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Professional Woodworking for Beginners

A course by Patricio Ortega (Maderística) , Artisan Furniture Workshop

Artisan Furniture Workshop. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined January 2019

Learn the concepts, techniques, and tools to start woodworking like an expert

  • Best seller English, Spanish
  • 99% positive reviews (4K)
  • 120424 students

Learn the concepts, techniques, and tools to start woodworking like an expert

If you want to get started in this age-old craft, then this course by Maderística is the one for you. Learn to make wooden furniture filled with passion and a marked identity, and who better to usher you into the world of signature carpentry than architect, carpenter, and co-founder of the Maderística workshop Patricio Ortega? Take the leap by building your very own piece of furniture!

In this course, learn the key concepts, techniques, and tools used in professional carpentry and build a pine plywood stool without needing any previous experience.

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What will you learn in this online course?

26 lessons & 18 downloads

The key concept
6 minutes, 44 seconds
The material
7 minutes, 7 seconds
Measurement and plotting
11 minutes, 25 seconds
17 minutes, 4 seconds
Milling machine
10 minutes, 57 seconds
Cutting the pieces
7 minutes, 10 seconds
English, Spanish
  • 99% positive reviews (4K)
  • 120424 students
  • 26 lessons (4h 1m)
  • 18 additional resources (0 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: English, Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Updated on 01/14/2021

What is this course's project?

Build a three-piece stool with half-lap joints and a cross lap joint on the seat.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Anyone who wants to get started in carpentry or carpentry enthusiasts looking to achieve more professional results.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary for this course. Your teacher will walk you through everything step by step, from how to use the tools to the basic techniques.

In terms of materials, you need a ruler, a carpenter’s square, a combination square, a jigsaw, a circular saw (optional), a milling or cutting machine, sandpaper, a hammer, and a few other simple supplies.

If you don’t have all of these tools and are not familiar with what they are used for, this course provides a more detailed look into each one and its advantages, so that you can analyze your needs and acquire them at a later date.


120424 Students
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Patricio Ortega (Maderística)

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Artisan Furniture Workshop

Patricio Ortega is an architect by profession and a carpenter by trade. In 2012, he cofounded Maderística, a small design and artisanal workshop producing signature furniture, where he works alongside Carlos Aracena with the aim of raising carpentry to the category of art and design. In addition, they teach workshops to try to give this undervalued craft the recognition it deserves.

His work was selected for the 5th Ibero-American Design Biennial in Madrid and has been featured in various printed and digital media publications including Nuevos Creativos Chilenos, Diseño de Productos by Juan Pablo Fuentes as well as in the web series Manufactura, which records the work of the new generations of artisans who have excelled in different trades.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What are we going to do?
  • U2

    The material and its dimensions

    • The key concept
    • The material
    • Design and dimensioning
    • Create a Cutting List
  • U3

    The tools

    • Materials and tools
    • The working desk
    • Measurement and plotting
    • Circular saw (optional)
    • Jigsaw
    • Milling machine
  • U4

    The project: the legs

    • Design and cutting plan
    • Cutting the pieces
    • Plotting the legs
    • Cutting and construction of the form template
    • From the template to the piece
    • Insert in the middle of the wood
  • U5

    The project: the seat

    • Circle cut
    • Embedding template manufacturing
    • Seat box cut
  • U6

    Assembly and adjustments

    • Adjustment of the spike to the box and presentation of the stool
    • Detail definition, sanding and assembly
    • Assembling the stool
    • Finish
  • FP

    Final project

    • Your first wooden furniture

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Domestika's courses are online classes that provide you with the tools and skills you need to complete a specific project. Every step of the project combines video lessons with complementary instructional material, so you can learn by doing. Domestika's courses also allow you to share your own projects with the teacher and with other students, creating a dynamic course community.

All courses are 100% online, so once they're published, courses start and finish whenever you want. You set the pace of the class. You can go back to review what interests you most and skip what you already know, ask questions, answer questions, share your projects, and more.

The courses are divided into different units. Each one includes lessons, informational text, tasks, and practice exercises to help you carry out your project step by step, with additional complementary resources and downloads. You'll also have access to an exclusive forum where you can interact with the teacher and with other students, as well as share your work and your course project, creating a community around the course.

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Professional Woodworking for Beginners. Craft course by Patricio Ortega (Maderística) Best seller

Professional Woodworking for Beginners

A course by Patricio Ortega (Maderística)
Artisan Furniture Workshop. Tulsa, Chile.
Joined January 2019
  • 99% positive reviews (4K)
  • 120424 students