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Professional Woodworking for Beginners

A course by Patricio Ortega (Maderística)
Artisan furniture workshop. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 01/28/2019
, Artisan furniture workshop

Learn concepts, techniques and tools to work wood like an expert

  • Best Seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.9K)
  • 58030 students
Professional Woodworking for Beginners

Learn concepts, techniques and tools to work wood like an expert

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.9K)
  • 58030 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 26 Lessons (4h 1m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German
  • Unlimited access forever

You can start in the carpentry of a lifetime or you can also start in this course with "Maderística", and know the discipline that deals with the pleasure of working wood to make furniture with passion and identity. And who better than Patricio Ortega - architect, carpenter and co-founder of the Maderística workshop - to introduce you to the world of "author carpentry" and take your first steps in this trade by building your first wooden furniture for yourself.

In this course you will learn key concepts, techniques and tools used in professional furniture carpentry, to build a plywood pine stool without previous experience.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. The material and its dimensions
  • U3
    U3. The tools
  • U4
    U4. The project: the legs
  • U5
    U5. The project: the seat
  • U6
    U6. Assembly and adjustments
  • FP
    FP Final project
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The first thing you will do will be to meet Patricio Ortega, who will tell you how he went from architecture to carpentry and how the Maderística workshop was born under the concept of "author carpentry". He will also tell you about his influences, some very personal and others from his initial profession, architecture.

You will know everything about the different materials you will need to work the wood. You will see the origin of the plywood board, the dimensions that it must have and you will make a cutting list that consists of ordering the pieces by size and thickness, with a series of useful tips.

Patricio will show you in detail all the tools you will use in this course, differentiating between essential and optional or complementary.

You will understand the work counter as another tool and you will learn to use a milling machine, a jigsaw and a circular saw, understanding its origin, function and importance.

You will define the general dimensions of the stool to your liking and cut the pieces that make up the furniture with the circular saw. Following the basic rules to create this piece perfectly, you will make the design of the legs and draw the template, then cut them with the jig and remove the excess.

You will learn to mark the axes on the seat piece, and you will make the cut with the manual milling machine to achieve a more precise result. Then, Patricio will teach you how to make the guide for the cross-fitting, and in a similar process, you will make the cut of the seat box and adjust the tang of the box to fit it in the seat.

Finally, Patricio will share Maderística techniques to achieve a perfect finish, adding details and repairing imperfections. You will assemble the stool and ... voila! You already have a stool made with your own hands and enough knowledge to work the wood like a professional.

What is this course's project?

You will build a 3-piece stool with half-wood inserts and cross-shaped spike on the seat.

Projects by course students

Who is it for?

Anyone who wants to start off on the job, or carpentry enthusiasts who want to overcome the "intuitive" level and get more professional results.

What you need

You do not need previous experience in carpentry to take this course because they will explain everything from scratch, from the handling of the tools to the basic techniques.

On the materials, you must have a ruler, carpenter square, combination square, jigsaw, circular saw (optional), milling machine or trimmer, sandpaper, hammer, and some other minor supplies. Anyway, if you do not have all this variety of tools, this course can serve as a very useful guide to know more in detail the role of each one, and the possibilities offered so that you can organize and acquire them later.


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Patricio Ortega (Maderística)

Artisan furniture workshop

Patricio Ortega is an architect by profession and a carpenter by trade. 8 years ago he co-founded Maderística, a small design and artisanal workshop for author furniture where he works with Carlos Aracena, works that raise carpentry to the category of art and design. In addition, they give workshops with the aim of repositioning this job that has long been underestimated.

His work has been selected for the 5th Ibero-American Design Biennial in Madrid, and has been published in various print and digital media such as "New Chilean Creatives, Product Design" by Juan Pablo Fuentes, or even on the web series "Manufacturing", which records the work of the new generation 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
    • 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 exploded view
    • 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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Professional Woodworking for Beginners. A Craft course by Patricio Ortega (Maderística) Best Seller

Professional Woodworking for Beginners

A course by Patricio Ortega (Maderística)
Artisan furniture workshop. Santiago, Chile.
On Domestika since 01/28/2019
  • 99% Positive reviews (1.9K)
  • 58030 students