Guild of Oregon Woodworkers

7634 SW 34th Avenue Portland, OR 97219

Special Interest Groups

Upcoming events

    • 11 Jan 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop

    Classical Carving & Furniture Embellishment

    This free monthly program will start at 7:00 PM with social time at 6:30.  No need to register, but please do, so we can be better prepared.  Open to beginners and experienced alike. 

    Chuck Rinehart has 60 years of woodworking experience and a few decades of that has been carving, but focused on embellishing furniture projects.  Classical carving is old-school, with origins in Europe.  There are a several possible variations.  Chuck spent three months in residence learning from one of the top classical carvers in the world, and has been practicing and teaching in Rochester NY before moving to Portland in May 2017.  

    If you are interested in taking your projects to another level of refinement, this is a good program to attend.  We hope to have one or two other Guild members also describe their work and experience with carving on furniture.

    Following this program and based on interest, we will schedule Chuck to bring his carving class to us.

    For questions, contact Larry Wade,, 503-312-7745.


    • 24 Jan 2018
    • 6:30 PM
    • Guild Shop

     I think you will enjoy improving your hand tool skills in this session.

    Topic: Mortise and Tenon Joint with hand tools, a hands-on learning opportunity

    Please read the following blog post before coming to the SIG meeting. It will help you to understand what tools to bring and what we will be learning and doing:
    Reference: "Efficiency in Marking" a blog entry by Richard Maguire

    A helpful video on Making a mortise and tenon joint by Paul Sellers can be found at:
    The Paul Sellers Mortise & Tenon Technique

    Bring your marking and layout tools, a mortise chisel, bench chisels, back saws, and some easy to work wood (like clear pine, poplar, soft maple, or cherry) to create a mortise and tenon joint. Bring enough to create the layout jig that Richard Maguire discusses in his blog post. To speed up the learning process, please size your lumber for the joint prior to the meeting. Sizing can be as simple as cutting one sized board into 2 pieces so that they can be joined into a "T" with the mortise and tenon.

    We will all be making a mortise and tenon joint with only hand tools. For beginners, you can make a single tenon joint without a haunch. More experienced folks can create the haunched, multiple tenon joint that is usually used on table skirts and legs. We will all be making a jig to assist in the layout and cutting of the mortise and tenon.

    I hope you can go home knowing how to layout and chop a mortise and cut a tenon to fit. Hopefully you will see that using hand tools to do this can be a very efficient way to work.

    • 08 Feb 2018
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Guild Shop

    Shooting Boards

    The monthly program will start at 7:00 PM with social time at 6:30.  No need to register, but please do, so we can be better prepared.  Open to beginners and experienced alike. 

    A shooting board is one of the most fundamental hand tool accessories we can have, yet they are frequently not built, sometimes out of ignorance, sometimes because there are competing design philosophies and sometimes because knowing which plane to use is not clear.

    Three experienced members (including Ray Curtis and Ken Hall) will bring their knowledge and wisdom to a presentation and demonstration.  If you come between 6:30 and 7:00 you will be able to try out the shop's shooting boards and planes.

    For questions in the meantime, contact Larry Wade,, 503-312-7745.


    • 08 Mar 2018
    • 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Guild Shop
    • 15

    Beginner SIG - Hands-on Lab

    Registration is required, a White Card is not required

    The Basics Series was designed as a lecture-only program, and a common request is to have some hands-on opportunities.  This session provides an opportunity to close the hands-on gap.

    There is a size limit for this lab, whereas for normal Beginner SIG meetings there is no limit and only optional registration.  A small $10 fee is being charged to discourage non-serious sign-ups.

    This is not a class.  It is an open lab, but focused on the bench room and hand tools.  Several experienced mentors will be available to lead small groups or individuals through some exercises and discussions.  A shop attendant will be available to do some limited work on power tools on our behalf, but as an exception.  

    Several focus projects are contemplated (materials will be available), but send an email to if you have other specific desires.  Example possibilities are:

    - practice making a dovetail joint by hand
    - build a bench hook, push stick, sanding board or sanding blocks
    - explore the shops sharpening equipment
    - practice sharpening a chisel or plane blade, yours or one of the shop's
    - build a miter box, using a technique by Doug Stowe (to fit your own saw)
    - start a collection of sample wood species
    - practice chopping a mortise and making a corresponding tenon, by hand
    - make a pair of chop sticks using a chop stick maker with a small plane
    - bring a project of your own

    The shop will be open for the three hour block, but you can come and go as you want.  

    In order to plan, you not only have to register but you have to send an email to to choose one or more projects of interest so materials can be planned.

    This is your time to make some progress in skill building.  Break the ice and get started working on something you've been procrastinating on.


Past events

13 Nov 2017 CNC Strategy - SIG
09 Nov 2017 Beginner SIG - Hands-on Bench Room Lab
12 Oct 2017 Beginner SIG - Japanese Shaped Box Start to Finish
24 Sep 2017 Guild Hand Tool SIG: How to Flatten a Board on 4 Sides Using Hand Tools
14 Sep 2017 Beginner SIG - Green Wood Stool Start to Finish
10 Aug 2017 Hand Tool SIG August Meeting
13 Jul 2017 Hand Tool SIG July
13 Jul 2017 Stools Project - Beginner SIG
08 Jun 2017 Hand Tool SIG June
11 May 2017 Beginner SIG - Woodturning 101
11 May 2017 Stools Project - Beginner SIG
13 Apr 2017 Beginner SIG - Outdoor Furniture and Structures
09 Mar 2017 Beginner SIG - Carving Overview
09 Feb 2017 Beginner SIG - Japanese Woodworking
16 Nov 2016 Beginner SIG - Dovetails by Router
19 Oct 2016 Beginners SIG-Using Common Handplanes
21 Sep 2016 Beginners SIG-Cutting Dovetails by Hand
18 May 2016 Beginners SIG-Logs to Lumber
20 Apr 2016 Beginners SIG-Tables 101 with Ariel
02 Apr 2016 Sharpening for Beginners 16-4
31 Mar 2016 Sharpening for Beginners 16-3
16 Mar 2016 Beginners SIG-Lungs 101
12 Mar 2016 Sharpening for Beginners 16-2
11 Mar 2016 Sharpening for Beginners 16-1
17 Feb 2016 Beginners SIG-Workholding 101
20 Jan 2016 Beginners SIG-Workbenches
05 Dec 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-14
19 Nov 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-13
18 Nov 2015 Beginners SIG-Chest of Drawers
04 Nov 2015 Gift Making Workshop - for beginners 15-1
21 Oct 2015 Beginners SIG-Chair Making
17 Sep 2015 Sep: Emerging Professional SIG
12 Sep 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-12
10 Sep 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-11
09 Sep 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-10
22 Aug 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-9
19 Aug 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-8
19 Aug 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-7
03 Jun 2015 Product Build: Bird House Kits
20 May 2015 New to Woodworking SIG
02 May 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-3
15 Apr 2015 Apr: New to Woodworking SIG
07 Apr 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-2
06 Apr 2015 Sharpening for Beginners 15-1
18 Mar 2015 Mar: New to Woodworking SIG
18 Feb 2015 Beginners, New to Woodworking
21 Jan 2015 Jan: CNC Router
13 Jan 2015 Portland CNC Users group
19 Nov 2014 Beginners SIG: Fix Mistakes
11 Nov 2014 CNC Users Group
15 Oct 2014 October Beginners SIG meeting
17 Sep 2014 Beginners SIG: CNC Routing
20 Aug 2014 Marking and cutting dovetails
18 Jun 2014 Beginnerr SIG: More on finishing
21 May 2014 May Beginners SIG
16 Apr 2014 Sharpening systems
19 Feb 2014 New to Woodworking SIG

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