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.

 

2022 Class Schedule

 

Tuesday Fundamentals Workshop

Every Tuesday Evening
5:00pm-9:00pm
Cost Free

Join us every Tuesday evening from 5:00pm to 9:00pm for a Woodworking Fundamentals Workshop. Each week we will cover a different topic related to woodworking, from sharpening blades, table saw techniques, panel glue-ups, resawing on the bandsaw, etc. You can also get your questions answered related to your current project.

From 5:00pm to 6:00pm we will help address any questions or problems you may be having with your current projects.
From 6:00pm to 8:00pm we will cover the weekly topic. (check the calendar for topic)
From 8:00pm to 9:00pm you can practice the lessons learned each week and then clean up.

Topics for the week can be found on the website's calendar under each Tuesday.

This is not an open shop night, it is an instructional class night. The cost is free unless noted on the calendar for a special project that requires an additional material fee.
Though not required, if you plan on attending a Tuesday night class it would be helpful for planning if you could send an email to education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org and just let us know you plan to show up.

Horizontal Router Table Class with Terrence James

June 25th and 26th, 2022
9:00am-5:00pm
Cost $100.00
Class limited to max of 10 Students
Horizontal Router Table Class

Router tables are great additions to a workshop. They allow you to move the workpiece into the bit rather than holding the tool which usually results in greater control, better results, and improved safety. Typically you will see the router mounted underneath the table with the bit sticking up vertically. But you can also mount the router on the fence with the bit sticking out horizontally (parallel to the table)

The Horizontal Router arrangement offer advantages when making certain joints such as mortice/tenons, tongue/groove, or sliding dovetails. Also, this tool takes up much less space and is usually made as a bench-top box which can be easily stored away when not in use.

The design we will build features a very precisely adjustable fence mounted router which makes very accurately centered cuts even in rather thin material. Once you start using this tool you will wonder how you ever made anything without it! Even though it stores away easily, it might never leave your bench. And with integrated dust collection its makes very little mess.

In this two-day class we will assemble the base box, and laminate the fence sections together. The adjuster is made using a piece of all-thread rod. The table top and fence pieces will be made from Corian with stays dead flat and allows parts being machined to slide easily.

At the end the class you will leave with a completed Horizontal Router Table for your shop. All material will be provided in the class cost but you will provide the router to be used.

This project is based on using a Porter Cable router. If you plan to buy one, this is the recommendation. If you have another brand, please let me know before the class so I can make any adjustments to the router mount to accommodate your router.

Instructor: Terry James
theterryjames@gmail.com

The class will start at 9:00am on Saturday, June 25th & 26th, 2022.
Class is limited to a maximum of 10 students, so sign up early if you plan to take this class.

The fee for the class is $100. You must be a member in good standing to attend. Please reserve your spot in the class by paying with the PayPal button below.







Habitat for Humanity Cabinet Build Class

August 27, 2022
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 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 education@alabamawoodworkersguild.org with your name if you plan to take the class.