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Prototyping, Model Making & Mock-Ups


Saturday and Sunday | June 3rd – 4th, 2023

9:00AM – 5:00PM

This two-day class will focus on all that comes before the first cut – Design, planning, prototyping, model-making and mock-ups. Students will get to work on their own design and create scaled drawings and models as part of this fun weekend class.

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Furniture Type

Shop Furniture

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate

Time Frame


Name: Prototyping, Model Making & Mock-Up
Instructor: Sarah Watlington
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: None

Age: You must be at least 18 years old to participate


Class Description:

“Know Your Moves” Prototyping, Model Making and Mock-ups

The unsung, and arguably most important chapter of a woodworking project comes before one cuts into a board of precious wood. The design and prototyping phase is when proportions, joinery, process, graphics and details are all determined. This two-day class will focus on all that comes before the big cut.

Day one will cover design theory, sketching, architectural rulers, drawing accurately to scale, and building scale models. A range of techniques will be shared so people with and without machine access can feel comfortable jumping into the practice. Techniques for curved and complex models that include bent lamination and steam bending will also be shared and practiced.

Day two will focus on taking ideas from the models to full scale drawings and mock-ups. Techniques for test parts, jigs and templates will be demoed. Grain selection and layout will be discussed. Students will choose which elements of a project they would like to develop under instructor guidance for the day.

Students are encouraged to bring design ideas to develop into concrete plans over the two days. This class is suited for people with a wide range of woodworking experience. Basic machine use knowledge is necessary.


What to bring:


  • A design
    • You will need to bring a basic design to class. A rough drawing with dimensions will work.
  • Small handsaw
    • Western or Japanese
  • Carving knife or carving gouges
  • A set of small files
  • Set of bench Chisels
  • Eye protection (mandatory)
  • Hearing protection (optional)
  • Dust protection (optional)
  • Water

Optional (We will need these items but you can borrow them from the school if you do not have your own)

  • Architectural scale ruler
  • Drafting square
  • Straight edge
  • Pencil and eraser
  • Block plane
  • Bevel gauge
  • Combination square


Austin School of Furniture has the right to cancel this class at anytime if the minimum amount of students is not reached.

See our Refund Policy here

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