Which class should I take first?

Allied Woodshop offers woodworking classes for beginners, as well as many specialty classes covering a variety of techniques and skills

If you’re interested in becoming an accomplished furniture maker, we recommend following "The Furniture Maker's Path" on our classes page. This starts you off at Intro to Woodworking, followed by Intro to Joinery. You can save money by signing up for both classes with our Woodworking Package. From there, we suggest you take Furniture Making: Tables, and Advanced Furniture Making: Cabinets. These classes will give you a solid foundation of common woodworking machines and techniques, and repeat experience in milling, measuring, marking, and cutting joinery.

Our classes along "The Scenic Route" offer opportunities for beginners as well as advanced woodworkers in specialized skills. Most of these classes are available à la carte and can be taken at any time. They cover a range of topics from Model Making to Sculpting to Danish Cord Weaving.

Do I need woodworking experience to attend a class?

Each class description says if a prerequisite class is required. Intro to Woodworking is a prerequisite for most Furniture Making classes.

Do you offer womxn-only classes?

Yes! We offer both Intro to Woodworking and our Woodworking Package in classes just for women/trans/non-binary individuals. We hope to expand the number of womxn's classes in the future, but current demand isn't high enough.

I signed up for a class but I can’t make it. What are my options?

All classes can be refunded, minus a 10% registration fee, up to one month in advance of the class. Students can transfer to a future class with at least two weeks advance notice. No portion of the course fee will be refunded or transferred less than two weeks before the class start date. To cancel or transfer your spot, please email

There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed sessions in multi-day classes.

I signed up for private instruction but I'm no longer interested. What is your refund policy?

Private instruction can be refunded up to three months after purchase, minus a $50 registration fee. Please email to schedule your hours or request a refund.

Do you sell gift certificates?

Yes! You can purchase Woodworking Bucks here. Woodworking Bucks are delivered by email and contain instructions on how to redeem them at checkout.

Can my kid take a class? Can I come too?

We offer youth woodworking classes for private instruction. These classes are mostly suitable for kids aged 10-17. Please send us an email if you're interested in booking private instruction for your child. We will work with you to schedule a class that's appropriate for your child's age and level of interest. You’re welcome to take the class with your child. Private instruction is for up to 2 students.

Do you offer private instruction?

Yes, we do offer private instruction at the rate of $125/hour. We require a three hour minimum and we ask that you contact us in advance of purchasing the hours so that we can plan your time in the shop. Learn more here.

Do you offer private classes for groups?

Yes! We love to host corporate groups, families, bachelor and bachelorette parties, and birthday parties. You can see our list of prepackaged events here, and you can always contact us if you don’t see what you’re looking for. We can build custom experiences for your group. Please email us at to see if we can accommodate your request.

Where do I park?

Parking is available in nearby lots for $7-$12/day, cash only. We recommend the lots on Pico Blvd just East of Wall St. Drive up the ramp and an attendant will direct you to a space. Street parking is free in most street spaces after 6pm and on Sundays, just be sure to check the signs. For evening classes, do not park in the garages or you risk being locked in or towed.  

What should I wear?

Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Boots or sneakers are fine and long pants are preferable. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing. Tie back long hair and leave dangly jewelry at home. Please note, this is a woodshop with no AC. You can expect to get sweaty and dusty in the summer and dusty and cold in the winter, so please dress for the weather. Woodworking is hard work!

What are my lunch options?

We’ll break for lunch around 12:00pm. There are a number of restaurants and street vendors nearby. You're also welcome to bring lunch and eat in the shop. There is a refrigerator and microwave available.


I’d like to be a resident at Allied Woodshop. How much is rent and what does it include?

Rent is $750/month. That includes your own bench space, some materials storage, and most consumables (e.g. rags, glue brushes, sandpaper,  etc.). We do not provide wood, glue, or finish. Rent also covers a part-time shop tech who keeps our machines in good working order.

Is there a security deposit?

Yes, there is a $700 refundable deposit.

What are the hours?

Full-time members have unlimited access to the shop during the building's operating hours. This is Monday-Friday 6:30am-7pm, Saturday 6:30am-3pm and Sunday 8am-4pm.

We do teach classes at Allied Woodshop in the evenings and on weekends, and the machine room is shared between members and students.

How do I become a resident?

Please submit an application. We’ll be in touch to schedule a shop visit. If you are in a hurry, please follow your application with an email to for the quickest response.

I have one project to build. Can I rent space for a week?

Sorry, no. We aren’t equipped to handle project-based or short-term access to the shop. We’re looking to build a community of long-term residents.

Do I need to have experience to join Allied Woodshop?

Yes, you have to have a basic understanding of the function and safe use of the woodworking machines. If you’d like to become a resident but you don’t have any experience, please consider taking our Intro to Woodworking, Intro to Joinery, and Furniture Making classes.

How many woodworkers work at the shop?

We have eight benches. We accept new residents as space is available.

Is there a minimum commitment?

Yes, we're looking for people who are interested in being a long-term resident of our community and there is a six-month minimum commitment.