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Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair

at Fashion Institute of Technology - Chelsea

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Chelsea, Manhattan
227 W 27th St
Btwn W 27th & W 26th St
New York, New York 10001
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Room: David Dubinsky Building- Rm AC08
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Description
Class Level: Beginner
Age Requirements: 18 and older
Average Class Size: 10
Teacher: Steven Ceraso

What you'll learn in this furniture class:

This workshop builds on skills learned during SXW 680 or SXW 686. Students learn additional foundation skills to build wood furniture and related objects incorporating wood physics and joinery concepts.

Traditional hand tools including block planes, cabinet scrapers, and spokeshaves are introduced as well as how to safely operate woodworking machinery including the table saw, band saw, drill press, and miter saw. How to sharpen, and maintain hand tools are also covered. 

The project for this course is a modern chair based on an early modern design using basic lap and bridle joints.

Bring to first class: 

  • Shop Fox D3294 scraper set, six-piece set, 
  • IRWIN Tools Marples woodworking chisel, 
  • 3/4-inch, Stanley12-951 spoke shave with flat base, all available at Amazon.com; 
  • Kobalt adjustable mouth blockplane available at Lowes.com.
Recommended text: Woodworking Basics: Mastering the Essentials of Craftsmanship

Tuition includes $65 for supplied materials.

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Check room postings in the lobby of Marvin Feldman Center (27th Street between 7th and 8th Avenue), by security (please tell security where you're going. Bring your order form to show.), or call the day of class for room locations: 212-217-8741 or 212-217-3334.

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Refund Policy
Continuing and Professional Studies Refund Policy:

Courses canceled 24 business hours in advance can be fully refunded. Courses that have 2 sessions has 25% refund after first session. Courses that have 3 sessions has 50% refund after first session; No refund after second session. Courses that have 4 sessions will have 50% refund after first session and 25% refund after second session and no refund after third session. Courses that have 5 or more sessions has 75% refund after first session, 50% after second session and 25% after third session and no refund after fourth session.

Please note that there are no makeup sessions and it is highly recommended students attend all sessions of classes they sign up for. They are short, intensive courses and missing one day is missing a lot. 


Precollege Programs Refund Policy:

The $15 registration fee is not refundable.

The refund period ends prior to the second scheduled session of the class, in accordance with the following:

FIT Precollege Programs canceled the course due to low enrollment :
100% including registration fee


Withdrawal prior to the last day of registration :
100% exclusive of registration fee

Withdrawal prior to first day of class:
75% exclusive of registration fee

Withdrawal prior to second day of class:
50% exclusive of registration fee

Withdrawal thereafter:
No refund

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Question from anonymous
Is this a good course for a complete beginner?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Yes, this is good for beginners.
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Question from Anonymous
Is the photo above the type of chair that will be built? It looks like it is a stock photo.
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Yes, its a stock photo, but we already updated it. Unfortunately, you do not get to design your own chair, but there are slight design modifications that students can make to their chairs. They can discuss your design modifications with the instructor.
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Question from Paulino F.
I want to take this class, but I wont have the tools by the first day of class will this be a problem?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! No, that won't be a problem. The instructor will have supplies that you can use on the first day of class.
Answer from Frankie Lynn H. Verified Student
I have taken this class and found that some of the students don't buy the tools at all. You can use the school's tools while in class and the work is all done in class.
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Question from anonymous
I am interested in taking the Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair class at FIT in NYC. However, I know I will not be able to attend one class (March 12). If I miss it, is there a possibility of a makeup class? Or, will the class be offered again after April? Also, to be clear, this class doesn't require any pre-requisite or advanced enrollment at FIT, correct?​
Answer from Darwin V. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Unfortunately, the student will not be able to miss a day because there is so much information that is covered in each class and because students will be learning how to use power tools that can cause serious harm. We offer this course every semester and will be offering it again this summer. We do not have our summer dates finalized as yet. No, there is no pre-requisite.
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Question from Sunil K.
Hi what size do you recommend for the Kobalt adjustable mouth blockplane? 7 or 6.25?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Sunil! Either size works for what you will be doing. Low angle block plane with an adjustable mouth is helpful. If you can't locate the items, the teacher has some extra tools that you can borrow.
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Question from anonymous
What happens if we can't make one of the classes? Are we able to do a makeup class?
Answer from Georgia C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi there! Please note that there are no makeup sessions and it is highly recommended students attend all sessions of classes they sign up for. They are short, intensive courses and missing one day is missing a lot.
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Question from Sunil K.
Is it compulsory to bring tools to the class? Are tools provided?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Sunil! Yes, you have to bring the following materials on the first day of the class: Shop Fox D3294 scraper set, six-piece set, IRWIN Tools Marples woodworking chisel, 3/4-inch, Stanley12-951 spoke shave with flat base, all available at Amazon.com; Kobalt adjustable mouth blockplane available at Lowes.com. The rest of the supplies is included in the fee ($65) you will pay for this class. Hope this helps!
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Question from Elizabeth Z.
What size is IRWIN Tools Marples woodworking chisel recommended?
Answer from Kristle C. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Elizabeth! 3/4-inch IRWIN Tools Marples Woodworking Chisel is recommended.
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Question from eunjee h.
Do you have to take SXW 680 class before taking this class ? Is it prerequisite?
Answer from Brenda L. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Hi Eunjee! There is no pre-requisite for this course.
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Question from Anonymous
Do we actually get to make a chair from this class ?
Answer from Sarah S. CourseHorse StaffCourseHorse Staff
Yes, there is a project for this course that you will make: a modern chair based on an early modern design using basic lap and bridle joints.
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Reviews of Classes at Fashion Institute of Technology (891)

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Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair
Reviewed by Angela W. on 4/23/2019
This class was awesome! I’ve never woodworked before but it was pretty easy to keep up. I had a lot of fun and learned a lot about wood, the tools, and the process and came out with a really nice chair. Really happy with my decision to take the class and I highly recommend it to anyone considering. I’ll def be taking more of Steve’s classes in the future!
Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair
Reviewed by Anonymous on 4/18/2019
This is a great class to take especially if you are interested in joinery. I learned how to do mortise and tenon as well as lap joints. Steve is a great instructor who really knows what he is doing and ensures the safety of all students. The teaching assistant, Mario, was also super helpful especially when it came to the glue up process where he's really knowledgeable on clamping techniques. Despite the class being quite large, Steve and Mario took the time to help students if they wanted to modify their projects. As a returning student, it was nice to see other returning students who I knew by name as it felt very community oriented. I would recommend taking the side table class prior to this class as it helps with a stronger foundation. I would also recommend investing in the tools that are recommended in the course description especially if you want to continue to take more classes. Overall it was an very informative foundation class and I will definitely be returning to FIT for more classes.
Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair
Reviewed by Anonymous on 4/10/2019
There should have been a lot more structure. Steven clearly knows his stuff but seemed stressed about the class size which slowly dwindled after a few weeks. Here are my suggestions: 1. Be very clear about the Goals of the course (eg we plan on making a modern chair. In this course our aims are etc etc.) 2. Introduce yourself clearly and also make everyone else go around the room introducing themselves. After 6/7 weeks I had no idea what anyone was called. Sure, it is not necessary for the class but it is a basic social skill. 3. His assistant Mario was very quiet and it wasn't clear that he was confident with English which is fine but Steven should have directed him more and he would have been more useful. He seemed to know his stuff and was a really nice guy. 4. Don't have favorites. Steven called some people by their first names and ignored others. This is unacceptable for a teacher and can breed resentment. If you don't feel comfortable pronouncing someones name why don't you ask them! 5. There was inadequate instruction around the table saw. This is a highly dangerous tool and he should never be in the other room while a complete novice is operating it. It literally only takes a second.. 6. There was a complete disconnect about what tools were required for the course. He should have spent some time on this. He didn't seem to be aware of what was needed or what was recommended.. He has the potential to be a great teacher as he is clearly very skilled. I think he should have shown some of his work as this would have been inspirational to the students. Someone needs to sit in the class, observe and give formal feedback. Sadly, I won't be returning and can't recommend the course to others in its current format.
Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair
Reviewed by Anonymous on 1/31/2019
The class is a little bit crowded and there is a lot of waiting time for machines. Wish there was more hand tooling for the project. Mostly simple machine operations. Steve (instructor) is a very good teacher though. I liked him.
Introduction to Woodworking: Modern Chair
Reviewed by Frankie Lynn H. on 11/9/2018
This was an excellent class. The professor and his assistant were knowledgeable and conveyed information clearly. The space was uncrowded and the equipment was well-maintained. I highly recommend this class for anyone who would like to try or already has an interest in woodworking.
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