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 is familiar with the operation of the shop, understands shop safety and the safe operation of the equipment. If you were a past member, but haven’t renewed your membership for two years, you must re-take this Orientation class.   

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 $85.00. 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. There are no refunds.  If you are unable to attend every effort will be made to get you into another class. Classes are limited and can fill up fast. Classes are held on Monday, Tuesday, and Wednesday afternoon of the first week of each month (except the months of July, August and December). See the Club Event Calendar


or 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.

There are no refunds. If you are unable to attend, every effort will be made to get you into another class.

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. You are required to read and BRING COPIES to class of the following:



In addition, there are two videos that you should watch prior to attending the orientation class (see links below).

Stop Saw Table Saw

Table Saw Kickback Video

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 the equipment. There will be equipment demonstrations and a hands-on project for every person. You’ll also get a detailed look at the tool crib, which has a large set of small power tools, hand tools, router, drill bits, etc. You’ll learn how to check out tools, signup for monitoring and how to sign in for shop credits. And the lumber room and learn how to buy material. 

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. You get one 30-day shop use credit for taking the orientation class.

For many experienced woodworkers, Orientation Class is enough. For newcomers to woodworking, there are many options. There are classes where you make bowls, boxes, learn wood turning and more (see the “Catalog of Classes” under the “Classes and training” Tab). 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,