Whether you are a beginner trying to learn more basic cuts in woodworking or are an advanced craftsman looking to hone in on a more specific skill set, there is a woodworking class out there for you.
When it comes to price though, you might be wondering what range to expect.
Woodworking classes can range from anywhere between free to $250 or more. The price depends on the type of class, but also whether that class is being taken online, in person, or if the cost is a monthly or one-time annual fee. Be sure to consider the costs associated with any needed supplies.
No matter how experienced you may be, there is always something new you can learn with woodworking.
Classes are everywhere for you to take advantage of, and the costs can accommodate almost any budget.
Continue reading to see the different costs of various options for woodworking classes in-person and also how much online courses run depending on the site and project you want to complete.
What are the Costs of In-Person Woodworking Classes?
For many woodworkers out there, there are few options as desirable as a class that can afford to teach you in-person.
The instructor is readily available, you are able to be hands-on with different tools that you may not have in your own shop, and the comradery of the class is something that so many find as equally as enjoyable as woodworking itself.
Let’s discuss a few different in-person woodworking class options and their associated costs.
Taking a woodworking class through a local hardware store like Home Depot is an option for all of you beginners, those of you who want to get involved in a more local way (regardless of experience), or for those of you who have kids who want to join in on your children’s projects.
Interestingly, while you can purchase many of your local woodworking tools from this type of hardware store, you can also take a class offered for a variety of experience and age levels.
The Home Depot offers monthly woodworking shops that vary from month to month.
These shops are designed for beginners to help them get to know their way around different cuts, wood types, and tools and their classes are 100% free!
Of course, you might be encouraged or inclined to purchase tools and supplies as you walk past them on your way to class.
If you do not have a local Home Depot, try checking any other hardware stores in your area to see if they offer any classes.
It is likely that if they do not offer a class themselves, they will have some type of display board showing any local options that might be around you.
Just keep in mind that if you do find someone else locally, you may not be as lucky on price as they might charge students for their classes.
Also on a more local, beginner’s level, many art centers in different cities offer all kinds of different classes to meet the interests of their visitors.
Surprisingly enough, many art centers even offer woodworking classes ever so often.
The prices with art centers may vary as they may either be free due to the art center having free entry, charge you the admission fee of the art center, or charge you separately for each individual course.
Always ask before you enroll.
Local Community Colleges
Community colleges are a great option for those of you that want to take a course but have a little more experience under your belt.
Many community colleges offer woodworking classes on a monthly basis and each class is either taught by an experienced community member or by a professor.
The prices for these courses also vary, but they are typically either free or a one-time fee of $35 or less depending on your area.
Keep in mind that you can often research the instructors for these types of courses.
If they have a positive reputation and do the type of woodworking that you are interested in learning, then you are in a really good setup.
If you are wanting something more unique and with a bit more room to either be a beginner’s course or something more advanced, consider looking in the ad section of your local newspaper.
Yes, they do still make those! Many local woodworkers offer more private classes through this type of forum and it is a great way to find someone who can offer you exactly what you need rather than getting involved in a large group.
There is no set price for this type of woodworking class as the pricing is up to the craftsman to set.
The price will be determined by the amount of time each class is, the level of work that is required, and the type of wood, other materials, and machines that are used.
If it is a more basic class, you can anticipate anywhere from $25-$50 dollars. If it is a more advanced class that is creating larger, more intricate pieces, the cost can range from $100-$150.
What are the Costs of Online Woodworking Classes?
As much fun as in-person woodworking classes may be, some of you simply may not have the time to commit to getting to class, staying there, and getting back home at the same time every week or every month.
You may need something that is still hands-on but is a bit more accessible to you whenever you find the time to pop in and get to work.
You might even be considering the fact that you have hefty tools that you do not desire to transport (but that you would like to learn on right at home).
For those of you like this, consider an online woodworking class! Let’s take a look at a handful of great options.
Let’s first start with a great option for beginners.
Woodworking for Mere Mortals is a fantastic site that takes you through the process of creating 6 totally different pieces.
That’s right- it goes far beyond putting together a bird box and really helps to show you the talent that you possess and then gives you the confidence to implement it project by project.
This course is around $150, but it gives you so much for the price. Something to surely consider.
If you are looking for something that is not so structured and gives you a bit more freedom in deciding which courses you take and what you make, consider hopping over to Udemy.
This is a huge site with a multitude of different options for beginners, experts, and all those in between.
Each course is paid for separately and ranges from $10-$150.
A big gap in price indeed, but this price difference shows the variation of their courses to fit different skill levels.
Along with that, the price range also often reflects the experience of the instructors, so you will get what you pay for and can review the instructor’s offerings on this platform.
For another online site with plenty of variation in classes, check out Woodworkers Guild of America.
There are dozens upon dozens of different woodworking classes within this site and one that can fit every single budget.
For some very advanced classes, you can look to pay as much as $250, but there are also plenty well below $20.
Sales happen often and you can find almost anything you need within this website based on your own interests!
For those of you that need a bit more of a challenge due to your own skills being highly developed, these are the courses for you.
Woodworking Master Classes is designed for more difficult projects that require a bit more experience.
This site is also tailored towards fine furniture and does a fantastic job at making something very ornate, very accessible to you, and the tools within your shop.
Woodworking Master Classes offer two different types of memberships for those of you looking to take woodworking classes: there is a free membership that has access to several free projects with a few dozen technique videos.
Or you can opt for the premium membership which costs $15 per month and gives you access to new monthly videos, over 250 product videos, free projects, and new projects videos every month.
Going into more fine furniture, Taunton Workshops is unparalleled when it comes to creating fine furniture right from your home.
Each tutorial is paid for separately and costs around $20 each, but the tutorials can be previewed before purchase as well as different materials and tools that you will need for each project.
Even better, the tutorials are broken up into short videos that go step by step for each process.
No backtracking an hour-long video to find where you left off or where (goodness forbid) you made a mistake.
There are a great number of projects to choose from and their layout makes the process much easier than some sites construct their courses.