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

    • 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.

    • 14 May 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Lloyd Johnson, Presentation on SketchUp 2015


    • 11 Jun 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • 4037 N. Montana Ave. Portland, OR 97227

    4037 N. Montana Ave. Portland, OR 97227

    Shop Tour - Alexander Anderson Shop


    • 09 Jul 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Ariel will show you how by using this tool, you can accomplish all the joinery needed for a table in a very short time. Not a trick! All the joinery will be stout and tight mortise & tenons. All done with the same.


    • 15 Aug 2015
    • A beautiful picnic grounds somewhere (in the works)
    Details to be determined closer to the event.  This is a reminder.  As if February board meeting the picnic will include a 2x4 contest and the Intra-Guild show.


    • 10 Sep 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop

    Details being determined.

    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions

    Contact Jim Madaras

     
    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions

    Contact Jim Madaras

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    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions

    Contact Jim Madaras

     
    • 08 Oct 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Got scrap?  Wish you had a higher use for your off-cuts than the wood-stove, bonfire, or scrap bin?  How about high art?  Or perhaps you'd rather use premium woods purchased just to make fine wooden sculptures.  Charlie Haughey moved from a career as a  master cabinet maker and outfitter of corporate executive jets in Battle Creek, Michigan to Oregon where he enjoys family and making art that pleases himself and excites us.  One of his sculptural spheres now graces Portland City Hall.  Learn how he does it and how you might activate your artistic side, or just be up to the challenge of joining odd shapes of wood into whatever shapes you desire.  See Charlie's art at squarepegsroundholes.com


    • 12 Nov 2015
    • 7:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    Event being developed, we welcome your suggestions


    Contact Jim Madaras


    • 10 Dec 2015
    • 6:30 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Mt Tabor Presbyterian Church

    Guild Holiday Party   December  10th  6:30 – 9:00 pm


    An evening to relax and enjoy good foods and gifts!


    The Guild will supply Beverages, a few snacks and several main dishes.  Please bring a pot luck dish or dessert with serving utensils to enhance our choices.


    There will be a Secret Santa Gift Exchange.  The strong preference is a handmade gift but otherwise please keep a $20-$25 limit on purchases.  If you bring a gift, you will take one home.


    Tabor Space @ Mt. Tabor Presbyterian Church

    5441 SE Belmont 97215

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


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