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

    • 11 Dec 2014
    • Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church
    It's that time of the year again when we all get together for the holidays.  This year we will be having the Guild Holiday gathering on Thursday, December 11th.  We will be gathering at Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church, same place as last year.  The event will start at 6:00 pm with dinner starting at 6:45 pm.  Dinner will include some items purchased by the Guild like beverages, a ham and a few snacks that Jenny will be bringing.  Please bring your favorite dish for all to enjoy along with serving utensils.  Also bring your spouse or partner, we are looking forward to meeting others in your family.
    In addition, please bring a woodworking item that you have made to participate in a gift exchange.  Be sure to gift wrap it.  The strong preference is a handmade gift but otherwise please keep a $25 limit on the purchase.  If you bring a gift you will take one home.

    This is a great chance to spend some time with other woodworkers and their partners, and get to know them a little better.

    Whether you are new to the Guild or have been around for a while you need to attend this event to enjoy food and friendship.  You don't need to bring a gift (or any food for that matter).  Just show up for a good time with fellow Guild members.  Looking forward to seeing you all there.

    Please try and park in the church parking lot on the corner of 54th and Belmont.  The entrance doors are across the street and straight down the sidewalk to the left of the playground area.

    We do need volunteers to help us with this event, so sign up on line to help.  Sign up under Opportunities or the link on the website home page for Volunteers.

    If you have any questions, please contact me at james@madaras.us or call 503-754-5622
    • 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 to be determined closer to the event.  This is just a reminder.

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