New Class! Build a Butcher Block Wood and Metal Table w/ The Rebuilding Exchange!

The Rebuilding Exchange and Arc Academy are collaborating to bring you this 4 week (8 day) class where you will learn basic woodworking and welding skills to create an Ash wood butcher block table with a metal base.

This class takes place from 6-9pm Tuesday evenings at Arc Academy (2225 W. Chicago Ave, Chicago, IL 60622) and 6-9pm Thursday evenings at Rebuilding Exchange (1740 W. Webster Ave, Chicago, IL 60614) for 4 weeks. You must attend all classes. No prior woodworking or welding experience is required for this class. All materials are included in the cost of the class. Table dimensions are 16" x 16" x 30". Click to sign up now! 


Class 1 (Tuesday, July 11 at Arc Academy): Basic MIG Welding Basics and Safety

Class 2 (Thursday, July 13 at Rebuilding Exchange): Shop safety, stock prep, and glue-up

Class 3 (Tuesday, July 18 at Arc Academy): Cut and Prep

Class 4 (Thursday, July 20 at Rebuilding Exchange): Hand planing and sanding

Class 5 (Tuesday, July 25 at Arc Academy): Fabrication

Class 6 (Thursday, July 27 at Rebuilding Exchange): Tabletop finishing

Class 7 (Tuesday, August 1 at Arc Academy): Base completion

Class 8 (Thursday, August 3 at Rebuilding Exchange): Table assembly

Please review all details below, including the cancellation policies, before committing to a workshop.

No prior wood working or welding experience is necessary.

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For more information, email or call the warehouse at (773) 252-2234 ext. 5.

Rebuilding Exchange is a 501c3 non-profit and our mission is to create a market for reclaimed building materials. We do this by diverting materials from landfills and making them accessible for reuse through our retail warehouse, by promoting sustainable deconstruction practices, by providing education and job training programs, and by creating innovative models for sustainable reuse.

Workshop and Class Policies:

Please arrive to class on time- especially for an evening class. If you arrive more than 30 minutes late you will only be allowed to observe the remainder of the class. If you arrive more than an hour late, the instructor can choose if they want you to observe the class.
If you can not make a class, then you MUST call or email 48 hours before the start of a one-time workshop or class.
If you can not make a 2 or 4 week series workshop, then you MUST call or email 1 week before the class starts.
If you drop a class before the deadline, then absolutely NO credit will be given (this includes credit in the form of another class).
If you become ill and seek medical attention, then you must provide Rebuilding Exchange with a physician’s note within one week of the class that you miss. Only then will we be able to provide a credit.
You must attend all of the classes in a 2 or four week series- there are no make-up sessions unless you provide a physician’s note.
If for any reason Rebuilding Exchange needs to cancel a class or workshop, you will be notified and refunded.
PLEASE NOTE: Final products may vary from the images that are shown.
OUR ADDRESS: 1740 W Webster Avenue, Chicago, IL 60614

PARKING: Free parking is available in our parking lot in designated RX parking spots between 9am and 6pm on weekdays. On evenings after 6pm and on weekends, you are welcome to park anywhere in our lot. There is also street parking in front of the building on Webster.

PUBLIC TRANSIT: Rebuilding Exchange is accessible by CTA bus and train, as well as by the Metra. For more information or to plan your trip, visit

WHAT TO WEAR: Wear clothes that you don't mind getting dirty. Closed-toe shoes are required. Long hair must be tied back and no dangling jewelry or accessories should be worn. Facial hair should be trimmed and groomed. These rules are for your safety and must be followed. It is at the instructor's discretion to dismiss you from the workshop until proper attire is worn.

WOODWORKING/WELDING MATERIALS: All materials are part of the material fee included with the workshop. No outside material can be brought in to the workshop.

Just Released!

We've just released our first Made of Metal Video series. 

Made of Metal: Coffee Table

Coffee tables are a fixture in almost every home and a nice one can really put a dent in the ol' pocketbook. You can learn in just under 2 hours how to make your own custom and modern coffee table for less that $300 in materials*. This is a course designed for beginners and hobbyists. We design all of our courses for those folks who are new to their shop environment. The course includes 21 video posts and is available to Arc Academy All-Access subscription members. 

We hope you sign up and enjoy it! 

We'll see you in the shop!

Learn to Weld a Coffee Table

Learn It. Weld It. Make It.

We've grown a lot in the past year! We've added an online store as well as our brick and mortar consignment shop! Check out the 'Visit' and 'Online Store' links above for those. We've also added a new Stick welding class! If you're interested in taking that, click the 'Classes' link above. Happy New Year and we'll see you in the shop!


We are happy to announce that you can now purchase gift cards for the friends and family you'd think would enjoy learning to weld. Click the CLASSES link above to buy gift cards that can be used towards classes or Open Shop time*. 

*Open Shop time available to those that have taken MIG 1 & MIG 2 classes or have passed a weld test overseen by Arc Academy instructors. 


Hey Everybody! Arc Academy is proud to be a part of the West Town Art Walk this year! So much so that we're going to host an after-party at our location at 2225 W. Chicago Ave. from 8PM - 11PM. We're excited to have our friends at Federal Motorcycles and Motoworks over to show off their awesome bikes. Come by to drink some tasty suds from our sponsor Goose Island Beer Co. while checking out some bikes and custom metal fabrication work by us. We Hope to see you there! 





Join us on August 20th at 11AM to celebrate the grand opening of the Arc Academy store! Come by to add some custom made hand-crafted art or furniture to your home. You can also jump at the chance to win the 'Great Lakes' (seen below), a $450 face value piece in our raffle held until closing on Sunday. We'll also have catering thanks to the Ukrainian Village's own Whisk on Saturday!