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.

 

Tool Chest with Mike Pekovich

March 6th and 7th, 2021
9:00am-4:00pm
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

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 $175.00 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 education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.









Member $175 Non-Member $225

 

Hollows and Rounds with Randy Hjetland

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, this class will be rescheduled.

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

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, this class has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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

Due to COVID-19 Pandemic, classes scheduled in June, 2020 have been canceled.

June 27th & 28th, 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.

 

Inlay Master Class with Ronnie Young

July 25th & 26th, 2020
Saturday 9:00am - 4:00pm
Sunday 9:00pm - 4:00pm
Cost $100.00, Non-Members $150.00

This class will focus on the use of Inlay in Furniture Construction. Beginning with a brief history of inlay use over the years, various types of inlay such as line, banding, pateraes, corner fans, bell flowers, keyhole and lock installation, etc. will be discussed. Ronnie will demonstrate how to make these and show and use the tools required, both hand and power. During the presentation there will be some hands on activities. Participants will be able to use a scratch saw and a rotary tool to practice inlay in wood.

Ronnie Young is an exceptional furniture maker and winner of the 2016 prestigious Cartouche Award. This award is presented each year by the Society of American Period Furniture Makers to recognize an individual whose achievements best reflect the mission of SAPFM. The Cartouche Award is SAPFM's way of of acknowledging the contributions made by craftsmen, educators, conservators, and supporters, professional or hobbyist, who have inspired or instructed others, or who have simply made the world more pleasing as a result of their skillful labors.

Ronnie has built in excess of two hundred pieces of furniture in his distinguished career. Using his engineering background, he frequently draws the plans he builds, faithfully capturing each detail of the original piece. He constructs his own paterae, inlay, fretwork and moldings and often mills and dries the lumber for his projects. He has a particular interest in period Tennessee furniture, and a significant number of his pieces are faithful reproductions of historic antiques from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries, utilizing the same wide boards as those the old masters used.

The fee for the class is $100.00 for members and $150.00 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 education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.









Member $100 Non-Member $150

 

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