Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

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Full payment for a class is required 7 days before the class start date to guarantee your reservation. Full refunds are available if canceled 7 days before the class, 50% refund 2-6 days before and no refund if canceled one day before.  See here for complete details.

Upcoming Classes

    • 17 Feb 2018
    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 11 sessions
    • Various shops
    • 0
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    Basics of Fine Woodworking

    Instructors:  Basics Team


    This is a 10 class course into the fundamentals of fine woodworking. You will learn the proper use of the common hand and power tools, project design, construction methods, and finishing. Each class is taught by a different instructor, usually in their own shop. While this course is designed so that a beginner will understand the material, even professional woodworkers have found it useful and informative. There is plenty of time to ask questions and share tips and techniques. The cost is $195.00 total for all classes

    This is a members only class, one of the great benefits of belonging to the Guild. Not a Member ? Visit the Membership Join/Renew page. The cost covers the entire series. This series has been taught typically four times a year and has been running since 2007. Every session has sold out. If the class is full please join the waitlist.
     
    The starting date is listed. Each schedule is slightly different, due to the complexity of coordinating ten classes . Beginner and advanced people are welcome. There's always something to learn. Inquire of the coordinators, David Wiper wiperdj@gmail.com or 503-774-3110 or Kimberly Grommes kimberly.grommes@gmail.com for any questions you may have.

    18-2    Winter
    Introduction and Safety, 2/17, Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30, 9am to 1pm, Eddee Edson

    Bench Tools Introduction, 2/24, Madrone Studio, 8900B  NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson

    Introduction to Power Tools (For subgroup 1), 2/28, Ariel's Shop, 6007 N Villard Ave Portland, OR 97217, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Ariel Enriquez

    Joinery, 3/3, Madrone Studio, 8900B NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson

    Introduction to Power Tools (For subgroup 2), 3/4, Ariel's Shop, 6007 N Villard AvePortland, OR 97217, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Ariel Enriquez

    Routers and Router Jigs, 3/6, Guild Shop - 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Eddee Edson

    Design, 3/8, Guild Shop Multnomah Arts Center, Room 8, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Ed Ferguson

    Stress Free Assembly and Glue-ups, 3/10, Madrone Studio, 8900B NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson

    Jigs, 3/17, Multnomah Arts Center, Room 8, 9am to 12pm, David Wiper

    Cabinet Construction Basics, 3/24, Ed's Shop, 11517 SW 27th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Ed Ferguson

    Finishing, 3/27, Guild Shop - 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Chip Webster

    Class 1- Introduction and Safety

    This class gives an overview to wood and woodworking. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the terms and vocabulary of woodworking, types of wood, how it is cut, graded and sold. The class will also review safety issues including wood allergies, tools, hearing, sight, and dust control.

    Class 2 - Bench & Hand Tools

    Explore the different hand planes, scrapers, measuring tools, and scribing tools. Alexander will show you how to use them as well as their care and maintenance. There will also be a demonstration of how to cut dovetails by hand.

    Class 3 - Power Tools

    Discover the many uses and methods of the table saw, jointer, chop saw, planer, band saw, and drill press. Safety and maintenance will also be covered. The afternoon is a continuation of the discussion on Power tools, and includes a demonstration of how the tools are used together by construction of a actual project. Lunch is included.

    Class 4- Cabinet Construction

    This class covers various alternative methods of cabinet construction...based on the equipment available in your shop...and the issues involved in installing built-ins. A demonstration cabinet is built during the session. Beginning wood workers should leave with the confidence that they too can build cabinets, and experienced woodworkers should learn a new technique or two.

    Class 5 - Joinery

    Explore the many ways that a box or door can be put together. Alexander will demonstrate the common joints available and how to make them with various shop tools.

    Class 6 - Finishing

    This class will explain the basics of finishing using wax, oils, varnishes, and shellac. This class includes a review of finishing terms (sealer, conditioner, filler, etc.) what they are and when to use them.

    Class 7 - Jigs

    This class includes a discussion of what jigs are, how to make them and shows examples of the most commonly used ones.

    Class 8 - Stress Free Assembly and Glue-up

    In this class you will learn about putting a piece together without losing your cool. Alexander will discuss methods of keeping a case square, joints tight, and frames flat. It will include a discussion of the types of glues and proper glue applications.

    Class 9 - Routers and Router Jigs

    Learn how to choose a router. Router bit types. Characteristics of a router table, make or buy. Table and hand held typical applications. Cutting direction and how to avoid nasty surprises. End grain issues. Rebating, blind and stopped grooves. Use of jigs, commercial and home-made to help with cutting configurations. How to avoid burning, snipe and tear out. How to build and use a simple mortise jig for loose tenons. And more.

    Class 10- Furniture Design

    OK, you've finished you project and it's solid as a rock. But, does it do everything you wanted it to do and is it something that looks aesthetically pleasing? This class will cover some of the basic principles of good design. It will also present an approach to design and an exercise in which you can start the design process for a project of your choosing.


    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days of signing up. Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Cancelation Policy: Cancelations must be made 14 days prior to the start of the series for a refund. You should be able to cancel on the website if it's more than 14 days before the classes start as well. If you experience troubles cancelling on the website, contact Julie Niemeyer at jdgredvig@comcast.net for help with cancelations and a refund.

     

     
    • 21 Feb 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
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    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: TBD

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference "HOST" on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007


    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton


    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    Two of the major tools in most shops are the Table Saw, used for ripping, crosscutting, and bevel cuts, and the Chop Saw, also used for crosscutting. If you feel that you are lacking in knowledge about these saws, then this class is for you.

    We will discuss the best practices for each operation of the Table Saw and the Chop Saw. We will demonstrate these safe practices and help you practice them in this class. The small class size will allow plenty of time to ask questions and provide individual attention. By the end of the class you will feel more comfortable in using this machine. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines,  they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.
     
    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 24 Feb 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor - Ariel Enriquez

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Jointer and the Surface Planer work in concert to make our boards straight, smooth, and square. If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate both of these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. 

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Education Committee, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and Join now!

    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
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    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton


    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    Two of the major tools in most shops are the Table Saw, used for ripping, crosscutting, and bevel cuts, and the Chop Saw, also used for crosscutting. If you feel that you are lacking in knowledge about these saws, then this class is for you.

    We will discuss the best practices for each operation of the Table Saw and the Chop Saw. We will demonstrate these safe practices and help you practice them in this class. The small class size will allow plenty of time to ask questions and provide individual attention. By the end of the class you will feel more comfortable in using this machine. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines,  they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.
     
    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 27 Feb 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 1
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    Tune Up Every Machine in Your Shop with Asa Christiana


    White Card Required

    Fundamentals of Fine Craftsmanship with Asa Christiana

    During his 15 years at Fine Woodworking, eight as its chief editor, Asa Christiana encountered every woodworking technique under the sun, and was in the unique position to see which ones work best, and which ones readers actually used. This series presents best practices for every stage in the life of a furniture project: from refining the design to choosing wood, sharpening and tuning tools, prepping stock, cutting joints, assembly and surface prep, to a foolproof finish that will work wonderfully on 98% of the projects you build.


    Attend the entire series, or pick-and choose to target the areas where you struggle. This is the third class in the series.


    Unlike top-quality hand tools, machines are far from ready when they come out of the box. Learn how to tune up your tablesaw, bandsaw, jointer, and drill press for safe usage and amazing results. Learn how machines speed up your work, save your fingers, and be just as precise as hand tools. Get instruction on best techniques for every tool, and go home with shop-made push sticks that beat that junk that comes in the box.


    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days.Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 28 Feb 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Guild Shop
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    Guild of Oregon Woodworkers - Hand Tool SIG

    Next meeting: Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 6:30 pmin the Guild Shop


    Please register on the Guild website if you plan to attend so that we can get an idea of how many people will be attending.

    Topic: Spokeshaves, Floats, dividers, and other hand tools you may not be familiar with

    This month we will learn about some of the small tools that are very handy for the hand tool woodworker to have. I will demonstrate the use of both wooden and metal spokeshaves. You will see that the "old fashioned" wooden spokeshaves are actually a different tool from the metal ones. You may want to aadd a wooden spokeshave to your tool kit. Bring your spokeshaves, and if you have any questions about them, I will try to answer them. We will discuss sharpening spokeshaves.

    I will be demonstrating the use of floats. Floats are a rasp-like tool that is designed to cut a straight, flat surface such as the mouth of a wooden plane or the cheek of a mortise or tenon. I will demonstrate sharpening of a flat float. Bring your questions.

    Do you use dividers? What are  they and what do they do? I will demonstrate how you can use dividers to layout matching dovetails on both ends of a board. If you want to try laying out dovetails, bring 2 pair of dividers if you have them.

    If you have an unusual or less used tool that you want to share with the group, please bring it to the meeting and demonstrate its use. If you have a tool that you don't know how to use, bring it to see if someone can teach us how to use it.


    Here is a link to a video by Paul Sellers on the use of wooden spokeshaves:
    https://woodworkingmasterclasses.com/videos/using-wooden-spokeshave/

    Here are a couple of videos on laying out dovetails with dividers:

    Megan Fitzpatrick:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MUiPJF_jNEA

    Chris Schwartz:   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LJHlOhxC6U&t=17s


    See you at 6:30 pm or  30 minutes earlier if you want to socialize before we begin

    Ken Hall

    • 03 Mar 2018
    • 04 Mar 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Multnomah Art Center, Classroom 7
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    Introduction to Carving in the Round - 18-1

    No White or Green card required.

    NOTICE:  This class is tentatively scheduled as noted and is dependent on at least six signing up.   We think there will be enough to meet this threshold.

    This eight hour class, split into two four hours sessions, provides an introduction to carving in the round, using a small caricature of a sea captain as the project.  This is a hands-on project, and whether you finish will depend on your starting skill level.

    The carving style will be what is called flat-plane caricature, popularized by a nationally well-known carver and author named Harley Refsal.  Google his name for his bio and to see a YouTube video and other references.  His best book is called Whittling Little Folks and is sold by Amazon for about $13 and is available in the public library.  The planned image is a design that is unique to the instructor but in the Refsal style.


    Beginning carvers are welcome but we strongly recommend some hands-on experience.  

    Experienced carver Jeff Harness will be the instructor, Basswood will be provided for you to carve.

    You will need to bring the following:

    Safety carving glove (wire reinforced Kevlar), however if you don't have one and don't want to buy one now, we have enough for everyone.  Vet wrap to make a thumb guard will be provided but feel free to bring your own thumb guard if you want.

    Tools below can be a bit wider but not narrower.  Gouges and V-tool are preferred to be palm handles, if at all possible:

    Detail knife (medium length, pointy).  We have enough for everyone if you want to borrow for the class, but since most of the work will be done with this tool, and is a fundamental one to own, you should consider buying one.  A common version to start with is the Flexcut Detail Knife, usually available locally but also online.  Suggest buying just this knife and not the three-knife set that Flexcut promotes.

    #3 gouge  6mm or 8mm
    #9 gouge  8mm or 10mm
    V-tool  1/4" 70 degree

    Note taking material

    The tools and glove can get a bit expensive, so if you don't have any, consider borrowing, or getting buying advice from the class coordinator. We have ten detail knives and Kevlar gloves available to borrow, but contact the coordinator to reserve one.  Most of the work will be done with a knife.

    A powered stropping/honing system will be available at the class to make sure your tools are sharp. If your tools are dull, contact the coordinator to see if he can help you sharpen them before the class.

    This is a two session class.  Coffee, tea, soft drinks and donuts provided, but not lunch.

    This class is intended to help you experience one of the three main styles of carving, the others being incise and relief. 

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com, 503-312-7745 (cell and text).

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

     


     

    • 06 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Instructor - Ed Ferguson

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Band Saw is considered one of the most versatile tools in a woodworking shop. It can cut boards from logs and slice thin boards from thick ones. On the other hand, it can cut delicate curves and precise joints.  Our Guild shop has a two bench style sanders; a combination Disc/Belt Sander and a Spindle Sander.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on the Bandsaw and an introduction to the sanding machines.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O  Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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


    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 8
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    Beginner SIG - Hands-on Lab

    Registration is required, a White Card is not required

    The Basics Series was designed as a lecture-only program, and a common request is to have some hands-on opportunities.  This session provides an opportunity to close the hands-on gap.

    There is a size limit for this lab, whereas for normal Beginner SIG meetings there is no limit and only optional registration.  A small $10 fee is being charged to discourage non-serious sign-ups.

    This is not a class.  It is an open lab, but focused on the bench room and hand tools.  Several experienced mentors will be available to lead small groups or individuals through some exercises and discussions.  A shop attendant will be available to do some limited work on power tools on our behalf, but as an exception.  

    Several focus projects are contemplated (materials will be available), but send an email to lpwade@gmail.com if you have other specific desires.  Example possibilities are:

    - practice making a dovetail joint by hand
    - build a bench hook, push stick, sanding board or sanding blocks
    - explore the shops sharpening equipment
    - practice sharpening a chisel or plane blade, yours or one of the shop's
    - build a miter box, using a technique by Doug Stowe (to fit your own saw)
    - start a collection of sample wood species
    - practice chopping a mortise and making a corresponding tenon, by hand
    - make a pair of chop sticks using a chop stick maker with a small plane
    - bring a project of your own

    The shop will be open for the three hour block, but you can come and go as you want.  

    In order to plan, you not only have to register but you have to send an email to lpwade@gmail.com to choose one or more projects of interest so materials can be planned.

    This is your time to make some progress in skill building.  Break the ice and get started working on something you've been procrastinating on.





     

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 0

    NL3 Fundamental Sharpening Skills, 18-1

    INSTRUCTOR:  Jeff Zens

    This is the third class in the Next Level 2018-2019 series, and is only open to Next Level students.

    Knowing how to sharpen your cutting tools is a gateway skill, a “must have” for every woodworker who aspires to do fine work. Working with sharp tools is a revelation: once you experience the effectiveness of a sharp hand plane or chisel you will never look back. Advertisements to the contrary, new tools do not come to you sharp and ready to use right out of the box. No matter where they come from, a cutting edge can always be improved upon.

    In this day-long workshop, you’ll learn the important theory behind creating a keen edge on your chisels, plane irons and scrapers. We start with theory because once you understand the theory you can intelligently select and build a sharpening system that is right for you and your pocketbook. We’ll explore several different sharpening systems, honing guides, stones and techniques to help you decide on a system suited to you. 

    You’ll quickly move beyond theory and put each of the sharpening steps into practice.  Bring a tool you want to practice on.  By the end of class, you will have created a very sharp edge on one of your tools.  More importantly, you’ll have the foundation for skills necessary to get all of your edges into top condition and keep them there.

    If you have questions, please contact class coordinator Gary Weeber, by email, siweeb@gmail.com  (enter Guild NL3 in subject line.)

    Please pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of Guild of Oregon Woodworkers and mail to GOOW-Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member Only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and join now.  

    • 10 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton


    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    Two of the major tools in most shops are the Table Saw, used for ripping, crosscutting, and bevel cuts, and the Chop Saw, also used for crosscutting. If you feel that you are lacking in knowledge about these saws, then this class is for you.

    We will discuss the best practices for each operation of the Table Saw and the Chop Saw. We will demonstrate these safe practices and help you practice them in this class. The small class size will allow plenty of time to ask questions and provide individual attention. By the end of the class you will feel more comfortable in using this machine. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines,  they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.
     
    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 11 Mar 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 0
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    Meeting Leader - Dennis Dolf

    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.

    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

    IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, RETURN TO THIS CLASS.  Click the ALREADY REGISTERED BUTTON AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

    Questions? Please contact Ray Curtis, Safety Chair at colleenandray@comcast.net

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


    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 29 May 2018
    • 8 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    • 0
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    Classical Carving with Chuck Rinehart 18-1

    A White Card is Not Required

    This class is now full, but please add yourself to the Waitlist so we can try to schedule a second sequence, or notify you if there is a cancellation.

    Chuck Rinehart has been woodworking for 60 years and the last 30 have included an extensive background in Classical Carving.  This class sequence will be a hands-on opportunity to be guided by an expert.  Chuck has taught this class in Rochester, NY before moving to Portland in 2017.

    The class is limited to six students because there is a lot of personal supervision and feedback.

    This class requires a rather extensive investment in specific carving tools, and a detailed list will be emailed to registrants.  Chuck has arranged a really good deal from Woodcarvers Supply in Florida for a complete kit that will cost about $250 for 19 tools, a mallet and tool roll.  The four hours per session will give you an hour at the beginning to sharpen your tools using a variety of methods, before spending approximately three hours in supervised carving with hardwoods, carving tools and a mallet.

    The class will be held in six sessions spread over a three month period, at the Guild Shop, because we need the stable benches that can be raised up to 39".  Sessions are always on Tuesdays from 9:00 AM to 1:00 PM.  You will be expected to do some carving between sessions.  Three projects are planned, and they get progressively harder, but they will expose you to a wide variety of tools and techniques.  The first one is known as a Heraldic Lion on White Oak using a v-tool and mallet, with a few gouges later to add some relief.  The next two will be done in Basswood and will be variations of an Acanthus leaf.

    A paperback copy (used, out of print) book will be given to each student.  This will be the reference "textbook" we will use, called Woodcarving, The Beginners Guide by William Wheeler and Charles Hayward.

    Students should plan to bring a snack; lunch will not be provided, but there will be drinks.

    The class coordinator is Larry Wade, 503-312-7745 (text and cell), lpwade@gmail.com.  Contact him for any questions.

    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days. Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Instructor - Dennis Dolph

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Band Saw is considered one of the most versatile tools in a woodworking shop. It can cut boards from logs and slice thin boards from thick ones. On the other hand, it can cut delicate curves and precise joints.  Our Guild shop has a two bench style sanders; a combination Disc/Belt Sander and a Spindle Sander.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on the Bandsaw and an introduction to the sanding machines.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O  Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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


    • 13 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 3
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    Make a Veneered Panel with Chip Webster 18-1

    A White Card is Not Required

    Chip Webster has been restoring fine old furniture for nearly 20 years, often requiring repairing or making new veneer panels for doors, cabinet tops and other components.

    Veneers are often used to apply expensive exotic woods or woods with figure or a beautiful grain pattern to a less expensive board. In this class we will make a small panel to take home suitable for use as a lid for a small box by exploring the use of commercially available veneers and shop sawn veneers, and how to apply them. Different substrates and adhesives will be discussed and used during the class. Cutting and jointing veneer, and the process of securing and clamping, including a vacuum press, will be practiced. We will also discuss various edge treatments, and the requirements and process to produce a curved panel.

    Veneer and other materials will be provided. Students will be required to bring a #11 XActo knife or Olfa utility knife and rolls of wrinkled blue painters tape (3/4" and 2" is ideal, not the shiny surfaced tape). Students should also bring, if they have available, a sharp low angled block plane and several 12" F style clamps (Harbor Freight is a great source for the F clamps at a very reasonable cost).

    Students should plan to bring a snack.

    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days. Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpageand Join Now.

    • 14 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 0
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    Foolproof Mortises and Tenons with Asa Christiana

            



    White Card Required


    Fundamentals of Fine Craftsmanship, with Asa Christiana

    During his 15 years at Fine Woodworking, eight as its chief editor, Asa Christiana encountered every woodworking technique under the sun, and was in the unique position to see which ones work best, and which ones readers actually used. This series presents best practices for every stage in the life of a furniture project: from refining the design to choosing wood, sharpening and tuning tools, prepping stock, cutting joints, assembly and surface prep, to a foolproof finish that will work wonderfully on 98% of the projects you build.

    Attend the entire series, or pick-and choose to target the areas where you struggle. This is the fourth class in the series.

    There are at least 5 good ways to make mortises and another 5 for tenons that fit those mortises perfectly. In this class you’ll learn the two foolproof approaches for both parts of this essential joint. First, we’ll cover the easiest method of all: slip tenons (also called “floating tenons”), where matching mortises are made with a simple router jig, and then you make a separate tenon that connects both. Next, for those cases where a slip tenon won’t work (I’ll explain), you’ll learn how to get perfect mortises from the Guild’s hollow-chisel mortiser, and then use the table saw to cut a traditional tenons. Last we’ll use a shoulder plane to tune the cheeks and shoulders of that tenon for a flawless fit. In the end, you’ll go home with illustrated handouts so you can repeat what you learned. 


      

    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days. Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007


    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 18 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
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    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: TBD

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference "HOST" on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007


    • 21 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 2
    Register
    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: TBD

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference "HOST" on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007


    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 0

    NL-4 Hand Plane Tune-Up and Techniques 

    Instructor:  Dennis Rodrigues

    This class is part of the Woodworking at the Next Level series, open only to Next Level students.

    Many hand planes cut so badly we wonder why anyone would ever want to use such a tool. Little do we know that a properly sharpened and tuned hand plane, used with skill, can quickly and accurately flatten, edge and shape materials. For many it becomes a tool we reach for before turning on the power tools.

    In this class emphasis is on hand tool work.  Students will bring in their own hand plane, learn how to tune it up and use it to flatten a board. Topics include the parts of a hand plane, flattening the sole, setting the throat opening and practical steps to flattening a board. We will go into detail on cutting angle, including bevel up and bevel down planes, categories of planes and their uses and the first four hand planes you should own.

    All Guild members are welcome to attend this class, but registration preference will be given to members working through the Next Level series.  

    If you have questions, please contact class coordinator, Leslie Kantor by email lekan59@comcast.net (enter Guild NL4 in subject line.)

    Please pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of Guild of Oregon Woodworkers and mail to GOOW-Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member Only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and join now.   

    • 24 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor - Ariel Enriquez

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Jointer and the Surface Planer work in concert to make our boards straight, smooth, and square. If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate both of these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. 

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Education Committee, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and Join now!

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Eddee Edson

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The router is one of the most versatile tools in the shop. It is commonly used to do routine cutting of slots with a straight bit, but has great flexibility in edge profiling and in use with jigs. The router is a simple motor 1, 2 ¼ or 3 ½ horsepower with a changeable collet that can hold thousands of bit styles. It can be mounted in a table for exquisite control or hand held when the project is too large to get onto the table.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of this machine, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.
    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 27 Mar 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 7
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    Introduction to Project Milling

    A Hands On Class


    Instructor: Dick Rohrbaugh


    Green card required for jointer, planer & table saw.

    Milling wood to produce straight, flat and square boards is the essential first step in any woodworking project.  A well-defined process for doing that is thus one of the first things a new woodworker needs to learn.  This class will explain the process, demonstrate it, and provide hands-on experience in which participants will mill boards for themselves.  Materials for the class will be provided.

    This hands on class will cover buying wood for fine woodworking, an overview of the milling sequence, setting up the jointer, jointing the first face & edge, setting the planer, planning the second face, and an overall milling strategy.  Students should bring their personal protective equipment (ear, eye & lung protection)

    If you have any questions, please contact the class coordinator Gary Weeber at siweeb@gmail.com.

    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days of registration.Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
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    Instructor - Ed Ferguson

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Band Saw is considered one of the most versatile tools in a woodworking shop. It can cut boards from logs and slice thin boards from thick ones. On the other hand, it can cut delicate curves and precise joints.  Our Guild shop has a two bench style sanders; a combination Disc/Belt Sander and a Spindle Sander.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on the Bandsaw and an introduction to the sanding machines.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O  Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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


    • 03 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 0
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    Sharpening and Using your Card Scraper for Wonderful Results

    Instructor: Jeff Zens          



    A White Card is Not Required




    A card scraper can be a wonderful and low-cost addition to your woodworking arsenal, or it can frustrate you beyond belief. Not surprisingly, getting the most from this simple tool comes from careful preparation. In this four-hour hands-on workshop, Jeff will help you get your card scrapers in peak condition to produce nice, curled shavings, even on the toughest wood. As an added bonus, learn how to reduce your sanding time by at least half! A tool and supply list will be sent to all registrants in plenty of time to gear up for class, but sign up early to allow for long lead time items. We’ll get started slowly to accommodate those who can’t get to the shop exactly at 5 p.m. due to work or traffic issues. If the class fills up, jump on the wait list and we’ll schedule another class as soon as we have a large enough group. 


    Please note that your registration for this class is not complete until the class registration fee is received by the registrar.In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days. You can pay online using PayPal, or by check made payable to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title and number on the check’s memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007. 


    Because of the expected popularity of this seminar, early registration is strongly encouraged. 

         

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.
    • 07 Apr 2018
    • 09 May 2018
    • 11 sessions
    • Various shops
    • 0
    Registration is closed


    Basics of Fine Woodworking

    Instructors:  Basics Team


    This is a 10 class course into the fundamentals of fine woodworking. You will learn the proper use of the common hand and power tools, project design, construction methods, and finishing. Each class is taught by a different instructor, usually in their own shop. While this course is designed so that a beginner will understand the material, even professional woodworkers have found it useful and informative. There is plenty of time to ask questions and share tips and techniques. The cost is $195.00 total for all classes

    This is a members only class, one of the great benefits of belonging to the Guild. Not a Member ? Visit the Membership Join/Renew page. The cost covers the entire series. This series has been taught typically four times a year and has been running since 2007. Every session has sold out. If the class is full please join the waitlist.
     
    The starting date is listed. Each schedule is slightly different, due to the complexity of coordinating ten classes . Beginner and advanced people are welcome. There's always something to learn. Inquire of the coordinators, David Wiper wiperdj@gmail.com or 503-774-3110 or Kimberly Grommes kimberly.grommes@gmail.com for any questions you may have.


    18-3    Winter
    Introduction and Safety, 4/7, Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30, 9am to 1pm, Eddee Edson

    Design, 4/11, Multnomah Arts Center, Room 30, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Ed Ferguson

    Bench Tools Introduction, 4/14, Madrone Studio, 8900B  NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson

    Introduction to Power Tools (For subgroup 1), 4/19, Ariel's Shop, 6007 N Villard Ave Portland, OR 97217, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Ariel Enriquez

    Joinery, 4/21, Madrone Studio, 8900B NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson

    Introduction to Power Tools (For subgroup 2), 4/22, Ariel's Shop, 6007 N Villard AvePortland, OR 97217, 1:00pm to 4:00pm, Ariel Enriquez

    Routers and Router Jigs, 4/24, Guild Shop - 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Eddee Edson

    Stress Free Assembly and Glue-ups, 4/28, Madrone Studio, 8900B NE Vancouver Way, Portland, Oregon 97217, 9:00am to 12:00pm, Alexander Anderson

    Cabinet Construction Basics, 5/1, Ed's Shop, 11517 SW 27th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:30pm to 9:30pm, Ed Ferguson

    Jigs, 5/5, Multnomah Arts Center, Room 7, 6pm to 9pm, David Wiper

    Finishing, 5/9, Guild Shop - 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219, 6:00pm to 9:00pm, Chip Webster

    Class 1- Introduction and Safety

    This class gives an overview to wood and woodworking. It is designed to give the student a basic understanding of the terms and vocabulary of woodworking, types of wood, how it is cut, graded and sold. The class will also review safety issues including wood allergies, tools, hearing, sight, and dust control.

    Class 2 - Bench & Hand Tools

    Explore the different hand planes, scrapers, measuring tools, and scribing tools. Alexander will show you how to use them as well as their care and maintenance. There will also be a demonstration of how to cut dovetails by hand.

    Class 3 - Power Tools

    Discover the many uses and methods of the table saw, jointer, chop saw, planer, band saw, and drill press. Safety and maintenance will also be covered. The afternoon is a continuation of the discussion on Power tools, and includes a demonstration of how the tools are used together by construction of a actual project. Lunch is included.

    Class 4- Cabinet Construction

    This class covers various alternative methods of cabinet construction...based on the equipment available in your shop...and the issues involved in installing built-ins. A demonstration cabinet is built during the session. Beginning wood workers should leave with the confidence that they too can build cabinets, and experienced woodworkers should learn a new technique or two.

    Class 5 - Joinery

    Explore the many ways that a box or door can be put together. Alexander will demonstrate the common joints available and how to make them with various shop tools.

    Class 6 - Finishing

    This class will explain the basics of finishing using wax, oils, varnishes, and shellac. This class includes a review of finishing terms (sealer, conditioner, filler, etc.) what they are and when to use them.

    Class 7 - Jigs

    This class includes a discussion of what jigs are, how to make them and shows examples of the most commonly used ones.

    Class 8 - Stress Free Assembly and Glue-up

    In this class you will learn about putting a piece together without losing your cool. Alexander will discuss methods of keeping a case square, joints tight, and frames flat. It will include a discussion of the types of glues and proper glue applications.

    Class 9 - Routers and Router Jigs

    Learn how to choose a router. Router bit types. Characteristics of a router table, make or buy. Table and hand held typical applications. Cutting direction and how to avoid nasty surprises. End grain issues. Rebating, blind and stopped grooves. Use of jigs, commercial and home-made to help with cutting configurations. How to avoid burning, snipe and tear out. How to build and use a simple mortise jig for loose tenons. And more.

    Class 10- Furniture Design

    OK, you've finished you project and it's solid as a rock. But, does it do everything you wanted it to do and is it something that looks aesthetically pleasing? This class will cover some of the basic principles of good design. It will also present an approach to design and an exercise in which you can start the design process for a project of your choosing.


    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days of signing up. Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Cancelation Policy: Cancelations must be made 14 days prior to the start of the series for a refund. You should be able to cancel on the website if it's more than 14 days before the classes start as well.If you experience troubles cancelling on the website, contact Julie Niemeyer at jdgredvig@comcast.net for help with cancelations and a refund.

      

    • 08 Apr 2018
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM (PDT)
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave., Portland
    • 0
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    Meeting Leader - Ray Curtis

    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.

    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

    IF YOU NEED TO CANCEL, RETURN TO THIS CLASS.  Click the ALREADY REGISTERED BUTTON AND FOLLOW THE DIRECTIONS.

    Questions? Please contact Ray Curtis, Safety Chair at colleenandray@comcast.net

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


    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 1
    Register

    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor - Bill Hamilton


    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    Two of the major tools in most shops are the Table Saw, used for ripping, crosscutting, and bevel cuts, and the Chop Saw, also used for crosscutting. If you feel that you are lacking in knowledge about these saws, then this class is for you.

    We will discuss the best practices for each operation of the Table Saw and the Chop Saw. We will demonstrate these safe practices and help you practice them in this class. The small class size will allow plenty of time to ask questions and provide individual attention. By the end of the class you will feel more comfortable in using this machine. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines,  they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.
     
    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Eddee Edson

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The router is one of the most versatile tools in the shop. It is commonly used to do routine cutting of slots with a straight bit, but has great flexibility in edge profiling and in use with jigs. The router is a simple motor 1, 2 ¼ or 3 ½ horsepower with a changeable collet that can hold thousands of bit styles. It can be mounted in a table for exquisite control or hand held when the project is too large to get onto the table.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of this machine, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.
    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and JOIN now.

    • 10 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 1
    Register

    Instructor - Dennis Dolph

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Band Saw is considered one of the most versatile tools in a woodworking shop. It can cut boards from logs and slice thin boards from thick ones. On the other hand, it can cut delicate curves and precise joints.  Our Guild shop has a two bench style sanders; a combination Disc/Belt Sander and a Spindle Sander.

    If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on the Bandsaw and an introduction to the sanding machines.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. Please contact Doug Drake at dougdrakedesign@gmail.com with questions.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O  Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

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


    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
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     NLF1 Surface Preparation & Shellac Finishing

    INSTRUCTOR: Chip Webster          

    Green Card is Required

    This class is part of the Woodworking at the Next Level series, open only to Next Level students.

    Introduction to Finishing


    Introduction to wood finishing including a review of selecting, cutting and shaping the lumber, surface preparation, an overview of different film finishes with an initial emphasis on applying shellac, either as a final finish or as a wash coat.  Students will learn appropriate ways to prepare the wood, how to choose the ideal finish for each project, how to apply finishes with a variety of tools and techniques and various approaches to correct defects.

    Students will learn why a finish is applied, several types of finishes commonly used in making furniture, and the shop environment, tools and equipment used to produce the desired finish. Safety will be addressed.  Students will be exposed to the concept of “Think finish first”, the questions that should be answered before starting a project. 

    Surface Preparation 

    The finish you put on your woodworking project will highlight and magnify every defect in your wood and workmanship. The time invested to properly prepare the surface of the boards in your project will pay dividends in the result. 

    We will experiment with sanding and the use of cutting tools (hand planes and card scrapers) to prepare the surface of sample boards. We’ll examine the various types of abrasives commonly available and sanding tools and techniques.  We will compare sanded and cut surfaces side by side and apply a seal coat to view the results.  The value of testing, sample boards and accompanying documentation will be demonstrated.

    We will address issues such as dents, gouges, holes and glue spots, types and use of lighting to detect surface imperfections and inspect coverage, the use of solvents to examine the expected color and look of a board prior to finishing. 

    Shellac

    We will learn about the many uses of this age old natural finish as both a seal coat and finish.  We’ll explore correcting surface preparation issues and blotching that occurs in some commonly used woods. We will compare sanded and cut surfaces side by side and apply a shellac seal coat to view the results.  We"ll document the results on sample boards.  Brush on and wipe-on application techniques and tools will be demonstrated; storage, clean-up and related topics will be covered. 

    If you have questions, please contact class coordinator Gary Weeber, by email, siweeb@gmail.com (enter Guild NL in subject line.)

    In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days.  Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 14 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor - Ariel Enriquez

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class.

    The Jointer and the Surface Planer work in concert to make our boards straight, smooth, and square. If you are not confident in your mastery of these machines, then this is the class for you. We will discuss best practice for each operation, you will see it demonstrated, and then you will have the opportunity to perform the procedure yourself, hands on. By the end of the class, you should feel comfortable that you can operate both of these machines safely. Materials will be provided.

    This class is designed to help you with Green Card Certification on these machines.

    A Shop Attendant needs to be an intermediate woodworker and is expected to work at least one shift a month, plus attend the monthly SA meeting.

    If a member needs a refresher on a certain group of machines, they can sit in on a class for free, provided they have previously taken the class.

    A minimum of 2 students is required to conduct this class. 

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Education Committee, c/o Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a Member? Visit the Membership page and Join now!

    • 15 Apr 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
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    Hands On Safety Test (HOST) session
    Examiner: TBD

    *Prerequisite - Completion of the Safety Orientation meeting (S&O) is required before taking the HOST.

    Description:  Demonstrating safe operation of each tool (Table saw, Miter saw, Planer, Jointer, Band saw, Router, Router Table, Drill press, and our three stationary Sanders).  During the HOST session, you will demonstrate that you can safely use each machine through a series of exercises administered by the examiner.  It is not a test of your woodworking precision, but a test of your safety skills with each tool in our workshop.  Successful completion will result in being issued a Green Card, and the ability to purchase a Shop Time card for your use of the Guild's workshop during an Open Shop period.   

    Registration Fee: $60.00
    (The $60 fee for this HOST will be fully credited toward your purchase of shop time card, provided you successfully complete the HOST, making the test essentially free.)  

    Registration openings: 3 (3 Candidates with 1 Examiner)

    Please register online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference "HOST" on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007


    • 17 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 4:00 PM
    • Multnomah Art Center
    • 18
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    GARRETT HACK: PRACTICAL DESIGN



    A White Card is NOT Required

    As part of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers program of presenting international masters of our craft, we are pleased to bring Garrett Hack to Portland. Garrett Hack has served as a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine and has contributed dozens of articles to that publication for over a quarter century. He is the author of The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools. His own unique style combines elements of Shaker and Federal forms with whimsical elements executed to perfection. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Home Furniture, and New Hampshire Home.

    Registration begins December 1, 2017.

    This is a 1 day presentation and lecture. Good design isn’t simple; it’s by far the most challenging part of building furniture.  One of best ways to become a better designer is to look at and make sense of furniture that appeals to you.  Guided by furniture maker Garrett Hack we will look at many images of furniture from antique to contemporary to understand what makes a design great — or not so great.  How do you use proportion, line, shape, detail, contrast, color? Where do you start the process of designing something, what materials do you use, which joinery or other techniques do you build it with, and what details might enhance the work.

    Beyond looking at images we will consider ways to generate pleasing curves:  getting started, making full scale drawings, how to choose the best wood for the project and organize your cuts for economy and quality, and how to develop a construction strategy for working accurately and efficiently. It all adds up to good design.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Please note that your registration for this class is not complete until the class registration fee is received by the registrar.  You can pay online using PayPal, or by check made payable to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers.  Reference the class title and number on the check’s memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007.

    Because of the expected popularity of this seminar, early registration is strongly encouraged. Register now for a discount. Early registration is $49 until midnight March 17, 2018. Standard registration is $55 beginning March 18, 2018.

    Feel free to direct questions to class coordinator Jeff Zens at jeffzens@custombuiltfurniture.com.

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.


    • 18 Apr 2018
    • 19 Apr 2018
    • 2 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    • 1
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    GARRETT HACK:  ELEGANT DETAILS


    A White Card IS Required

    As part of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers program of presenting international masters of our craft, we are pleased to bring Garrett Hack to Portland. Garrett Hack has served as a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine and has contributed dozens of articles to that publication for over a quarter century. He is the author of The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools. His own unique style combines elements of Shaker and Federal forms with whimsical elements executed to perfection. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Home Furniture, and New Hampshire Home.

    This class is available for registration December 1, 2017.

    Details can make all the difference. From the traditional to the playful, they can add interest and dazzle, resolve transitions, soften edges, or draw attention to some aspect of a design. We’ll work through a whole array of practical details from simple edge chamfers that catch the light, to fine inlaid string lines, flush beads and proud cockbeads outlining edges, patterned bandings, and how to work with shell, silver, and bone. Besides hands-on trying these techniques, we will make some of the needed tools and discuss how to integrate these ideas into your work in a personal and coherent way. 

    This is a 2 day hands on class.

    A list of tools and materials will be provided well in advance of the class.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Please note that your registration for this class is not complete until the class registration fee is received by the registrar.  You can pay online using PayPal, or by check made payable to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title and number on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007.

    Because of the expected popularity of this seminar, early registration is strongly encouraged. Register now for a discount. Early registration is $295 until midnight March 18, 2018. Standard registration is $325 beginning March 19, 2018.

    Feel free to direct questions to class coordinator Jeff Zens at jeffzens@custombuiltfurniture.com.

    Please pay online using PayPal or by check made payable to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title and number on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.


    • 20 Apr 2018
    • 22 Apr 2018
    • 3 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    • 0
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    GARRETT HACK:  PRECISION WITH HAND TOOLS

    This event is sold out! Don't hesitate to put your name on the Waitlist.

    A White Card IS Required

          

    As part of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers program of presenting international masters of our craft, we are pleased to bring Garrett Hack to Portland. Garrett Hack has served as a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine and has contributed dozens of articles to that publication for over a quarter century. He is the author of The Handplane Book and Classic Hand Tools. His own unique style combines elements of Shaker and Federal forms with whimsical elements executed to perfection. His work has been featured in the New York Times, Home Furniture, and New Hampshire Home.

    This class is available for registration December 1, 2017.

    This is a 3 day hands on core class to ramp up your hand tools skills, to experiment with some design ideas, and to have lots of fun. We will practice typical furniture making skills — flattening boards to polished smoothness, jointing two edges to an invisible glue joint, fitting joints, fairing curves, shaping and chamfering edges, and others — as we build fun little splayed leg tables. Discussion ranges from tuning a wide variety of planes, marking tools, chisels and saws, to techniques to using them efficiently.

    ADVANCE PREPARATION OF MATERIALS IS NECESSARY FOR THIS CLASS. A list of these materials and milling instructions, as well as the tools you’ll need, will be sent to registrants immediately upon payment of class fees.

    The time allotment for this class does not allow for milling material during class. Materials are not included in the class fee and are estimated to be approximately $120 depending on the species andquality of the material selected by the student.

    Lunch will be provided.

    Feel free to direct questions to class coordinator Jeff Zens at jeffzens@custombuiltfurniture.com.

    Please note that your registration for this class is not complete until the class registration fee is received by the registrar.  You can pay online using PayPal, or by check made payable to the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers.  Reference the class title and number on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007.

    Because of the expected popularity of this seminar, early registration is strongly encouraged. Register now for a discount. Early registration is $455 until midnight March 19, 2018. Standard registration is $490 beginning March 20, 2018.

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.


    • 28 Apr 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 10
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    Simple, Solid Workbench for Beginners and Beyond

    with Asa Christiana

    White Card Required

    Fundamentals of Fine Craftsmanship with Asa Christiana

    During his 15 years at Fine Woodworking, eight as its chief editor, Asa Christiana encountered every woodworking technique under the sun, and was in the unique position to see which ones work best, and which ones readers actually used. This series presents best practices for every stage in the life of a furniture project: from refining the design to choosing wood, sharpening and tuning tools, prepping stock, cutting joints, assembly and surface prep, to a foolproof finish that will work wonderfully on 98% of the projects you build.

    Attend the entire series, or pick-and choose to target the areas where you struggle. This is the fifth class in the series.


    No matter what level of woodworker you are, you need a strong, flat surface to work on, with a solid woodworking vise for holding work vertically. While there is nothing wrong with attempting a massive, traditional workbench a la Tage Frid or André Roubo, those big benches are brutal to build, especially for beginners.

    In this all-day class, former Fine Woodworking editor Asa Christiana will help woodworkers of all levels build the simple but very solid workbench he presented in his award-winning video series, Getting Started in Woodworking. In fact, he still uses a version of this bench today in his Portland shop.

    Using basic tools, absolutely anyone can build this bench. The base is made from kiln-dried Doug fir construction lumber, connected with a simple bolt system, while the top is a double-layer of MDF with a bolt-on vise attached. 

    Our goal is to have every attendee go home with a workbench, along with simple instructions on how to mount a vise and drill dog holes in the top. There will be lots of teamwork, and we’ll all be good friends by the end of the day.

    All materials will be supplied except a vise. The instructor will provide guidance on the type of vise to purchase as well as demonstrate installing the vise. Lunch will be provided.

    In order to complete your registration, payment must be made within 7 days on registering .Please go online and pay using PayPal or by check made to the order of the Guild of Oregon Woodworkers. Reference the class title on the memo line and mail it to: GOOW-Registrar, C/O Julie Niemeyer, 20282 SW Inglis Drive, Beaverton, OR 97007

    Guild classes are Member only classes. Not a member? Visit the Membership webpage and Join Now.

    • 12 May 2018
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
    • 0
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