Workshop sizes are limited and classes are filled on a first-come, first-served basis. Please register early, as some workshops fill quickly and others may be cancelled if enrollment is too low. We make every attempt to run classes, but prefer to have at least three people in attendance.
Payment is due at the time of registration; you are not officially enrolled until full payment is made. We accept cash, checks, Visa, MasterCard and American Express. There is a $20 fee for returned checks.
During the online registration process, you provide us with your contact information, acknowledge that you’ve read these policies, and provide payment by credit card.
You can also drop by our office to pay by cash or check.
Refunds & Credit Towards Other Classes
The Workbench reserves the right to cancel or discontinue any workshop; in that case, you may either receive a refund or register for a different class.
If you withdraw more than one week (8 or more calendar days) before a workshop begins, we will fully refund your tuition and materials fee.
If you withdraw less than one week (7 calendar days) before a workshop begins, no refund is issued. Your tuition may be applied to any other class(es), but we reserve the right to keep the materials fee if materials have already been purchased by the instructor.
In the event of inclement weather, we will decide that morning whether or not to cancel classes. We will inform you if that is the case. The cancellation of local schools does not necessarily mean our night classes will be canceled, as the road conditions often improve by then.
We plan our workshop schedules to skip most major holidays (i.e. Thanksgiving); we do occasionally run evening classes on Veteran’s Day and Columbus Day.
Materials & Tools
We provide materials for all workshops except the Open Shop program. Materials fees are included in the total cost of each workshop. Most classes require students to bring a 12 – 16′ tape measure, pencil and paper to class. Some classes, like those involving hand tools and turning, require students to bring those actual tools to class. These supplies are listed in the class description. Students may bring their own eye and ear protection, although the school provides both. And, although it’s not required, we find that students find it helpful to have a good-quality square.
All students must wear comfortable clothing and closed-toed shoes. Tennis shoes are fine; no sandals or flip flops are permitted. Please tie back long hair and remove any dangling jewelry.
All students must read and sign our Safety Guidelines on the first day of class. You only have to do this once unless they change significantly. Students under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or guardian sign this as well.
Absences and Tardies
We expect all students to be able to make each class session on time. In the event of an absence, other students will do your operations for you. If you would like to learn the operations you missed, it may be possible to come in early the next session for a small additional fee. We generally do not refund tuition if you miss several classes and must drop out of the course.
If you are late, the instructor has to re-teach the portion of the lesson you missed, which takes additional time and is unfair to the students who arrived on time. Student who are chronically late may be asked to leave the class with no refund.
All students must read and sign our Release Agreements on or before the first day of class. You only have to do this once unless they change significantly. Students under the age of 18 are required to have a parent or guardian sign this as well.
We welcome students of any gender, national or ethnic origin, race, color, religion and sexual orientation. We make every attempt to accomodate physical disabilities, keeping in mind the nature of woodworking, the shop environment, and the limitations of standard woodworking machinery.