Southwest School of Woodworking

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Welcome to the Southwest School of Woodworking
The Southwest School of Woodworking is the only comprehensive woodworking school in Arizona, we offer a variety of classes for woodworkers of all skill levels —from novice to professional. 

We offer Daytime, Evening and weekend classes. Our curriculum has two major paths; skill building and project workshops. The skill building courses have two components; traditional hand tool woodworking and machine woodworking. Among these two we offer beginner and advanced classes that will grow your skills with challenging exercises and projects. Although the weekend workshops focus an a particular project they also emphasize the techniques to accomplish that project.

Frank Dovetail

Frank Klausz teaching dovetails


Our school is conveniently located in the downtown Phoenix area we are located at 621 North 7th Avenue,Phoenix, Arizona 85007


Once again Winter is upon us!

The winter storms are engulfing the midsection and eastern part of the country while the weather here in Phoenix has been awesome.snow storm 2

Phoenix-sunsetWould you rather be woodworking in this?


Or would you rather be woodworking in this?

Michael Fortune Came to Town
And we built some awesome tables. The class was really busy and every student made two really great tables. The creative juices were flowing and fun was had by all.all-tables

 2017  Schedule/Calendar 
All listed classes are now open for enrollment. Click on the highlighted class names for more information, or email More courses will be added as they open for enrollment

Start End Course Days Time Cost
9-Jan 26-Jan Fundamentals I (sold out) M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $519
9-Jan 30-Mar Fundamentals Inclusive*(sold out) M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $1,856
24-Jan 24-Jan Sketch-up Demo T 6:30pm-9:00pm $0
28-Jan 28-Jan Sketch-up Basic S 9:00am-5:00pm $149
29-Jan 29-Jan Sharpening Workshop Su 9:00am-5:00pm $149
30-Jan 23-Feb Fundamentals II (sold out) M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $672
31-Jan 3-Feb Rough to Ready Workshop T,F 6:00pm-9:00pm $139
4-Feb 5-Feb Small Table Workshop S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $359
10-Feb 12-Feb Design With George Walker (wait listed) F,S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $495
18-Feb 18-Feb Sketch-up Advanced S 9:00am-5:00pm $149
18-Feb 19-Feb Book Case Workshop S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $379
24-Feb 26-Feb Tool Chest Workshop** F,S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $425
27-Feb 30-Mar Fundamentals III M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $865
4-Mar 4-Mar Table Saw Skills Workshop S 9:00am-1:00pm$ 99
11-Mar 11-Mar Introduction to Finishing Workshop S 9:00am-3:00pm $99
18-Mar 19-Mar Display Wall Cabinet** F,S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $436
1-Apr 2-Apr Jewelry Box Workshop S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $340
3-Apr 6-Apr Finishing Basic M-Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $234
8-Apr 8-Apr Band Saw Skills Workshop S 9:00am-3:00pm $99
10-Apr 20-Apr Cabinet Making Basics M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $759
22-Apr 29-Apr Router Table Workshop*** S,Su,S 9:00am-5:00pm $538
24-Apr 4-May Finishing Intermediate M-Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $449
6-May 7-May Cutting Board Workshop S,Su 9:00am-3:00pm $249
1-May 18-May Fundamentals I M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $519
1-May 20-Jun Fundamentals Inclusive M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $1,856
8-May 11-May Finishing Advanced M-Th 9:00am-5:00pm $594
13-May 13-May Router Skills Workshop S 9:00am-2:00pm $124
22-May 15-Jun Fundamentals II M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $672
27-May 28-May Wooden Hand Plane Workshop S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $399
10-Jun 10-Jun Sharpening Workshop S 9:00am-5:00pm $149
19-Jun 20-Jul Fundamentals III M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $865
20-Jun 20-Jun Sketch-up Demo T 6:30pm-9:00pm $0
24-Jun 24-Jun Sketch-up Basics S 9:00am-5:00pm $149
1-Jul 1-Jul Sketch-up Intermediate S 9:00am-5:00pm $149
14-Jul 25-Jul Joinery Basics F-T 9:00am-5:00pm $740
29-Jul 29-Jul From Rough to Ready S 9:00am-3:00pm $139
31-Jul 11-Aug Build a Classic Workbench M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $1,960
21-Aug 7-Sep Fundamentals I M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $519
21-Aug 9-Nov Fundamentals Inclusive M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $1,856
25-Aug 29-Aug Advanced Joinery F-T 9:00am-5:00pm $829
30-Aug 3-Sep Women in Woodworking W-Su 9:00am-5:00pm $739
9-Sep 10-Sep Repairing Your Finish S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $299
11-Sep 5-Oct Fundamentals II M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $672
16-Sep 17-Sep Inlay Introduction S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $339
9-Oct 9-Nov Fundamentals III M,W,Th 6:00pm-9:00pm $865
14-Oct 15-Oct Bending Wood S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $340
21-Oct 22-Oct Veneering Basics S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $265
30-Oct 3-Nov Chair Making Basics M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $779
4-Nov 4-Nov Open House S 9:00am-5:00pm $0
13-Nov 17-Nov Cabinetmaking Advanced M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $779
25-Nov 29-Nov Chairmaking Advanced S-W 9:00am-5:00pm $779
4-Dec 8-Dec Cabinet on a Stand M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $819
9-Dec 10-Dec Veneering Advanced S,Su 9:00am-5:00pm $349
11-Dec 15-Dec Chest of Drawers M-F 9:00am-5:00pm $799
16-Dec 17-Dec Cutting Board Workshop S,Su 9:00am-3:00pm $249
  • a one time $35 registration fee applies to first time students.
    * The Fundamentals of Traditional Woodworking I-III is really designed to be one course, however, it has been partitioned into three courses for the convenience of those student who would find it difficult to commit to all three at one time. Fundamentals Inclusive bundles the three and is designed to encourage students to enroll in all three fundamentals courses at one time, a $200 discount is is offered for those students who commit to all three Fundamentals courses. The price above includes the discount.
    **this class starts on a Friday evening from 6:00 PM – 9:00 PM
    ***this is a three day course, two Saturdays and one Sunday

Shop Safety course: by appointment
Open Shop Time: by appointment

We have recently added two partial SCHOLARSHIPS to honor our veterans of the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. see details. As we grow we look forward to adding more scholarships to assist those students with a passion for woodworking.

SWSW Gift Certificates

The Southwest School of Woodworking is now offering gift certificates in any denomination ($50 minimum). Gift certificates can be used toward any class, making this a perfect gift for any woodworker or aspiring woodworker.


We also have new Southwest School of Woodworking T-shirts and aprons. Tee shirts in men’s and women’s sizes and assorted colors. Men’s crew-neck pocket t-shirts are available in royal blue, sand, and heather grey in S, M, L, XL, XXL. Women’s fitted crew-neck t-shirts are available in heather grey and pink in S, M, and L. All t-shirts are just $18 each.

Aprons are one size fits all and are $25 each

Purchase gift certificates here or email

December Cutting Board Workshop
Our last class this year was the Cutting Board Workshop. This was a full class and things were really hopping.  Under the direction of instructor Doug Forsha, in just two days, we made 20 of these exquisite cutting boards. Many of these are destined for a really cool gift.



Display wall Cabinet

Also in December we held the Display Wall cabinet each student went home with a cabinet as shown in the photo below.