Slab Preparation & Butterfly Joints

Saturday, April 22 and Sunday, April 23, 9:00am-5:00pm $ 450.00

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Working with slabs is a fun challenge in the woodshop and it leads to beautiful results. This workshop will teach students everything they need to know to get from a rough slab to a fine finished piece. Instructors will cover flattening, edge treatment, use of epoxy to fill voids, the much beloved butterfly joint, sanding and finishing, and attaching legs. Each student will make and keep a piece that can be used as a stool or side table.

All materials and supplies are included. Students can supply their own hand tools or rent from the shop for a $25 fee. Please add the Hand Tool Rental to your cart before checkout.

Class is limited to ten students. 


Josh Salsbury, Laura Zahn

This workshop requires you to bring or rent a set of hand tools from the shop for $25. The tools you will need include:

  • Riffler
  • Chisels - ¼” and ⅜” or ½”
  • Combination square
  • Ruler
  • Marking knife
  • Flush cut saw
  • Smoothing plane or block plane
  • Card scraper
  • Center punch
  • Phillips head screw driver

Getting Here

Allied Woodshop
407 E Pico Blvd, 10th Floor
Los Angeles, CA 90015

Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will have coffee and pastries waiting for you to start the day. 

Parking is available in nearby lots for $5-$7/day, cash only. We recommend the lots on Pico Blvd just East of Wall St. Drive up the ramp and an attendant will direct you to a space. Myrtle Ave has 10-hour, metered parking for $4/day and the meters accept credit cards. Street parking is free in most street spaces after 6pm and on Sundays, just be sure to check the signs.  

What to Wear

Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Boots or sneakers are fine and long pants are preferable. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing and please tie back long hair. No dangly jewelry. Please note, this is a woodshop with no AC. You can expect to get sweaty and dusty. Woodworking is hard work!

Gift Certificates

Gift certificates are available in print or electronic form. If you would like to gift a class, please include in the purchase notes the format you would like and the name of the recipient. Print gift certificates typically arrive in 3-5 business days.

Refund Policy

Workshops are not refundable. Workshop fees can be transferred to another class once, with at least one week’s advance notice.

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