Classes at Marc Adams School of Woodworking

The Mechanics of Movement: Toying with Wood with John Morgan

Dates: 7/27 - 7/31

Cost: $750
Materials: $75
Deposit: $300

Masters Fellowship

This class will provide you with the opportunity to make a creative mechanical object from wood. This category of woodwork is called automata in Europe, but many would describe them as executives toys. The result of participation in this workshop will be a unique piece of automata designed by John for this class. The American Politician pokes fun at the political stereotype that we all love to hate. Starting with discussions about mechanisms, John will use his 33 years of teaching experience to walk students through the design and prototype stages. Critical problem solving and troubleshooting will be covered, ensuring that the final piece performs as you anticipated. Starting with printed patterns, all will work with basic shop power tools, including the table saw, band saw, scroll saw, disc/belt/spindle sanders and drill press to produce a rough prototype of poplar and aircraft plywood. Individuals will then proceed to make a finished working model out of cherry and maple. Through the design and creation of their machine, students will realize the ability to communicate their unique vision through an inspired piece of woodwork designed to intrigue their friends and build confidence in their creative ability.

Key Points:

  • Design process
  • Converting single input to multiple output through gears
  • Troubleshooting mechanical issues
  • Safety measures for making small parts
  • Scroll saw cutting
  • Bandsaw cutting
  • Operating drill press with custom pin gear jigs
  • Fitting and assembling
  • Finishing

There is a $45 annual registration fee that will be added to your the total amount of the class if this is the first class you are registering for this season.

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Public Registration begins December 1, 2014. Please check back then to register online.

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