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. 

 

Woodworking Fundamentals Class with Ray Ziegler

January 11-12, 2020
January 25-26, 2020
Cost $50.00

This is a demonstration class that will provide an introduction to woodworking. This class will certainly help beginners, but will also be of value to all woodworkers that want more information to improve the results of their projects.

This demonstration class is based on a Fine Woodworking article and video by Michael Pekovich, “Making a Table from One Board”. We will follow his concept and expand upon it to suite our needs.

The class will include:

  • Design concepts
  • Wood selection for the parts the project
  • Stock preparation,
    • Re-sawing
    • Getting the stock square 4 sides
    • Sticking
  • Final sizing
  • Joinery - I will be demonstrating several joinery techniques to attach the aprons to the legs including, Pocket screws, Dowels, Domino, and Mortise and tenon.
  • Shaping Techniques,
    • Tapering Legs using the table saw, band saw, and joiner
    • Beading the apron
    • Cutting a curve on the bottom of the apron
  • Table top glue-up
  • Assembling the table

The projected schedule:
Class 1 - Saturday, January 11, 2020
Class 2 - Sunday, January 12, 2020
Class 3 - Saturday, January 25, 2020
Class 4 - Sunday, January 26, 2020

The fee for the class is $50 and is limited to 30 students. 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.

 

Mike Pekovich

Coming in April, 2020
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $175.00

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.
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Habitat for Humanity Cabinet Build Class

Class 1 - August 22, 2020
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $100.00

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 22, 2020 - Orientation and Face Frame Build
Class 2 - September 5, 2020 - Carcass Construction
Class 3 - September 12, 2020 - Drawer Boxes
Class 4 - October 3, 2020 and possibly October 4, 2020 - Doors and Drawer Fronts
Class 5 - October 24, 2020 - Spray Finish
Class 6 - November 7, 2020 - Attach Doors, Drawers, and Pulls
Class 7 - Early December - Installation of Cabinets at Holiday House
Class 8 - TBD - Holiday House Dedication