Introduction to Modern Woodworking


Woodworking is the original age-old craft and one of the most versatile skills. With some woodworking know-how and the right tools, you can create anything.

5.00 out of 5

This workshop introduces students to modern woodworking through an immersive experience of crafting fine wooden furniture. It is designed for beginners who want to get a hands-on introduction to woodworking and take home a beautiful product.

After a brief survey of principles and process, students will dive into their projects to make a small wood table. Our work will focus on joinery: measuring, cutting, and assembling wood connections.

Product Notes

Students will make a small table suitable for use as a planter or side table. It will be constructed out of oak using half-lap joints to create a flush assembly. The style is contemporary and minimalist, so it should fit well with any existing interior design.


Skill Level : Beginner — This course is best suited for beginners with little or no prior experience in woodworking.

Tools and techniques : We will primarily use power tools (a table saw, drills, etc) with some assistance from traditional hand tools (chisels, planes, etc).

Length: 4 hours, give or take thirty minutes.

Typical class size: 6 – 8 people.

When and Where

When: Most Saturdays, 1-5 pm, most Wednesdays, 6-10 pm

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Where: CraftsmanAve Studio, 117B 11th street – Brooklyn, Gowanus.

Transportation: Take the F, G or R train to 4th Ave – 9th St station.
Or a short cab ride via Battery Tunnel from Manhattan.

  1. Julie

    (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    A very positive and satisfying experience. Josh was clearly very knowledgeable and made me feel comfortable working with what could/should be considered “high-risk” machinery, regardless of my having zero experience with them.
    I had been wanting to take a class like this for years, actually, but typically only came across 8-week workshops that were thousands of dollars. This 3-4 hour workshop offers a very hands-on experience for anyone who, otherwise, has no idea where or how to begin their journey into woodcraft. At the end, you have a very cool little footstool to show for your laboring. Highly recommended.

  2. Jesus B

    5 out of 5

    The intro to woodworking class led by Arjun was an amazing experience! Arjun was a great instructor that provided the perfect balance of rigor and support. His instructions were clear and precise enough to allow us to work independently and he also answered and explained any questions the students had with an excitement that shows his passion for this work. I would strongly recommend taking this class. The only thing to note is that the class might take a bit longer than what is listed in the post. Overall, a great experience!

  3. Andrew

    5 out of 5

    This class was freaking awesome! We made such a pretty table and learned so many valuable skills in a short amount of time. Arjun was more than a great instructor, he was inspiring and I left with a new passion. I can’t wait to take more of his classes! When are we doing hand tool wood working Arjun??

  4. aijy

    (verified owner)

    5 out of 5

    This was a great intro to woodworking class accessible to beginners. Arjun planned out a project that was easy to follow and execute, and was on hand to help and answer any questions. When I damaged part of my project, he immediately showed me how to fix it— and it’s completely unnoticeable, amazing! For someone just starting out in woodworking, it was satisfying to complete a project in one afternoon, and piqued my interest to learn more. Highly recommend this class!

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