January 14, 2024, 9am-3pm: Intro to Woodworking – Hardwood Breadboard


This woodworking class will aim to educate students on basic concepts and safe use of wood shop equipment, while crafting a beautiful and custom wooden bread board out of locally sourced hardwoods. Students will leave with an understanding and safety training on the following equipment and skills:

  • Drill press
  • Band saw
  • Palm Sander
  • Palm Routing with templates
  • Applying finish

Structure: This class will have one group session, where the entire cohort will work through constructing one breadboard collectively. The class will then have one month of 24/7 access to HackPGH to complete their own breadboard project. The instructor will also offer “office hour” sessions (by appointment) to aid students with their projects and provide further guidance. However students are encouraged to utilize HackPGH at their own convenience.

We urge students to bring personal projects to work on at HackPGH during this membership period, and we support those who wish to continue their membership after class completion.

Date and time(s):
Initial class: 9:00AM-3:00PM Sunday 1/14/2024 (required) Lunch will be provided!

Instructor Office Hours: Optional and by appointment, contact Spencer by Slack or email!

Requirements: No woodworking experience needed. All supplies and safety equipment will be provided. Attendance only required at the Sunday class session and the HackPGH membership orientation. Please wear closed-toed shoes and tie any long hair back for your safety! Before independent use of the space, students must complete our standard HackPGH tour and orientation to cover safety and logistics pertaining to the space. You have the option of completing this orientation directly after the initial class, and/or the following Monday at 7:30PM.

Note: Instructor will be available via email, Slack Messenger, and the optional office hours. Please reach out if you need assistance beyond the available listed hours. You can also contact HackPGH members in our #woodshop Slack channel for additional guidance!

Instructor: Spencer Zacher

Cost: $150 (includes materials, lunch, instruction, and one-month HackPGH Membership) There is no discount for existing members, since the class includes a month of membership. If you are an active HackPGH member, we will extend your existing membership for an additional 30 days. NOTE: No-shows will NOT be refunded. If you need to cancel, please contact HackPGH at least 48 hours before the class date!

Class Size: 3-5 people

Age Requirements: Must be 13+ (Minors must be accompanied by an adult for the duration of the class!)

Advance registration required.
Registration link: https://members.hackpgh.org/event-5497100