Classes

David Kraatz, Training Director

  • 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 7:00 p.m. on the day they are made available in order to make slots available equally to both retirees and the employed.  SignUp may appear on the website previous to that, but 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.
  • Guild Shares: Guild Members who volunteer their services to teach classes or 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.
  • 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
SignUp Etiquette
Rough-to-Ready: Dates and times vary
Introduction to Scroll SawEvery Saturday after the monthly Guild meeting
Build a Hall Table: June 1 – 29
Introduction to Intarsia: June 12 – 15
 Precision Box Construction: June 19 – August 28
 – Filled
Traditional Bandsaw BoxesJune 22 – 23 – Filled
Basic Woodworking: June 29 – August 31 – Filled
Traditional Bandsaw Boxes: September 7 – 8

Basic Woodworking: September 14 – November 16 – Filled
Precision Box Construction II: September 18 – November 27
 – Filled
Cherry Craftsman Book Rack: October 3 – 17
 – Filled
Build a Marquetry Inlaid Jewelry Box: October 11 – 16
Skill Building Classes: First Saturdays (generally)

Watch for The Following Upcoming Classes!

Intermediate

Toy Building – Dave Kraatz & Norm Carpenter

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Rough-to-Ready
For Guild Members Only

Daniel Edwards Resawing His Rough-to-Ready Project

Daniel Edwards Resawing His Rough-to-Ready Project

Instructors: Ron Haw, Denny Walton, John Sloss and/or Jerry Stanley
Date/Time: Various (See the SignUp for dates.)  Classes typically last 4 to 4½ hours.
Class Size: 2 – 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.
Note: After February 1st, 2017  the fee will be: $45 (WW+ $36).
Green TAG:  NOT REQUIRED – You must meet the class prerequisites before you sign up for this class.  See below*.  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.


Introduction to Scroll Saw – 7 Individual ½ Day Classes – John Tegler
For Guild Members Only

Dates / Time: Saturdays, 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Members interested in scroll sawing are invited to attend to share experience, techniques and free saw time during these classes.

June 24
July 22
August 19
September 23
October 21
November 18

December 23

Class Size: 5
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.
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.

 


Precision Box Construction – with Ron Lomax
For Guild members Only
**Class Filled**

Day / Dates / Times: This is a 27-hr course offered in 9 sessions.  Mondays; June 19, 26, July 3, 17, 24. 31, August 7, 21, 28 / 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Class Size: 8
Fee: Sawdust Members: $125 (WW+: $100) – 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: If you are ready to “up your game” and understand how to get a better fit for your project parts, then this is the class for you. Ron will take you through steps of measuring, marking and cutting parts for three different small boxes, using three different types of joinery; mitered, rabbeted and box (or finger) joints.  He will also make or demonstrate several jigs, or fixtures, that are used for these boxes.

The participants in this class will make three boxes.  During the process, they will create a mitered box with keys to strengthen it, make a lid (hopefully with a handle) lay out cut lists on a rough board, mill it, learn to add leather hinges, and generally finish the boxes.

Ron has taught this class at least four or five times.  It takes 27 hours in nine sessions to complete, but there is flexibility in the overall syllabus depending on the skills and needs of the students.  His reputation for accuracy and execution of projects is well known amongst Guild members.

Note: Not all of the Mondays are consecutive.

“I did not know about precision in woodworking until I took Ron’s class” – KCWG Woodworking member.

Tools Needed:

  • Combination square or double square
  • 6″ steel ruler (scale must start on the edge of ruler, and not with the “0” mark inset away from the edge.
  • pencil –  can be mechanical pencil with .7mm lead
  • 1/2″ wide steel tape –  nice to have but not required

Traditional Bandsaw Boxes – George Rexroad
For Guild Members Only
**Class Filled**

Date / Time:
This class is being taught in 2 segments, one 2 hours long and one 4 hours long.
Thursday
,June 22: 6:30 – 8:30; Friday, June 23: 6:00-10:00

Class Size: 4
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $30.00 (WW+: $24.00) –  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
Sign Up 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.

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.

Tools needed:
      Pencil
      Small square

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Build a Hall Table
An Intermediate Level Class For Guild members Only

(Intermediate courses 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.)

Instructor(s): Calvin Hobbs

Schedule: 5 Sessions of 4 hours each
  Thursdays | June 01, June 08, June 15, June 22, and June 29 | 6:30 – 10:30 p.m.
Class size:  10
Fee $300 (WW+: $240)   –  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 class is an intermediate skill class to build a traditional Hall type table in contemporary style.  It would be similar to the one pictured, but with a single drawer.  It will focus on traditional joinery methods such as mortise and tenon and hand cut dovetails using a combination of power and hand tools.  No carving is involved and the chosen wood is walnut.

The class will be presented in 5 sessions of 4 hours each.
Class 1 (06/01) Making the legs
      Mortises
      Chamfering of legs

Class 2 (06/08) Making the aprons and rails
      Tenons
      Table glue  up
      Drawers, runners and kickers

Class 3 (06/15) Making the top and drawers
      Top molding
      Top attachment methods

Class 4 (06/22) Drawer construction
      Drawer construction process
      Half blind dovetails
      Through dovetails

Class 5 (06/29) Finishing touches
      Fitting the drawer
      Cockbeading
      Surface treatment
      Hardware discussions

Questions? Contact Assistant Training Director Norm Carpenter HERE.


Introduction to Intarsia
For Guild Members Only

Instructor: David Roth
An Intermediate Level, 4-Day class
Days/Dates/Times: Monday – Thursday / June 12 – 15 / 8:30 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Class Size: 4
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $290  (WW+ $232):  – 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.
Green Tag Required
SignUp HERE

Description: David Roth will teach this introduction to intarsia by providing three patterns from which students will pick their project. Students will learn the process of pattern layout, cutting and marking pieces, shaping the pieces, adding details, and buffing, and gluing pieces to a backer board. Due to site restrictions, finishing must be done off site.

David’s experience includes creating award winning intarsia projects like his larger than life lion head and over 30 other pieces.

Students will receive for their very own: their wood project, the pattern already on the wood  ready to start cutting the pieces out on the scroll saw, 2 more patterns, a backer board, a dozen scroll saw blades, hanger, mandrel, and 4 sanding sleeves (80 grit, 150 grit, 220 grit, and 320 grit). Students get to keep these items.

If you like the scroll saw, you like art projects, and you like wood, then this is the class for you!


Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*
For Guild Members Only
**Class Filled**

Date/Time: June 29 – August 31, 2017 (Thursdays); 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.

Students do not need a green name tag to enroll in this class. The class includes the safety orientation portion of the Green Tag requirements. However, students must complete the Guild online safety test 48 hours before the first course meeting.  (Contact the Membership Director for access to the test on the web site.)

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 safety orientation and introduction
Session 2. Building a laminated wood cutting board.
Session 3. Building a cutting board, guided shop time.
Session 4. Measuring, Marking, project layout and material selection.
Session 5. Building a small presentation box.
Session 6. Building a presentation box, guided shop time.
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, Jack Greg, Geoff Cook, Wesley Meyer, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Thompson, Roland Mohler

Traditional Bandsaw Boxes
For Guild Members Only

Instructor: George Rexroad
Class Level: Basic
Open Shop: Simultaneous
Sessions: 2
Day(s) / Date(s) / Time(s): Thursday, Sept. 7, 6:30 – 8:30 – Friday, Sept 8, 6:00 – 10:00
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 2-hour first day will be the gluing up of the block, which will need to dry for at least 24 hours

The 4-hour second day will feature cleaning up the block, and attaching the pattern to the it, 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*
For Guild Members Only
**Class Filled**


Date/Time:  September 14 – November 16, 2017 (Thursdays); 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.

Students do not need a green name tag to enroll in this class. The class includes the safety orientation portion of the Green Tag requirements. However, students must complete the Guild online safety test 48 hours before the first course meeting.  (Contact the Membership Director for access to the test on the web site.)

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 safety orientation and introduction
Session 2. Building a laminated wood cutting board.
Session 3. Building a cutting board, guided shop time.
Session 4. Measuring, Marking, project layout and material selection.
Session 5. Building a small presentation box.
Session 6. Building a presentation box, guided shop time.
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, Jack Greg, Geoff Cook, Wesley Meyer, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Thompson, Roland Mohler

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Precision Box Construction II – with Ron Lomax
For Guild members Only
**Class Filled**

Day / Dates / Times: This is a 27-hr course offered in 9 sessions.  Mondays; September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 30, November 6, 20, 27 / 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Class Size: 8
Fee: Sawdust Members: $125 (WW+: $100) – 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: If you are ready to “up your game” and understand how to get a better fit for your project parts, then this is the class for you. Ron will take you through steps of measuring, marking and cutting parts for three different small boxes, using three different types of joinery; miteredrabbeted and box (or finger) joints.  He will also make or demonstrate several jigs, or fixtures, that are used for these boxes.

The participants in this class will make three boxes.  During the process, they will create a mitered box with keys to strengthen it, make a lid (hopefully with a handle) lay out cut lists on a rough board, mill it, learn to add leather hinges, and generally finish the boxes.

Ron has taught this class at least four or five times.  It takes 27 hours in nine sessions to complete, but there is flexibility in the overall syllabus depending on the skills and needs of the students.  His reputation for accuracy and execution of projects is well known amongst Guild members.

Note: Not all of the Mondays are consecutive.

“I did not know about precision in woodworking until I took Ron’s class” – KCWG Woodworking member.

Tools Needed:

  • Combination square or double square
  • 6″ steel ruler (scale must start on the edge of ruler, and not with the “0” mark inset away from the edge.
  • pencil –  can be mechanical pencil with .7mm lead
  • 1/2″ wide steel tape –  nice to have but not required

Build a Marquetry Inlaid Jewelry Box
Class Available for KC Woodworkers’ Guild Members Only

Instructor: Paul Schurch
Dates: Wednesday – Monday | October 11 – 16, 2017
(A 6-Day Class)
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM each day
Class Size: 16
Fee: Regular $500.00 (WW+ $400)
Green Card Required
SignUp
HERE

DescriptionPaul Schurch is an internationally noted veneer and marquetry artist residing in Santa Barbara, California.

You may see the details of Paul’s classes and view examples of his work at http://schurchwoodwork.com/ or at http://veneerartist.com/.

This is your opportunity to work under Paul’s expert guidance and construct a jewelry box and then decorate the box with a marquetry cartoon of your choosing. All materials will be provided for this intensive class on the art of veneer and marquetry woodworking.

Please sign up for this unique opportunity to build your expertise and take home a piece of art from your own hand.


Cherry Craftsman Book Rack – with Richard DeWitt
For Guild Members Only
**Class Filled**

Day, Dates / Time:  Tuesdays, October 3, 10, 17 / 6:30-9:30
Class size:  6

Fee: Sawdust Maker: $40 (WW+: $32) – 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 course was previously taught as part of the Basic Woodworking curriculum. It is a great beginner+ project for learning through mortises and wedged tenons. This would look great on your desk or on top of a bookcase or mantel.

Tools Required:

  • Combination square or double square
  • 6″ steel ruler (scale must start on the edge of ruler, and not with the “0” mark inset away from the edge.
  • pencil  –  can be mechanical pencil with No. 7 lead
  • 1/2″ wide steel tape – nice to have but not required.

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 / 9:00 a.m., Unless otherwise noted
Fees: Generally free
Green Tag Requirements: Often not required
SignUp: No SignUp, Just ShowUp
Location: In the Shop

June 3rd Class – Whittling – Instructor: Dan Robidoux – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
July 1st Class A Basic Hand Tool Set for Power and Power Free Woodworker – Instructor: Wayne Peterson
August 5th Class – Building a Shaker Step Stool – Instructor: Dave Kraatz – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
September 2nd Class – Intro to the CNC – Instructor Chuck Saunders – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
October 7th Class – Elements of the Router, Table and Hand-Held – Jack Gregg – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.

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