Woodworking Open Shop*

This class is run as an open workshop in which students design and construct projects of their choice. Expert instructors provide individual guidance on design, joinery, construction and finishing, based on individual student needs, and students draw upon each other’s expertise. Students often stay for multiple semesters, enjoying the camaraderie of the shop and progressing to more ambitious projects over time. Many fine pieces of original furniture and cabinetry have come out of this class. Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking

Note: You may also be interested in Mini Woodworking Open Shop sessions. Take one or more sections to create the Open Shop the experience that works best for your project and schedule. 

Note: Projects must be kept to a manageable size. Beds, large tables, shelving units and the like put too severe a drain on our limited storage space. Students compelled to make large projects must speak first with an instructor and obtain permission. Our most common solution to these challenges is to ask students to work on parts in Woodworking Open Shop, then assemble larger elements and the final piece through private lessons, outside of regular class time, at a cost of $65/hour. Please inquire for details.

Course Number


Class Size


Age Range


Skill Level



Basic Woodworking

Before entering the wood shop, read about SAFETY


Bring your own pencil and tape measure or ruler.

With instructors' guidance, you will supply your own wood and any special hardware.

Find out where to buy supplies.

Instructor, Schedule, and Cost


Section 1: 8 Mondays, 12-3pm
1S: Apr 9–Jun 4, 2018 (no class May 28)
Instructors: Frank PettorossiJoe Stanewick

* Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking


Section 2: 10 Thursdays, 6:30–9:30pm
2S: Apr 26–Jun 28, 2018
Instructors: Frank PettorossiHoward ShrobeCharlie TardanicoJac VanLoon

* Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking


Section 3: 10 Fridays, 9am–12pm
3S: Apr 6–Jun 8, 2018
Instructors: Frank PettorossiJoe Stanewick

* Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking


Section 4: 9 Saturdays, 9am–12pm
4S: Apr 14–Jun 16, 2018 (no class May 26)
Instructors: Frank PettorossiAnnette Lippert

* Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking



Woodworking Open Shop Add-On AC105

Grab an extra hour early on Saturdays to give yourself a four-hour unbroken block of woodworking time. Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking. Limit 12 students

Section 5: 9 Saturdays, 8–9am
5W: Apr 14–Jun 16, 2018 (no class May 26)
Instructors: Frank PettorossiAnnette Lippert

* Prerequisite: Basic Woodworking