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Our club is offering some exciting woodworking classes this spring! If you have cabin fever from the COVID pandemic, this might be an opportunity to get out of the house.

Our classes will be small with only a few folks, and everyone will be required to wear a mask so your COVID exposure will be minimal.

Don't miss out on this excellent opportunity to learn from Master Woodworker, Phil Huber, who is also the host of the TV Show, WoodSmith Shop. This is a great opportunity to get some quality woodworking training from an expert right here in Des Moines.

Classes are generally for beginner (some intermediate) woodworkers and cover a range of topics. You can sign up for as many classes as you want at $25 to $35 per class, or sign up for all 4 classes for a discounted price of $90.

To sign up, simply visit our Online Payment page (opens in a new window) to register and pay. Be sure to fill in the Reason with the name of the class or classes you are signing up for. Classes are starting soon and spots are limited. If you have any questions, contact Tom Brumback ( ​This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 515-664-8732. For specific class questions, contact Phil directly at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

About Phil:

Phil Huber is the host of the Woodsmith Shop TV show and the multimedia editor for Woodsmith magazine. He's been woodworking for nearly 30 years. He enjoys building for friends and family including wall cabinets, tables, boxes, carved bowls and spoons. He works in a small shop at the back of his garage and loves to put old tools back into use.

Spring 2021 Class Schedule:

Hand Saw Essentials

What you will do/learn : This two-hour intensive class will help you use a hand saw with confidence and consistency. We’ll work with small saws used for joinery (both western back saws & Japanese-style pull saws) as well as exploring the techniques for using full size saws.

  • Maximum number of participants: TBD
  • Skill level required: Beginner
  • Cost: $25
  • Tools to bring : Bring your own saw if you have one
  • Date: March 27, 2021
  • Time: 9:00a to 11:00a
  • Location: Chuck Haas’ Shop : 175 S 9th St, West Des Moines, IA, unit #430 (Map)

 

Band Saw Workshop

What you will do/learn : A band saw offers a range of capabilities that is unmatched by other cutting tools. During this one-session class, you will get hands-on experience with all that’s possible. Let’s explore essential cuts, joinery, easy-to-use jigs and safe operation.

  • Maximum number of participants: TBD
  • Skill level required: Beginner
  • Cost: $25
  • Tools to bring : Please bring eye & ear protection
  • Date: April 10, 2021
  • Time: 9:00a to 11:00a
  • Location: Chuck Haas’ Shop : 175 S 9th St, West Des Moines, IA, unit #430 (Map)

 

Let's Build a Box

What you will do/learn : Building a small box provides important lessons in woodworking that can be applied to other projects. In this two-session class, we’ll build a box with finger joints cut with one of two fun router jigs. Session one will focus on creating the corner joints and using the jigs. Session two will cover design details and assembly. 

  • Maximum number of participants: TBD
  • Skill level required: Beginner
  • Cost: $25
  • Tools to bring : Please bring eye & ear protection as we will use power tools.
  • Date: April 17 and April 24, 2021
  • Time: 9:00a to 11:00a
  • Location: Chuck Haas’ Shop : 175 S 9th St, West Des Moines, IA, unit #430 (Map)

 

Make Your Own Hand Plane

What you will do/learn : Hand planes are fun to use — and fun to make. During this three-part class, you will build and start using your own wood-bodied hand plane. Along the way, we’ll explore hand plane styles and uses as well as fundamental power tool operations. The planes are made with a laminated construction. You will need to supply a blade and suitable block of wood for the plane body.

  • Maximum number of participants: TBD
  • Skill level required: Intermediate
  • Cost: $35
  • Tools to bring : Please bring eye & ear protection as we will use power tools.
  • Date: May 8, May 15, and May 22, 2021
  • Time: 9:00a to 11:00a
  • Location: Chuck Haas’ Shop : 175 S 9th St, West Des Moines, IA, unit #430 (Map)