New Membership and Orientation

New Member Orientation Class

The following documents can be viewed and printed in preparation for the orientation class.

All “New Members” can sign up, pay dues and register from the Membership and Orientation page using a credit card. You are required to complete the New Member Orientation class before using the shop. You will also receive your Woodworking Club badge in the class. The purpose of the orientation is to make sure every member familiar with the operation of the shop, understands shop safety and the safe operation of the equipment.

If you are interested in joining the club. You can do that online through this link.


When you sign up there is a fee that is paid in advance, currently set at $70. The fee covers the Woodworking class and balance of the year’s Club membership dues from the date of the orientation class through the end of the current year. Online you can pay with a credit/debit card. Classes are limited to 15 new members each month. They fill up fast. The class is held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon of the first week of the month. See the Club Event Calendar that is in “Quick Links” on the club’s homepage for exact dates. If you can’t get into the next class, you can sign up for the following month(s). The Sign-Up sheet will show all of the classes for the next few months.

Just before the orientation class that you’re going to attend, you’ll receive an email. The email will explain the dates, time, and detail schedule. It will also direct you to the club website to view and print the orientation training materials. In addition, there are a few videos that you should watch prior to attending the orientation class.

During the class, you’ll complete enrollment and receive a badge, review operations, safety, and member responsibilities. You’ll take a tour of the shop and review all the equipment. There will be equipment demonstrations and hands-on practice for every person. You’ll also get a detailed look at the lumber room and learn how to buy material. The tool room, or tool crib, has a large set of small power tools, hand tools, router, and drill bits. Almost anything you need is available in the tool crib. You’ll learn how to check out tools, signup for monitoring and how to sign in for shop credits.

At the end of the orientation class, you’ll get your shop badge and can enter and use the shop on your own.

At this point, you have full use of the shop. For many experienced woodworkers, that is enough. For newcomers to woodworking, there are many options. There are classes where you make bowls, boxes, learn wood turning and more. There are many volunteer options at the shop as well. This is a great way to meet people, learn and contribute. The Christmas toy making program is very popular or monitor to get more familiar with the shop and tools. If you’re looking for projects, the library has a huge collection of books, magazine, and videos of woodworking related topics.

One of your responsibilities as a Wood Workers Club member is safety. Always wear safety glasses (available in the tool room). Do not wear gloves. Do not wear sleeves that extend below the elbow; if they are longer, roll them up. Extra fabric like sleeves and gloves can get caught in the machines and pull you in with them. Body parts wreak havoc with the machinery. Please keep all living matter where it belongs, on your body. If your hair is long, tie it back, for the same reason. When using a lathe, always wear a face shield. Appropriate footwear must be worn while in the shop. Closed toed shoes are a must. Sandals are not allowed for obvious reasons.

If you lose your Wood Workers Club badge write your name, phone number, and Wood Workers Club member number on a piece of paper and give it to a board officer or tool room attendant.  A new badge will be created as soon as possible,

Shop Videos

Table Saw Kickback Video

Stopsaw Table Saw Video