Challenging case piece for even the seasoned woodworker. Our mission sideboard, is based on a design created by Gustav Stickley over 100 years ago. During this course, students will select and mill their own lumber, paying particular attention to where and how different figures are employed for continuity in design, and stunning results. They will also execute several types of mortise and tenon joinery to complete the numerous joints that make up this piece.
Other skills that will be explored are resawing and book matching panels for the doors and side assemblies; Milling lumber true, flat, and square; Haunched tenon frame and panel door construction; Ship lapping panels, to make up the enclosed framework of the back assembly; Practical methods for cutting through and half blind dovetails which make up the three drawers in the mid section of the sideboard; Creating complex framework of dust panels and drawer supports which make up the internal structure; and creating legs which feature quarter sawn figure on all four sides, using the same method preferred by Gustav Stickley.

Upon completion of the course, students will have created a sideboard that is dry fit, together, and ready for sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops. Or students can have us complete their sideboard to our museum quality standards by choosing our completion service.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $1043 Materials/Lab: $740 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here
Course Length: 6 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate to advanced
Pre-requisites: Our Fundamental Woodworking course, or Equivalent training/Experience

Greene & Greene Inspired Bed

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Greene & Greene Writing Desk

GGdeskInspired by the designs of renowned architects Charles and Henry Greene, this writing desk features classic Greene & Greene motifs which can be found on pieces from the Blacker House, the Thorsen House, and the Ford house.

Made from American Cherry, with Walnut Accents, for its strength, workability, and appearance, this desk features exposed, proud, box joinery for the drawers;  A continuous grain front apron; A True Breadboard top; the Classic “Blacker Spline”, to embellish the transition from breadboard end, to top; Sculpted and Pierced stretchers; The classic Blacker foot with indents; And of course, the Cloud Lift detail the Greene’s are famous for!

Upon completion of the course, students will have a desk that is dry fit, together, and ready for sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops. Or students can choose to have us complete their desk to our museum quality standards by taking advantage of our completion service.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $869 Materials/Lab: $295 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Contact Us
Course Length: 5 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Woodworking or Equivalent
Instructor: Gregory Paolini

Greene & Greene Occasional Table / Night Stand

GGOccasMDThis class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $790 Materials/Lab: $180 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Contact us.
Course Length: 5 Days
Skill Level: Novice & up
Pre-requisites: Students should be competent with general woodworking machinery and hand plane use :: Please call us if you have concerns in these areas

Greene & Greene Morris Chair

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Flat Arm Morris Chair

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Bow Arm Morris Chair Class

Gonzalo-Fernandez-ChairIn this course, you will build your own classic Bow arm Morris chair, side by side with Gregory Paolini. The arms are created using a bending form and a bent lamination technique. There will be extensive Mortise and tenon joinery challenges, including traditional integral tenons; Floating tenons, and hand cut “through” mortise and tenon joints, on a curved surface. You will also learn how to lay out the curved arms, and match them to the corresponding side rails and legs, with a tight fit. Upholstery and finishing techniques will be reviewed but not applied during the class. Upon completion of the course, students will have a chair that is dry fit, together, and ready for sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops. Or students can choose to have us complete their chair to our museum quality standards by taking advantage of our completion service.
Course based on Gregory’s article & Video which appeared in Fine Woodworking magazine.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $869 Materials/Lab: $345 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here
Course Length: 5 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Woodworking or Equivalent
Instructor: Gregory Paolini

Dining Chair

Chair making is the pinnacle of most woodworker’s skill building journey, and this dining chair is a great way to dive into successful chair crafting!  The back legs are angled, to provide comfort, and a building challenge.  Likewise, there is angled joinery for the aprons, as the seat is narrower in the rear than the front.   And the back slats are mortised into curved rails.  This cherry Greene and Green inspired dining chair will provide several build challenges, but is within the abilities of our intermediate to advanced Alumni.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $869 Materials/Lab: $295 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here
Course Length: 5 Days
Skill Level: Intermediate
Pre-requisites: Fundamental Woodworking or Equivalent;   Suggested for student who have taken several courses previously at GPD Academy

Build Your Own Design

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Open Shop – Project Completion

Work distraction free for a solid 5 day week!

This is a great opportunity to work in our shop, free of distractions, with Gregory Paolini and his assistant instructor by your side to answer questions, help with techniques, and provide personal instruction.

Bring in your Morris Chair, Sculpted Rocker, Greene & Greene pieces, Sideboard, or any other class project from our school

This is also a great opportunity to work on honing your skills, such as focusing on sharpening, cutting dovetails, executing mortise and tenon joinery, hand planing, or more!

Unlike most of our classes, students may come and go as they please during this week, from 7:00am to 5:00pm, and will be on their own for lunches.

Work distraction free for a solid 5 day week!

 

Our Open Shop weeks are limited to only 6 participants

Open Group Tuition: $869

Materials/Lab: Individual
Course Length: 5 day
Skill Level: All
Pre-requisites: None

Hand Tool Essentials: Shaker End Table

Shaker-Night-StandOver the past few years, woodworking with nothing but hand tools, has become extremely popular, and we’re excited to offer a class on building a classic Shaker end table / night stand, using nothing but hand tools!

Shaker Night Stand In this class, students will each create their own tables, while learning the following skills and techniques:
Cutting Dovetails by hand, executing both through, and half-blind varieties
Making and fitting a dovetailed drawer, by hand
Design fundamentals, and understanding wood properties, so you can build to conquer wood movement
Simple ways to sharpening your plane irons and chisels to a razor’s edge
Surfacing stock with a hand plane, to virtually eliminate sanding
Layout, execution, and fitting of mortise and tenon joinery – A fundamental woodworking joint

Finishing techniques will be reviewed but not applied during the class. Upon completion of the course, students will have a hand made table that is dry fit, together, and ready for sanding, glue up, and finishing work back at their own home shops.

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

IMPORTANT NOTE: Students will be required to bring their own hand tools for this class. A tool list will be emailed to all students who enroll.

Open Group Tuition: $869 Plus Materials/Lab: $195
Course Length: 5 Days
Skill Level: All
Pre-requisites: None

Woodworking Fundamentals: Greene & Greene Hall Table

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Practical, common sense woodworking. Our woodworking fundamentals course is a great introduction for people who are brand new to woodworking, or looking to gain a solid understanding of the fundamentals of woodworking. This is a machine based course, with an emphasis on safety, materials, and techniques, while producing a classic piece of furniture. In this course you will learn about the properties of wood and materials; how to read and interpret woodworking drawings and plans; reading grain and milling stock square and flat; the safe use of various woodworking tools including table saws, planers, routers, & joiners. You will learn different ways to layout and cut mortise and tenon joinery, while focusing on datum surfaces, as well as creating templates and pattern routing.

In the words of one of my Woodworking Fundamentals students “I learned more in one week with Gregory, than in 20 years woodworking on my own”

This class is limited to only 6 students, so you’ll receive lots of instruction & personal attention !

Open Group Tuition: $869 Plus Materials/Lab: $185 :: For One on One, or Private Group Tuition, Click Here
Course Length: 5 Days (32.5 hours)
Skill Level: All
Pre-requisites: None
Instructor: Gregory Paolini