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

Repeating Classes

Rough-to-Ready: Dates and times vary
Introduction to Scroll SawEvery Saturday after the monthly Guild meeting
Skill Building Classes: First Saturdays (generally)

Alphabetized Individual Classes

Bandsaw Puzzle Box: August 12 Filled
Bandsaw Puzzle Box: September 23 – Filled

Basic Woodworking: June 29 – August 31 – Filled
Basic Woodworking: September 14 – November 16 – Filled
Basic Woodworking: January 18 – March 22, 2018
Basic Woodworking: April 05 – June 07, 2018
Basic Woodworking: June 28 – August 30, 2018
Basic Woodworking: September 13 – November 15, 2018

Build a Marquetry Inlaid Jewelry Box: October 11 – 16
Building Wooden Toys: November 18, 2017

Cherry Craftsman Book Rack: October 3 – 17 – Filled

Precision Box Construction: June 19 – August 28 – Filled
Precision Box Construction II: September 18 – November 27 – Filled

Realistic Bird Carving – Bobwhite Quail: July 23 – September 3 – Filled

Shaker Step Stool: September 16

Tool Kit: Sharpening: October 24 (1st in a Series)
Traditional Bandsaw Boxes: September 7 – 8 – Filled
Traditional Bandsaw Boxes: January 4 – 5, 2018

Watch for The Following Upcoming Classes!

Toy Building – Dave Kraatz & Norm Carpenter


Feed the Program with Feedback


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 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

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.

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
**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

Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*
**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, Geoff Cook, Wesley Meyer, Kevin Thomas, Jerry Thompson, Roland Mohler, Ryan Rossiter, Adrian Bruce and Marselle Bredemeyer.

 Realistic Bird Carving: Bobwhite Quail
**Class Filled**

Instructor(s): Dan Robidoux
Class Level: Basic
Sessions: 7
Day(s) / Date(s) / Time(s): Sundays; July 23, 30; August 6, 13, 20, 27; September 3 – 4:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Maximum Class size:  6
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $350  (WW+: $280):  – 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 Card Required
SignUp HERE

Description:  

Bobwhite Quail (male or female) full size, roosting position, left turned head, painted in oil

This is a seven session course, focusing on foundational instruction with assignments between classes. The class size is limited to 6 people allowing individual attention for each student.  This class is loaded with concepts and techniques. Student will carve the general shape of the Quail from a study casting of the clay model constructed by Dan. This class is to help the students overcome the fear of paint in oil.  The class will move forward, only when everyone is ready.  Some sessions may require more than one week to complete.  Students who feel they need additional individual help or clarification are welcome to contact Dan between classes.   No one will be left behind.   A material list is provided to save students significant money by not buying unnecessary tools and supplies. 

If you are a bird lover and you want to learn a unique and rewarding skill set, now is the time.  We will learn together and become friends.    I look forward to seeing you there! 

Questions: Contact, Dan Robidoux, 816-824-8029, please visit handmadetheamericanway.com

Class Schedule: (each session may take more than one week to complete. The goal is to have a finished carving at the end of the class)

  • Session 1

Starting with a block of tupelo (supplied), a pattern (supplied) and a study cast (loaned) from the original clay model.  Students will be shown how to properly cutout a shape using a band saw. Using the student’s micrometer tool and a study casting, students will be shown how to shape the quail.   Assignment: Finish shaping and sanding the Quail.

  • Session 2

 Using Holly (supplied), students will learn to construct and insert head tuffs and the primary feathers.  Eyes (supplied) will be properly inserted and focused. The beak will be properly shaped and supported with brass wire (supplied).  

 Session 3

Using reference photos and study skins, the feathers will be drawn in, delineated and burned using the student’s Razertip SS-D10. Special emphasis will be given to defining feather groups and creating soft, realistic feathers.

  • Session 4  

Using black and white photos, students will paint their Quail monochromatically to define color patterns. Using colored photos and study skins, students will learn to color map and develop an understanding of color theory.

  • Session 5  

Using the color map developed, in Session 4, the students will learn to mix paint and properly apply the paint.

  • Session 6

Painting continues with more washes and final detail.

  • Session 7

Review, Discuss and Evaluate Complete any final detail.  Clean the eyes, Take class photo, review, discuss, evaluate and eat pizza

Tool List: (must be purchased by students)

  • Micro motor—- Ram 45 (#23-001 Jaymes company) $275.00
                                                                           or
                                NSK Evolution (22-001 Jaymes company) $875.00 

(Either machine will work well, but keep in mind you pay for what you get or the NSK is a more rugged machine)

  • Dust collector—suggestion: Bench Top Power Carving Dust Collector (#140605) $244.69
  • Pyrographic Tool — Suggestion: Razertip SK (#160476) $119 
    Standard cord (#160479) $17.99, fix tip small skew pen F1S 31.99 160492 $31.99 – Woodcraft of Kansas City)
  • Paint: (Artist & Craftsman Supply)

Ronan Flake White
Williamsburg burnt umber
Williamsburg raw umber
Williamsburg Burnt Sienna
Williamsburg Yellow Ochre (domestic)
Williamsburg cad Orange
Williamsburg Mars Black
Williamsburg Raw Sienna
Williamsburg Dutch Brown (transparent)
Permalba White

  • Pallet knife #34562,  Journal #51236 
  • Brushes: (Artist & Craftsman Supply)

Robert Simons S85 2/0   #23700
S85 #4 #23709
 S67#4 #23697
Scrub brush #50698

  • Bloxigen, (Woodcraft of Kansas City)
  • JB Weld, Kwikwood Epoxy Putty (Westlake Ace Hardware)
  • Burrs and Cutters (Jaymes Company)

34-012 abrasive stone white small taper $2.25
35-018 Kutsall Cylinder ¼”-1/8” shank $13.25
30-041 Diamond Tapered Point 5mm Medium grit $7.95
21-003 Collet Reducer 1/8” to 3/32” $14.95
30-057 Diamond Flame 4mm- medium grit $12.95
36-075 Carbide Stump Cutter- Flame- standard Cut 1/8 shank $24.95
36-042 Sharp–edged Carbide- Flame 2.3 mm $16.95
32-025 Stump Cutter Flame 1.2 mm – fine cut $3.50 (order 3)
30-113 Diamond Safe-end Taper 4mm 30-113   $12.95
82-012  Fine Diamond Sharpening Stick  $6.25

  • Miscellaneous

      Dust mask
      Safety Glasses
      Outside Calipers
      12” or longer Steel Ruler
      80 & 120 sandpaper
      Odorless mineral spirits
      Paper towels
      Baby food jar

 Suppliers: 
(make sure you mention that you are a student in the Robidoux Seminars at the KC Woodworker Guild)           

 Jaymes Company,
234 Cartland Way
Forest Hill, Maryland 21050
Customer Service: 410-638-5850
jaymescompany.com (Jaymes company will repair micro motor machines)

Woodcraft of Kansas City
8645 BlueJacket Road
Lenexa, KS  66214
913-599-2800

The Woodcraft Shop
2724 State St.
Bettendorf, Iowa 52722
1-800-397-2278

Art and Craftsman Supply
229 Southwest Blvd.
Kansas City, MO  64108
816-221-5454


 

Bandsaw Puzzle Box
**Class Filled**

Instructor: George Rexroad
Class Level: Basic
Day/Date/Time: Saturday, August 12, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Class Size: 4  (Wait List available)
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: 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.

Tool List: Pencil, Small square


Traditional Bandsaw Boxes
**Class Filled**

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*
**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 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.

Shaker Step Stool
Restricted to Guild Members Only  Not a member? Join HERE.

Instructor(s): Dave Kraatz
Class Level: Intermediate
Open Shop: Class Held Simultaneously with Open Shop
Day / Date / Time: Saturday, September 16, 2017, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Maximum Class size:  8
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 Bench Room; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag: Required
SignUp HERE

Description:  Join Dave Kraatz as he takes you through the process of building a traditional Shaker footstool. This one board project will take you through the process of preparing stock, marking and cutting your parts, executing the joint work, and fitting your piece together. Students will use the chop saw, band saw, drill press and hand jig saw to speed up the work, but this is primarily a hand tool class. This is an excellent project to pick up some good information on hand cutting dovetails and the process in building furniture. Material (1”x10” Premium Pine) is provided for the course.

Tool List:  (Guild has some of these tools for use)

Dovetail saw
12″ adjustable square
Chisels: 3/8″, 1/2″ and 3/4″, sharp!
Coping saw with a sharp blade, if you have one
4 in Hand rasp, if you have one
Block plane, sharp, if you want to use your own
Cutting gauge, if you have one
Sanding block
Sharp pencil


Precision Box Construction II – with Ron Lomax
**Class Filled**

Day / Dates / Times: This is a 27-hr course offered in 9 sessions.  Mondays; September 18, 25, October 2, 16, 23, 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

Bandsaw Puzzle Box
**Class Filled**

Instructor: George Rexroad
Class Level: Basic
Day/Date/Time: Saturday, September 23, 2018; 9:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Class Size: 4  (Wait List available)
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: 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.

Tool List: Pencil, Small square


Build a Marquetry Inlaid Jewelry Box

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
**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.

Tool Kit: Sharpening
Restricted to Guild Members Only – Not a member? Join HERE.

Instructor: Richard DeWitt
Class Level: Basic – Class Runs Simultaneously with Open Shop
Day / Date / Time: Tuesday, October 24, 2017 6:30 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Maximum Class size:  6
Fee: Sawdust Maker: $ 260 (WW+: $208):  – 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 Hand Tool Room; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111
Green Tag Required
SignUp HERE.

Description:  This is a new concept Guild class. A Tool Kit class features a take-home collection of tools, enough to do the project, along with instruction. In this class the tools featured will be various elements of a sharpening system. The three hour instruction will show you how to use the stones, strop, and guides to keep your cutting edges sharp.

In addition to sharpening instructions, you will take home the following tools!

  • MK II Honing Guide
  • Camber Roller for Mark II Honing Guide
  • Dia-Sharp, 8″ x 3″ Bench Stone, Coarse
  • Dia-Sharp, 8″ x 3″ Bench Stone, Fine
  • Dia-Sharp, 8″ x 3″ Bench Stone, Extra Fine
  • Honing Compound; Gold
  • Leather Strop (6″ x 12”)
  • Sharper tools
  • Valuable knowledge

Tool List: Please bring the following:
      Somewhat Dull Chisels (no rust please)
      Somewhat Dull Plane Blades (no rust please)
      Rag (for wiping off chisels and stones (and yes, no rust please)


Building Wooden Toys
Restricted to Guild Members Only

Instructor(s): Dave Kraatz, Norm Carpenter, Guild Instructors
Class Level: Intermediate
Open Shop: Class held simultaneously with Open Shop
Day / Date / Time: Saturday, November 18, 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
 Maximum Class size:  12
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
Sign Up HERE

Description:  Join Dave Kraatz, Norm Carpenter and the Guild instructors as they take you through the process of building simple wooden toys. These toys are made from wood blocks which are shaped by progressive drilling and cutting to define the shape of the toy. The process is guided by several jigs to guide the work.

The students will make a set of three trucks and a five-car toy train.  Students will use the table saw, band saw, drill press, and router table to speed up the work. This is an excellent project to pick up some good information on using simple jigs and how to approach multiple toy production. 

All Material is provided for the course.

Tool List – 6” or 12″ adjustable square, Sanding block : (The Guild has some of these tools for use.)


Traditional Bandsaw Boxes
Restricted to Guild Members Only

Instructor: George Rexroad
Class Level: Basic

Day(s) / Date(s) / Time(s): Thursday, January 4, 6:30 – 8:30 – Friday, January 5, 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 after 7:00 p.m. August 23rd.

Description: This beginner+ will be taught in 2 sessions of 2 hours and four hours aand will focus on the gluing up of a block and the making of a conventional band saw box. The box will feature different material types to create a decorative box. This is a good course to become familiar with the band saw.

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*

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.

Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*

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.

Basic Woodworking – Guild Instructors*

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*

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 / 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

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 -Chuck Saunders – 2:00 – 4:00 p.m.
December 2nd Class – Intentional Non-90 Degree Joints – Andrew Carr – 2:oo – 4:00 p.m.

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

____________________________________________________________________________________________

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

____________________________________________________________________________________________

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

                                           ― Benjamin Franklin