MDAE Woodworking Program

Mt. Diablo Unified School District's Adult Education Program offers a full range of woodworking courses for beginning, intermediate and advanced woodworkers. The woodworking program offers both daytime and night time courses that usually meet once a week for three hours for twelve weeks. The classes are offered over three semesters starting in September, January and April. Classes are periodically offered in the summer, but on a limited schedule. The woodworking shop is located on the Mt. Diablo Unified School District's Pleasant Hill campus at 1 Santa Barbara Road in Pleasant Hill, about a mile off I-680. The shop is fully equipped with all the necessary woodworking machines plus a wide array of high quality hand tools.
Safety is a major concern in the woodshop. Students that are new to the MDAE woodworking program are asked to complete "Introduction to Woodworking", Parts I & II before taking most other woodworking classes. The introductory class projects focus on the proper and safe use of woodworking machines as well as an introduction to wood joinery. Students may register for advanced woodworking class, without completing the introductory classes with the instructor's approval. Contact the class instructor to discuss approval. Call the school office at 925-937-1530 or e-mail the instructor at the address provided below.

Not all the classes listed are offered ever semester. The classes listed in the upper left hand margin represent our core offerings; however, specialty classes are often added for limited periods, so be sure to check the current semester class listing by using the link below under "Registration".

Dave Greenhill - Dave has been working around machinery both small and large all his life and has been involved in woodworking since he was a youngster. Dave has a broad knowledge of woodworking. He is the school's band saw, scroll saw and router expert and the primary teacher for Introduction to Woodworking parts I and II. Contact Dave at:

Timothy S. Killen - Tim is retired from Bechtel after 36 years in Engineering and IT management. He has been a woodworker since childhood. He has built hundreds of projects - all types of furniture that outfit his home and his children's homes. Most of Tim projects are replicas of American 18th Century and Shaker furniture; however, he does not just duplicate the design, but also strives to build furniture using the same tools and techniques as the old masters and that mean lots of hand tools.Tim is also a Contributing Editor to Fine Woodworking and Taunton Press. He writes a blog on called "Design. Click. Build." that demonstrates the use of SketchUp as a tool for furniture design and construction. Tim attends the Fine Woodworking/Williamsburg seminar annually to stay abreast of the "old world" woodworking techniques.

Tim is the author of two books sold by Taunton Publishing, "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers", and "SketchUp Guide for Woodworkers, Traditional Cabinets". Contact Tim at: .

Gordon Fry - Gordon spent his business career with Pac Bell and in his own businesses. He teaches a variety of classes including "Independent Woodworking Studies"  and several specialty classes. Contact Gordon at:

Jeff Traeger - Jeff spent his business career with Chevron. After 32 year of corporate life he retired to spend full time working with wood. Jeff has been teaching woodworking for over 13 years. His specialties are box making and restoring old woodworking equipment. Contact Jeff at

Brian Condran - Brian is a professional woodworker. He builds custom furniture from his shop in Martinez. He trained at the College of the Redwoods under James Krenov, one of America's most revered woodworkers. Brian teaches the Master Series classes as well as periodic seminars on marquetry. Contact Brian at .

David Lipscomb - David's woodworking skill are focused on hand tools. Shop space consideration initially drove him  to woodworking with hand tools; however, what began as a necessity has now turned in to a passion. David teaches "Emphasis Hand Tools" and it the principal proctor for the Friday afternoon open shop classYou may contact David at

 REGISTRATION: If you would like to register for any of the woodworking courses at Mt. Diablo Adult
Education just click on the link that follows:
All of the Adult Education classes are open to anyone 18 years old or older. You do not have to live in the Mt. Diablo School District to take any of our classes.