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4-Week Intermediate Woodworking Part 1: Furniture Design CHICAGO

01/11/2024 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm CST

Start your furniture designing journey!

Part 1, Furniture Design, is 4 sessions and will be held on January 11, 18, 25 & February 1, 2024.

Part 2, Furniture Build, is 4 sessions and participants will choose ONE section. Section ONE will be held February 8, 15, 22 & 29 from 6:00-9:00pm. Section TWO will be held February 9, 16, 23 & March 1 from 3:00-6:00pm.

A good design is key to making a woodworking project turn out the way you imagined. Even a seemingly simple project takes planning.

Furniture Design & Build is a 2-part class for the beginning woodworker interested in building foundational skills OR the experienced woodworker interested in learning best practices in design. All participants in the class will design a simple side table that is a maximum of 36”x 36”.

In Part 1, Furniture Design, participants will learn the key principles of good furniture design then sketch out their own design for a simple side table. They will choose materials from the warehouse and learn how their material choices affect their designs. Then they will turn their initial sketch into a detailed drawing and cross-section drawing, ultimately resulting in a building plan and cut list. No fancy software required, we’re going old school with pencil and paper.

In Part 2, Furniture Build, participants will put their plan into action and construct their table using their plans and materials. They will walk away with a piece of furniture they took from concept through creation.

Students interested in BOTH designing and building their projects in class should purchase tickets for Part 1 Design AND Section 1 OR Section 2 of Part 2 Build. Students interested ONLY in design should purchase a Part 1 Design ticket only.

Build tickets include $45 for materials. If students choose to use premium warehouse materials they will be charged for the difference in cost.

Workshop Policies: Please review policies below before committing to a workshop.


If you can’t make it to a class, you can transfer your ticket to someone else. Please email workshops@rebuildingexchange.org with their name and email address.

If Rebuilding Exchange needs to cancel a workshop, we will notify you 24 hours before the class and give you the option of refund or reschedule.

We do not offer other refunds or transfers between classes.


If you arrive to a workshop later than 20 minutes after the stated start time, you will not be able to participate in the workshop.

We do not provide refunds to latecomers.


All workshops are 18+ unless otherwise specified; no woodworking experience necessary

Materials are included in the fee for the workshop

We are not able to accommodate last minute attendees. If a workshop is sold out, there are no open spots.


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Chicago, IL 60614 United States


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