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Forget the frigid temps, Omicron Covid, and winter blues.  A woodworking class might just be the ticket to get out of the house and create something!

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 $35 for each class ($25 for the 2-session Japanese Storage Box).

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, so sign up soon if you're interested!

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 2022 Class Schedule:

Japanese-style Storage Box

What you will do/learn : Commonly used as a carpenter's toolbox, this solid, simple box works for storing all kinds of stuff around your home... and looks way cooler than a plastic tub! Best of all, it's built from common, inexpensive lumber. The box features a clever sliding lid. During this two-session class, you'll make your own version and learn about fundamental woodworking skills from cutting simple joinery by hand or machine, and cutting parts to size accurately, and assembling parts with confidence.

  • Project plans, suggested tools and supplies will be sent out after registration.
  • Maximum number of participants: TBD
  • Skill level required: 
  • Cost: $25
  • Tools to bring :Please bring eye & ear protection
  • Date: 2 weeks: January 29 and February 5, 2022
  • Time: 9:00a to 11:00a
  • Location: Chuck Haas’ Shop : 175 S 9th St, West Des Moines, IA, unit #430 (Map)
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Build a Benchtop Workstation

What you will do/learn : Sometimes called a benchtop bench or a Moxon vise, this project raises your work surface to a more comfortable height. It features a small work area and a wide vise for securing a workpiece. During this three-session class, join Phil Huber as you make one for yourself. This project was featured in Woodsmith magazine.  

  • Students are expected to provide their own materials.
  • Project plans, suggested tools and supplies will be sent out after registration.
  • Maximum number of participants: TBD
  • Skill level required:
  • Cost: $35
  • Tools to bring : Please bring eye & ear protection
  • Date: 3 Weeks: February 26, March 5, and March 26, 2022
  • Time: 9:00a to 11:00a
  • Location: Chuck Haas’ Shop : 175 S 9th St, West Des Moines, IA, unit #430 (Map)
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Build a Sliding Door Wall Cabinet

What you will do/learn :Learn essential woodworking skills while making this clever storage cabinet. This class is ideal for someone new to woodworking, though more experienced woodworkers will enjoy the process as well. As shown, it's a handy cabinet for the shop, garage, or basement. Use nicer materials and change up the door panels and this works well in a bathroom, pantry, or almost anywhere. During this three-session class, you'll learn about making a sturdy case, building doors, and drawers. 

  • Students are expected to provide their own materials. 
  • Project plans, suggested tools and supplies will be sent out after registration.Maximum number of participants: TBD
  • Skill level required:
  • Cost: $35
  • Tools to bring : Please bring eye & ear protection
  • Date: 3 Weeks: April 16, April 23, and May 24, 2022
  • Time: 9:00a to 11:00a
  • Location: Chuck Haas’ Shop : 175 S 9th St, West Des Moines, IA, unit #430 (Map)
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