Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Guild members help with woodworking projects

Need a woodworker for a project? Contact the Guild.

A number of Guild members take on projects, typically furniture based, not home building.  When you have a need, your request is sent to a select mail list of active Guild members interested in jobs.  Around 300 people are on this list. Don’t worry, you will not be inundated with replies.  Typically each job garners two to four people interested in your type of project.  Geographic location also reduces the size of the replies.

All of these people are talented woodworkers.  Even our ‘beginners’ as they call themselves, express amazing talent.  Some of the members are professional people who do woodworking for a living.  Some are hobbyists.

We have been forwarding job requests to members since before 2010 and have had no complaints.  Sadly for the administrator, few customers provide any feedback, so we suppose that no news is good news.  Those that do have glowing praise for the quality, price and courtesy of our members.

Examples of projects performed include:

  • ·         Refinishing a dining room table
  • ·         Repairing scratches and dents from moving
  • ·         Repairing a couple of old dining chairs that have loosened
  • ·         Replicating a missing drawer in a dresser bought at a garage sale
  • ·         Building new kitchen cabinet doors
  • ·         Building a rack to hang scarves.
  • ·         Countless small specialty items produced to support someone’s business

What you need to do:

  1. Description: Provide a brief description of the task.  A few sentences usually do it.  We don’t need to know the history of the owner or all the rationale for the project.  Just tell us what you’d like done.
  2. Photo: Include at MOST one or two photos if it helps.  Photos are quite often unnecessary.  Publishing limitations do not like huge picture sizes typically taken with an Iphone; reduce them If you can.  Noe that the projects coordinator gets annoyed with five pictures of a dent in a piece of furniture taken from different angles. 
  3. Simple: Keep the initial  contact simple.  Allow a member to decide to contact you at which time you can go into additional detail.
  4. Location: Plase include your geographic location (SE Portland, Forest Grove, etc)
  5. Contact: Include a contact phone number as well as your email address.  The email can be extracted from your request but it makes extra work for the coordinator.
  6. Referral: We’re pleased if you tell us how you found out about us.  A number of woodworking stores in the area support the Guild in many ways and refer customers.j
  7. On Completion: It helps tremendously to know we are succeeding if you write back to the Email Coordinator with any feedback you care to share.

Mail your request to the Email Coordinator

Your request will be posted to the Odd Jobs mailing list.  You will work directly with the woodworkers, arrange your own fees, payment, pickup, delivery and timelines.  The Guild’s role is only to communicate the need to those members who do this kind of work.  The Guild is not responsible for the project other than offering contact.

Woodworkers on this list are active members of the Guild.  If they drop out of the Guild, they are automatically filtered off the mailing list.

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