Woodworking for Women



An Introduction to Working with Hand Tools and Power Tools

This five-day introductory course is intended to build confidence, demystify woodworking through the use of hand tools and power tools, and get students excited to work with wood on their own. The class project will be a serving tray. Different design and construction elements will be examined with the final design being determined by the student.

The class is also planning a guided trip to our fabulous and friendly local wood supplier, Edensaw.

Class Description

This class is intended to give you a broad overview of different approaches to woodworking through exposure to a combination of hand tools and power tools. Topics include:

1. Understanding the nature of wood as a material

  • How to read grain
  • How wood moves
  • How to select for stability and function

2. Introduction to hand tools

  • How to use a hand saw
  • Lay out for precision joinery
  • Finish a joint with a chisel
  • Use a hand plane to create smooth finished surfaces
  • Joint a board (make a straight edge)

3. Techniques for joining wood together with joinery and power tools

4. Overview of power tools and stationary machines

  • Chop saw
  • Drill press
  • Bandsaw
  • Cordless drills/bits
    And if time:
  • Drum sander
  • jigsaw

5. Introduction to the lumber yard: a trip to Edensaw Hardwoods

More questions? Ask Martha


You do not need to bring any tools for this class


Enthusiasm and a passion to learn woodworking. And smiles!

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday in Building #315.

Materials Charge: $ 50

If you cancel your registration for a course less than or equal to 10 days prior to the beginning of class, we will keep 50% of the course fee.
If you cancel on or after the first day of class, you forfeit 100% of the course fee.

Port Townsend School of Woodworking

Our mission is to inspire a lifelong passion for craftsmanship through education in woodworking and traditional building trades. We range in age from 10 to 85. At first glance you might wonder what brings us together. The answer: a shared love for woodworking. We’re serious about technique, we maintain a tireless work ethic, we thrive on helping each other problem solve, and we believe the only failure isn’t trying.

Our passions include: hand tools, joinery, fine furniture, Northwest Coast Arts, woodturning, tiny homes, Vardo Wagons and creating an inclusive, supportive community.

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