Free Workshops

Workshops are held in the warehouse classroom at Community Forklift  (4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781 – 5 minutes outside NE DC, in the Hyattsville area)

We’ll save you a seat!   Remember, most of our classes include a free opportunity to pre-register for prime seating. Just follow the class links below and RSVP on our EventBrite site.

Thinking Outside the (Window) Box

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Turning Old Windows Into Nifty New Things…

Plus, How To Replace a Broken Pane

Saturday, August 27th, 1PM – 3PM

Windows and  sashes are half off this month, so it’s a great time to get creative.  We will work together on collaborating ideas and get inspiration to repurpose an old window into your next project. We will also learn how to replace a broken window pane and add glazing.

Ryan Quinter has been a using CF found materials for over five years. He has taught workshops at CF for the past 3 years.  Learning the ins and outs of woodworking from his father at an early age, Ryan has continued to hone his woodworking skills over the years. He specializes in repurposing materials and seeing the value in discarded materials.


The Tool Series is back, folks!


Power Tool Petting Zoo
Saturday, September 10th, 1pm

Gain confidence and learn new skills!  In this hands-on class, you’ll learn about a variety of small power tools, including drills and saws.  We’ll discuss safety, what to purchase, and how to perform different cuts and tasks. Bring your questions!  Presented by Mark Wardlaw of BNV Remodeling. Mark is a licensed contractor in DC and MD with more than 35 years of experience in the construction and remodeling fields.


Forklift First Fridays

The first Friday of each month, we stay open late to throw a party.  Our Forklift First Friday series runs from May all the way through December!  This is a kid- and adult-friendly event, so all ages (and friendly, leashed pets) are welcome!  

When: First Friday of every month, 6pm – 8pm
Where: Community Forklift – 4671 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston, MD 20781
Just 5 minutes outside DC, in the Hyattsville area
Cost: Free at attend and open to the public. Bring cash for food, drinks, and art purchases!

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 Save the Dates for our Fall Events:

September 24th:

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Celebrating all things vintage, antique, and well-loved!

Preservation Experts, Tradespeople and Free Workshops!
Old-Timey Bands, Food Trucks and Snacks!
All Sorts of Architectural Salvage & Vintage Treasures!

October 28th & 29th:

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Demonstrations of hand tool techniques for everyday woodworking

Lie-Nielsen Toolworks began in 1981 as an effort to make top-quality hand tools available again from a U.S. maker, and to revive discontinued but useful designs. Today they make over 100 types of planes, saws, spokeshaves, chisels, floats and more. Hand Tool Events are free, and hands-on: you are encouraged to try the tools, ask questions, and experience how woodworking with hand tools is rewarding, quiet, and surprisingly efficient.  

During the event, you will also have a rare opportunity to view Community Forklift’s large selection of vintage tools – normally sold only online!

November 25th & 26th:
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A Celebration of Community

After Thanksgiving, shop green, shop small, or don’t shop at all – here’s your excuse to stay away from the mall!  We’ll have live music, free gift-making workshops, local artists, and free photos with Santa for all ages.


 Coming Up At Tanglewood Works

tanglewoodworkslogoWhere Upcycling and Art Connect
4641 Tanglewood Drive, Edmonston MD 20781  (Just in front of the Community Forklift warehouse)
Phone: 415-595-9839
Hours: Thursday & Friday 11-4, Saturday 10-5, Sunday 1-5

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Chalk Style Paint Workshop

Sunday, August 28th, 2016

9:30 AM – 2:30PM


Bring in your own piece in this half-day workshop and paint it with the help of Sue Older-Mondeel, Senior Dumpster Diva at Tanglewood Works. This shop at the front of the Forklift warehouse is a fusion of art and upcycling as they turn discarded items into beautiful treasures.

Bring an item that is small enough that you can carry it with one hand that has enough flat surfaces to experiment with different finishes. Try to avoid too many spindled items as you will spend more time covering the surface than trying out fun techniques.  This advanced offering is for those who have completed either the Renegade Chalk Paint Class or the Debi’s Design DIY Chalk Paint Class.

 Included with the workshop is a quart of the paint color of your choice, as well as the brushes and waxes needed to complete your masterpiece. Snacks and beverages will be provided.  For more info or to register, visit the Eventbrite page.


Later this fall:

Make Your Own Renegade Chalk Paint 101 – Sunday September 25, 2016

Using Debi’s Design Diary Chalk  and Clay Paint – Sunday October 16, 2016

For more info on future workshops at Tanglewood Works, visit their blog page. Tanglewood Works also hosts meetups for folks interested in dumpster diving, upcycling and other creative re-use projects.  To stay in the loop, sign up for the: