The DIY Joint FAQ
At The DIY Joint, we want you to be as informed as possible in reference to our woodworking classes in NJ and NYC. We have a variety of woodworking courses on offer so if you have some apprehension clouding your interest, please don’t be intimidated! We will both empower and challenge you, but we’ll never leave you out to dry. If you have additional questions surrounding how our open studio process works, our space, or our equipment list, feel free to peruse. Otherwise, you can find answers to our frequently asked questions below!
Frequently Asked Questions
Where are you located and what is the best method of transportation to get there?
Our address is 51 Harrison St #A207, Hoboken, NJ 07093. We are a 15 minute walk from the Hoboken PATH station, and a 3 min walk from the 2nd Street Light Rail Station via NJ Transit. If driving, there is a public parking lot across the street at the Hoboken Business Center (50 Harrison St) metered at $2 per hour.
I have no woodworking experience whatsoever, am I able to take a class?
Absolutely! Our NYC woodworking classes are designed with the beginner in mind. Unless stated otherwise in the class description, classes are open to all skill levels, including beginners. In fact, the majority of our students have never tried a woodworking project, so you’re in good company!
Which class should I enroll in?
Please see our helpful “How to Choose a Class” chart HERE.
I am experienced in carpentry. Do you have anything I might be interested in?
Carpentry and fine woodworking are each an art of their own. As such, carpenters may certainly be interested in our fine woodworking classes. To carpenters and others with general woodworking experience, we would recommend the Introduction to Furniture Making Workshop, our most intensive series incorporating milling lumber, joinery, and glue up techniques.
What should I wear?
When visiting or working in the Joint, please wear shop appropriate clothing. Closed-toe shoes and fitted clothing are required. Tie back long hair and remove all loose jewelry and rings before operating tools and equipment.
Do I need to bring anything with me to class?
All materials and safety equipment, including eyewear and ear muffs, will be provided. However, students are strongly encouraged to bring disposable or reusable face dust masks. Students are also encouraged to bring a bottle of water and small snack to class.
I missed a class, what should I do?
Attendance to all sessions of a workshop series is required. However, if a student misses a session, the student must schedule a makeup time with the instructor prior to the next scheduled woodworking class. It is the student’s responsibility, not the instructor’s, to coordinate a makeup date and time. Makeup rates are $55 per hour and subject to change at any time without notice; it will generally take less time to complete the session one-on-one than with the entire class. Cash or check (payable “DIY Joint LLC”) must be collected at the end of the makeup session; we cannot accept debit and credit cards for makeup fees. Students who do not schedule a makeup session are not able to participate in the remainder of the series and forfeit their spot and all monies paid for the workshop.
Is there an age requirement to join a class or become a member?
Unless otherwise stated in the class description, students must be 16 years or older to participate in a workshop or access open studio.
Do you offer kids woodworking classes or private lessons?
Occasionally we offer woodworking workshops for students younger than 16 years old. If a parent would like to schedule a private lesson, please email us at email@example.com. To stay informed about kids woodworking classes, we encourage parents to sign up for our newsletter on our homepage.
How many classes do I need to take before I can use the studio on my own?
To become an open studio member, you must take at least one qualifying workshop. If a workshop certifies you for open studio, it will be indicated in the class description.
What does a private party experience entail?
Private parties and events are an exciting way to connect with friends, family, and coworkers. Prior to the event, we will work with you to plan the perfect project for your group. Bring your own snacks and beverages, and even request your favorite playlist. All tools and materials are provided, so participants simply show up and make something awesome. To fill out a private event request form, CLICK HERE.
Do I need to bring my project home with me between woodworking courses?
No way! All class projects are kept at the Joint until the last scheduled session of a workshop series. Once the series has ended, projects left after the last scheduled session are subject to $5 per day storage fee, or may be discarded of unless otherwise agreed upon.
What is your refund and cancellation policy?
Cancellation and refund requests must be received by email to firstname.lastname@example.org at least 14 days in advance of the start of class for a full refund or account credit. Absolutely no refunds or account credits may be offered for requests made less than 14 days in advance.
If a woodworking workshop falls on a holiday, will there be class?
No classes will be held on New Years Day, Christmas, Thanksgiving, or Easter. Please email us at email@example.com to confirm class dates during other holidays.
What happens in the event of inclement weather on the day of class?
The instructor will notify students by email of any schedule changes due to inclement weather. In the event class is cancelled, all class dates will be pushed back by one week. The same missed class policy applies if a student cannot make the new class end date.
What is the difference between DIY and woodworking classes?
Do-it-yourself (DIY) classes are easy, one-day projects for students who want to learn a new skill in just a few hours. DIY classes may be woodworking or other craft based. Woodworking classes are more intensive than DIY classes, they prepare students to make future projects on their own. Our woodworking classes are usually held in multiple sessions, which allows the student to get comfortable on all the major equipment.