Education and Classes

Please note:

  • You must be a Guild member in good standing to attend classes. Members of other recognized Woodworking Groups or Guilds will be considered Members for purpose of class registration. Non-members may join here.

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

  • To apply for tuition assistance from the Master Class Scholarship Program, click here for an Application Form.


2021/2022 Class Schedule


Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich

March 12th and 13th, 2022
Cost $175.00, Non-Members $225.00

While a wall-mounted cabinet is a great way to store tools, it's not always the most practical solution. If you haven't set up shop yet, or need to frequently move your tools, then a tool chest might be a better way to go. A while back I had made a travel chest to take along when I teach, and it has become a home-away-from home for me. While protecting your tools is a big concern, a tool chest should also act as a work station allowing fast, easy access to the tools you need when you need them.

Over the weekend, I'll demonstrate:

-Sizing a tool chest for the tools you have (and the tools you want).

- Tips for dovetailing larger case parts.

- Accurate no-math layout for through mortise-and-tenons.

- Sawing and chopping through mortise-and tenon joinery.

- Strategies for square, gap-free case glue-ups.

- Making a frame-and-panel lid at the tablesaw.

- A fast method for hinging the lid.

- Making a simple lid stay.

- Sizing and making a dovetailed drawer.

- A no-headache method for installing locksets.

- Organizing tools with partitions

- Simple shellac and wax finish



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 Mike's furniture making, teaching and writing: While there are fundamental woodworking skills and techniques that you have to know in order to do good work, there's more to building furniture than just that. How you put those skills together into a logical step-by-step approach to building will determine the success you have in the shop as well as how enjoyable the time you spend in it. Mike's focus is on helping you to determine the roadmap that will get you to the end results you're striving for as easily and and as stress-free as possible.

The fee for the class is $175.00 for members and $225.00 for non-members. Members of other recognized Woodworking groups or guilds may sign up at the Member rate. The extra $50 for non-members will be applied toward Guild membership should you decide to join the Alabama Woodworkers Guild. You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class. Please respond via email at with your name if you plan to take the class.

Member $175.00 Non-Member $225.00

Habitat for Humanity Cabinet Build Class

August 27, 2022
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 27, 2022 - Orientation and Face Frame Build
Class 2 - September 10, 2022 - Drawer Boxes
Class 3 - September 24, 2022 and September 25, 2022 - Doors and Drawer Fronts
Class 4 - October 15, 2022 - Carcass Construction
Class 5 - October 29, 2022 - Spray Finish
Class 6 - November 12, 2022 - Attach Doors, Drawers, and Pulls
Class 7 - Early December - Installation of Cabinets at Holiday House
Class 8 - TBD - Holiday House Dedication

The fee for the class is $100. 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 with your name if you plan to take the class.