*Hammer* out
tonight’s plans! (Get it?)

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Illustration by Pete Gamlen
| Credit: Illustration by Pete Gamlen

The craze for classes  where you paint and  sip wine has inspired  endless spin-offs—knitting,  cake decorating, flower arranging,  you get the idea. Upside: A fun  night out with pals. Downside:  The classes can feel a little twee.  

Marketing itself as the place  "where paint night meets power  tools," Cricket Studio in  Annapolis, Maryland, offers  an amped-up alternative: BYOB  woodworking classes. For $35  and up, the studio provides the  materials and machines to  construct a serving tray, wine  caddy or decorative sign; you  provide the booze. Reassuringly,  nail guns are used only early  in the night, says owner Jodi  Roberts. "We get that part out  of the way before they refill  their glasses."

Visit cricketstudioartworks.com.  For similar classes, check out DIY Bar (diybar.co) in Portland, OR, and DIY Uncorked (diyuncorked.com)  in Hoboken, NJ.