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Spring 2024 Skill Building Classes:

Punxsutawney Phil says winter will be done early, but the cold is still hanging around. Why not take the opportunity to hone your woodworking skills?

We've got some new classes and some we’ve offered before for those of you who might have missed them. We’re also offering some classes during the week for those who cannot meet for our Saturday classes.

  • Phil Huber, who is also the host of the TV Show, WoodSmith Shop
  • Logan Wittmer, Editor in Chief of Popular Woodworking, and
  • Craig Ruegsegger, former Deputy Editor of WOOD Magazine.

This is a great opportunity to get some first class woodworking training from expert professionals right here in Des Moines.

Classes are designed for beginners as well as intermediate woodworkers and cover a range of topics.

Class tuition and locations vary by class this session, so be sure to check those details below.

A list of required materials will be determined by the instructor and may vary widely depending on students’ choice of wood.

For insurance purposes, you must be a current member of the Des Moines Woodworkers Association to sign up for classes. Not a member? You can sign up for membership and for classes at the same time! You can find instructions for joining the DMWA under Join Club in the Club menu.

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. Our first class starts on March 2nd and spots are limited, so sign up soon if you're interested!

If you have any questions, contact Tom Brumback ( ​education@dmwoodworkers.org  or 515-664-8732).

For specific class questions, contact the instructor directly at the email address provided with each class below.

Classes will be held at either Chuck Haas' Shop located at 175 S 9th, West Des Moines, unit #430 or Logan Wittmer’s shop at 4010 SE 76th Street, Runnells, IA 50237. Class times and dates are listed in each class. A list of required materials will be determined by the instructor and may vary widely depending on students’ choice of wood

Spring 2024 Classes:

02
Mar
2024

Class: Round Side Table (first of 4 weeks)

03-02-2024 9:00 am -11:00 am
$120
Round side table

A small table like this is the perfect sidekick for a chair or sofa. Featuring bold shapes and simple details, you can build one (or more) of these tables in a short time. During the course, you'll learn to cut mortise & tenon joinery, simple dovetails, and half lap joints. The round top is formed with a simple band saw jig.

Students will need to supply their own materials and hardware. A set of plans and tool list will be provided after you sign up.

This class meets for 4 weeks, 2 hours each morning :

  • Saturday, March 2 from 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, March 9 from 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, March 16 from 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, March 23 from 9:00 - 11:00am

INSTRUCTOR: Phil Huber
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner / Intermediate

13
Mar
2024

Class: Splay-Leg Shaker Side Table (first of 2 weeks)

03-13-2024 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
$60
A Splay-Leg Shaker Side Table

In this class, we’ll be building a splay-leg shaker side table. This table, while of basic design, offers great woodworking and the ability to combine power tools and hand tools. In the class we’ll focus on prepping parts by hand (time permitting), Mortise and Tenon, and drawbore joinery.

This class meets for 2 weeks, 2 hours each evening :

  • Wednesday, March 13 from 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, March 20 from 6:30 - 8:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Logan Wittmer
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner / Intermediate

 

23
Mar
2024

Class: Kumiko Panels (first of 2 weeks)

03-23-2024 9:00 am -12:00 pm
$90
Kumiko Panel

The art of Kumiko is a great way to make a panel the focal point of a project. In this class you will learn the types of wood to use for Kumiko, the jigs necessary for trimming the parts to size, how to mill accurate Kumiko strips. You will also learn how to cut and size parts to make an Asa-no-ha panel.

This class meets for 2 weeks, 3 hours each morning :

  • Saturday, March 23 from 9:00am-Noon
  • Saturday, March 30 from 9:00am-Noon

INSTRUCTOR: Logan Wittmer
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

30
Mar
2024

Class: Craftsman-style Book Rack (first of 3 weeks)

03-30-2024 9:00 am -11:00 am
$90
Craftsman-style Book Rack

Create an eye-catching book organizer. In this class, you'll learn how to make Craftsman details, shape smooth curves, and master solid joinery techniques. With just a small amount of material, this is one project that will get your skills sharp.

Students will need to supply their own materials and hardware. A set of plans and tool list will be provided after you sign up.

This class meets for 3 weeks, 2 hours each morning:

  • Saturday, March 30 from 9:00-11:00 am
  • Saturday, April 13 from 9:00-11:00 am
  • Saturday, April 20 from 9:00-11:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Phil Huber
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner / Intermediate

06
Apr
2024

Class: Learn to use a Table Saw

04-06-2024 9:00 am -11:00 am
$30
Learn to use a table saw like this one

The table saw simplifies ripping, crosscutting, cutting bevels, and more, but it demands respect. See how to set up any table saw for peak performance, then learn how to safely rip a board down its length, use the miter gauge to crosscut to length and make angled cuts, and how basic jigs make operations easier, more accurate, and safer.

This class meets for one week, for 3 hours:

  • Saturday, April 6 from 9:00-11:00 am

INSTRUCTOR: Craig Ruegsegger
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

17
Apr
2024

Class: Building a Simple Doweled Cabinet (first of 2 weeks)

04-17-2024 6:30 pm -8:30 pm
$60
a simple dowell cabinet

Basic construction makes this easy to assemble. Learn how to create accurate dowel joints, set mortised hinges and routing dadoes.

This class meets for 2 weeks with a week off between, 2 hours each evening :

  • Wednesday, April 17 from 6:30 - 8:30pm
  • Wednesday, May 1 from 6:30 - 8:30pm

INSTRUCTOR: Logan Wittmer
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

25
Apr
2024

Class: Router Operation (handheld and router table)

04-25-2024 6:00 pm -8:00 pm
$30
A handheld router

Oh, the things a router can do! Master the basics of using a handheld and table-mounted router, even if you've never used one before. Learn about the types of routers, so you can buy the best one (or more!) for you, and then discover how to operate it safely to make edge profiles, joinery, and more.

Bring your router for hands-on instruction.

2023 fall class Router1

This class meets for one week, for 2 hours :

  • Thursday, April 25 from 6:00 - 8:00 pm

INSTRUCTOR: Craig Ruegsegger
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner

27
Apr
2024

Class: Router Finger Joint Jig (first of 3 weeks)

04-27-2024 9:00 am -11:00 am
$90
A handheld router

This is one of the easiest and best router jigs available. Whether you're making cases, boxes, or drawers, you can get snug-fitting joints with no fussing. Interchangeable keys allow you to create variable spaced joints. In this class, you'll learn how to build your own jig and how to use it.

Students will need to supply their own materials and hardware. A set of plans and tool list will be provided after you sign up.

This class meets for 3 sessions with some weeks off, 2 hours each morning :

  • Saturday, April 27 from 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, May 4 from 9:00 - 11:00am
  • Saturday, May 25 from 9:00 - 11:00am

INSTRUCTOR: Phil Huber
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SKILL LEVEL: Beginner / Intermediate