Which class should I take first?
Allied Woodshop offers two different course tracks: our Core Classes track and our Specialty Classes track.
If you’re interested in becoming an accomplished furniture maker, we recommend our Core Classes track. The curriculum provides students with a multi-class experience that builds confidence and skills over time. A progression through all of the classes will give you a solid foundation in the design and construction of furniture. You’ll start with Intro to Woodworking to learn machine safety and the principles of milling. Fundamentals of Woodworking is an optional box making class that builds on the principles of Intro to Woodworking and introduces simple joinery and the concept of wood movement. From there, we suggest that you take Furniture Making I: Tables and Furniture Making II: Cabinets. Once you’ve completed these classes, you’ll be ready for Furniture Making III: Chairs and Furniture Making: Open Studios.
Our Specialty Classes track offers engaging and enriching experiences that will add to your arsenal of woodworking skills and knowledge. Most of these classes are available à la carte and can be taken at any time. Experienced woodworkers and beginners alike will benefit from the Specialty Classes.
Do I need woodworking experience to attend a class?
Each class description says if a prerequisite class is required. You can visit our class calendar here.
I signed up for a class but I can’t make it. What are my options?
All classes can be refunded, minus a $50 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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 email@example.com 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 every few months. These classes are mostly suitable for kids aged 10-17. Please check our calendar to see when the next youth class will take place. You’re welcome to take the class with your child. You’ll need to purchase a seat for both you and your kid.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org to see if we can accommodate your request.
Where do I park?
Parking is available in nearby lots for $5-$7/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. Myrtle Ave has 10-hour, metered parking for $4/day and the meters accept credit cards. 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. We recommend the restaurant in the lobby of the building, Denim, Santee Falafel, Mariscos Jaliscos, SuperFine Pizza, and Cognoscenti Coffee. You're also welcome to bring lunch and eat in the shop.
I’d like to be a resident at Allied Woodshop. How much is rent and what does it include?
Rent is $720/month. That includes your own bench space, a small amount of materials storage, and most consumables (e.g. rags, glue brushes, sandpaper, dust masks, 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 6am-9pm, Saturday 6am-5pm and Sunday 8am-5pm.
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.
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, Fundamentals of Woodworking, 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.