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 with Ray Ziegler

TBD

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, TBD
Class 2 - Sunday, TBD
Class 3 - Saturday, TBD
Class 4 - Sunday, TBD

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.





 

Basic Carving Class with Steve Stutts and Ray Ziegler

February 2nd, 2019, 9:00am-1:00pm
February 3rd, 2019, 1:00pm-5:00pm

The classes will be conducted on Saturday, Feb 2nd from 9am to 1pm for the first session and Sunday, Feb 3rd from 1pm to 5pm for the second session.
Materials will be furnished for both days. Carving chisels will be loaned from the instructor’s tool rolls, however if you have carving tools please bring them. Saws and shaping tools will be shared. A 5/8” wood chisel is required for the molding class on Sunday. The class will meet in the class room of the WEC. We do not intend to close the shop for the classes.

The Saturday session will teach spoon carving using hand tools to carve the hollow of a spoon. We will teach a proper and safe technique to hollow a spoon with a carving chisel. Each student will have a chance to make a spoon or a spatula after safe handling of the tools are demonstrated. There will be no required tools for this session. The instructors will allow the students to use carving chisels from their tool rolls. They will demonstrate how to use a workbench, to clamp with a hold-down clamp and vise to aide in carving. We will also be using various saws, spoke shaves, scrapers and sanders to shape the spoons and spatulas. If you use a power tool to shape the spoon or spatula, you must have completed the equipment operation and safety training for that tool prior to the start of the class.

The Sunday session will teach how to make a simple molding using a 5/8” wood chisel. The diamond pattern at the top of the Handtool Group tool cabinet in the classroom is a fine example of this technique of carved molding. Each student will be required to bring their own 5/8” or 16mm wood chisel, available at local hardware or woodworking stores for under $15.00. The instructors will teach how to sharpen a wood chisel using sharpening stones and leather strop. Each student will sharpen their chisel in order to cut the molding. We will learn how to lay out the molding pattern and then learn how to safely cut the diamond pattern. It is recommended that each student bring a 6” combination square and pencil for layout. We will have several straight edges to use in the layout for the molding.

The fee for the class is $50. 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.





 

Making Cam Clamps with Van Phillips

February 9, 2019, 9:00am-5:00pm

Cam clamps are a necessary tool in luthier work, and any time you have a couple of small parts to hold together with light yet firm pressure. You will want to take this class if you plan on making the Guitar class that starts in March!

The fee for the class is $50. 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.





 

Cutting Board Class with Eddie Heerten

February 23-24, 2019
March 3, 2019

 

Hand Plane Refurbishing, Sharpening, and Use with Terrence James, Frank Higgins, and Ray Ziegler

March 2, 2019, 8:00am-noon (Refurbishing)
March 2, 2019, 1:00pm-5:00pm (Sharpening)
March 16, 2019, 1:00pm-4:00pm (Usage)

This class is actually three different classes in one. On the morning of March 2nd, Terrence and Frank will discuss and demonstrate the refurbishing process of getting a neglected plane back into working condition. If you have ever been tempted to buy a tool at a flea market or online, but didn't know how you would get all that rust off and back into a usable tool, this class is for you.

Next, in the afternoon of March 2nd, you will learn how to sharpen your plane, options for plane angles and when they may be useful, sharpening a bevel up or bevel down plane and adding a back bevel.

Now it is time to learn how to use that plane you have just refurbished and sharpened. On March 16th, Ray Ziegler will show you the proper technique and use of the hand plane. Ray will show and discuss the various planes available and when and how to use them. From jointer planes to block planes, you will walk away with a new appreciation for what you can accomplish with a hand plane.

The fee for the class is $50. 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.





 

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

 

Guitar Making Class with Van Phillips

March thru July, 2019
Monday Evenings, 5:00pm-9:00pm during the Luthier Group time slot

Duration – approximately 20 weeks
Skill level – experienced woodworkers especially with hand tools (suggest making a mandolin, backpacker guitar or ukulele with the luthier group prior to taking the class)
Class size – minimum of 3 to max of 6

Personal Tools required beyond your typical:
(8) Luthier cam clamps (these can be made from plans I will provide)
(12) 2” spring clamps (Home Depot has these for $1.00 each)
(50) plastic clothes pins and a bag of medium rubber bands (for kerfing clamps)

Cost - $500.00 Which includes all material needed to construct an OM size acoustic guitar with rosewood back and sides, sitka spruce top, mahogany neck, and ebony fretboard and bridge. Also includes the book “Guitar Making – Tradition and Technology” by William Cumpiano and material to build a personal workboard and jigs.

The fee for the class is $500. You must be a member in good standing to attend. Class is limited to 6 students. 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.






 

Nicholson Workbench Class with Kenneth Graham

March 23-24, 2019

This workbench is named after an 18th century craftsman, author, and publisher. The design combines heft, strength and durability, all of the qualities that make up a long lasting and useful workbench at a reasonable cost.
The workbench is made using 2 x 6, 2 x 12, and 1 x 10 common construction grade material. It also uses ⅜” x 3” bolts, nuts, and washers. The workbench is built as shown. Any additional work holding devices such as vises, bench dogs, or hold fasts are the responsibility of the builder to purchase and install.

If this is your first workbench or a replacement bench, we are sure that you will enjoy building and using your new workbench.

The class will be held Saturday 3/23 and Sunday 3/24. It will be taught by Kenneth Graham and Henry Raymond. Both have been instrumental in building 10 workbenches for the WEC. The total cost for the class is $175 which includes a $50 class fee and an additional $125 for materials so that you can take home a completed workbench.

Registration for the class will close March 16th to allow us time to purchase the materials. Class size is limited to 10 people. 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.





 

Cabinet on Stand Group Build

April 6, 2019
May 4, 2019
June 1, 2019

This is a Group Build Class open to those that took the Mike Pekovich class in March, 2019. We will meet the first Saturday of each month, April thru June, to construct your own Cabinet on Stand piece. There is no fee for the course beyond what you paid for the Mike Pekovich class earlier in the year. No formal instruction in this class, but everyone will help each other from lessons learned in the Pekovich class.

 

Shaker Wall Clock with Ray Ziegler

May 11, 2019
May 25, 2019
9:00am-4:00pm

 

Habitat for Humanity Cabinet Build Class

Class 1 - August 24, 2019
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 24, 2019 - Orientation and Face Frame Build
Class 2 - September 7, 2019 - Carcass Construction
Class 3 - September 21, 2019 - Drawer Boxes
Class 4 - October 5, 2019 and possibly October 6, 2019 - Doors and Drawer Fronts
Class 5 - October 26, 2019 - Spray Finish
Class 6 - November 9, 2019 - Attach Doors, Drawers, and Pulls
Class 7 - Early December - Installation of Cabinets at Holiday House
Class 8 - TBD - Holiday House Dedication