Classes

David Kraatz, Training Director

Assistant Director Norm Carpenter

With apologies to the general public, all classes require Guild Membership.  You may join the Guild HERE.

  • The Guild strives to present classes at three basic levels.  Basic and Skill-Builder classes are aimed at craftsmen in the early stages of building their skill sets.  Intermediate classes are those that follow the basic woodworking classes, are a bit more challenging, but not so difficult that a person with a few projects under their belt would not be successful. Advanced classes are for woodworkers whose skills have developed to the point where they have the confidence to take on more complex projects with finer finishes.  Of course the dividing lines between these are fuzzy at best.  We do not want to get picky on skill levels.  We like for people to tackle what they believe that they can do, and we want our instructor/coaches/shop foremen to learn to help people stretch their experience.
  • Simultaneous Open Shop: We try to hold Open Shop simultaneously with our classes except for Thursday evening during the Basic Woodworking class and during classes with outside instructors.  The Skill-Builder Session is a demonstration and we can reserve the machines in the mobile training area for that.
  • Class Openings: Classes are announced at approximately 7:00 p.m. on Tuesdays after they are made available in order to make slots available equally to both retirees and the employed.  Descriptions may appear on the website previous to that, but SignUp slots are hidden until the official announcement time.
  • Level Requirements: Hands-on classes requires Sawdust-Maker or better membership.
  • Discounts: Members with a Woodworker Plus or better membership get a 20% discount.
  • Safety Certification: A Green Tag is required for use of both power and hand tools. (See Use of Shop Equipment on the Safety Page.)
  • Signing Up & Paying Fees: The Woodworkers’ Guild utilizes the Sign-up Genius program to keep track of participants in classes and other events and to prevent non-members from signing up for classes.  Use of this program provides an effective way for our volunteer leaders to limit participation to appropriate size, make sure that fees are paid, and to assemble waiting lists where helpful.  Where fees are required, Sign-Up Genius utilizes the Guild’s own PayPal account for the collection.  Where indicated, you may also pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Mail checks to KCWG Treasurer; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
  • Need to change your class SignUp?  Pay by PayPal instead of Check?  Click HERE.
  • Guild Shares: Guild Members who volunteer their services to work on the Guild’s various fund-raising projects qualify for Guild Shares.  For every hour of instruction or project work, they get 2 Guild Shares worth $1 each.  Guild Shares can be redeemed to pay for classes, annual dues, or Guild products/apparel.  See the full Guild policy on the MEMBERS ONLY page.
  • Feedback: Have you recently taken a course for which you would like to offer a comment?  Would you like to see what courses we’ve offered in the past, and maybe ask for a repeat?  Are you interested in teaching a class?  Click HERE.

Links to Current Classes on This Page
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Repeating Classes

Rough-to-Ready: Dates and times vary
Scroll Saw Introductions, Projects & Open ShopsEvery Saturday after the monthly Guild meeting
Skill Building Classes: First Saturdays (generally)

Individual Classes by Date

Basic Woodworking: January 18 – March 22, 2018 – Filled
Shop Tool: Horizontal Tenoning Jig: February 10, 2018 – Filled
Toolkit: Scraper Sharpening with the Arno Burnisher: February 10, 2018
Band Saw Puzzle Box: February 10, 2018 – Filled
Knife Making Class: February 11
Project Finishing: February 19 – 24 – Filled
Traditional Band Saw Boxes: March 29 – 30, 2018 
Filled
Traditional Band Saw Boxes: March 29 – 31, 2018 – Filled
Basic Woodworking: April 05 – June 07, 2018 – Filled
Building an Arts and Crafts Writing Desk: April 16 – 20, 2018
Band Saw Puzzle Box: April 28, 2018 – Filled
Basic Woodworking: June 28 – August 30, 2018
Basic Woodworking: September 13 – November 15, 2018

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Rough-to-Ready

Daniel Edwards Resawing His Rough-to-Ready Project

Daniel Edwards Resawing His Rough-to-Ready Project

Instructors: Ron Haw, Denny Walton, John Sloss, Alex Scott, Mike McCauley, and/or Laura Provance
Date/Time: Various (See the SignUp for dates.)  Classes typically last 5 hours.
Class Size: 1 or 2 (See Class Schedule) – with a Waiting List
Fee: $45.00 (WW+ $36.00)  –  For this class you must use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the SignUp.
Green TAG:  NOT REQUIRED – You must meet the class prerequisites before you sign up for this class*.  Green TAG members wishing to take the class may go directly to the ‘SIGN UP HERE’ link.
SignUp HERE

Description:  This class will not only instruct you in the basic techniques and hands-on experience of using the table saws, router table, jointer, planer, bandsaw, miter saw, drum sander, some good ole’ sandpaper as well as various squares and measuring tools, but will also serve as an alternative process to satisfy the safety requirements necessary to get your Green Nametag. 

*Because this class can lead to your safety certification (Green Tag), a Green Tag is not initially required to participate.  It will be necessary, however, for those without a Green Tag to complete the Safety Test and to complete and provide the Guild’s signed Liability Waiver.  Members who do not have a Green Card should download and follow this set of instructions to ensure participation.


Scroll Saw Introduction, Projects and Open Shop Sessions & 7 Individual ½ Day Opportunities and 4 Open Shop Sessions – John Tegler

Members interested in scroll sawing are invited to attend to share experience, techniques and free saw time during these classes.

Scroll Saws

Day / Dates / Time: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.

Jan 20 – Introduction to Scroll Saw
Apr 21 – Scroll Saw Animal Puzzle Class
May 19 – Introduction to Scroll Saw
Aug 18 – Fretwork Scroll Saw Class
Sep 22 – Introduction to Scroll Saw
Oct 20 – Thanksgiving Day Theme Project
Nov 24 – Christmas Ornament Project
Class Size: 3
Fee: $15 (WW+: $12)  – You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Mail checks to KCWG Treasurer at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.

The Scroll Saw SIG also sponsors Open Shop Sessions – A chance to get help and ask questions about scrolling on the following Saturdays:

Feb 24
Mar 24
Jun 23
Jul 21

Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Required
SignUp for any one of these classes HERE.

Description: These classes are basic introductions for the woodworker with no experience with scroll sawing.  The students will learn the operation of the saw, safety considerations, blade selection, proper adjustment and tuning, material selection and beginning project considerations. Each student will complete a basic project.


Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*

Date/Time:  Thursdays,  January 18 – March 22, 2018; 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Class size: 12
Fee: $250 (WW+: $200)  –  You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Mail checks to KCWG Treasurer at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Sign up HERE.

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction for adults with little or no prior experience with tools, materials and woodworking machinery.

It will be presented in 10 three-hour sessions beginning with a complete shop orientation and progressing through the planning and building of three projects.

Green Card Requirements: Students are required to have a Green Tag to enroll in this class. Students must complete the Guild’s online safety test and the Safety Orientation before the first course meeting.  (The Membership Director provided access to the test on the web site in the welcome email you received on joining.)

The projects are geared to provide hands-on practice in:

Choosing materials
Preparing and joining wood parts
Cutting precise joints
Machining multiple component parts
Mortise and tenon joinery, and
Cross lapping.

The course will end with an overview of general furniture and cabinetry finishing processes, tips and techniques.

This course is fast-paced, and students will be encouraged to use the Guild’s Open Shop times for additional project completion time as needed.

 Session Overviews

Session 1. Shop Orientation and Operation
Session 2. Building a Laminated cutting Board
Session 3. Building a Cutting Board, guided shop time
Session 4. Building a Presentation Box
Session 5. Building a Presentation Box, guided shop time
Session 6. Measuring, Marking and Layout of Projects
Session 7. Building a Craftsman Style Plant Stand
Session 8. Building a Plant Stand, guided shop time
Session 9. Building a Plant Stand, guided shop time
Session 10. Finishing Techniques and Processes

*Craig Arnold, Tim Locke, Bill Lintner, Ron Lomax, Richard DeWitt, Geoff Cook, Wesley Meyer, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Thompson, Roland Mohler, Ryan Rossiter, Adrian Bruce and Marselle Bredemeyer. 

Shop Tool: Horizontal Tenoning Jig
**Class Filled**

Instructor: Tim Locke
Class Level: Intermediate
Open Shop: Simultaneous
Day / Dat) / Time:
      Saturday, February 10, 2018; 8:30 am – 5:00 pm
Maximum Class size:  5
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $100 (WW+ $80): You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Bring a lunch, only a 30-minute window for eating.
Green Tag: Required
SignUp HERE after January 9th at 7:00 p.m.

Description:  Tim Locke is conducting a class to build a jig like the one pictured for sneaking up on a proper tenon fit. The jig is designed for furniture size components, not timber framing.

Students will bring their own router and router base as the router jig will use your router and base mounting screws. Also bring a miter gauge for a trial fit up.

The cost includes MDF box materials, aluminum plate, brackets, fasteners and knobs. The top is replaceable so threaded inserts are utilized. The jig is easy to fine adjust which makes tenon fitting precise and repeatable. Also, useful for dado cuts and rabbit cuts.

The cost includes all materials except Router, Router Base and Miter gauge. The price includes the materials cost for your jig plus a split of the cost for one jig for the Guild to have available for member use.

Expected Skills:

Table Saw
Router
Drill Press

Tool List:

Router motor driven with base (required! 1.75HP recommended. Must have screw mounted faceplate)
A 1/2″ shaft – 1/2″ Spiral Upcut Router bit with a 1.25″ cutting length (required).  This assumes that you already have a 1/2″ collet for your router. If not, you need one of those too.
 http://www.eagleamerica.com/product/v106-0202/ea_-_spiral_bits (106-0805 $49.95) or similar.
Good Tri-Square
Center Punch
Awl for scratching lay out on Aluminum plate
Fine Pencil
Screws; sized to mount your router base onto the aluminum plate (may use existing mounting screws) and suitable screw driver.
PPE: Safety Glasses and Hearing Protection
Tap (if you have one) size ¼” x 20 TPI with handle
Allen wrenches Small set


Toolkit: Scraper Sharpening with the Arno Burnisher – For Guild Members Only – Not a member? Join HERE.

Instructor: Arnold Baker
Class Level: Basic
Day / Date / Time: Saturday, February 10, 2018: 10:00am-12:00pm
Maximum Class size:  10
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $55 (WW+: $44)  – You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: Hand Tool Room: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Required
SignUp HERE after 7:00 p.m. January 23rd.

Description:  Join Arnold Baker as he teaches you how to use an Arno burnisher to quickly put a sharp burr on your scrapers. This is a toolkit class; the Arno burnisher and three scrapers are included in the cost of the class.

More on this burnisher can be found here: https://www.popularwoodworking.com/woodworking-blogs/chris-schwarz-blog/arno-burnisher-the-one-true-no-fail-burnisher

Good tools, properly sharpened and used, make woodworking a heck of a lot more fun.

Expected Skills: 

Use of files and sharpening stones.

 Tool List:

Scrap pieces of hardwood for testing out your incredibly sharp scrapers.


Knife Making Class
For Guild Members Only – Not a member? Join HERE.

Instructor: Mike Jones
Class Level: Basic
Day / Date / Time: Sunday, Feb 11th; 1:00pm – 5:00pm
Maximum Class size:  6
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $75 (WW+ $60):  – You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Required
SignUp HERE 
after 7:00 p.m. February 6th.

Description:  Join Mike Jones as he guides you through the process of taking a ground knife blade to a custom heirloom piece by adding your own handle features (scales). The class will include protecting the cutting edge and yourself, marking, cutting, and drilling the scales. Gluing and pinning the scales to the knife tang. Contouring and shaping the handle completes the project at the shop. A discussion of finishing techniques for off-site work is also part of the course.


Project Finishing
**Class Filled**

Instructor: Craig Arnold
Class Level: Basic
Days / Dates / Times:
     Monday February 19, 2018; 6:30 -10:00pm
     Tuesday February 20, 2018; 6:30 -10:00pm
     Saturday February 24, 2018; 9:00am – Noon
Maximum Class size:  6
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $150     (WW+: $120):  – You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop Library; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Not Required
SignUp HERE after 8:00 p.m. January 9, 2018

Description:  Building your project is 90% of the work.  The other 90% is putting on a good finish.  One of the biggest challenges in achieving a good finish is choosing the finish you want for your project.  To help you, Craig Arnold will be teaching a finishing class in three fast-paced sessions that will provide you with experience finishing a variety of woods, finishing materials, and processes.

This is a fast-paced class.
     Students will learn techniques for finishing woods: Quarter sawn white oak, red oak, walnut, cherry, mahogany, curly maple, pine.
     The “finish” includes surface preparation to final rub out.
    The class will use penetrating oils, sealers, grain fillers, and shellac. Also, they will use dye stains, pigment stains, and glazes for layered color.
     Students will use water-based stains and topcoats and oil-based stains and topcoats and will learn when to use either.
     Milk paint and chalk paint will also be used.
     Participants will learn brushing, wiping, and spraying topcoats.
     Waxes and finish rub out will conclude the class.
     Students will keep their sample boards as a reference for their future projects. 

Expected Skills:
     Students are expected to be able to hold a paint brush and a rag.  No power tools will be used in this class.

 Tool List:
     No tools required other than to wear grubby clothes.  Everything is supplied.


Band Saw Puzzle Box
**Class Filled**

Instructor: George Rexroad
Day, Date / Time: Saturday, February 10 –  9:00am-2:00pm

Class size: 4
Fee $30 (WW+: $24) –  You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green TagRequired
SignUp HERE

Description: In this class you will learn to use the bandsaw to make a puzzle box. The puzzle piece locks the lid in place keeping the contents safely inside. The class starts with some bandsaw practice cuts and then you tackle your actual box.

 Tools needed:

Pencil
Small Square


Traditional Band Saw Boxes
**Class Filled**

Instructor(s): George Rexroad
Class Level: Basic
Open Shop: Simultaneous
Sessions: 2
Day(s) / Date(s) / Time(s):
          Thursday, March 29 6:30 – 8:30 – Friday March 30 – 9:00a – 1:00p

Maximum Class size:  4
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $30 (WW+: $24):  – You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Required
SignUp HERE after January 9th at 7:15 p.m.

Description:  This beginner+ class will focus on the gluing up of a block and the making of a conventional band saw box. This is a good course to become familiar with the band saw.  The box will feature different material types to create a decorative box.  The class will be taught in 2 sessions of 2 hours and four hours.  First day will be the gluing up of the block.  The block will need to dry for at least 24 hours.  This process will take about 2 hours.  Second day will feature cleaning up the block, and attaching the pattern to the block. Cutting the various box parts, sanding, assembly, and more sanding.

After class:

Finish sanding.
Apply finish.

Tool List:

Pencil
Small square


Traditional Band Saw Boxes
**Class Filled**

Instructor(s): George Rexroad
Class Level: Basic
Open Shop: Simultaneous
Sessions: 2
Day(s) / Date(s) / Time(s):
          Thursday, March 29 6:30 – 8:30 – Saturday March 31 – 9:00a – 1:00p

Maximum Class size:  4
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $30 (WW+: $24):  – You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Required
SignUp HERE

Description:  This beginner+ class will focus on the gluing up of a block and the making of a conventional band saw box. This is a good course to become familiar with the band saw.  The box will feature different material types to create a decorative box.  The class will be taught in 2 sessions of 2 hours and four hours.  First day will be the gluing up of the block.  The block will need to dry for at least 24 hours.  This process will take about 2 hours.  Second day will feature cleaning up the block, and attaching the pattern to the block. Cutting the various box parts, sanding, assembly, and more sanding.

After class:

Finish sanding.
Apply finish.

Tool List:

Pencil
Small square


Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*
**Class Filled**

Date/Time:  Thursdays, April 5 – June 7, 2018; 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Class size: 12
Fee: $250 (WW+: $200 –  You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Mail checks to KCWG Treasurer at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111

Sign up HERE.

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction for adults with little or no prior experience with tools, materials and woodworking machinery.

It will be presented in 10 three-hour sessions beginning with a complete shop orientation and progressing through the planning and building of three projects.

Green Card Requirements: Students are required to have a Green Tag to enroll in this class. Students must complete the Guild’s online safety test and the Safety Orientation before the first course meeting.  (The Membership Director provided access to the test on the web site in the welcome email you received on joining.)

The projects are geared to provide hands-on practice in:

Choosing materials
Preparing and joining wood parts
Cutting precise joints
Machining multiple component parts
Mortise and tenon joinery, and
Cross lapping.

The course will end with an overview of general furniture and cabinetry finishing processes, tips and techniques.

This course is fast-paced, and students will be encouraged to use the Guild’s Open Shop times for additional project completion time as needed.

 Session Overviews

Session 1. Shop Orientation and Material Preparation exercise
Session 2. Building a laminated wood cutting board.
Session 3. Building a cutting board, guided shop time.
Session 4. Building a small presentation box.
Session 5. Building a small presentation box, guided shop time.
Session 6. Measuring, Marking and Project layout.
Session 7. Building a small table or plant stand.
Session 8. Building a table or plant stand, guided shop time.
Session 9. Building a table or plant stand, guided shop time.
Session 10. Finishing techniques and processes.

*Craig Arnold, Tim Locke, Bill Lintner, Ron Lomax, Richard DeWitt, Geoff Cook, Wesley Meyer, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Thompson, Roland Mohler, Ryan Rossiter, Adrian Bruce and Marselle Bredemeyer.

Building an Arts and Crafts Writing Desk
For Guild Members Only, Not a member? Join HERE.

Instructor: Nancy Hiller
Class Level: – Advanced
Open Shop: Simultaneous
Day(s) / Date(s) / Time(s): Monday April 16 – Friday  April 20, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 5 p.m.
Maximum Class size:  15
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $600 (WW+ $480):  – You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Required
SignUp HERE

Description:  Join Nancy Hiller as she leads the class in building an English Arts and Crafts style writing desk of her design. Nancy has more than 30 years of professional experience as a furniture designer and maker. She trained through the City & Guilds of London vocational training system, then spent several years working in English shops before moving back to the United States. She specializes in period-authentic furniture and interiors.

Nancy’s work has been featured in numerous publications, including Popular Woodworking Magazine, Fine Woodworking Magazine, American Bungalow Magazine, Arts and Crafts Home and Old House Journal. Nancy has written three books, the latest of which is Making Things Work; Tales from a Cabinetmaker’s Life. Her next book, about English Arts & Crafts furniture is scheduled to be published by Popular Woodworking in May of 2018.

The project for this class was featured in Fine Woodworking #228 in June, 2012.

This will be a fast paced class for the experienced woodworker. Students will be expected to work independently under Nancy’s tutelage. A firm experience in shop operation and machine usage is recommended. A Guild shop foreman and instructor assistants will be available for student assistance, if required.

All Material is provided for the course except the drawer pull which is left to the students’ choice and must be purchased separately.


Band Saw Puzzle Box
**Class Filled**

Instructor: George Rexroad
Day, Date / Time: SaturdayApril 28, 2018 – 9:00 am – 2:00 pm
Class size: 4
Fee: $30 (WW+: $24) You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed.Make checks payable to “KCWG” and mail to “KCWG Treasurer” at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green TagRequired
SignUp HERE

Description: In this class you will learn to use the bandsaw to make a puzzle box. The puzzle piece locks the lid in place keeping the contents safely inside. The class starts with some bandsaw practice cuts and then you tackle your actual box.

Tools needed:

         Pencil
         Small Square


Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*
For Guild Members Only, Not a member? Join HERE.

Date/Time:  Thursdays, June 28 – August 30, 2018; 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Class size: 12
Fee: $250 (WW+: $200)  –  You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Mail checks to KCWG Treasurer at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111

Sign up HERE.

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction for adults with little or no prior experience with tools, materials and woodworking machinery.

It will be presented in 10 three-hour sessions beginning with a complete shop orientation and progressing through the planning and building of three projects.

Green Card Requirements: Students are required to have a Green Tag to enroll in this class. Students must complete the Guild’s online safety test and the Safety Orientation before the first course meeting.  (The Membership Director provided access to the test on the web site in the welcome email you received on joining.)

The projects are geared to provide hands-on practice in:

Choosing materials
Preparing and joining wood parts
Cutting precise joints
Machining multiple component parts
Mortise and tenon joinery, and
Cross lapping.

The course will end with an overview of general furniture and cabinetry finishing processes, tips and techniques.

This course is fast-paced, and students will be encouraged to use the Guild’s Open Shop times for additional project completion time as needed.

 Session Overviews

Session 1. Shop Orientation and Operation
Session 2. Building a Laminated cutting Board
Session 3. Building a Cutting Board, guided shop time
Session 4. Building a Presentation Box
Session 5. Building a Presentation Box, guided shop time
Session 6. Measuring, Marking and Layout of Projects
Session 7. Building a Craftsman Style Plant Stand
Session 8. Building a Plant Stand, guided shop time
Session 9. Building a Plant Stand, guided shop time
Session 10. Finishing Techniques and Processes

*Craig Arnold, Tim Locke, Bill Lintner, Ron Lomax, Richard DeWitt, Geoff Cook, Wesley Meyer, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Thompson, Roland Mohler, Ryan Rossiter, Adrian Bruce and Marselle Bredemeyer.

Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*
For Guild Members Only, Not a member? Join HERE.

Date/Time:  Thursdays, September 13 – November 15, 2018; 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Class size: 12
Fee: $250 (WW+: $200)  –  You may use the Guild’s PayPal account attached to the Sign-Up, or you may pay by check or by credit card within three days of signing up online for the training.  Sign-ups unpaid after three days may be removed. Mail checks to KCWG Treasurer at 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111

Sign up HERE.

This course is designed to provide a basic introduction for adults with little or no prior experience with tools, materials and woodworking machinery.

It will be presented in 10 three-hour sessions beginning with a complete shop orientation and progressing through the planning and building of three projects.

Green Card Requirements: Students are required to have a Green Tag to enroll in this class. Students must complete the Guild’s online safety test and the Safety Orientation before the first course meeting.  (The Membership Director provided access to the test on the web site in the welcome email you received on joining.)

The projects are geared to provide hands-on practice in:

Choosing materials
Preparing and joining wood parts
Cutting precise joints
Machining multiple component parts
Mortise and tenon joinery, and
Cross lapping.

The course will end with an overview of general furniture and cabinetry finishing processes, tips and techniques.

This course is fast-paced, and students will be encouraged to use the Guild’s Open Shop times for additional project completion time as needed.

 Session Overviews

Session 1. Shop Orientation and Operation
Session 2. Building a Laminated cutting Board
Session 3. Building a Cutting Board, guided shop time
Session 4. Building a Presentation Box
Session 5. Building a Presentation Box, guided shop time
Session 6. Measuring, Marking and Layout of Projects
Session 7. Building a Craftsman Style Plant Stand
Session 8. Building a Plant Stand, guided shop time
Session 9. Building a Plant Stand, guided shop time
Session 10. Finishing Techniques and Processes

*Craig Arnold, Tim Locke, Bill Lintner, Ron Lomax, Richard DeWitt, Geoff Cook, Wesley Meyer, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Thompson, Roland Mohler, Ryan Rossiter, Adrian Bruce and Marselle Bredemeyer.

Skill-Building Clinics

Norm CarpenterAssistant Director

Norm Carpenter Assistant Director

The Guild presents a series of monthly skill building classes designed to present individual aspects of the woodworking craft to members who need to expand their skills in discrete areas. These are announced regularly through the Guild’s email service.

Date/Time: First Saturdays / Watch here for class start time information.
Fees: Generally free
Green Tag Requirements: Often not required
SignUp: No SignUp, Just ShowUp
Location: In the Shop

February 3rd Class – Routers and Shapers and Moulders, Oh My! – Chuck Saunders – 10:00 a.m. – Noon.
A Basic Skills class.
     A shaper is just a big router table, isn’t it?
     A moulder? like molding? Huh?
In this Basic Skills class, we will look at the differences between these machines and how and when they are used. When is the right use for each machine? Can one tool do it all? Why doesn’t the Guild have a shaper? Wait, we have a moulder? 
For answers to this and more come to the Basic Skills Class, Saturday, February 3rd at 10am.

March 3rd Class – Stand Up for Sanding – Ron Haw – 9:00 – 10:30 a.m.
New sanders! New techniques! Come find out what the shop has to offer and pick up some new pointers at the same time. 

Do you ever find yourself having these thoughts or problems?:
Why am I getting burn marks on my wood when I sand?
Sanding is a drag.
Where do I find sanding belts at the shop?
The dust, oh the dust, why must it happen?
Your supposed to sand?

Questions or Suggestions? Contact Norm at assttraining@kcwoodworkersguild.org.

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Feed the Program With Feedback!

Developing programs that feed the creative needs of our craftsmen requires continued and timely collection of data from the community we seek to serve.  Attached is a list of current and past classes offered by the Guild, stretching back to the limits of our collective memory.  We ask you to peruse the list (or not) and to email your Training Coordinator your suggestions on [A] what classes you would like to have offered (on the list or not), [B] your comments on class you have taken (Positive or Negative) and [C] classes you would be willing to teach/mentor.

Previous Classes

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 “Tell me and I forget, teach me and I may remember, involve me and I learn.” 

                                           ― Benjamin Franklin