The ReBuilding Center offers classes and workshops for adults that are made available to the community, regardless of income. The RBC Education Program provides hands-on building skills development for adults and kids on how to safely and creatively work with used building materials in our fully equipped wood shop.
We also offer free presentations to a steady flow of school, community, conference, and other tour groups who visit us to learn about how we build community through reuse.
ReBuilding Center Classes & Workshops
The ReBuilding Center offers classes and workshops focused on hands-on building projects that use simple design and reclaimed wood from the ReBuilding Center. This adult education program aims to provide the community with an affordable way to develop DIY skills with both hand and power tools to enable greater self-reliance and creative expression! Classes will be made available regardless of income through scholarships.
Current class offerings
All prices include materials. Scholarships available.
Intro to Carpentry: Collapsible Chair
Thu, June 6th & Thu, June 13th
Intro to Carpentry for Women*: Tables and Benches
Saturday, July 8th
Intro to Carpentry: Folding Sawhorses
Sunday, July 9th
Intro to Carpentry: Tables and Benches
Tuesday, July 11th
Intermediate Carpentry: Bookshelves
Saturday, July 15th
Intermediate Carpentry: Boxes
Sunday, July 16th
Intro to carpentry for women*: Tables & Benches
Tuesday, July 18th
Intro to carpentry tools
Saturday, July 22nd
Intro to Carpetnry: squatty potty
Sunday, July 22nd
intro to carpentry for women*: boxes
Thursday, July 27th
intro to carpentry: tables & Benches
Saturday, July 29th
intro to carpentry for women*: tables & Benches
Sunday, July 30th
*Carpentry for Women classes are a safe and supportive learning environment for women to develop carpentry skills.
Know someone who would love to take a hands-on class on how to safely and creatively work with used building materials?
Purchase a gift certificate in any amount by clicking the “Buy Now” button below (no PayPal account required). Ticket prices typically range from $30 to $80 per person, depending on the class (see current and past events here to help you decide).
Within 1-3 days, we will send you the gift certificate via email to pass along to your recipient of choice! Each gift certificate will include a unique promo code to use during the class ticket(s) purchase process.
7th-Grade Maker Experience
The ReBuilding Center’s ReFind Education Program offers STEM/STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) opportunities for Portland-area youth through its Seventh-Grade Maker Experience. Portland Public School students attend three sessions in the ReFind shop where they receive a quick lesson on the physics of sound before designing and building a three-stringed instrument made of salvaged old-growth Douglas fir.
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Through these opportunities, we tell our story and share our commitment to the environment, the local economy, and communities. Tours and presentations are free. They are tailored to meet the interests and needs of your group and usually take between 30-60 minutes.
Tour groups will have an opportunity to see first-hand how we manage a 52,500-square-foot store that moves 8 tons of used building materials per day! Our presentations focus on sustainability, reuse, the ReBuilding Center's history and mission, our DeConstruction services, and/or our nonprofit social enterprise model. Tours and presentations are given by knowledgeable staff.
To request a free presentation or information about what we offer, email: