Festool System Essentials - March 29 - 30, 2021

Festool System Essentials - March 29 - 30, 2021

Regular price $350.00 Sale

Class details

  • Location: Asheville, North Carolina Training Facility
  • Dates:  Monday, March 29 and Tuesday, March 30
  • Class Time: 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Maximum Class Size: 6
  • Cost: $350.00

About this class

This class is geared toward existing power tool users who have a basic or limited knowledge of the Festool System.

In this class, we will cover the essential components of the Festool System, including TS Plunge Cut Saws, Dust Extractors, MFT Multifunction Tables, Jigsaws, Sanders, Kapex, Routers, Domino and more. Existing Festool users will learn to get the most of their existing tools by going through basic application exercises and simple calibration techniques. Participants with limited Festool experience will learn new methods of work through an introduction to the broader line of Festool Tools and Accessories.

Though there will be some limited classroom-style presentations, the bulk of the class time will be spent in the practical training room, using the tools. Safety is an extremely high priority in this setting, and though we are billing the class as a novice to intermediate level, we request that registrants have experience with, and are comfortable using power tools such as saws, routers, joiners and sanders.

Safety glasses and earplugs will be required during all tool use. In addition, participants will be asked to sign a standard liability waiver at the outset of class. If this presents a problem, please let us know beforehand, since this will impact our ability to allow you to work with the tools.


  • Work cleaner and more efficiently with system-based, fully integrated Dust Extraction
  • Accurate and safe processing of a 4 x 8 sheet goods with the TS Plunge Cut Saw
  • Precision ripping with the TS Saw and FS Parallel Guides
  • General crosscutting, dimensioning and routing using the Multifunction Table
  • Dimensioning of trim, and the basics of crown molding using the Kapex Miter Saw
  • Construction of basic joints using the Domino Joiner (beveled, mitered, edge, face, etc.)
  • Basic techniques for precision routing with the OF 1400 Router (dados, rabbets, profiles, etc.)
  • Basic techniques for efficient and Dust-Free Sanding, including sander selection, abrasive selection and general progression from rough to fine-finish

NOTE: Prior to registering for class, please review the information provided by GDP Academy below.  If you agree, we look forward to hosting you. 


The past year has been unprecedented, and posed quite a challenge to learn about Covid 19 and how to stay safe in a Covid 19 World, while trying to simultaneously conduct operations here at GPD.  Today, we all know a lot more about the disease and how to stay safe, and at GPD we've had ZERO confirmed cases of Covid 19, so we're doing something right.  As it turns out,  we've actually  been doing most things right since day 1!

Here's a few examples of things that have always been going on here:

Cleanliness - If you've been to our shop before, you've probably remarked how clean it is here - Yep, we run a clean shop, and our staff starts each day with cleaning activities before doing any "work".

Capacity - The CDC has been recommending that businesses operate at 20% of their maximum capacity.  At GPD, even at a maximum class capacity, our classes are less than half of the CDC's recommendation - So we're operating at less than 10% of our shop's capacity.

Breathing:  Woodworking can be dusty, and the mask thing is nothing new to woodworkers

We have had to modify a couple things here, in order to comply with health recommendations, and those changes vary from class to class, due to the specific nature of the class - Here's a few changes:

Transportation - Today, we can't jamb 7 folks into a minivan and stay in compliance, so we're unable to provide shuttle service to/from hotels currently.   Our shop is 10 minutes from Asheville, and real easy to get to - And we have plenty of parking.

Dining: Since we're all unable to jump into the shop mini van to go out for lunch or dinner, we've had to curb that.  However we still provide lunches, and if you've been here before you know we eat good!

Interactions with GPD Team Members: Before, you could tour the shop and get up close and personal with any of our team members to learn more about the work they're doing.  Today you can do the same, we just ask that you keep a bit more space in between

While we don't know what the future will bring, we're moving forward with the knowledge and the "normal" that exists today, and we suspect you're doing the same.   If you're excited to learn, and you're comfortable with the current environment, as well as the ways that GPD is operating in it, we encourage you to sign up and attend as many classes as you care to participate in!   And if you're not comfortable in the above setting, we totally respect that, and we will be here when you are ready!  https://gdpacademy.com/class schedule."