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tools and techniquesTools & Techniques classes get you up to speed on tool safety and operation, and basic woodworking techniques.


hands-onHands-on classes give you in-depth training on specific tools as you make a project to take home with you. Materials, tools, and basic designs are provided.

hands-onKnowledge classes provide you with essential design and technical background on a variety of topics in a compact, seminar/demonstration style format.

intro to woodworking
hands on
tools and techniques
Intro to Woodworking - July
Session #1-Wed 3-6pm, 6/28 to 7/26
Session #2-Wed 7-10pm, 6/28 to 7/26
Session #3-Mon 7-10p, 7/3 to 7/31
Session #4-Tues 11am-2pm, 7/4 to 8/1
Session #5-Sat 10am-1pm, 7/8 to 8/5
Session #6-Sat 3-6pm, 7/8 to 8/5
Session #7-Sun 10am-1pm, 7/9 to 8/6
Designed for beginners with little to no woodworking experience, this five-session class covers wood physics, shop safety and etiquette, an introduction to joinery concepts, and hands-on experience with both hand tools and machinery. The project for this class is a small side table featuring half-laps, bridle joints, and a round top. This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to work safely in the shop on your own projects and/or to move forward with more advanced woodworking classes. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided.
Price: $495 + $100 materials/equipment fee
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hand cut dovetails
tools and techniques
hands on

Hand Planes, Spoke Shaves, and Scrapers with Gary Rogowski
Sat 5/27 and Sun 5/28, 10am-5pm both days
The hand plane, spoke shave, and scraper are three of the most valuable hand tools on your bench. Learn to tune and use these cutting tools and your woodworking will be transformed.
This is a rare opportunity to spend a day with acclaimed woodworker, teacher and author Gary Rogowski learning how to tune, sharpen, and master these essential tools.
Space is limited---register early!
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Gary Rogowski is Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, OR and the author of dozens of articles, videos, and books on woodworking.
Non-member price: $450
Member price: $405
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hand cut dovetails
tools and techniques

Dining Table Design Workshop with Gary Rogowski
Tuesday 5/30, 6-9pm
Tables have been made since someone put a plank on two rocks. Learn how to design your own dining table in this lecture. Dining tables come in many shapes, several sizes, and for different intentions. Come and learn how to design for your own taste. There are aesthetic requirements for a table which are extremely variable, functional requirements that are slightly variable, and construction requirements, which are almost set in stone. Discover how to address each of these needs.More...
Gary Rogowski is Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, OR and the author of dozens of articles, videos, and books on woodworking.
Non-member price: $100
Member price: $90
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hand cut dovetails
tools and techniques
hands on

3 Simple Finishes with Gary Rogowski
Friday 5/26, 10am-5pm
Finally! A straightforward explanation of basic finishes and how to use them for beautiful results. Forget spray booths, dust-free shops, and hard-to-apply finishes. Instead you will learn three simple hand-applied finishes that have easy application and repair qualities while supplying a protective barrier to your furniture.
Whether you're a beginner or advanced woodworker, you'll want to attend this lecture. It will be packed with great information and demos that you'll put to use right away on your own projects.
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Gary Rogowski is Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio in Portland, OR and the author of dozens of articles, videos, and books on woodworking.
Non-member price: $235
Member price: $211
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intro to woodworking
hands on
tools and techniques
Woodworking for Women - NEW!
Fridays 11am-2pm, 5/12 to 6/9
Same as Intro to Woodworking but different vibe! Designed for beginners with little to no woodworking experience, this five-session class covers wood physics, shop safety and etiquette, an introduction to joinery concepts, and hands-on experience with both hand tools and machinery. The project for this class is a small side table with angled legs, using half-laps and bridle joints. This course will give you the confidence and knowledge to work safely in the shop on your own projects and/or to move forward with more advanced woodworking classes. Completion of this class certifies you to rent studio time for your own projects. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided.
Price: $495 + $100 materials/equipment fee
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picture frames on table saw
tools and techniques
hands on
Woodworking II: Shaker Side Table - NEW!
Sundays 2-6pm, 6/4 to 7/16
This 7-session intermediate-level workshop takes you step by step through the typical furniture-making process: design, layout, cutting, joinery, assembly, glue-up and finishing. Working with machine and hand tools, you will build a solid hardwood side table with mortise and tenon joinery, tapered legs and a rabbeted drawer. Topics covered:
  • Reading design drawings
  • How to make a cut list and estimate materials and cost from a design
  • Milling rough lumber using the jointer, planer and table saw
  • Mortise and tenon joinery using the mortising machine and table saw
  • How to make and fit a rabbeted drawer
  • Cutting tapered legs
Non-member price: $725 + $150 materials fee
Member price: $787
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lathe turning wood
tools and techniques
hands on
Lathe 101: Intro to Turning
June: Wed 7-10pm, 6/7 to 6/21
July: Wed 7-10pm, 7/12 to 7/26
This three-session class is a hands-on introduction to the art of turning wood on the lathe, covering lathe setup, operation and safety, carving techniques, and tool sharpening. This class provides a solid foundation for those interested in a range of turning projects, such as furniture parts, tool handles, and many more. All materials and safety equipment provided. Completion of this class allows you to rent open studio time to use the lathe to work independently on your own turning projects.
Non-member price: $375 + $50 materials/equipment fee
Member price: $382 (includes materials)
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hand joinery stool class
tools and techniques
hands on
Steam Bending Workshop
Mondays 7-10pm, 6/12 to 6/26
This four session course will introduce you to the methods and processes of bending solid wood using steam while making a decorative bent wood lighting fixture. We will cover how to build a steam box using simple and affordable materials, how to select and prepare the wood, shaping the wood with molds, straps and drying racks, and joinery for bent wood projects.
Non-member price: $475 plus $50 materials fee
Member price: $472
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routers 101 cutting board
tools and techniques
hands on
Routers 101 - Cutting board - NEW!
Thursdays 7-10pm, 6/15 to 6/29
Learn how to use the most versatile tool in the shop. With a router you can do twenty different types of joinery, create beautiful edge profiles, and make flawless duplicates of furniture parts. But used incorrectly, routers can be at best unpleasant to use and at worst dangerous. In this three-session intensive, you'll get hands-on training using stationary and plunge routers as well as the router table while learning essential router techniques and safety. Our project for this class will be a beautiful hardwood cutting board with rounded edges, bread-board ends with tongue and groove joinery, and a template-routed juice groove.
Non-member price: $375 + $50 materials fee
Member price: $382
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lathe bowl turning wood
tools and techniques
hands on
Turning Bowls on the Lathe
June: Mon 7-10pm, 6/15 to 6/19
July: Mon 7-10pm, 7/10 to 7/24

In this three-session workshop, you will turn a block of wood into a wooden bowl while learning the principles of bowl turning, tool selection, and turning techniques. You will also learn lathe operation and safety, how to sharpen lathe tools, and finishing basics. All tools, materials and safety equipment are provided.
Completion of this class allows you to rent open studio time to work on your own lathe projects.
Non-member price: $435 + $60 materials/equipment fee
Member price: $445 (includes materials)
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milling rough lumber
tools and techniques
hands on
Intro to Woodworking + Lathe Boot Camp
Mon 6/19 to Fri 6/23, 10am-5pm each day
Immerse yourself in three of our most popular beginner level woodworking classes for five full days!
10am-1pm - Intro to Woodworking
1-2pm - Lunch break
2-5pm - Lathe 101 + Bowl Turning
All tools, safety equipment and materials will be provided for these classes.
Price: $1325
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furniture making joinery bench
hands on
tools and techniques
Woodworking II: Chair
Tuesdays 7-10pm, 6/27 to 8/15
This 8-week intermediate-level workshop takes you step by step through the typical furniture-making process: design, layout, cutting, joinery, assembly, glue-up and finishing. Working with machines and jigs, you will build a solid hardwood chair. You will learn two techniques to cut mortise and tenon joinery and use the table saw and router to shape parts. We will focus on machine set up and organization to get accurate, repeatable results. Topics covered include:
  • How to layout parts, make a cut list and estimate materials/cost from a design
  • Milling rough lumber using the jointer, planer and table saw
  • Cutting tapered parts on the table saw and how to build a taper jig
  • Mortise and tenon joinery using two methods: plunge router with table saw and Festool Domino joiner with loose tenons
  • How to use the router table and templates to create exact copies of a part
  • Strategies for gluing and clamping
Non-member price: $725 + $150 materials and equipment fee
Member price: $787 (includes materials)
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picture frames on table saw
tools and techniques
hands on
Table Saw Intensive
Thursdays 7-10pm, 7/13 to 7/27
Master the table saw and find out why it is the most loved--and feared--tool in the shop. In this three-session class we will cover essential table saw techniques and safety while doing a fun and practical project: building a hardwood picture frame with keyed miter joinery. In addition to gaining confidence on the table saw, you will learn how to make accurate and repeatable miter cuts and keys with purpose-built jigs, how to set up and use a dado set, miter joint glue-up techniques, and quick and easy finishing methods.
Non-member price: $365 + $50 materials fee
Member price: $373
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