Woodworking For Women

Class Overview

Learn all about the basics of woodworking in this rewarding hands-on class! This class is specifically designed for women-identified people to learn in a supportive and laid-back environment. The curriculum is the same as our Woodworking I class.

You will learn how to use the main hand tools and power tools in the shop, as well as the important safety rules when using the equipment. Then you will practice on the equipment and make a curio shelf while being guided at each step of designing, building and finishing your project.

Discover joinery techniques, the importance of sharp tools, when to use different kinds of fasteners and adhesives, and basic methods of wood finishing.

The goal of the class is for students to gain confidence on the equipment so that they can work independently in the shop. This class is a prerequisite for Woodworking II and mandatory for using the woodshop during open studio time. 

Week 1: Please bring a notebook and pencil to first class. 

Weeks 2-10:  Students will be required to bring their own Personal Protection Equipment (safety glasses, hearing protection) for all remaining classes.

In this class, you will learn:

  • shop safety, including personal protection in the wood shop
  • the properties of wood and how that informs the selection and milling of lumber
  • how to properly use hand tools (hand saw, block plane, chisel and hammer) and power tools (hand drill, router, drill press and table, miter and band saws).
  • joinery techniques, the importance of sharp tools, when to use different kinds of fasteners and adhesives, and basic methods of wood finishing.

Learning Outcomes

  • Learn about the basics of woodworking
  • Explore the different tools used and learn how to use them safely
  • Create a class project in a supportive, laid-back environment

Who Should Take This Class?

  • Students who would like to continue learning the basics of woodworking
  • Women-identified people who are interested in learning more about woodworking in a supportive learning environment


Class Details

No classes on 11/11 and 11/25. Woodworking classes will be in-person at the beautiful Wood Technology Center located at: 2310 S. Lane St, Seattle, WA 98144. The first session is at a classroom, and the rest of the sessions are at the Core Shop. 

Seattle Central Requires COVID-19 Vaccines and Masks for Students & Staff 

Seattle Colleges will be a fully vaccinated higher education institution in accordance with Gov. Jay Inslee’s recent COVID-19 Proclamations. The decision comes after consultation with the board of trustees, health and safety officials, and labor partners. 

Full vaccinations are required for students, staff, and faculty coming to campus this fall, with exemptions for medical or religious reasons. This allows the colleges to reopen and return to in-person teaching and learning, to the fullest extent possible, while safeguarding against transmission of COVID-19 and its variants. Students must report vaccination status by Nov. 1; we will update Continuing Education students about the process for that soon. 

In accordance with Washington State guidelines for the college, everyone attending in-person classes is also required to wear a face mask inside buildings, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. 


Fall 2021

  • 10 Thursdays ; Sep 30 to Dec 16 ; 6:00 pm to 9:00 pm
  • Location : SCWTC; Room SC - WTC -CORE Shop -WTC0105
  • Fee : $795
  • Class ID : 38727 ; SKU : 29677