Featured in Redfin's Article "Expert Tips for Creating the Ultimate Woodworking Station"

Featured in Redfin's Article

We've collaborated with Redfin in their recent article and shared a tip for homeowners for creating a woodworking station in their homes. 

"We recommend starting with a solid, good-quality workbench and storage for a few tools – using the walls for storage is optimal. From there, you can add a basic tool kit, and don’t forget to keep those tools sharp." - Allied Woodshop

Read the full article on Redfin for more tips!

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Instructor Highlight: Michael Corwin

Instructor Highlight: Michael Corwin

Michael is a woodworker, furniture designer, and instructor at Allied Woodshop. He began woodworking with the desire to reconnect to the work ethics and craftsmanship of our past. Also a schooled musician, he learned the importance of composing and refining a piece until it stood on its own. Recognizing the parallels between the two seemingly disparate mediums of woodworking and music, Michael set out to establish a footing in the world of the dedicated craftsman. Utilizing locally sourced materials and classic joinery, he aims to bring the old into the new with modern interpretations of enviable classics. Michael teaches Furniture MakingHand Tools woodworking, and Intro to Woodworking classes at Allied Woodshop.

 

 

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Resident Spotlight: Shay Voyager

Resident Spotlight: Shay Voyager

Shay is a Los Angeles native who was introduced to woodworking at a young age and always loved working with her hands. As an adult, she pursued a career in software development but eventually left the job behind to follow her rediscovered love for woodworking when she took her very first furniture making class at Allied Woodshop. She worked at Angel City Lumber while continuing her studies in woodworking at Cerritos College until 2019 when she made the decision to enroll in the Krenove School to further pursue her woodworking career. Now back at Allied Woodshop, where it all began, Shay has been busy working on various commissioned projects continuing to hone her skills as a woodworker and furniture designer. She also teaches the Hand Tool Woodworking: Japanese Tool Box class

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Donation to LA Foodbank

Donation to LA Foodbank

Great news! Our Holiday Marketplace in December was a great success, and together, we donated $1,000 to the LA Food Bank! The amount was matched dollar-for-dollar during the holiday season and it means 1,600 meals for LA families.
We're incredibly grateful for your contribution to make this possible, and for your continuing support in our woodworking community. 

 

 

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Resuming Woodworking Classes in 2021

Resuming Woodworking Classes in 2021
We're excited to announce that our group classes are returning in January 2021 and they are now open for registration. We will be running Intro to Woodworking on Saturdays once a month and if you've already taken this class with us, join us in our eight-week-long Furniture Making I: Tables class which starts on January 24th! Also, be sure to check out our line-up of specialty classes starting with Valentine's Spoon Carving on February 13th. All our Private Classes will continue to be offered for those who prefer a smaller class size or one-on-one instruction. 

As much as we can't wait to have our students and the bustle of group classes back, we'll still put the safety of our students and instructors as a top priority and continue to follow our COVID-19 safety measures. Since the situation with COVID-19 continues to evolve, if at any point it looks like the situation in Los Angeles is no longer sustainable, we will opt to postpone classes, even if we are not required to do so by the City, County, or State. In case of postponement, you will be eligible for a full refund for your class or to hold your registration with us until we can safely open again.
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Quarantine Woodshop: Japanese Tool Box

Welcome to our final Quarantine Woodshop.

The Quarantine Woodshop introduces alternative woodworking methods and exercises to adapt to Safer-At-Home conditions. We have taken into consideration individuals may no longer have access to a woodshop, limited working space, or limited learning opportunities. For this project, some basic woodworking knowledge is needed.

Today, we are providing you with at-home guide for constructing the Japanese tool box.

simply constructed japanese tool box with box joint lays on tableThe Japanese tool box can be made solely using hand tools. This document gives an overview of those steps. We encourage practice using hand tools first if you are not familiar with them. Machines can be used to expedite the process. Don't worry, we won't judge.

exploded view of japanese tool box construction including how to open and close lid

We hope you found this series useful and interesting during quarantine.

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Allied Woodshop Open To Residents!

We are happy to announce that we've reopened our doors to shop residents. Our residents make up the core of Allied Woodshop's community, so we are glad to see them able to return to work, with some extra protocols and cleaning measures in place.
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Quarantine Woodshop: Gottshall Block

Welcome to the Quarantine Woodshop.

The Quarantine Woodshop introduces alternative woodworking methods and exercises to adapt to Safer-At-Home conditions. We have taken into consideration that individuals may no longer have access to a woodshop, have a limited working space, or limited learning opportunities. You do not need any prior woodworking experience to participate.

Today, we are providing you with a how-to guide on the Gottshall Block.

The Gottshall block was espoused by Franklin Gottshall and popularized by Robert Lang. Whichever way you cut it, this exercise is a testament to hand tool skill and a great project to practice on scrap wood.  The challenge of the Gottshall block is to recreate the given image only using hand tools. You are allowed to use machines for the milling process but for all the other cuts you can only use chisels. The exercise builds on different ways of approaching chisel cuts. Understanding grain direction is vital for getting clean cuts and avoiding tear out.

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