$290 – $410

Woodworking 101

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Rebuilding Exchange

1740 West Webster Avenue

Chicago, IL 60614

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Woodworking 101 is a 4-5 week class designed to teach the basics of woodworking. Students will use reclaimed, old growth, barn, and mid-century lumber from the Rebuilding Exchange warehouse to build a tabletop (or other flat surface) in the 4 week option and an entire table in the 5 week option.

Materials are included in the cost of the class. Tabletops should be no more than 10 square feet in total (ex. 2'x 5', 4'x 2.5', 3'x 3.25', etc). Students wanting to make a larger table MUST GET APPROVAL FROM THE INSTRUCTOR PRIOR TO THE START OF CLASS by emailing workshops@rebuildingexchange.org and there may be additional costs for materials. Any overage costs will be calculated after wood is selected in the first class. Students will be notified of additional material costs and must pay for the additional materials in the warehouse by the second class. Additional classes may also be required to complete your project, if you make a larger table. Open shop classes can be scheduled at a discounted rate to complete your project, if need be. Since 5 week students will be choosing their design, table base sizes will vary. Table base designs must be decided on and approved by the instructor by the second class in the series.

Projects for the 4 week option: Students make a flat surface with final dimensions up to 10 square feet. This could be a tabletop, bench top, headboard, shelves, etc. Students taking the 4 week option should know what they want to make and the dimensions when they come to the first class.

Projects for the 5 week option: Students make an entire table with tabletop dimensions up to 10 square feet. This can be a dining table, coffee table, console table, sofa table, workbench, etc. Table heights and base designs will vary. Students taking the 5 week option should know what type of table they want to make and the dimensions when they come to the first class. Table base designs must be decided on and approved by the instructor by the second class.

This class is on the same day and time every week for the entire duration of the class- you must attend all classes. When you select a date- that is the date of the first class- don't forget there are 3-4 more classes after that. Mark your calenders and let the woodworking begin!

NOTE: WW101 is limited to 6 projects per class, with a maximum of 3 couples. If you would like to purchase a singles ticket and they are sold out but there are still couples ticket available, we may be able to accommodate you. Just email workshops@rebuildingexchange.org to inquire.

Please review all details below, including the cancellation policies, before committing to a workshop.

No prior wood working experience is necessary. All of our woodworking workshops are 18+.

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For more information, email workshops@rebuildingexchange.org or call the warehouse at (773) 252-2234 ext. 5.

Rebuilding Exchange is a 501c3 non-profit and our mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials. We do this by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through our retail warehouse, by promoting sustainable deconstruction practices, by providing education and job training programs, and by creating innovative models for sustainable reuse.

Workshop and Class Policies:

  • Please arrive to class on time- especially for an evening class. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late you will only be allowed to observe the remainder of the class. If you arrive more than an hour late, the instructor can choose if they want you to observe the class.
  • If you cannot make a class, then you MUST call or email workshops@rebuildingexchange.org at least 1 week prior to the start of the class to receive a full refund.
  • If you must cancel your registration less than a week prior to a class starting, as long as it is at least 24 hours prior to the start of the class, you can transfer your ticket to another workshop.
  • If you drop a class after the deadline, then absolutely NO credit will be given (this includes credit in the form of another class).
  • If you become ill and seek medical attention, then you must provide Rebuilding Exchange with a physician’s note within one week of the class that you missed to receive a credit.
  • You must attend all of the classes in a 2 or four week series. If you must miss a class due to illness or unforseen circumstances, contact your instructor ASAP to make arrangments. You may be required to pay for an open shop class (at a discounted rate) to make up for the missed class.
  • If for any reason Rebuilding Exchange needs to cancel a class or workshop, you will be notified and refunded.
  • PLEASE NOTE: Final products may vary from the images that are shown.

OUR ADDRESS: 1740 W Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

PARKING: Free parking is available in our parking lot in designated RX parking spots between 9am and 6pm on weekdays. On evenings after 6pm and on weekends, you are welcome to park anywhere in our lot. There is also street parking in front of the building on Webster.

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Rebuilding Exchange is accessible by CTA bus and train, as well as by the Metra. For more information or to plan your trip, visit http://www.transitchicago.com.

WHAT TO WEAR: Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Long hair must be tied back and no dangling jewelry or accessories should be worn. Facial hair should be trimmed and groomed. These rules are for your safety and must be followed. It is at the instructor's discretion to dismiss you from the workshop until proper attire is worn.

WOODWORKING MATERIAL: All wood is part of the material fee included with the workshop. No outside material can be brought in to the workshop.


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