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.

 

Beginning Wood Turning with Cliff Daniels

February 8, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $50.00

This class will provide an introduction to wood turning. Learn the basics of the wood lathe, turning tools, sharpening, and safety.

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.





 

Intermediate Wood Turning with Cliff Daniels

February 29, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $50.00

This class will take you beyond the basics of wood turning. You will turn a project such as a small bowl or box with a lid. You will need to provide your own wood for this project and preferably bring your own tools. Instructor will provide details on wood and supplies.

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.





 

Stringed Instrument Building with Jason Burns

March 14th & 15th, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $100.00 for Members; $150.00 for Non-Members

Jason is an accomplished instrument builder and the “go to” person for setting up an instrument.
He will be demonstrating the finer aspects of instrument building such as fretting a fingerboard, making the nut and saddle, getting the proper neck set angle to name a few.
Jason recently had a guitar on display at the Alabama Council of the Arts location in Montgomery. To see some of his work, check out the web sites below:
https://www.jrburnsrepair.com/
https://www.instagram.com/burnsbanjos/
https://www.facebook.com/Burns-Stringed-Instrument-Repair-206871812680232/

Cost $100 for members;
$150 for non-members with $50 being applied to their membership should they choose to join the guild.

Members $100





Non-Members $150





 

Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich

April 4th and 5th, 2020
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $175.00

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

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 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. 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.





 

Hollows and Rounds with Randy Hjetland

April 11th and 25th, May 9th, 2020
9:00am-4:00pm
Cost $90.00

Hollows and Rounds are molding planes that are used to cut moldings for furniture and architectural elements. They are the most “pure” way of cutting the moldings and the most versatile, because they (along with a rabbet plane) allow you to create and recreate any conceivable shape in the wood.

In this class you will make a hollow and a round plane, plus some of the tools required to complete the planes. All materials will be provided, including the steel for the blade and yellow poplar for your first plane and beech wood for your next(better) plane. Please see list of tools and equipment certifications required for class below.

The fee for the class is $90. 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.





TOOLS NEEDED
Pencil
6” combination square
Gauge block (made in class)
Marking gauge
Marking knife
Mallet
Crosscut miter saw 10-14 TPI
18” F style clamp
6” F style clamps (2) (Guild has some)
Set of chisels 1/8” to ¾”
Router plane with 1/8” chisel (optional)
Piece of hardwood ¾” x 7” x 10 “
¼” x 6” drill bit or auger
Awl
Scribe (one in combination square will do)
Mortise floats, side and edge (made in class)
Hacksaw
New hacksaw blade 18-24 TPI (Will be cutting O1 tool steel.)
Black sharpie or layout fluid
Flat bastard file, new, with handle
Mill bastard file, new, with handle
File cleaning brush
1” dowel rod 9” long (part of class supplies)
Plow plane with 1/8” blade (guild has one)
#4 hand plane (guild has one)
Skew rabbet plane (guild has one)
1 ½” chisel (guild has one)
Shoulder plane (guild has one)
Wedge planing jig (Made in class)
Card scraper
Scissors
Pencil compass
Wood rasp
Sanding block
Small gouge (may use instructors)
7” regular taper triangle file
Bring all tools SHARP and ready to use.

Should be certified on:
Table saw
Bandsaw
Belt and Disc sander
Any certification should be done before the class begins!
There will not be time in class to sharpen new tools or dull ones.

 

Daisy Box Class with Bill Newman

May 2, 2020
9:00am - 4:00pm
Cost $55.00

Join instructor Bill Newman in constructing this Daisy Box utilizing band saw techniques. Materials for the class are included.

The fee for the class is $55. 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.





 

Floating Top Table with David Erikson

June 27th & 28th, 2020
July 11th & 12th, 2020
Saturdays 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sundays 1:00pm - 5:00pm
Cost $50.00

This class is an excellent follow on to the Wood Working Fundamentals Class. We will take the basic table and up our game a bit with corner joints, proud joinery, tapered legs, and a floating table top. From the basic set of plans you will be able to customize the size and shape of the top and the table height to suit your preference.

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.





 

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