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Classes Starting Soon

The following classes are starting
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The following classes are starting
in December 2015:

The following classes are starting
in January 2016:

  • Build Your Own Natural-Edge Table or Bench  (details)

The following classes are starting
in February 2016:

  • Introduction to Woodworking - Session 1 (Parkland Class)  (details)
  • Introduction to Woodturning - Session 1 (Parkland Class)  (details)
  • Kitchen Cabinet Upgrades  (details)
  • Introduction to Furniture Making (Parkland Class)  (details)
  • Introduction to CNC Routing with VCarve Pro (Parkland Class)  (details)


Go to for more information about these, and more!


Or download our latest class list (pdf), for a quick summary of classes, dates, etc.

Featured Class

Build a Bench
for Charity

Learn the skills necessary to build a beautiful Cyprus bench to be donated to Habitat for Humanity for use on the front porch of one of their homes. Working from a plan published by Wood magazine, this attractive but sturdy garden bench is constructed with traditional mortise and tenon joinery. When you donate your bench to Habitat for Humanity, you may claim two thirds of the class fee as a tax deductible gift and CU Woodshop will give you a $100 discount to take the class a second time and keep a bench for yourself.



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New Class Photos

Check out photos from several of our recent classes.


For specific classes


Urbana Legacy Trees


Urbana’s trees are a source of shared pride in our community. With one of the most diverse urban forests in the Midwest, we can claim trees that are historic, unique, rare and one-of-a-kind specimens. So it’s little wonder that Urbana is one of 13 charter Tree City USA communities in the United States.


CU Woodshop is proud to support the Urbana Legacy Tree Program. There are now three tree's that have been officially designated. We have been invited to collect some lumber from the First Legacy Tree, the Sim Hackberry. Students of our school may be able to preserve a bit of history by turning lumber from this tree into something with lasting value, like pens, bowls or bottle stoppers. Anyone interested may be able to do the same with future classes as well. Contact us if you want more information on class options available.

What's New
  • Private Class Option

    This program allows the student to tailor a course to their exact needs and time schedule.   Is there a specific skill or technique you want to learn? Is there a piece of furniture or ...Read More

  • Dust Free Workshop????

    Well, not totally dust free, that probably isn’t achievable in a woodshop.   But the CUWS School of Woodworking just got a lot closer.  Our stationary power tools are now all o...Read More

  • NEW Television Sponsorship

    CU Woodshop Supply is proud to announce that we are sponsoring The Woodsmith Shop for woodworkers in Central and West Central Illinois. The show can be seen Saturdays starting October 5, 2013 from ...Read More

Tip of the Week
  • Some woodworking projects are made using sheet goods that have an outer layer of veneer or melamine.  These sheet goods are prone to chips and splintering during the cutting operation, especially the bottom side of the cut.  A suggested method of reducing ships and tear-out is to cut the sheet goods with the “face” side up.  Any tear-out will be on the hidden side and may be easier to disguise.  You may wish to install a triple-chip saw blade that is designed for cutting melamine, or use a blade with more than 80 teeth for crosscutting veneered plywood.  CUWS Staff

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