Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Hands-On  Fundamentals

Here we are focusing on developing new classes for beginners. They will vary in topic and complexity, but the unifying theme will be hands-on and project based learning. We hope to offer many different styles of classes to appeal to different learners: small group, independent study, work party, etc...

Check back often to see how this new initiative  grows! 


Upcoming events

    • 08 Dec 2019
    • 10:00 AM - 1:00 PM (PST)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland

    Meeting Leader - Jeff Hilber

    You must bring these items to the meeting or you will be required to take this class again;

    1. The completed Tool Safety exam Answer Sheet

    2. The completed Self Assessment form

    The Safety and Orientation is a no charge (free) class and is the first step toward earning your Guild Green Card and access to our power tool workshop. (The second required step is to complete all four of the Machine Skills classes OR take the comprehensive HOST test.)

    The purpose of this class is to familiarize you with the core power tools in the Guild’s workshop, and provide you with our safety criteria and procedures for using them. In this class you will view a video on safety, grade your written safety test (that you have completed prior to class), and review the Guild’s shop practices

    Prior to the Safety and Orientation meeting you must:

    1. Study the Tool Safety Manual on how to use the tools safely

    2 . Take the Tool Safety Exam with answers recorded on the Answer Sheet  You should have no trouble passing this test since it is open book and the answers are in the Tool safety manual

    In addition to the video and written test, we will also introduce you to all of the basic machines in the shop as well as what you have to demonstrate to pass the HOST (Hands On Safety Test)

    We will then discuss whether you are ready to take the HOST or if you need additional training. A self assessment form is available to help you decided. We will review of the training options that are available.


    Questions? Please contact Jeff Hilber at

    This class is for Guild Members only. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

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