Fundamentals of Woodworking 2021

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Date(s) - 2021/08/22
10:00 am - 2:00 pm

U-Pick Hardwood Lumber


Are you new to woodworking? Wondering how to get started? What tools to buy and when? If you answered yes to these questions, the Saint Louis Woodworkers Guild can provide the answers.

Do to the large number of new members, we will be offering 2 class sessions this year to accommodate more people; one in the morning and one in the afternoon.  For the first class only, we will all meet at at U-Pick Hardwood Lumber in St Charles at 10 AM.  You can decide then if you want to attend the morning or afternoon session for subsequent classes.  There will not be a class in September due to a previous commitment, so the second class will be October 24.  Following October, each class will meet one Sunday per month (the 4th Sunday of the month) for ten to eleven total sessions.  Morning classes will meet from 9 AM until noon; afternoon classes will meet from 1 PM until 4 PM.  Subsequent classes, after the first class, will be at the SLWG Faust Park shop.

 The class will cover the essentials needed to start you on your woodworking journey. For example in lesson one you will learn about wood, its properties, how to select it and how to buy it. Each following lesson will build on the previous class throughout the course.  Succeeding lessons will introduce you to hand tools and their proper use, woodworking machinery, and the safe use of both stationary and portable power tools. How to plan a project and purchase the materials required, through the finishing process will be covered. Joinery techniques from mortise and tenons to hand cut dovetails will be taught.

Throughout the course, short lessons will be followed by practical hands on exercises that will build your skills and provide the knowledge required to become an accomplished and safe woodworker. The course will wrap up with the construction of two projects which will challenge you and put your new knowledge into play.

Some “homework” will be required between sessions. While not required, it is highly recommended that class members attend the Guild’s Safety Class so that they may utilize the Faust Park shop between classes.

The class size will be limited so don’t put off signing up! You must pay for the class when you register.  The total fee is a onetime charge of $300. The cost of materials is extra and you should plan on acquiring some basic hand tools along the way.  The class will provide recommendations for hand tools.

The first class is scheduled for Sunday August 22 and will continue on the fourth  Sunday of each month for the duration of the class.

For questions contact Wayne Watson at or 314-541-3047

The first class will be at U-Pick Hardwood Lumber in St Charles off of Highway 94 at 80 Triad South Drive.  (The map above shows the U-Pick location.)  Subsequent classes will be at the SLWG shop in Faust Park.  (Directions available here.  If you get lost, call Wayne Watson at 314-541-3047.)


This event is fully booked.