Hi !

Welcome on the ACER website !  

Please note that the workshop willl be closed from December 24th to January 3rd.
Many seminars are now proposed to our members (see below).  Do not hesitate to indicate your interest so that we can schedule them according to your availability.   
We also have wood available for buy-back by members.
Note to people wanting to join ACER :  the next introductory training session is planned on January 15th, 2023.   To register, contact us to receive the membership form  (info@acerosemere.ca) or get it on site by visiting us at the workshop. 

Hope to see you soon...


Atelier communautaire d’ébénisterie de Rosemère (ACER) is a not-for-profit organization centered around a community woodworking shop in Rosemere. The principle objectives of the organization are to provide: a well-appointed workshop for the general use of members to work on their own projects (under supervision); and practical seminars to teach woodworking techniques.  

In addition to having use of a very complete set of tools, members also have access to a large library of specialized manuals, magazines and DVDs.  ACER also has rough lumber as well as veneers available for members at a reasonable cost (e.g. maple, cherry, yellow poplar, butternut, oak, and aniegre). 

All members agree to respect the code of conduct of the ACER.  Many volunteer time for community projects, as well as to oversee the workshop when it is open for general use. The administrative roles of the organization are likewise filled by members on a voluntary basis.

Workshop access

Workshop hours:

The supervised workshop is open for general use by members as follows:
  • Wednesday to Friday from 9am to noon;  2pm to 5pm and 7pm to 10pm
  • Saturday from 9 am to noon and 2pm to 5pm
  • The workshop is closed on Sunday, Monday and Tuesday, 


  • Non-members are welcomed to visit the workshop during those hours and meet with current members. 

  • The workshop may be unavailable for general use when seminars are being given. 

  • If no member has arrived in the first 30 minutes of a session, the workshop may close for the rest of the period.   


Upcoming seminars:

In addition to the project-based trainings included with the annual membership, other seminars are available for members of the ACER on a variety of topics.
If you are interested in any one of the seminars (even if the date isn't yet known) be sure to let us know so that we can adapt the schedule to demand.
Please note that seminar dates can be reported when not enough people are registered. 

Normand Painchaud

Workbench : Introduction

ACER is preparing a series of modules that will lead to the construction of a cabinetmaker's workbench, throughout the year 2023. One of the first steps will be the manufacture of wood screws and nuts, for the two vises .

This module is an introduction that will explain the different types of workbenches and the multi-step process of  fabrication that will follow.

Duration: 6 hours.

Cost: 40$ (members); 50$ others.

Date:  December 11th, 2022.


Daniele Colpron

Making a Leather Apron

Make your own apron under the guidance of an experienced seamstress. You'll choose your leather, size the apron and pockets and sew everything on an old Singer treadle machine… The material, including straps and fasteners, is provided.

The workshop takes place in 2 stages: a joint session for the components preparation and a private session (by individual appointment) for their assembly.

Duration: 6 hours.   

Cost: (includes material); members 60$, others 75$.

Date:  January 8th, 2023 (AM)


Joey Horvath

Turning a bowl

Joey will guide participants through turning a bowl.  The use of a bowl gouge along with round nosed scrapers will be covered as well as the steps to follow for safely turning an open face piece (as opposed to between points).  

Duration: 6 hours, maximum 4 participants.

Cost: 60 $ (includes material). 

Date:  Winter, 2023 (TBD)


Normand Painchaud

Introduction to Veneering and Marquetry

Practical introduction to veneering through the construction of your own maple and chestnut chessboard.   

Duration: 6 hours + time as required for gluing and finishing.   

Cost: 90$ (includes material)

Date:  January 29th, 2023


Joey Horvath

Canoe Paddle

A practical seminar teaching the techniques required to sculpt your own paddle.

Duration: 12 hours (4 evenings) + time to work on your own at the shop.

Cost: 110$  (includes material)

Date :  TBD : May 2023


Normand Painchaud

Finishing Techniques

Basic concepts and demonstration of a number of techniques.   and also provides the opportunity to stain a small piece.   

Duration: 6 hours (one day)

Cost :  40$ (50$ for non-members)

Date : Spring 2023


Normand Painchaud

Turning a Mallet

Practical introduction to wood turning in the making of your own mallet. 

Duration: 6 hours 

Cost: 40$  (includes material)

Date: TBD - June 2023 


Joey Horvath

Joiner's Mallet

Make your own mallet using a wedged through tenon.  Useful tool when assembling larger pieces with tight joints.  

Duration: 6 hours 

Cost :  50 $ (includes material) 

Date :  Summer 2023


Normand Painchaud

Wooden Plane

Using a top quality hardware kit, build your own wooden plane, perfectly adapted to your hand...  Two models available.

Duration:  6 hours (one day)   

Cost:  100$ (includes material)

Date:  October 2023



Some photos of our members' projects

A glimpse of some of our members’ work – either in progress or completed. Members frequently exchange with each other for tips and thoughts about how to progress their projects and can also seek out guidance from more experienced woodworkers at the shop.
Bernard Montas

One of the founding values of the ACER is commitment to the community

Beyond their own personal projects, ACER’s members volunteer in helping on projects that are a benefit to the greater community, for example by recycling the lumber from ash trees culled by the city.
Additionally, the ACER workshop is made available two days per week for “La Libellule”. As part of it's mission, this organization provides training for adults with intellectual disabilities or autism spectrum disorders, utilizing the ACER facilities for them to complete small woodworking projects. 
Bac à plantationSemencier réalisé pour la bibliothèque de RosemèreLa LibelluleAtelier en actionAssemblage à tenons

A virtual visit of the workshop...

Some photos of the workshop until we have a chance to meet you there.  
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Joining the ACER

The annual subscription to the workshop includes a block of practical training on basic woodworking techniques and entitles members to discounts at select suppliers.  
Members have free access (under supervision) to the workshop and all its equipment during opening hours. The dues are $200 per year for residents of Rosemere and $300 for non-residents; the year of operation is from April 1st to the following March 31st.
Basic training is mandatory before having access to the workshop; it includes general concepts in woodworking, safety instructions and practical work to make it all a reality (material provided).  This basic training is given at fixed dates, three times each year and always takes place on two consecutive Sundays. For the year 2023, the dates and prices (Rosemerites / external) are summarized here:
  • January 15 and 22: winter trimester ($125 / $190)
  • April 16 and 23: full year ($200 / $300)
  • September 10 and 17: half-year ($150 /$225)
For more information and to receive the registration documents, do not hesitate to use the adjacent form. Or better yet, come and meet us on site at the workshop.
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A short history...

The concept for the ACER was brought to light in early 2018 by Normand Painchaud, a retired professor from l’École Nationale du Meuble et de l’Ébénisterie.  A not-for-profit organization was created for the workshop and the idea presented to the City of Rosemere.  Recognizing the seriousness of the organization and seeing a unique opportunity to acquire a collection of woodworking tools, the City took the decision to support the organization and agreed to provide financial support, as well as a space for the workshop in one of the garages located in the former fire station (also taking steps to improve the infrastructure for its new role). By the summer of 2018 work was underway to setup the workshop and the first practical seminars were given in the winter of 2019.  
The ACER is thankful for the financial support received from the City of Rosemere as well as the Quebec Government through its Programme de Soutien à l’Action Bénévole .   Now in its fifth year, with about 60 active members, the ACER is guided by a Board of Directors which is presided by Mr. Painchaud. 
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Drop by to visit the workshop !

428-A Chemin de la Grande-Côte, Rosemère, QC, J7A 1M5 Porte 3 (près de l'Ecocentre). 
Adresse postale : 325 Chemin de la Grande-Côte, Rosemère, QC, J7A 1K2 

(438) 391-4801


Du mercredi au vendredi :  de 9h à 12h, 14h à 17h et 19h à 22h; 
Le samedi : de 9h à 12h et 14h à 17h.


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