Woodworking Basics: Project Planning


Woodworking Basics: Project Planning

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 10/16/2023 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
  2. Mon, 10/23/2023 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

Mon, 10/16/2023 - Mon, 10/23/2023


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No Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio (bench room)

General Woodworking


Learn the steps an experienced furniture maker goes through before he's ready to build a project. Then, with his guidance,  go through those steps on a project of your choice.

  • Day 1: View examples of the instructor's work and discuss the design steps that went into them. Learn how to go from a sketch to a detailed, scaled drawing. Using a simple class project, such as a drawer, go through these steps yourself.
  • Day 2: Bring a sketch of the project you want to build. In class, develop a scaled drawing that includes joinery details so you can develop a parts list and the steps needed to build the piece.

If possible, come to class with an idea for one piece of furniture you want to build (not required).

This class is a component of BARN's Woodworking Basics Certificate program, which includes 14 classes and a mentored final project. Learn more »

You do not need to be a certificate student to take this class.


A $79 materials fee, included in the class fee, covers the cost of key drawing tools and a drawing board, which you will take home after the class so you can use them for future projects. Included:

  • 24-inch-square drawing board
  • 24-inch T square
  • Pencils, eraser, eraser shield, etc.
  • Two 12-inch triangles with angles of 30, 60, 45 and 90 degrees.
  • Architect's scale
  • Drafting compass
  • Extra sheets of 19"X24" layout bond paper


This class has no prerequisites but keep your skill level in mind when you select a project to plan.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

John McCormack

John McCormack is a furniture designer, maker, and teacher living and working in Port Townsend. A graduate of the cabinet and furniture making program at North Bennet Street School in Boston, he holds a Master in Fine Arts in furniture design from Rhode Island School of Design. He has written for various publications, including "Fine Woodworking," which featured his piece on "The Ultimate Crosscut Sled" on its cover. He got his start in woodworking by studying under John Kassay, author and expert on Shaker and Windsor furniture. Read more at his website: https://www.johnpmccormackdesign.com/

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