Summer Schedule Posted

This Summer we’re changing things up a bit: We’re offering daytime classes in addition to some of our evening classes. The evening Fundamentals 1 and Fundamentals 2 are available as usual. In addition, we’ve got the entire catalogue of what we consider to be our core classes available during the day. That includes daytime versions of both Fundamentals 1 and Fundamentals 2, Intro to Cabinetmaking, Basic Cabinetmaking, and the Basic Veneering class. We hope this will give people who can’t otherwise attend the classes a better opportunity to come in and learn!

Winter/Spring 2019 Classes

Welcome! This coming season we’ve got two sessions of the Woodworking Fundamentals 1 class, on Tuesday and Wednesday evenings. We’re also trying something new: we’ll be doubling up and also having the Woodworking Fundamentals 2 on Tuesday evenings.

Intro to Cabinetmaking, as well as Basic Cabinetmaking, will be on Sundays starting late February until early April. There is, as always, a $100 discount for taking both of those classes in a row.

We don’t run Basic Veneering very often but it’s an excellent opportunity to expand your horizons beyond working in solid wood. We also recently decided to run another Intro to Veneering for anybody who wants to squeeze it in before the Basic class. Veneer gets a bad name, but it can produce beautiful pieces. John Randazzo (who teaches the Basic Veneering) can also teach you to Get the Most From Your Router.

We’ve also got Budget Benchmaking coming up for those who don’t want to break the bank getting themselves ready to work in their own space.

Lastly, for anyone interested in really exploring the beauty of oak and learning how a circular tabletop is made, Mark Mooney’s got a wonderful Tabouret Table class for you.

Welcome to the New Website

Pardon our dust, we’re doing a bit of transitioning.

The currently scheduled classes can be found in the shop.

All signups under the old website will remain current and your account should still work. If you’re having trouble, or if you have any questions feel free to email us at info@backchannelschool.com

The First Bench Room

If you've been to the shop in the past year or more, you'll likely have seen the side rooms, those off of the main shop floor, looking in varying states of disarray. Just recently, however, we've finished up the first of the bench rooms and are nearly ready to start hosting classes in it.

The project started back in 2015, and began with the framing. Sleepers were laid, and a subfloor put in over them. The old walls were framed over to facilitate new wiring and insulation being installed. Drywall was put up, and we built a few shelves before finally installing and finishing the hardwood floor (with the help of students, no less) and trimming out the room. A prior cabinetmaking class had built cabinets for the kitchenette, to which we added a countertop and sink.

Before the fall session begins, we'll finish plumbing the kitchenette and build a few more benches to flesh out the room. After that, the last thing that the room will need is you! Hah!

Below is a gallery of progress pictures taken throughout the process for your perusal.