Class #72

Woodworking Bootcamp

Mike Stapleton

September 15 - September 21

instructor imageFor an entire week, you will be immersed in what, for most, is a hobby, for many a passion and for some a career. Woodworking! You will leave The Clearing with several completed projects, but more importantly, you will 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, using the projects, 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.

The class will include a field trip to a local saw mill where you will select project wood and then return to reshape that wood into useable dimensions. You will learn to convert warped, twisted, off-the-shelf construction lumber into aesthetically appealing, straight, woodworking grade material. You will go outside the conventional joinery box into contemporary methods, including Kreg pocket holes, Festool Dominos, triple-laminating, metal bracket and Mike?s Tenons on Steroids? joinery techniques. You will ?tame the Gorilla? (glue) and learn clamping techniques when you join multiple boards to create a table top and will pour a thick, clear, two-part epoxy surface. The projects, always starting with cut-lists created in SketchUp, will start small and then build in size and complexity as skill levels and confidence grow.

This class is primarily intended to be at a beginner level. However, the format, projects and Mike?s method of instruction expand the range into the ?novice? woodworker range.

Does a mailman take a walk on his day off? In Mike?s case that was true. Even during his ?day jobs? as a construction trainer, construction project manager and log home builder, he could still be found during his time off ?making sawdust? in his workshop. 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. (Some of the road signs you see at The Clearing are mounted with this invention.) Mike retired in 2017 and now, with his wife Meg, frequently travels in their RV. Even then, Mike can be seen letting sawdust fly via cordless miter and table saws mounted on a picnic table 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 is in the early stages of developing a digital ?Woodworking Bootcamp? that includes tutorials on projects, Tenons on Steroids? and SketchUp for Woodworking.

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

Level: Beginner/Intermediate
Materials Fee: $20 to $50 for wood and other materials, payable to Mike at class

Pricing (per person):
$1045 Dorm Room Package*
$1145 Two-Person Room Package*
$1705 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$615 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

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