Guild Mentoring Classes

One of the best ways to learn new woodworking skills is to sign up for one of the Guild's many Mentoring classes. Registration fees are reasonable or free.  Below are general descriptions of classes we offer or have offered in the past.  Classes are announced via email to Guild members as they are scheduled. Please check for pre-requisites before signing up.

Class Registration

Registration is open only to members.  You can enroll in classes online.  Some classes are offered more often than others; some aren't offered very often at all.  Payment for classes must be made online at the time of registration. If you are a member, please login and go to the Members Only > Class/Events Calendar to register. Class size is determined by current safety guidelines and individual class instructors.


Beginners Woodworking
(materials fee)

This class will help you determine project complexity and assist you in choosing projects within your skill level.  You will be exposed to material selection, project preparation steps and the first three steps in material preparation. This is a two-session class.

(materials fee)
 This is a beginner's level turning class, so no prior turning experience is necessary. You will learn to turn bowls, spindles, and a lidded box.
Dovetail Jig
(materials fee)
This class will cover the set-up and usage of the Leigh dovetail jig that we have in the shop. This class will include the layout and preparation of drawer/box parts.
Jointer/Planer Jointer/Planer class. This class will cover the safe operation and use of the 25" Oliver planer, and the 16" Oliver jointer that we have in the shop. Learn how to take rough cut lumber and turn it into fine furniture material.  
Band Saw This is a beginner's level band saw class. This class will cover the safe usage of all the bandsaws we have in the shop including bandsaws we have for resawing boards.
Bandsaw Box
(materials fee)
This class requires that you have taken the basic bandsaw class or have some experience using the bandsaw. This class will teach you how to cut various styles of boxes using the bandsaw.
Table Saw Training This class will cover the safe usage of the table saws at the shop. The class will cover all safety issues as well as the operation of all saws. You will also learn how to use jigs and other related items.
Sanders This class will cover all the various sanders we have in the guild shop. The class will cover the safe operation of all sanders including the wide belt sander.
Router Table This class will cover the safe usage of the router table we have in the shop, including setup, table lift operation and router bit selection.
Handheld Routers This class will cover techniques and methods of using a handheld router.

Mortise & Tenon This class cover various ways to make mortise and tenon joints. The class will cover using the router table, table saw, as well as the shop mortising machine and tenoning jig.
Keeper Box
(materials fee)
In this class you will learn to build a keeper box. The box will have mitered joinery with splines. It will also have a frame and panel hinged lid with veneering and added inlay. Skills you will learn are miter joinery, splines (feathers), frame and panel construction, veneering and inlay.
Pen Turning This is a beginning level turning class that meets for 2 sessions. You will learn to prepare pen turning blanks and to turn wooden pens.
Sketchup In this class you will learn the basics of using the online version of Google SketchUp. This will be a hands-on class, so you will need to bring your computer. The class will cover the screen layout, how to set-up a tool bar, and using the program to print out usable drawings. You will need to bring your laptop to the class.
Basic Utility Cabinet
This class will cover the construction of a basic plywood cabinet such as used in a kitchen.
Hand Tool Joinery This class will cover various joinery techniques using only hand tools. You will learn to cut dovetails, mortise & tenons, flatten boards, etc., all using only hand tools. 
Table Building This class will meet on three (3) consecutive weeks and will cover all aspects of table construction (tabletop layout, legs, skirt or apron assembly, drawer building etc.) 

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