Vondriska Woodworks Woodworking Classes

Education is the most important tool you'll invest in.


Fees for woodworking courses include all materials.  For all day classes students may pack a lunch or eat at a Hammond restaurant. 

Intro to Benchtop CNC

3 hours

Wondering if a benchtop CNC machine is a good investment for your shop?  Here's your chance to see, first hand, what today's CNC machines can do.  Vondriska Woodworks has machines from Laguna, Next Wave, and ShopBot. You'll see how the design work is done on VCarve software (common to many CNC machines), how material is secured to the work surface of the CNC, zeroing of the X,Y, and Z axes, bit changes, and how cuts are made on the CNC machine. This is a great opportunity to have a look at three different machines, and see what kind of detail a CNC can produce. Call or email to reserve your spot in this class. Please bring a folding chair and hearing protection.

  This is a lecture/demo class.  George will use a power point presentation to show different aspects of CNC work, and get cutting started on a CNC machine so you can see what's involved with that.


You Can CNC

8 hours

Work with VCarve software to create a design that includes lettering and artwork.  Learn to create toolpaths, check the paths for accuracy, and export the files for work on a CNC machine.  You'll see different methods for securing the work to the CNC table, how to zero the axes, and you'll cut the project you designed.

     If you have VCarve on a laptop, please bring it with you to class.  If you don't, let us know when you register.  We can provide a limited number of VCarve Pro equipped laptops.

   George will take you step by step through project design, a wall clock.  This project provides many design and toolpath learning opportunities.  Everyone makes the same project.  When the design and toolpath work is complete, we'll cut some of the clocks on one of George's CNC machines.  We may not have time to cut all of the clocks.

  This is a hands-on class, accepting a small number of students.


Mainstream Your CNC

Yeah, CNC routers are great for doing 3D cuts and cutting unusual materials.  But here's your chance to see how a CNC router can augment your day-to-day woodworking.  Finger joints, making templates, cutting cabinet parts, making bowties, dadoes and rabbets, adding inlay...there are lots of ways a CNC could be a benefit to your everyday woodworking.

​​​​​Calendar of Vondriska Woodworks teaching events​​

Hammond, WI class schedule

May 4  You Can CNC  9-5

Teaching on the road​​

​May 17-19  Weekend with WOOD

     Cabinetmaking Tips and Tricks

​     Logs to Lumber on the Bandsaw

     Dado head + Table saw = Lots of joints

​     Specialty Tools: What They Do and How They Do It

May 21  6-8 PM  Rockler, Maplewood, MN

    Mainstream Your CNC

​June 15 9-30-11 Rockler, Bolingbrook, IL

     Logs to Lumber-Learn use a bandsaw to convert fireplace logs

          to usable material for your shop.

​June 16 11-12:30  Rockler, Orland Park, IL

     Logs to Lumber-Learn use a bandsaw to convert fireplace logs

             to usable material for your shop

Sept 30-Oct 1

​    Woodsmith Fall Workshop, Des Moines, IA

     Watch for more information

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