Woodworking 101

with Joseph Budka

Woodworking Classes in Chicago


Class Info

This workshop is introduces Dabblers to the wood-shop environment and basic woodworking skills. Aspiring woodworkers will be familiarized with the shop environment, learn the safe and proper use of many common woodworking tools, and several woodworking techniques. Tool instruction will include the safe and proper usage of the table saw, surface planer, clamps, band saw, stationary sanders, palm sanders, and carving tools. Other techniques may be introduced, as time permits. There will also be lectures on safety, wood species, and finishing.

Using the skills instructed, each student will complete a cutting board of their very own design and handy-work. Do to the restrictions of time and materials costs, we will be restricted in the overall size and scope of what we can do. However, there will be an opportunity for everyone to utilize their creativity, and personalize their cutting boards.


This class is intended for absolute beginners. No previous experience in woodworking is required. Though, it wouldn't hurt.

One note on mental preparedness - We will be using some heavy machinery throughout the day. So you should feel confident that you can handle that without getting nervous. Every step will be clearly demonstrated, and all techniques, safety tips and guidelines will be explained before anyone is asked to use any equipment. And no one will be pressured to do anything too far outside their comfort zone.

Course Reviews (54)
99% positive

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    Laura C.

    Left about 1 month ago

    It was a lot of fun, and I learned a lot! Making the first project was more complex than I thought it would be--which is a good thing! If anything, I wish I would have worn grubbier clothes because it's dirty. (In a woodshop? No!) I definitely want to take more classes at this space.

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    Rachel G.

    Left 3 months ago

    I really enjoyed taking this class! Joe is an amazing teacher, he explains everything really well and takes you through all the necessary steps. I had an amazing time and I would love to take another class with him!

    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Lisa E.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Such a great afternoon learning the basics of a wood shop. I was so glad I went, and am so proud of what I created. The teacher is great, patient, informative. Highly recommend. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Erica H.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Excellent class, very thorough instruction and safety, Joseph really covered everything well. thoroughly enjoyed dabbling in the craft. I would recommend this to anyone with interest. Come with a design (drawing in mind about 8\" wide \u0026 12\" long (though I didn't actually measure) \u0026 ready to stand most of the time. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Billie O.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"A+++++! Joe is just a fantastic teacher. The first part of class is where you do the most learning- after that, you get to apply what you learned and go to town making your cutting board. Super fun, awesome environment, definitely recommend you take this class if you've been wanting to dabble in woodworking. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Katie O.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class! We made cool *little* cutting boards to any shape we wanted. The class is 6 hours (with a short break for lunch) and you learn a lot. You stand the entire time on the concrete floor - which is not something I'm used to. Our class had only 5 people and that was almost perfect since we had to share tools and machinery. Normally there would have been more people in the class, but Dabble accidentally listed the wrong time for the class so a few people cancelled. Easy street parking. Good value. I'd definitely take more classes here. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Camille F.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I enjoyed this class a lot. Joseph was a great teacher, and he presented a nice mix of topics on safety, the inner workings of tools and machines, and the science behind wood and woodworking. I feel like I learned a lot in a relatively short period of time, and the information was reinforced with the hands-on experience.\r\n\r\nI'd recommend coming in with some specific ideas about cutting board designs (which Joseph does suggest in advance that you do). I'd just gotten back from a trip so I wasn't as prepared as I wanted to be. I'd even suggest bringing in paper templates to adapt or trace. It's hard to decide what you want to do on the fly and not spend too much time on that. And it's very hard to get a symmetrical outline on the wood if you're drawing freehand. I tend to ponder too much and so started to fall a bit behind toward the end.\r\n\r\nA great class, though, and highly recommended. I'm looking forward to taking some of the others Joseph offers. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Marcia S.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The instructions were excellent. Joseph was very thorough and patient with newbies. \r\nSafety was super important to him which was much appreciated. \r\nMy only negative is that while we were in the class there was somebody using a finish with noxious fumes and there was not proper ventilation so we could hardly breath. They eventually turned on the fans. I would suggest do not allow this to happen while class is being conducted. It took away from what would of been an overall excellent experience. \r\n","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Sharon S.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Joseph is a great teacher; very thorough, clear and helpful. I highly recommend this course - a great intro to woodworking AND you walk out with a great cutting board that you get to brag about. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Shakila M.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I learned to use a table saw! This was a great class. Even though I was an absolute beginner, I felt comfortable using all the tools, both powered and manual. I can't wait to go back to take Woodworking 102.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Daisy M.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I left this class filled w/joy! I have always wanted to try woodworking and this class met EVERY expectation! Joseph is INCREDIBLY knowledgable and shares with sincerity and a dash of humor. It's so great to know about the MAKE! Chicago space.I can't wait for Wood Working 102 - do u have that? :)","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Jennifer G.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I had a great time and learned far more than I expected! The instructor is great, too. I highly recommend checking this class out if you want a solid, hands-on intro to woodworking.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Nikita W.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Great intro class!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Doug F.","created_at":"almost 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I am an experienced woodworker and took this course because it was a prerequisite for independent access to the workshop. I was impressed with Joseph's ability to handle 7 newbies (and me), and to take us all through the process of constructing our own cutting boards, machine-by-machine and step by step. Joseph's coverage of safety issues and his instruction on machine usage were both very good. I would recommend this course for any non-woodworker who is looking for a good introduction to the craft.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Nikki R.","created_at":"almost 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":null,"review_content":"Joseph was really nice. The Maker Space is really awesome and it was a lot of fun be there. Joseph was obviously extremely knowledgeable but I found myself getting a little antsy after standing for 2 hours and only making one cut. The class was 6 hours long and the most interesting part of the class, the actual hands on part, was crammed into 1.5 hours at the end and actually went over the 6 hour time limit. I think the class could have probably been 3.5 hours if the verbal instruction was cut down a bit. I understand the Joseph wants to give a background and perhaps even some \"theory\" but maybe he could incorporate that a bit better with hand on, and possibly provide some chairs? ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Maureen M.","created_at":"almost 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Joseph is an excellent teacher, using a simple woodworking project ( building a cutting board) and then breaking it down into smaller stages , thus teaching the various power tools and techniques. He is patient ,pleasant and very knowledgable. \r\n\r\nDr Dov Rotenberg","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Manny R.","created_at":"about 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I really enjoyed this class. All of the information that Joseph provided was not only useful, but helps you gain confidence in using powerful tools. I would highly recommend taking this class. However, I would suggest coming to the class with a couple ideas of what kind of cutting board you would like to make. Because this class is so long, I would suggest eating before starting the class and bring a lunch. Not much time to eat, when you take a break.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Keri N.","created_at":"about 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I took the class with my nephew who is really interested in learning how to work with wood. The class taught us a ton about how wood works and gave us a chance to create something that we will have forever. It was delightful and a great memory. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Kim K.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a great workshop to learn the ins and outs of woodworking. It's not called \"make a cutting board\" for a reason. Yes, you leave with an awesome shaped cutting board of your own design, but you also are given information and experience using shop tools (I was so grateful for the safety lesson when we got to use the table saw!), the hows and whys of wood as a material, and even the mind frame you should have when working in a wood shop. I hope there will be a 102 class soon! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Isabelle H.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was awesome. what a great way to spend a saturday and i now have my new favorite kitchen accessory: a whale-shaped cutting board!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Megan H.","created_at":"over 2 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The woodworking class was very educational and enjoyable. Joseph was extremely knowledgeable and informative. Def recommend taking this class!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Shawn H.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Might be the best $40 I ever spent! Got a fantastic overview of the main shop tools\u2014and the chance to use them quickly got me over my anxiety about using them. I thought the resulting cutting board would be incidental\u2014a \"means to an end\"\u2014but I ended up really taking it seriously and am proud of what I did! \r\n\r\nJoseph really knows his stuff and was great at making us understand how and why things in the shop are the way they are. He was extremely patient and encouraged questions which he answered happily and thoroughly.\r\n\r\nThis class is all I needed to feel comfortable in the shop and around tools\u2014and excited to dive deeper and make more stuff. If there was a follow-up class I would absolutely take it!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Priyanko P.","created_at":"almost 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Students were walked through some basic power tools and safety standards, then got the opportunity to create their own butcher board.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Merrie S.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I thought Joseph provided an excellent learning experience for me as well as the other students in the class. He was completely prepared, extremely knowledgeable re subject matter, and guided you step by step. I was admittedly nervous because I have never been around heavy duty machinery for woodworking. Joseph does not push you out of your comfort zone, but provides all the supportive techniques if you wish to go beyond what you think your comfort zone may be. I think that was the overall takeaway message from this class--with proper support and guidance you can do things you might not think you would be able to do. I highly recommend his class for anyone wishing to explore the art of woodworking and its tools.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Rebecca R.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The perfect way to spend a saturday afternoon! I left the class with a cutting board I made MYSELF and I feel like I could build anything now. Josh does a great job teaching you about all the different tools and tool safety. I highly recommend this class! ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Katie M.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"A very thorough intro to woodworking. The morning went a little slow- lots of safety stuff and one one person could use the table saw at a time- but the afternoon pace picked up nicely and I have a pretty neat cutting board to show for it. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Sameer B.","created_at":"about 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I made an awesome fish shaped cutting board while learning a lot about the tools, and process of making it happen. Definitely a great beginner woodworking class. Joe is really good at working with whatever comfortable level you maybe at when it comes to tools. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"La Tosha J.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Joseph is a fantastic teacher. My mom and I learned a lot because he is very thorough and patient. We were able to make two very nice cutting boards which we cannot wait to use. :)","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Elizabeth M.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I had really high hopes for this class as woodworking is something I've wanted to learn for a long time now, and the class did not disappoint. Joseph was a really great instructor: patient and thorough. He gave us such a great understanding of all the machinery we were using and then let us do everything ourselves after careful explanation of technique and safety protocol. I left with a (darling) whale charcuterie board. I highly recommend this class. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Amanda G.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was great. Though you get to work hands-on with heavy equipment, I felt very safe and much attention was paid to safety during the class. The teacher is extremely knowledgeable, but is patient and allows you to do every step in the process on your own. I am very pleased with the product I came out with, and I had no prior experience at all.\r\n\r\nBring a sweater, it is cold in there! Also, be prepared to be on your feet for 6 hours -- definitely wear comfortable shoes.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Gerardo C.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Awesome experience. Had fun with the hands on approach to woodworking. I loved the creative part where we design our own cutting board. Mine was a retro lazer gun!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Bernadette F.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Really enjoyed the class went over all the basics so you were not intimidated when you had to use the tools. Projects were as easy or as hard as you wanted to make them.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Courtney M.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"My mother and I were looking for something fun to do together. Having both taken a woodworking class separately several years ago, we decided Woodworking 101 could be a fun refresher course. \r\n\r\nJason was a patient an thorough teacher. He taught us more about working with wood than I had expected and helped each person realize their own vision. Mom left with a cutting board inspired by Russian nesting dolls' shape, and I took home my Tardis-inspired cutting board. \r\n\r\nMom and I will definitely be trying other Dabble classes in the future.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Kathleen J.","created_at":"over 3 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I wanted to understand how to use wood tools safely and this class did exactly that. I appreciated the thoughtfulness the teacher gave in explaining the tools and safety issues. All seemed to enjoy and it was nice to walk out with a finished functional object.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Focused on the goals of the class and gave ample time to thoroughly cover the subject. Student questions were solicited at every step in the class and at the class end the instructor stayed for any further questions.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The teacher, Joseph, was very clear about how to use the equipment, giving very good instructions. He was also very knowledgeable and enthusiastic.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Small size meant it felt safe and productive","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"I think we made an awesome project, and the teacher was very knowledgeable. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Taking a lot of time for safety, and allowing us to create whatever type of cutting board we liked.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"\"Joseph is relatively no-nonsense and gets into the class quickly. He's clearly a thoughtful educator, and communicates with his students with clear, intentional process. I was really impressed!\r\n\r\nThe class size was small enough to get things done in a reasonable amount of time, and the other students were relatively diverse, which I wasn't expecting.\r\n\r\nThe location was clean, bright and felt extremely safe - this is a good class for people who are intimidated by the average workshop.\"","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Joseph's teaching style was very hands on! We learned a lot of material!","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Small class size = plenty of attention, teacher was extremely knowledgeable and very specific in his instructions and answered all questions thoroughly, fantastic value, fun, casual, wide range of equipment in great shape","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Instructor was very experienced and knowledgeable.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"\"patient, thoughtful teacher\r\ngreat, useful project\"","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"hands on. safety. walk away with product.","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Woodworking with Joseph Budka at Pagoda Studies was worth every cent. For nearly six hours, Joseph explained, in detail, the works of at least five important shop machines, then safety tips and eight woodworking techniques, all as part of our construction of aesthetically pleasing cutting boards. Before this class, I had no idea I could make something so useful so easily. ","teacher_response":null}
    {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Dabble Student","created_at":"almost 4 years","title_link":"\u003Cstrong\u003EWoodworking 101\u003C/strong\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Good class size. I've taken a woodworking class through another local business where my experience wasn't so great -- they had so many people taking the class that I had to stand in line for 30+ minutes just to wait my turn to use the band saw. ","teacher_response":null}

    Other Teacher Reviews (22)
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      Chris W.

      Left 5 days ago

      Joseph was a great instructor and I really enjoyed Woodworking 103 (Table Making). Joseph was very professional and tailored the class perfectly for our level of expertise. Giving us free access to the open shop days during the duration of the class was a great perk that allowed us to work on more complicated projects. I'm nearly finished with my nightstand and thanks to Joseph's instruction, it looks nearly identical to the $700 table that I'm replicating. The class is paying for itself already. I'm looking forward to using my skills on several other projects very soon.

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      Donna M.

      Left about 1 month ago

      I thought the class was very informative. I learned a lot of things to take care of my furniture. It was a good experience being in a class. I just want to branch out and learn new things.

      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Amanda R.","created_at":"2 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The teacher was very knowledgable, friendly, and made his lessons easy for everyone to understand. It was a ton of fun, I learned alot, got a great workout, and my table turned out pretty cool! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"","reviewer_name":"Elena A.","created_at":"3 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"From the reviews I knew this class would be well-taught and lots of fun, but it exceeded my expectations. Joseph has deep experience with carpentry, a solid teaching method/approach, a wonderful demeanor that encourages explorations, and excessive patience. I learned a ton, got a physical workout, and built a table that I love. I highly recommend this class, especially if you have a desk job. It feels great to use your hands to create something durable. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Tatiana S.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/furniture-restoration-101-cleaning-polishing-and-repair-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Furniture Restoration 101 - Cleaning, Polishing, and Repair \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This class was fun!!!! I am totally new to furniture restoration, and the instructor made it si easy and enjoyable. Looking forward to taking more classes and learning more skills!!! Thank you!!!!!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Laurel S.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"This was a great class. I hadn't ever done anything with wood working and Joe was really good at walking us through every step. The initial dismantling part can be really hard depending on your pallet so be prepared for about an hour of physical work! After that, the fun began for me. Joe showed us an example but we really could build off that structure in any measurements we wanted. I would have liked a little more time on actually constructing the table as we were a bit rushed at the end and it felt like a lot of people needed some help with that part. However, we did have a full class so it was expected to wait for tools at times. Overall great class and I love my bench! ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Alina R.","created_at":"4 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/upholstery-101-chair-seats-and-backs-with-joseph-budka--2'\u003E Upholstery 101 - Chair Seats and Backs \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class to learn how to start working with re-upholstery. Teacher is very clear, attentive and fun","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Charlotte F.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Joseph was a great instructor- as a beginner, he gave us just the right tools and tips to safely build a sturdy product. I am not interested in becoming an expert, but I know enough now that I could confidently repeat what he taught.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Kate H.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Joseph is extremely knowledgeable and very hands on with this class - he made it a tiring but fun day! I highly recommend taking a woodworking class with him.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Kristen K.","created_at":"5 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"You definitely get your $s worth with this 6 hour class. Not only do you get step-by-step instruction on how to construct your piece of furniture but many of us felt like we also got quite a work out, especially disassembling and de-nailing the pallets. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Lee J.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/woodworking-201-basic-joinery-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Woodworking 102 - Basic Joinery \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Joseph was a great teacher - communicates clearly and has patience. The woodworking class was at the level described, and got me comfortable enough to want to pursue further challenges!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Sara F.","created_at":"6 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/furniture-restoration-101-cleaning-polishing-and-repair-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Furniture Restoration 101 - Cleaning, Polishing, and Repair \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Great class. Left feeling more confident about caring for and rehabilitating my antique wood furniture. The table we brought to work on it class looks 100% better","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Mary L.","created_at":"8 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/furniture-restoration-101-cleaning-polishing-and-repair-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Furniture Restoration 101 - Cleaning, Polishing, and Repair \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"It was a really good class. A lot of information. I recommend bringing a pen and paper to take notes. We restored pieces of furniture. That was fun!! Good to practice on something. The teacher was very patient with us. All in all, it was a lot of fun and it gave me some ideas. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Roxane G.","created_at":"9 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"It's a little bit of a workout, a little bit of a design challenge, and and little bit of art breaking down then building a new table, bench or, as a couple of people did, a bookshelf, out of pallet wood. The teacher is great-- accessible, helpful and methodical as he takes you through the steps and skills needed to create your own work of rustic gold. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Liat S.","created_at":"11 months","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/make-chicago-open-shop-night-grand-reopening-with-joseph-budka'\u003E MAKE! Chicago - Open Shop Night - Punkin' Destructin' \u003C/a\u003E","positive":false,"review_content":"The idea of the place is great, but in terms of the activities they offered, the level was for children not adults. BIG disappointment!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Mirella R.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Awesome class. The instructor is amazing, helpful, approachable and truly knowledgeable. Highly recommended class for anyone. I can't believe how much I learned. Thanks again. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Morgan K.","created_at":"about 1 year","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/furniture-restoration-101-cleaning-polishing-and-repair-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Furniture Restoration 101 - Cleaning, Polishing, and Repair \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Leaving a late review, but I really enjoyed this class! We were given all of the information we needed to continue practicing what we learned at home, and everyone left with a much more beautiful piece. Thanks!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Alex O.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"A full day class- (make sure you pack a lunch) and I learned so much!! I was also surprisingly sore the next day. Joe was extremely patient and explained everything well! Loved this class and would definitely sign up for his others!","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Roxane G.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/woodworking-202-box-making-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Woodworking 202 - Box Making \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"Measure twice cut once and you're all set for a great class that teaches skills that go beyond making a box. Slow and steady with power tools produces a better product. Measure and remeasure before cutting or you might be surprised or upset by the results. And when in doubt, whack the box into submission. Oops! That one was the mantra I was reciting until Joe resuscitated the box and made it look, well, boxlike. A great class for the neophyte and for the DIYer who wants to power up their know-how. ","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Colleen B.","created_at":"over 1 year","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/rustic-pallet-furniture-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Rustic Pallet Furniture \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The Rustic Pallet Furniture class was really fun! Have u ever disassembled a pallet before? It was a cool experience. Then you get to make a bench, small table or end table. You learn how to use a compound miter saw and pneumatic brad nailer, among other tools. NO EXPERIENCE NECESSARY. You can do this! Awesome instruction \u0026 neat finished product.","teacher_response":null}
      {"commenter_avatar":"//","reviewer_name":"Chris M.","created_at":"almost 2 years","title_link":"\u003Ca href='/courses/woodworking-201-basic-joinery-with-joseph-budka'\u003E Woodworking 102 - Basic Joinery \u003C/a\u003E","positive":true,"review_content":"The class covers a wide variety of joins in a detailed manner. Leaving the class one will feel comfortable executing a lot of joins on their own. It is a great introduction to wood working. Joseph is an expert in the field and provides understandable instruction. ","teacher_response":null}

      Joseph has been a woodworker for over 19 years. He has a BFA from the School of the Art Institute of Chicago, and his areas of expertise include woodworking, welding, metal fabrication, sculpture, furniture design, and more. He owns Pagoda Studios, Inc. - a full service design and fabrication studio in Chicago. There, he designs and creates custom furniture, sculpture, home accessories, and more. Over the years, he has taught classes in woodworking, drawing, painting sculpture and other artistic fields.

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