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Veneering 101 with Charlie K!

Expand your woodworking skills and the types of projects you make with basic veneering. Our own Charlie Kocourek offering a personalized, basic hands-on class intended for those with little or no experience working with veneer. You will learn how to make a panel with a 2-way book match with mitered framing, and veneered edge banding. The class with cover:
  • What is veneer?
  • Advantages of veneer.
  • Where to buy veneer.
  • How to cut, assemble and glue-up veneer.
  • Different veneer substrates.
  • What is book-matching.
  • Flattening and repair veneer.
Location: MPLS MAKE, 3757 3rd Street Northeast, Minneapolis, MN 55421
Dates and Times: 6:30 - 8:30 pm. Four consecutive Mondays at MPLS MAKE beginning on January 14, 21, 28 and February 4th.
Cost: $150
See this FLIER for more detailed information.

Chippendale Gaming Table with Master Carver Tony Kubalak

Tony will be offering a class in 2019 and 2020 on building and carving an 18th Century Philadelphia Chippendale Gaming Table.
Students will reproduce the original as found in a museum. The table has elaborately carved cabriole legs with ball and claw feet, turret tops on the two front legs which are carved, sculpted conforming knee and transition blocks and carved and slanted front and side skirts. In addition there is a wooden hinged gate leg that swings to support the open playing surface, which is covered with baize.
The class will be held in Tony's shop in Eagan, MN. It will consist of four 3-day sessions spread over two years with the price $600/session (A total of $2400): The sessions will be:
  • Session 1: May 4 - 6, 2019 (Sat - Mon).
  • Session 2: Oct 12-14, 2019 (Sat - Mon).
  • Sessions 3 and 4: There will be two more 3-day sessions in 2020, dates to be determined.
As is always the case with a high end project like this it is highly unlikely that anyone will finish it in class. The goal is to present enough information so that the serious student can finish it at home. Think about this class as a graduate seminar and not a step by step introductory class. The reason for saying this is to set expectations appropriately.
If you are interested in this class or have any questions contact Tony via email at It is important that potential students are clear about what is being offered to avoid later confusion or disappointment.
  • If you sign up for the class my expectation is that you are financially committing to all sessions.
  • To sign up for the class send a $100 deposit for the first session to Tony at: 3660 Robin Lane, Eagan, MN 55122.
  • If the class is canceled you will receive a full refund of any deposit.
Download this FLIER for more detailed information as well as photos of the completed table.

Job Opportunity - Industrial Arts Instructor for BLIND, Inc.

BLIND, Inc. is a Minneapolis nonprofit seeking an industrial arts instructor to replace their current staff person who is leaving to pursue a different career.

Primary job responsibilities involve teaching woodworking and home repair to blind people. While the idea may sound a little scary at first, we have never had an accident aside from scrapes and splinters in three decades of operation. You will be taught the methods used for safe instruction.

The pay is decent though not awe-inspiring, but the benefits including personal and family medical, holidays and paid vacations are terrific. The job is 40 hours a week.

Click HERE for the full job description or find it and other details at our Website. You can also contact Guild member Dick Davis at or executive director Dan Wenzel at, or call either of them at 612-872-0100.

Have some Class(es)!

The Central Minnesota Woodworkers Association (CMWA) Fall 2018 - Spring 2019 CLASS LISTING is now available!

Learn about bandsawn boxes with Michael Cullen, CNC techniques with George Vondriska or Marquetry with our own award-winning Guild member Joe Morgan. Mark Laub is even teaching a class on Embelishment (of wood, not personal history!).

CMWA offers top-quality classes. Check 'em out at the CMWA Website today!

Cool Cabinet Plans for the DIYers and Woodworkers!

Guild member Bruce Kieffer has launched a great source of DIY cabinet plans called Thrifty Cabinets.

Bruce's plans are highly detailed step-by-step instructions with lots of photos and illustrations. They sell for $9.99, $14.99 or $19.99.

Check out his website for examples, details and a sample plan! Or contact Bruce for more information.

Save a buck! Don't buy -- Use the Tool Library instead!

The Guild's TOOL RENTAL LIBRARY is a great resource for some expensive tools or ones that you need only occasionally, such as:
  • Drill bit sharpener for standard twist and brad point bits (professional grade system)
  • HVLP sprayer (American Turbine AT-3000)
  • Photography light and backdrop kit (professional grade)
  • Starrett 36" machinist straight edge (used for machine setup and alignment)
  • Veneering kit (vacuum bag)
  • Veritas power sharpening system
  • 20" Scroll Saw
Check out the Tool Rental Page for details!


When is the last time you made use of the Guild's amazing DVD library? With over a hundred DVD's covering everything from dovetails to inlay you can find the guidance you need at your own pace at home. See the LIBRARY page for loan rules and a full title list. Check 'em out!

About Us

The Minnesota Woodworkers Guild is a group of professional and amateur woodworkers bound together by three goals:

to advocate high standards in our craft
to meet new friends and discuss woodworking
to educate ourselves and the public about woodworking

The Guild hosts monthly educational meetings, offers an annual Fall Seminar and sponsors the annual “Northern Woods” show, an exhibition of fine woodworking. We welcome membership by all woodworkers, regardless of what they build, their level of skill, style of work, or their profession.

Our goal is to encourage the highest standards in woodworking, while allowing each of our members to grow at their own pace, from whatever level of skill and accomplishment they begin with.

Simply put, we want each of our members to become the best woodworker they are capable of, and to enjoy telling their Guild friends about it along the way.