Posted March 7, 2017

Rockler celebrates National Woodworking Month with Make and Take projects

Weekly classes and projects in April cover wood turning, cutting and finishing.

To celebrate National Woodworking Month, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide will be offering hands-on project kits and classes throughout April in which participants can learn new woodworking skills while handcrafting items they can take home after the class.

Projects include a custom knife; a wooden beverage caddy; a turned pen; and a turned bowl. Participants can sign up for any or all of the classes, and they'll leave with a completed project. Plans, overview videos and materials also will be available online for those who want to make the projects on their own.

"April is National Woodworking Month – the perfect time to learn new woodworking skills," said Scott Ekman, Rockler's vice president of marketing. "These classes offer a unique opportunity for anyone interested in woodworking to learn basic techniques, get some hands-on experience and meet other people interested in the craft. The newly added turning classes will be exciting – it's really fun to give folks the chance to experience woodworking on a lathe."

All Rockler stores will offer the “make-and-take” classes, and a different project is scheduled for each week. Class size will be limited from three to six participants, so lots of one-on-one help will be available.

Each class will last 2 to 3 hours and will focus on a single project. In the knifemaking class, they’ll mount, shape and finish a custom wood handle/grip on a knife kit. In the beverage caddy class, they’ll build a handled carrier with spots for a sixpack and a bottle opener mounted to the side. In the pen turning class, they’ll turn and finish a pen body on the lathe and assemble it with the included Manhattan style hardware kit. In the bowl turning class, they’ll turn and finish a bowl on the lathe.

The cost of the pen turning class is $25; the bottle caddy and bowl turning classes each cost $35, and the knife making class $45, including materials. More details and links to register for local classes are available at

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