2022 Summer Program


Class #36

Fine Woodworking: Build Custom Furniture Or A Small Table

Curt Wessel

June 19 - June 25, 2022

instructor imageEnjoy a week of woodworking in The Clearing’s Workshop during the long days of June! This class is open to both beginners and to those with woodworking experience.

If you are a returning student to Curt’s class, or someone with experience, you may choose to build a custom furniture piece. (In this case, Curt will contact you six weeks before class to discuss your project.) There may be time later in the week for other projects. If you are a beginning student, you will build a small hall or bedside table out of the wood of your choice. Maple, cherry, ash, oak, walnut and birch are among the options. You’ll work from Curt’s basic design but will have input in order to make the piece “your own.”

Curt will cover the safe use of table saws, jointers, planers and other power tools. He will also discuss edge-gluing boards, table leg to apron joinery, table design, case piece construction, sanding, finishing and many other details.

Please bring appropriate clothing for woodworking with power tools, along with eye and ear protection. Also bring a tape measure, pencils, paper and, if you like, magazine or catalog pictures for design ideas. If you have a home shop, you may start a piece at The Clearing and finish it at home.

There will be ample one-on-one instruction. Students will also learn from each other.

Curt Wessel builds custom furniture and cabinetry in Ellison Bay, Wisconsin and has taught a variety of woodworking classes at The Clearing. His work is found throughout Door County and is well-represented at The Clearing. He has been featured nationally in Home Furniture magazine.

Curt will contact students prior to class.
Note: You may bring properly dried wood of your own, if you like.

Level: All levels
Materials Fee: $50 to $100, depending on your project and choice of wood, payable to Curt during class
Shop Fee: $20

Pricing (per person):
$1180 Dorm Room Package*
$1280 Two-Person Room Package*
$1920 Single-Person Room Package* (limited availability)
$675 Commuter Package** (limited availability)

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


NEW IN 2022! In order to register online, you will need to sign into a Clearing User Account. Complete user account info and "How To's" can be found on our Clearing User Account Page.