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. 

 

Wall Hanging Tool Cabinet Class with Mike Key and Randy Hjetland
April 28-29, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm

In this two day class you will build hanging tool cabinet for your own shop wall.

Registration for this class has closed. The fee for the class is $140, which includes materials. You must be a member in good standing to attend.  Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class. You may reserve your spot by prepaying with the PayPal button below.

Router Table Class with Patrick Bush

May 5-6, 2018 9:00am-4:00pm

Build a Router Table. This is a hands on class where you will construct a basic router table with fence and router insert. All materials are included in the price of the class so you can go home with your very own router table.

The fee for the class is $125 which includes all materials and the class fee. Registration for the class will close April 29th to allow us time to purchase the materials. This class is limited to 10 people. You must be a member in good standing to attend.  Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.  You may reserve your spot by prepaying with the PayPal button below.

 

Table Saw Crosscut Sled Class with David Erikson

May 12, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm

This class is part demonstration and part hands on. Since everyone's table saw is slightly different, you will complete your sled at home, but you will learn how to build and precisely adjust for a perfect cut in this class. We will use Baltic Birch plywood to construct a crosscut sled with hardwood runners, two tall fences, and an adjustable stop block. But the real trick is adjusting your sled to cut accurately to the thousandth of an inch!

Registration for the class will close May 6th to allow us time to purchase the materials. The fee for the class is $85.00 ($50.00 class fee + $35.00 materials). Class size is limited to 10 people. You must be a member in good standing to attend.  Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class. You may reserve your spot by prepaying with the PayPal button below.




 

Track Saw Class with John Lawson

June 2, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm

Track Saw Class to demonstrate use and capabilities of the track saw.

The fee for the class is $30.00.  You have an option to purchase the pre-drilled table top for use with the track saw for an additional $60.00.  Registration for the class will close May 12th to allow time to order and receive the table tops for the class. We need at least six people to purchase the table in order to place an order.  You must be a member in good standing to attend.  Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.  You may reserve your spot by prepaying with the PayPal button below.


Track Saw Class Options




 

Basic Turning Class with Cliff Daniels
This is a repeat of the April Class due to high demand.
June 9, 2018 9:00am - 4pm
June 10, 2018 1:00pm - 5:00pm
This class is full. There is a third class with a start date to be determined soon.  If you signed up for this class and have not paid, please pay with the PayPal button on the Third Class below.
Learn the basics for wood turning on a lathe in this demonstration class with Cliff Daniels. We will cover items such as selection of wood, basic principals and use of the lathe, wood turning tools and how to care for them, including sharpening and storage.

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.

 

Basic Turning Class with Cliff Daniels
This is a repeat of the April and June Class due to high demand.
Date To Be Determined

Learn the basics for wood turning on a lathe in this demonstration class with Cliff Daniels. We will cover items such as selection of wood, basic principals and use of the lathe, wood turning tools and how to care for them, including sharpening and storage.

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.



 

Box Making Class with Bill Newman

June 23, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm

Bill Newman will present a box building class on June 23, 2018 at the Woodworking Education Center.  The class will focus on building a box with a floating panel top and bottom.  The corner joinery will be box joints (also known as “finger joints”). Instruction will also cover the topics of mitered dovetails, box (finger) joints and veneered panel tops and bottoms.  Bill will address basic woodworking principles such as, direct measurements, use of hand planes for final fitting, making trays with dividers, fabric linings for trays, mortising for butt hinges, glue-up clamping arrangements, sanding/finishing, choice of finishes and several other topics.

The format of the class will be short lectures followed by demonstrations.  Class participants will have opportunities to try the techniques.  Bill will have several boxes in various stages of construction so that the complete process can be covered.  The topics will include; general design considerations, re-sawing, grain matching, milling grooves and rabbets, cutting mitered corners, gluing up the basic box, and separating the top and bottom of the box.  The material for the tops, bottoms and sides of the boxes will be milled and cut to length in advance of the class to allow more time to be spent on the actual construction of the boxes. Material will be provided, but participants are free to bring their own hand tools if they prefer  (small square, pencil, etc).

Bill will provide wooden hinges in various stages of completion for participants to complete and install if they want to use wooden hinges on their box.  At the end of the class on June 23, it is unlikely that the participants will have completed construction of their boxes.  Bill will be available for follow-up to assist with the completion of the boxes at times mutually arranged.

The fee for the class is $50. Class size is limited to 10 people.  You must be a member in good standing to attend.  Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.  You may reserve your spot by prepaying with the PayPal button below.





 

Woodworking Fundamentals Class with Ray Ziegler

July 28-29, 2018
August 11-12, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm

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, July 28, 2018 Class 2 - Sunday, July 29, 2018 Class 3 - Saturday, August 11, 2018 Class 4 - Sunday, August 12, 2018 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.

 

Habitat for Humanity Cabinet Build Class

Class 1 - August 26, 2018 tentative
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.

 

The fee for the class is $100 and is limited to 20 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.




 

Panel Saw Making Class

September 8-9, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm  

In this two day class you will build your own Panel Saw. Starting with a blank piece of steel, we will be building an 8 tpi panel saw that you can sharpen as either a rip or crosscut saw. We will cut the teeth, set them, and sharpen. Next we construct a handle of your choice, sized for you, and mount it on the blade.

The fee for the class is TBD. You must be a member in good standing to attend.  Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.


 

Bandsaw Box Class with Bill Newman

October 13, 2018
9:00am-4:00pm

In this one day class, Bill will show you how to build a Bandsaw Box.

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.





 

Pepper Mill Turning Class with Cliff Daniels

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. 

The fee for the class is $65 which includes the Pepper Mill hardware. You must be a member in good standing to attend.  Please respond via email at education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.  You may pay using the PayPal button below to reserve your place in the class.