Kids: Build your own Bookshelf



The Port Townsend School of Woodworking is pleased to partner with 4-H Youth Development to offer woodworking activities for kids. John Edwards has taught youth classes for more than five years at the school.

This week-long class will explore simple methods for designing and constructing a pine bookshelf. We will explore design and layout and observe existing shelving at the school and around the Fort Worden campus. The exercise will be to build a simple solid pine cabinet with hand tools, then sand and apply a clear wood finish.

Class Description

Discussion will cover basic design and construction, as well as alternative styles of both traditional and contemporary shelving. We’ll also explore different varieties of standard and specialty shelves both historically and futuristically. Students will learn how to plan, prepare materials, saw, dowel, drill, sand and finish with non-toxic materials. Safe practice and shop behavior will be an important focus.

Finally, we’ll take our accumulated knowledge and as a group, discuss and brainstorm individual student cabinet projects – real or imagined. Bring your ideas, plans, questions and dreams, and we’ll see what we can come up with.


No tools required. Just come and have fun!


Kids ages 10 - 18 years of age. Class is limited to 8 students.

Class Information and Registration

Class is 10:00 am to 4:00 pm each day.
This class takes place in Building 304 at Fort Worden. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the School.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 8 students, ages 10 - 18 years of age.
Cost: $300
Materials Charge: $80

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.