Education and Classes

Please note:

  • You must be a Guild member in good standing to attend classes. Non-members may join here.

  • Liability Waivers plus Equipment Operation and Safety Training should be completed before the start of class. 

 

Coming in March, 2019.
Display Cabinet on Stand with Mike Pekovich

March 9th and 10th, 2019
9:00am-4:00pm


I first came across the writings and work of James Krenov while in college, and they have influenced my approach to the craft ever since. His signature piece was the cabinet-on-stand, and he made many throughout his career. Each one was an exploration of joinery, grain, and form. For more about Krenov's work and his approach to the craft, I recommend A Cabinetmaker's Notebook by Krenov himself.
There is almost no end to the design possibilities the form offers, from proportions to joinery to door and drawer configurations, and it makes a great canvas for any woodworker wanting to try their hand at creating their own designs. While Krenov's influence is apparent in my cabinet, I was able to put to use many design details that I have been working with over the past few years to make it my own. I'll talk about the design decisions I made, as well as the basic construction techniques that went into building the cabinet. In a simple design, each detail takes on an important role in the overall look of the piece. Knowing what you want is only half the battle, being able to execute your ideas with precision and efficiency is just as important.

Over the weekend, I'll demonstrate:

- How to make a dovetailed case with a built-in rabbet.

- How give your dovetails a power assist, and finish off the joint with accurate handwork.

- A no-measure technique for cutting accurate double tenons.

- Adding subtle curves to a design.

- Using offsets to bring a piece to life.

- A versatile method for hanging doors.

- Trimming and hinging a door

- Finishing off a design with a square of kumiko, a traditional Japanese latticework technique.

- A simple shellac technique that I put to use on most of my small projects.

Bio

Mike Pekovich, author of the best-selling The Why and How of Woodworking, spent his college years studying furniture making, fine art, and graphic design, and he's been putting those skills to use designing and building furniture ever since. He also stays busy as a teacher and author, as well as the art director at Fine Woodworking Magazine.

There is a consistent theme in his furniture making, teaching and writing: While there are fundamental woodworking skills and techniques- from sharpening to layout to cutting joinery- that you just have to know in order to do good work, there's more to building furniture than just that. The way we go about working will determine the joy and satisfaction we get from our time in the shop, but what we choose to make is just as important. If we build with the user in mind and strive to make beautiful work that does its job well, we can affect the lives of others is a small but important way.

The fee for the class is $175. You must be a member in good standing to attend. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.




Pekovich Cabinet

 

Habitat for Humanity Cabinet Build Class

Class 1 - August 25, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm

Each year the Guild builds kitchen cabinets and bathroom vanities for a Habitat for Humanity Holiday House. This class will take you through the complete steps of building cabinets, from face frames, carcass construction, doors, dovetailed drawers, finishing, and installation in the home. You work in teams of 4-5 people and everyone gets to do every step of the project. Starting the end of August and finishing with installation mid December, the class will meet once or twice a month to complete the cabinets.

Class 1 - August 25th - Orientation and Face Frame Build
Class 2 - September 8th - Carcass Construction
Class 3 - September 22nd - Drawer Boxes
Class 4 - October 6th & possibly 7th - Doors and Drawer Fronts
Class 5 - October 27th - Spray Finish
Class 6 - November 10th - Attach Doors, Drawers, and Pulls
Class 7 - Early December - Installation of Cabinets at Holiday House
Class 8 - TBD - Holiday House Dedication

2018 Habitat For Humanity Cabinet Build is Underway.

 

Pepper Mill Turning Class with Cliff Daniels
Class is Full!
November 3, 2018 - 9:00am-4:00pm
November 4, 2018 - 1:00pm-4.00pm

In this two day class you will continue your lathe work with Cliff Daniels, turning a Pepper Mill.  You must have some prior turning experience.  You will have to furnish your own pepper mill blank.  The blank should be 2 3/4" square and 12" long.  The internal kit will be provided as part of the class fee.