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Welcome on the ACER website !

To people wishing to join ACER : our next introductory training session for new members will be held in September 2024.  Contact us to receive the registration form (info@acerosemere.ca) or better yet, 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, pine, oak and linden).

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's 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 reserved on Sunday for training sessions, on Monday for the Libellule project and on Tuesday for community projects.


  • 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

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 : May 19th,  2024


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 (2 friday evenings), max. 3 participants.

Cost: 60 $ (includes material).

Date: May 24th + June 7th, 2024


Claude St-Marseille

Turning a Pepper Grinder

Guided by an experienced wood worker, turn an 8" pepper grinder on the lathe.  The seminar will cover the techniques required to bore out the body, as well as how to achieve the precision required for the fitting of the mechanism and matching the top crank to the body.   Our introductory training "Turning a Mallet" is a prerequisite

Wood and materials provided, including accessories to later make the matching salt shaker.

Duration: 6 hours (one day)

Cost :  80$ (Max. 5 persons)

Date : May 28th,  2024


Normand Painchaud

Turning a Mallet

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

Duration: 6 hours (one day)

Cost: 50$ (includes material)

Date: June 2, 2024


Normand Painchaud

Building a Workbench : Introduction

Overview of the types of workbenches and their components. Discussion of manufacturing steps and design issues.

Duration: 6 hours (one day) 

Cost: 40$ 

Date:  June 9, 2024


Normand Painchaud

Making a Panel Door

Introduction to manufacturing techniques for a panel door with curved profiling. Assemblies with profiles and counter-profiles made with a table router and a molder (shaper). You leave with a pine door measuring approximately 15" x 24".

Duration: 6 hours (one day) 

Cost (includes material) : 60 $

Date: August 25th, 2024


Normand Painchaud

Wooden Plane

Using a top quality hardware kit, build your own wooden plane, perfectly adapted to your hand.  Blade is 2 inches wide.

Duration: 6 hours (one day) 

Cost (includes material) : 125 $

Date: October 6th, 2024


Normand Painchaud

Building a Moxon vise

Build your own oak Moxon vise, adapting it to your needs.

Duration: 6 hours (one day)

Cost: 120 $  (includes all material)

Date: October 20th, 2024


Normand Painchaud

Restoring a plane

Full restoration of a quality hand plane needing some TLC !  Choose your plane among our stock and you'll be guided through all required steps : disassembly, rust removal, handle and knob repair or fabrication, sole correction, painting,  sharpening, etc.   The base price (if you bring your own plane to restore) is 30$, + an amount depending on the size of the plane if provided by us.

Duration: 6 hours (one day)

Cost :  Your own 30 $ / Block 45$ / #3: 50 $ / #4: 55$ / #5: 60$ / #6: 65$

Date : November 3rd, 2024


Normand Painchaud

Sharpening techniques

Overview of sharpening methods for wood chisels, turning and carving gouges and plane blades. Practical exercises.

Duration: 6 hours (one day) 

Cost: 40$ 

Date:  Nov. 17th, 2024


Normand Painchaud

Introduction to veneer and marquetry

Practical introduction to veneer through the manufacture of a maple and walnut chessboard.

Duration: 6 hours (one day) 

Cost: 90$ (includes material)

Date:  Winter 2025


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 (2 friday evenings)

Cost : 50 $ (includes material)

Date :  Winter 2025


Normand Painchaud

Introduction to sculpture

Introduction and apprenticeship of bas-relief sculpture. Create your own piece (material included)

Duration: 12 hours (two days)

Cost : 100$

Date : Winter 2025


Some of our members' projects

A glimpse of some of our members’ work. 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.
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Among the founding values of the ACER are commitment to the community and circular economy

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 one day 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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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 sixth year, with over 75 active members, the ACER is guided by a Board of Directors which is presided by Mr. Painchaud.

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 two days training is given at fixed dates, three times each year and always takes place on two consecutive Sundays. The next sessions dates and prices (Rosemerites / external) are summarized here :
  • January 14 and 21, 2024 : winter trimester ($125 / $190)
  • April 14 and 21,  2024 : full year ($200 / $300)
  • September 8 and 15, 2024 : half-year ($150 /$225)
For more information and to receive the registration documents, do not hesitate to contact us through the adjacent form. Or better yet, meet us on site at the workshop.
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Adresse physique : 428-A Chemin de la Grande-Côte, Rosemère, QC, J7A 1L1   -  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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