Classes

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    David Kraatz, Training Director

    All classes require Guild Membership.

  • Hands-on classes requires sawdust-maker or better membership.
  • Members with a Woodworker Plus or better membership get a 20% discount.
  • Green Tag is required for use of woodworking machines. (See Use of Shop Equipment on the Safety Page.)
  • The Woodworkers’ Guild utilizes the Sign-up Genius program to keep track of participants in classes and other events.  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.  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.

Classes By Appointment

Rough to Ready with Erwin Kurtz

For Guild Members with zero experience or more. This class is an introduction to machine
woodworking by actually using the machines to build a small box during the class. Erwin will start you with a rough piece of wood and take your through each woodworking machine as you get the wood “ready” and then build your own box to take home.

This class is a “must do” for any beginning woodworker. The class is taught by appointment. Maximum class size is two persons (maybe three). Allow four hours of shop time. Cost is $35. If you are a Woodworker Plus member, cost is $28. If you would like to take the class, send Erwin an email using the form below.

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Scheduled Classes (Listed by Date)

 

Introduction to SketchUp – with  Jerry Stanley
** CLASS FILLED **

Dates/Time: Successive Thursdays, October 1, 8, and 15 / 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Class size: 15
Fee: Free
Location: Guild Library
Sign-Up HERE

Description: This is a 3-session introduction to the use of Sketchup a computer aided 3D design and drawing program. This is a widely used computer application useful to woodworkers for preparation of drawings and documentation of projects including architectural details of associated cabinetry and room details.

Jerry will cover the preparation of your system, loading of the software, basic settings and navigation of the screen functions of the product. Jerry uses a ‘learn by drawing’ approach and will quickly have your drawing using the SketchUp library of tools.

Note: Each student is expected to bring their own computer for the class.

Green Tag: Not Required


Building Wooden Toys – Dave Kraatz
** CLASS FILLED **

Date/Time: Saturday October 17 / 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class size: 12
Fee: $25.00 material fee (WW+ $20)
Location: KCWG Shop
Sign-Up HERE

Description: This is an introduction to building simple wooden toys. Each student will complete three truck designs and a five car wooden train. The materials will be supplied as pre-cut wooden blocks, wheels and axles and small parts like smoke stacks. The students will learn to use special jigs and stop blocks to cut and shape the toys.

Green Tag required


Advanced SketchUp – with Chris Gorney – Chris is the Lead Designer at Second Life Studios here in Kansas City. Second Life Studios does everything from commercial fixture design and construction to creating one-off pieces made from repurposed/reclaimed timbers and lumber. This group has done some very high visibility work around the KC metro area and Chris used SketchUp daily in his design work.

Dates/Time: Successive Thursdays, October 22 and 29, November 5 and 12 / 7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
Class Size: 15
Location: Guild Library
Fee: $50 (WW+: $40) – 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.
Green Tag: Not Required
SignUp HERE

Description: Progression from Basics to Advanced functions and whole project use of the product.

Note: Each student is expected to bring their own computer for the class.


Introduction to Scroll Saw – with Bill Evans

Date/Time: Saturday, October 24 / 9 AM – 4 PM
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
Green Tag Required
Sign-Up HERE

This class is a basic introduction 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.


Introduction to Scroll Saw – with Bill Evans

Date/Time: Saturday, November 21 / 9 AM – 4 PM
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
Green Tag Required
Sign-Up HERE

This class is a basic introduction 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.


Building Wooden Toys (Second Class) – Dave Kraatz

Date/Time: Saturday November 21 / 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM
Class size: 12
Fee: $25.00 material fee (WW+ $20)  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; 3189 Mercier St; Kansas City, MO 64111.
Location: KCWG Shop
Sign-UHERE

Description: This is an introduction to building simple wooden toys. Each student will complete three truck designs and a five car wooden train. The materials will be supplied as pre-cut wooden blocks, wheels and axles and small parts like smoke stacks. The students will learn to use special jigs and stop blocks to cut and shape the toys.

Green Tag required


Intro to Basic Woodworking – Roland Mohler, David Kraatz, Erwin Kurtz, Ron Lomax
** CLASS FILLED **

Date/Time: September 17 – December 24 (Thursdays, except Thanksgiving); 6:30 – 9:30 p.m.
Class size: 12
Fee: $250 ($200 WoodworkersPlus)
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 13 three-hour sessions beginning with a complete shop orientation and progressing through the planning and building of three projects.

Because it provides a complete shop safety orientation it completes the Green Tag process and extends regular Open Shop privileges to each participant.  Students must complete the Guild safety test before the first course meeting. (Contact membership Director George Rexroad 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.

The course will be schedules twice annually, for a maximum of 12 students each time, and will cost $250. ($200 for Woodworker Plus members).

Session Overviews

Session 1: Safety Orientation and Green Card process [9/17/15]
Session 2: Building a wood-laminated cutting board (Instruction) [10/1/15]
Session 3: Cutting board guided shop time (Hands-On) [10/8/15]
Session 4: Cutting board guided shop time (Hands-On) [10/15/15]
Session 5: Building a presentation box (Instruction) [10/22/15]
Session 6: Box building guided shop time (Hands-On) [10/29/15]
Session 7: Box building guided shop time (Hands-On)[ 11/5/15]
Session 8: Measuring, Marking, project layout, hand tool overview [11/12/15]
Session 9: Building a small table or plant stand (Instruction) [11/19/15]
Session 10: Plant stand guided shop time (Hands-On) [12/3/15]
Session 11: Plant stand guided shop time (Hands-On) [12/10/15]
Session 12: Plant stand guided shop time (Hands-On) [12/17/15]
Session 13: Wood finishing processes. Tips, techniques [12/24/19]


Gilding & Chemical Patination Hands-On Class – Taught by David J. Marks
** CLASS FILLED **
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Dates/Time: September 28 – 29; 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Class Limit: 10
Fees – Regular $325 / WoodworkersPlus $260Location: KC Woodworkers Guild Shop
Sign Up HERE

This our chance to present an expert level class in Kansas City teaching these techniques.

David Marks is a nationally known craftsman and has won many awards for his techniques.

The processes that you will learn can be applied to any surface that will accept paint. These include wood, metal, paper, ceramics, glass, even plastics. So no matter if you are a jeweler, ceramicist, sculptor, blacksmith, woodworker or wood turner, you will take home some very creative and innovative techniques to enhance your work and increase your marketability.

This is a hands-on class where all students will receive sample boards that they will gild with copper, silver, and composition gold metal leaf.

On the first day students will work with the traditional oil size method of gilding. Students will also explore creative gilding techniques, such as the Japanese Notan method, of balancing positive and negative spaces.

On the second day, David will introduce students to the process of chemical patination. David will demonstrate various cold patina processes that students will learn working safely with mild acids.

These techniques are very comprehensive and not just limited to woodworkers.

Green Tag is not required.


Intro to Basic Woodworking – Roland Mohler, David Kraatz, Erwin Kurtz, Ron Lomax

Date/Time: February 4 – April 28 (Thursdays); 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Class size: 12
Fee: $250 ($200 WoodworkersPlus)
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 13 three-hour sessions beginning with a complete shop orientation and progressing through the planning and building of three projects.

Because it provides a complete shop safety orientation it completes the Green Tag process and extends regular Open Shop privileges to each participant.  Students must complete the Guild safety test before the first course meeting. (Contact membership Director George Rexroad 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.

The course will be schedules twice annually, for a maximum of 12 students each time, and will cost $250. ($200 for Woodworker Plus members).

Session Overviews

Session 1: Safety Orientation and Green Card process [2/4/16]
Session 2: Building a wood-laminated cutting board (Instruction) [2/11/16]
Session 3: Cutting board guided shop time (Hands-On) [2/18/16]
Session 4: Cutting board guided shop time (Hands-On) [2/25/16]
Session 5: Building a presentation box (Instruction) [3/3/16]
Session 6: Box building guided shop time (Hands-On) [3/10/16]
Session 7: Box building guided shop time (Hands-On)[ 3/17/16]
Session 8: Measuring, Marking, project layout, hand tool overview [3/24/16]
Session 9: Building a small table or plant stand (Instruction) [3/31/16]
Session 10: Plant stand guided shop time (Hands-On) [4/7/16]
Session 11: Plant stand guided shop time (Hands-On) [4/14/16]
Session 12: Plant stand guided shop time (Hands-On) [4/21/16]
Session 13: Wood finishing processes. Tips, techniques [4/28/16]