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The Krowe's Nest School of Woodworking

Learn how to make a project of your choice

   The  School was established in the summer of 2001. It came into being after Ken was laid off as a result of a significant downsizing in the computer industry. He had been making wood boxes of all sizes using both domestic and exotic woods. These boxes were mostly made as gifts but he started getting personal requests from people who saw these gift boxes and he soon began to sell the boxes at craft fairs. He was also asked to build some built-in projects. Realizing winter was coming, a period of time with no crafts fairs and slow sales of outdoor furniture, Ken decided to use his shop and skills in woodworking to teach others the basics about wood and how to use woodworking tools. Students of all skill levels attend the school and every level is welcome. Some students are just beginning; others have more experience but don’t have access to all the tools needed to make their projects; still others just want to sharpen up their skills.

    The Krowe’s Nest School is a project-driven educational experience. It features  woodworking classes based on hands on learning using various skills dependent on the complexity of project chosen. Many students arrive with their own specific projects in mind while others decide to build one of the exotic wood boxes or something using the lathe. Some come several times a week, others only once a week. Scheduling is quite flexible to meet the needs of the students.

    Tuition is dependent on the complexity of the project and ranges between $20 - $30 per hour, plus the cost of wood and hardware. Most sessions are 2 hours long. Students under 18 years of age must be accompanied by a legal guardian. For those semi-skilled to skilled who know how to use most of the woodworking tools but don’t have all their own tools or space, time can be rented from $20 to $30 per hour dependent on the tools to be used.

    Examples of projects students have completed: an oak bed, oak entertainment center, mahogany bookcase/storage unit, garden trellis, sofa tables, router tables, jewelry boxes, tool boxes, bowls, vases, baseball bats, banjo necks, display cases, benches, etc. See the Student Projects Page for some examples.

    The shop is equipped with the following powered tools:

  • Delta 3 hp table saw
  • Delta thickness drum sander
  • Delta 4" / 6" belt/disk sander
  •  Dewalt 2hp router
  •  Milwaukee 3 ¼ hp table mounted router
  •  Dewalt 12" thickness planer
  •  Rockwell bench drill press
  •  Rikon 18" band saw
  •  Jet 14 x 42 lathe.

    Hand powered tools include:

  •  Dewalt biscuit joiner
  •  Porter Cable brad nailer
  •  Milwaukee battery powered drill
  •  Rockwell corded drill
  •  Mikita palm 1/4 sheet sander
  •  Porter Cable orbital sander
  •  Klingspor orbital sander
    Special Jigs and Fixtures:
  • Incra Twin Linear fence system for the router table.  Allows precision cuts for exotic joints for boxes.
  • Incra 5000 cross cut sled for the table saw.  Allows precision repeatable miters.
  • Many special purpose jigs

 A plethora of hand tools are available, some dating to grandfathers’ day. 

Courses include instruction in the capabilities and proper use of the tools required for each project. Safety is highly stressed. Explanation of other tools and processes are explained as Ken works on his own projects, giving students a wide range information beyond what is required for their own projects.

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