A united group of hobbyists and professionals

sharring a common passion for woodworking.

A united group of hobbyists and professionals
sharring a common passion for woodworking.

Monthly Programs

Each month the guild conducts a general program that is informative, educational and enjoyable for our members. Topics cover a range of woodworking techniques.

Programs are held on the 2nd Thursday of every month starting at 7:00 pm unless otherwise specified.  Social time starts about 6:30, a time to meet your fellow woodworkers and trade tips and stories.  A new member orientation session usually occurs off to the side about 6:45 pm.  The Board of Directors meets at 5:30 pm before the program. Anyone is welcome to attend.

We are always on the lookout for suggestions of topics or improvements we can make to these monthly programs.  If you have input please contact the program coordinator or any Board member.

Select Program Index for a list of monthly programs.

Upcoming events

    • 09 Oct 2014
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop, 7634 SW 34th Avenue, Portland
    Alexander Anderson, will be discussing the use and care of chisels, from sharpening for the intended use of the chisel to the methods of directing the edge into the wood. Chisels are very versatile tools, but control is key. With demonstrations of holding techniques and the use of the hammer to drive the chisel, Alexander will help shed light on how to get more out your chisels and how to keep them sharp as you work. 

      Alexander will also be showing the body dynamics of strong and controlled plane strokes. The even stroke that draws the plane through the wood and leaves a flat surface. He will talk about introducing camber in the sharpening process and the use of the " ruler trick" to help with getting that sweet edge you've been looking for.  With real time sharpening demonstrations of sharpening plane irons and chisels as you work, you will see the difference between sharpening an edge initially, running up through all the grits, and the honing process that gets you back to work quickly and easily.

    Jeff Zens will talk about the sometimes-confusing but always-useful hand saw. These wonderful tools come in a lot of sizes and shapes, but can easily be divided into two main categories: cross-cut and rip, based on the shape of the sawteeth. He will provide examples of several saw designs in both western and Japanese styles, and discuss their usefulness in different cutting operations. Finally, he’ll talk about the techniques and equipment needed to keep these great cutting tools sharp.
    Social time begins at 6:30. The meeting and program begins at 7:00. .

    There is no parking at the Guild shop. Park on the adjacent streets or in the Multnomah Art Center parking lot.

    • 13 Nov 2014
    • Rob Lewis and Gary Martin's shop at 8020 SW 35th Ave, Portland 97219,
    We will have a short presentation by Rob Lewis and Gary Martin showing the shop and explaining our mission at the 
    Village Industrial Arts Studio

    They will then have a pattern making class showing a wide spectrum of work from reproduction machine parts to ornamental patterns to steam engine patterns being constructed as well as industrial patterns being produced by Martin Model and Pattern.
    • 11 Dec 2014
    • TBD

    Details comiing soon.

    • 08 Jan 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Golden West: 5505 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd. Portland, OR 97206

    Golden West Billiards, MFG. is a family owned and operated company which started manufacturing in the late 1960's.  Their products are sold worldwide, and the main reason for their success is quality and control of their products.

    They are the ONLY pool table manufacturer that does all our own designing in-house. They have been the industry leader in product design, with many patents granted them over the years. They are the ONLY pool table manufacturer that does all laminating, wood turning and carving in-house.

     They are extremely proud of their detailed work and state-of-the-art finishing department and all of this will be seen on a tour of their facilities on January 8, 2015.  You will also get a chance to play some pool on one of their fantastic pool tables.

    5505 S.E. Johnson Creek Blvd. Portland, OR 97206


    • 12 Feb 2015
    • Northwest Woodworking Studio

    Details in process

    • 12 Mar 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    At a guitar building workshop in 2010, an experienced luthier told Kieran that building guitars was like "woodworking for machinists" -- dimensions, measurements, alignment, and other factors must be very accurate and precise in order for an instrument to both be comfortable and playable, but also for it to function properly. Mistakes in cutting frets in a fingerboard, for example, can lead to cascading errors that can render an instrument impossible to properly tune. At the same time, the wide array of options available to the aspiring luthier, from different woods for the body, neck, and fingerboard, to the huge selection of available hardware and electronics, make building guitars an inspiring and fun (albeit addictive) process. Even for amateur players, few things are as satisfying as the first time playing a guitar you built yourself!

    Kieran has been building electric guitars since 2009, starting with established body and neck designs, and moving into his own custom designs and configurations. In this presentation, he will share his background and how he got started with guitar building, then describe his process of building an instrument, from wood selections to final set-up. Along the way, he will also discuss the many jigs and tools -- both commercially available and self-built -- he uses in his process, and the different approaches taken by other builders. Trials, errors, and other mishaps along the way will also be discussed, along with recommended books and other educational resources for those interested in making their own electric guitars.

    • 09 Apr 2015
    • Guild Shop

    Publisher and Contributing editor.

    • 25 Jul 2015
    • TBD
    Details in process

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