Class #60

Woodworking Bootcamp

Mike Stapleton

August 16 - August 22

instructor imageImmerse yourself in what, for most, is a hobby, for many a passion and for some, a career—woodworking! You’ll leave The Clearing with several completed projects, but more importantly, you’ll take home a skill set, techniques and a level of confidence needed to build the types of DIY projects found on sites like or, or to take on a remodeling project.

The focus will be on safe operation of large and small power tools, including both plug-in powered pro-version machines and the next-generation cordless, portable power tools, including sliding compound miter saws, table saws, track saws, routers, planers, jointers, bandsaws, impact drivers and more.

You will reshape rough-sawn sawmill lumber to usable dimensions and convert warped, twisted, off-the-shelf lumber into straight, woodworking grade material. You’ll go outside the conventional joinery box into contemporary methods, including Kreg pocket holes, Festool Dominos, triple-laminating, metal bracket and Mike’s patented Tenons on Steroids™ joinery techniques. You’ll “tame the Gorilla” (glue) and learn clamping techniques when you join multiple boards. The project cut lists created in SketchUp will start small and then build in size and complexity as skill levels and confidence grow.

This class is intended for beginners, but intermediate woodworkers are also welcome.

Mike Stapleton is a retired construction project manager and log home builder. On his clients’ log home projects, Mike provided finish carpentry, including trim-out, custom wood countertops, stairs, railings, beds, mantels, hearths and other custom finish projects, always with a touch of rusticity. When building railings, he began experimenting with, implementing and eventually patenting a method of woodworking joinery involving a threaded steel tenon. Mike continues to woodwork and is frequently seen letting sawdust fly via cordless saws out the back of his RV in some remote corner of a National Park campground. As passionate as Mike is about woodworking, he is even more passionate about teaching others to woodwork.

Mike will contact students prior to class and send a supply list.

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $50 for wood and other materials, payable to Mike during class

Pricing (per person):
$1080 Dorm Room Package*
$1180 Two-Person Room Package*
$1770 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$635 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

*package includes tuition, lodging & 16 meals
**package includes tuition & 7 meals