Posted September 12, 2018

Rockler kicks off project season with “Make-and-Take” classes

Sessions scheduled nationwide throughout October.

To jumpstart the fall project and gift-making season, Rockler Woodworking and Hardware stores nationwide will be offering hands-on "Make-and-Take" classes throughout October. Make-and-Take class participants can learn new woodworking skills while handcrafting items for their own use or to give as gifts.

Projects include a turned pen; a cribbage board; a whiskey barrel stave candle holder; and a custom knife. Participants can sign up for any or all of the classes and take home their completed project after each class. Plans, videos and materials also will be available online for those who want to make the projects on their own.

"Make-and-Take classes are a great way for anyone to try their hand at woodworking," said Scott Ekman, Rockler's vice president of marketing. "No experience is necessary, and everyone leaves with a completed project and some new skills."

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 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 cribbage board class, they'll use sawing, routing and sanding techniques to create a cribbage game board.

In the whiskey barrel stave candle holder class, they’ll use drilling, sanding and finishing techniques to complete a unique centerpiece. In the knife-making class, they’ll mount, shape and finish a custom wood handle/grip on a semi-skinner knife kit.

The cost each class is $50 and includes materials and supplies. More details and links to register for local classes are available at