Woodworking Basics: Project Planning


Woodworking Basics: Project Planning

Learn how to take a project from an idea to a well-developed plan that's ready for building.


Policies and Tuition Assistance

Meeting Times
  1. Mon, 1/22/2024 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM
  2. Tue, 1/23/2024 3:00 PM - 6:00 PM

Mon, 1/22/2024 - Tue, 1/23/2024


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No Prerequisite, Class

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio (Bench Room)

General Woodworking


Learn the steps an experienced furniture maker goes through before a project is ready to build. Then 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).
  • While there are no prerequisites to taking this class, keep your experience level in mind when selecting a project to plan.

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.


The class fee covers everything you need, including use of BARN's drawing tools during the class.

Class Policies

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

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email accessibility@bainbridgebarn.org to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

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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