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

    • 11 Apr 2019
    • 12 Mar 2020
    • 12 sessions
    • The Mutnomah Art Center

    CNC Special Interest Group

    When: Second Thursday of the Month
    Where: MAC Room 7 !
    !Note change of location!

    If you are a beginner or advanced CNC user or want to know how to get started, the CNC SIG is for you.  

    Agenda:

    6-7 PM - Introduction to using CNC for production or fun

    7-9 PM - Introductions

    • Show & Tell - bring your projects or ideas to share
    • Discussion about router bit speeds & Feeds and Chip rate
    • Discussion on CNC for cabinet making
    • Presentation on use & programming CNC turning center
    • General Q&A
    See you at the meeting,

    For more information contact Craig Jones cjones3106@gmail.com 
    503-975-7541



    • 10 Jun 2019
    • 30 Dec 2019
    • 29 sessions
    • Guild Shop
    Register

    Guild Shop Maintenance SIG
    Meets every Monday evening from 5:30 pm until 8:30 pm

         
    The Shop Maintenance SIG is an opportunity for Guild Members to learn more about the maintenance and tune-up of woodworking machines and the maintenance and sharpening of hand tools used in woodworking. Each Monday evening, there is an opportunity for you to learn more skills while keeping the Guild Shop running smoothly. There is no cost to Members for this SIG.

    Come and meet other Guild volunteers who share your interests and are willing to share their knowledge and experience in caring for the tools of woodworking. You will learn and have fun at the same time. No shop maintenance experience is required. A Shop Safety and Orientation card is suggested, but not required for participants.  There are jobs for all levels of woodworking experience and mentors to help you learn new skills.

    Requirements:  You do not need to be an expert at anything, just willing to work.  It is a great opportunity to learn new skills such as maintaining equipment and proper procedures for your shop. You may arrive any time between 5:30 pm and 6:30 pm and we will find you a job.

     
    We will be doing several maintenance activities each Monday evening such as:
    •    Checking and cleaning all machines in the Machine room
        •    Adjusting and aligning fences and tables
    •    Sharpening and organizing hand tools in Bench Room
    •    Cleaning the filters on the shop dust collection system
    •    Checking the vacuums and dust collectors in the Shop and cleaning any filters that are full
    •    Checking and organizing supplies and tools needed to keep the various machines running smoothly
        •    Check belts for all sanders and quantity in stock
        •    Check all circular saw blades to see if need cleaning - clean if needed
        •    Check all band saws for sharp, clean blades - clean or replace if needed
        •    Check all shop supplies for quanties on-hand and resupply needs
       
    Come join the group of dedicated volunteers who keep the shop running smoothly and learn more about the shop and how it works.

    I look forward to working with you as you learn more about Shop Maintenance.
    Ken Hall, Shop Operations Lead

    Please register so you will receive email notices of future meetings.


    • 09 Oct 2019
    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 3 sessions
    • Multnomah Art Center
    Register

    Professional Special Interest Group

    Leader - Vince Corbin

    Topic: The November 13th meeting topic: Chip Webster will discuss his experience with the business aspects of his business, “Furniture and Finishes”.

    Where: MAC, Rm 7 or Rm 4. 

    Time: 7:00 - 9:00PM

    Purpose of the SIG

    • Provide education and opportunities for aspiring professionals to grow their confidence and feel comfortable in the commercial woodworking field.
    • Provide opportunities for networking among Guild professional members.
    • Improve ways the Guild can be of benefit to professional members.
    • Promote opportunities for professional members to display and sell their products at Guild events.

    Here are the dates for the MAC meetings:

    • Room 4 is reserved on September 11th and December 11th from 7pm-9:00PM.
    • Room 7 is reserved for October 9th and November 13th from 7pm-9:00PM.

     Please register so we know who is coming. Thank you!

    • 20 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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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)
      

    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

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

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


    • 21 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    The project for the November Hand Tool Special Interest Group (SIG),

    Handtool SIG - Box build II - a special session   19-9

    Dennis Dolph and Ken Hall will be on hand to help you to complete your box project. We are holding this session to assist folks who started their box in October, but need more assistance to complete it.

    Bring your unfinished box parts and we will see that you get it put together.

    Note: People, who did not attend the October box building session, are welcome to come see what ever is happening, but will not be able to start construction of their own box.

    We look forward to seeing you there,

    Ken Hall and Dennis Dolph


    If you have any questions, contact Ken Hall <ken.hall@guildoforegonwoodworkers.org>


    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 3
    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)
      

    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

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

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


    • 23 Nov 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Instructor-Mark Klein

    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.  


    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.

    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 remit payment at once. Your registration is not complete without payment. 

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


    • 26 Nov 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 4
    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)
      

    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

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

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


    • 26 Nov 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor - Norm Baird

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class. Please do not register for the waitlist, either, unless you've completed the S&O.


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

    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.

    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 remit payment at once. Thank you

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

    • 03 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or tackling those from Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    There might be a machine tools skills class in the equipment room.  You will not be able to use power tools whether or not there is another class, because there will be no shop attendant on duty.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is requested so I can notify you if something changes.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening systems will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 03 Dec 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 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.


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


    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.

    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.

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

    • 05 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7694 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register
    WOMENS SIG (special interest group)

    The Women's Special Interest Group - SIG is now meeting every FIRST Thursday of the month at 6-9 pm, at the Guild workshop. Guild Special Interest groups are free events and perfect ways to meet new and old friends while working on a project or listening to speakers about woodworking. All women members are welcome. Not a member? visit the MEMBERSHIP page and JOIN now!

     Please be sure to get your White Card ASAP. (Take the free Safety and Orientation class.) Please RSVP by registering online.We're looking forward to seeing you at the meeting!

    Eddee Edson and Leslie Kantor


    • 05 Dec 2019
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • 11517 SW 27th Avenue, Portland, OR 97219
    • 0
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    Basics Lecture 4 – Cabinet Construction – 19-2


    Instructor – Ed Ferguson


    NOTE: The location is at Ed Ferguson's shop  


    This class will demonstrate how to make high quality cabinets, with or without a table saw.  Topics include design, materials, joinery, and installation of built-ins.  A small cabinet will be constructed in the class.

    This one of seven Basics Lecture classes that is offered to beginner level woodworkers. We recommend that you take any of these classes you feel you need in any order that fits your schedule. 

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

    Please register online.In order to complete your registration payment must be made within 7 days. Go online and pay using PayPal or send a 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. Your name will be removed if payment is not made within 7 days of registering. Thank you. 

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

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

    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.


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

    Questions? Please contact Jeff Hilber at jeff.hilber@guildoforegonwoodworkers.com

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


    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Router and Router Table Skills

    Instructor - Chip Webster

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class; also known as the completing the White Card requirement.

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

    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.


    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.

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

    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or tackling those from Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    There might be a machine tools skills class in the equipment room.  You will not be able to use power tools whether or not there is another class, because there will be no shop attendant on duty.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is requested so I can notify you if something changes.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening systems will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 10 Dec 2019
    • 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.  


    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.

    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 remit payment at once. Your registration is not complete without payment. 

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


    • 11 Dec 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 0
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    Basic Build - Make Your First Cutting Board    

    Instructor - Mike Chia    

    NO Green Card Required - White Card Only

    This is an Introductory hands-on class where students will learn the steps to making a laminated cutting board.  During the 4-hour class students will glue up their own boards (first hour), then watch demonstrations of the milling steps and shaping used in constructing the board. Then will have time to practice these operations on demo boards. 

    Students will unclamp their own boards and begin the process of finishing their own boards during class. This involves using various tools (Planer, bandsaw, router table & sanders) to get their board to final “design” shape. The goal is that students will leave the with the hands-on experience on all the machines needed to take the blank to final cutting board form.

    If time runs out the Guild will allow students to come back during some Open Education times (TBD) to finish their board under the supervision of Shop Attendants.  

    Wood will be provided, student should bring their Personal Protective Equipment (ears, eyes and lung protection).

    Please contact Tom Rich, the class coordinator, at tom@tomrich.me, if you have any questions.

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

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    • 1
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    Foolproof Sharpening

    Instructor: Asa Christiana


    White Card Required

    If you can’t get your chisels and hand planes truly sharp, you’ll never experience the true joy of using them. In this one-day workshop, you’ll learn a guaranteed way to do just that, using sandpaper, waterstones, and a basic honing guide. As a bonus, you’ll build a simple jig for holding the stones and setting up the guide. Pass through the sharpening gateway and enter hand-tool heaven.

    List of tools/materials/supplies provided by Guild:

    —Guild will supply PSA sandpaper (grits 80 through 220).

    —Guild will supply squares of 3/4-in. Russian birch plywood and hardwood strips for honing-guide setup jig.

    —Instructor will provide sample honing-guide setup jig

    —Instructor will provide flat countertop material as a base for PSA sandpaper.

    —Instructor will bring camelia oil to demo how to protect freshly sharpened tools


    List of tools/materials/supplies provided by students:

    —Mandatory: One chisel and 1 hand plane blade (two edges to sharpen total)

    —Mandatory: Small basic honing jig (widely available for $15 or less), plus any other guide they might own.

    —Waterstones of 1,000 grit and 8,000 grit—can be a combination stone. A 3,000 or 4,000 grit stone will also be helpful.

    —If owned, not mandatory: A coarse- or medium-grit diamond plate.

    Meals/snacks provided: Lunch, coffee, soda, water.

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

    • 14 Dec 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Table Saw and Chop Saw Skills

    Instructor - Dick Rohrbaugh


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


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


    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.

    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.

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

    • 15 Dec 2019
    • 5:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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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)
      

    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

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

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


    • 17 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 1:00 PM
    • The Guild Workshop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland, OR 97219
    Register

    Free- Open Carving Time

    Located in the Bench Room

    No White or Green Card required

    The Guild shop will be open for carvers who want to work on their own projects, perhaps those who are in or already finished one of Chuck Rinehart's classical carving classes, or tackling those from Mary May.

    This is not a class.  However, there might be some informal discussions centered around a video, book, design or problem, depending on who attends.

    There might be a machine tools skills class in the equipment room.  You will not be able to use power tools whether or not there is another class, because there will be no shop attendant on duty.

    This is a four hour session, and registration is requested so I can notify you if something changes.  There is no set start time, but we have to be totally cleaned up and leave by 12:45.

    The carving tool sharpening systems will be available.

    Bring your own carving tools and wood.

    For questions contact the class coordinator, Larry Wade, at lpwade@gmail.com or 503-312-7745.

    Coordinators may vary each session.

    Please register online.

     


     

    • 17 Dec 2019
    • 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Ave, Portland
    • 0
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    Jointer and Planer Skills

    Instructor - Norm Baird

    Note: Completion of the Safety & Orientation (S&O) meeting is required before taking this class. Please do not register for the waitlist, either, unless you've completed the S&O.


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

    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.

    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 remit payment at once. Thank you

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    • 18 Dec 2019
    • 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)
      

    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

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

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    • 31 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
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    INTEREST LIST - not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking the six week class to introduce you to Classical Carving.


          Instructor- Chuck Rinehart



     Chuck Rinehart has now taught this class four times for us, and has taught it many times before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  

    Tool sets of eleven carving tools are available to rent for $50 for the class plus an extra month, and unless you have your own tools, or intend to buy them (about $200-400), we encourage you to rent and focus instead on learning to carve.

    The class will be three sessions, each four hours, spaced roughly once a week.

    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on this interest list.  You will need to buy or borrow the Chris Pye book called "Woodcarving Course & Reference Manual", about $15 from a variety of sources, including Amazon, Powell's and Woodcrafters.


    The class outline is:

    Week 1:  Tools nomenclature and handling, grain exercise (the donut), and exercises from Chapter 4 of Pye's book

    Week 2:  Review of homework, discuss the V tool (aka parting tool, #12 or #41), and the small veiner (#11/3), and do the Pye Burhead Bull project in Chapter 7 using both.  Demo relieving the background using a large #11/16, trace the outline of your shallow leaf project, and get started with your homework.

    Week 3:  Arrive with your leaf project background complete and carve the leaf.  


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


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    • 31 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
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    INTEREST LIST - Carving a Border with Chuck Rinehart- not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking the six week class to introduce you to the wonderful world of carving a border.


          Instructor- Chuck Rinehart



     Chuck Rinehart taught this class once for us but has taught it before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  

    This is a three week introduction class based on classical patterns useful for frames and borders for furniture and architectural (decorative) purposes.  In three weeks you will learn enough to accomplish quite a bit, but you will also learn this is a big field with lots of options and time required.   Hopefully this class will whet your appetite, and it will also teach you some techniques for other types of carving.

    You are required to have long handled tools useful for lettering, along with having a carving mallet and access to a variety of gouges.  The Guild ownssome tools that might be useful for you in case you don't have any.

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    The project for this class will be a floral pattern from antiquity, about 36" long by 4" tall.  You will learn how to create the pattern by copying, enlarging and repeating an existing design, trace it onto your wood, and then use a plunge router with small straight bits to remove the bulk of the background before shaping the elements of the floral design.  It is a challenging, but interesting and practical project.


    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on the interest list.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


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    • 31 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
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    INTEREST LIST - Carving a Monogram with Chuck Rinehart- not a class (yet)


    Register your interest in taking the six week class to introduce you to the wonderful world of carving monograms.


          Instructor- Chuck Rinehart





    Chuck Rinehart has not taught this class for us yet but has before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  

    This is a three week introduction class based on classical patterns useful for decorating furniture and making stand-alone designs.  In three weeks you will learn enough to accomplish quite a bit, but you will also learn this is a big field with lots of options and time required.   Hopefully this class will whet your appetite, and it will also teach you some techniques for other types of carving.

    You are required to have long handled tools useful for lettering, along with having a carving mallet and access to a variety of gouges.  The Guild owns some tools that might be useful for you in case you don't have any.

    Prior carving experience is required and taking Chuck's Intro class first is recommended.

    The project for this class will create a pattern of your design, using elements from classical books on stylized lettering from antiquity.  The design can be as simple or complex as you want, and what you choose almost doesn't matter, because you will be learning the techniques needed to create a wide variety of patterns.


    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on the interest list.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


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

    • 31 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
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    INTEREST LIST - not a class (yet)


    Carving an Acanthus Leaf with Chuck Rinehart


    Green or White  Card not Required


    Carving an Acanthus leaf teaches you many skills that can be applied to other forms of carving.  The leaf itself comes in many styles, and has evolved over at least two thousand years and many are stylized forms of an ideal, even though you can find actual leaves in gardens in Portland.

    Chuck Rinehart has now taught this class several times for us, and has taught it many times before at his former club in Rochester, NY.  His design is quite challenging and was developed by his mentor, a British Master Carver named Ian Agrell.  This is a three week class, which was originally part of the six week Introduction to Classical Carving class, but we broke that into two sequences of three weeks each, the Foundations class and one on the Acanthus leaf.

    There is a fairly large set of tools that are required and some sets are available to rent from the Guild at a cost of about $75 (TBD), if you don't have or don't want to invest in your own tools at this time.

    Chuck's class will be three sessions, each four hours, spaced every other week for you to do the required homework.

    COST of the class is $180, including materials, but not the tools. It's free to sign up on this interest list.  


    You must have prior carving experience with mallet-capable tools, nominally Chuck's Foundations of Classical Carving.


    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


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    • 31 Dec 2019
    • 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
    • The Guild Shop
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    INTEREST LIST - not a class (yet)


    Carving (and Designing) a Sign


          Instructors- Chuck Rinehart and Steve Hickcox


    We are exploring the possibility of creating a three week class to design and carve a sign.

    Steve Hickcox has professional experience making signs and will partner with Chuck Rinehart, who will help with the carving.  

    This is an outgrowth of Chuck's letter carving class.  The design issues are significant and will likely take two of the three sessions to work through choices for fonts, wording, inter-letter and inter-word spacing, wood choices as well as decorative treatment and finishing alternatives.  You will largely be doing the actual sign construction and carving on your own.

    While you chose your own sign, one idea is to develop a sign for your own home shop, or perhaps for the studio of your mate or friend.

    Prior carving and woodworking experience is expected.

    Cost of the class is probably $180 but does not include the wood for the sign or tools. It's free to sign up on this interest list.  

    If you have any questions, please contact Larry Wade at lpwade@gmail.com.


    Please register online.


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