Open Workshop

frequently asked questions

Do I need a reservation?

YES!  Due to the custom nature of our studio; stencils and lumber are cut and prepared to order.  Reservations are required 72 hours prior to the workshop.

When do you hold workshops?

Workshops are scattered throughout our calendar with pop-up workshops occurring quite often. So be sure to check our calendar on a regular basis!

Can I bring my daughter to a workshop?

Our workshops are designed for grown-up crafting and fun.  If your child, niece, nephew or favorite kiddo is 18 or older, you are welcome to bring them to a workshop providing they have a reserved spot of their own.

Unless specifically noted otherwise and agreed to prior, you must be 18 years old to attend a workshop.  You must be at least 21 years old to bring/consume alcohol.

How can I register for a workshop?

You can reserve a seat (or two…or three…) by selecting the available date on our calendar and/or workshop listing and registering online.

Can I bring a friend to help me with my project?

Unfortunately, no. But that’s why we have awesome staff…to lend a helping hand!

What do I need to do to complete my registration?


At the time of registration, please be ready to select your sign design as well any required personalization.  You will also need to pay for your project; we accept all major credit cards and use a secure online payment system.

Can I change my project and/or customization once my reservation is complete?

Yes, providing you make changes 72 hours prior to your workshop.  Be sure to double check your spelling, dates and anything else that is unique to your sign at the time of registration.  Supplies, including a customized stencil and pre-cut lumber, are prepared three (3) days in advance.

You are welcome to make any changes prior to 72 hours at no additional cost. Please send an email with your request toinfo@theboardbar.com.

If you need to make any changes 24 – 72 hours before the scheduled start of your workshop, a $15 stencil/administration fee will be charged and is due at the beginning of your workshop.  Unfortunately, we cannot make any changes with less than 24 hours’ notice.

What time should I arrive?

Please arrive 15 minutes prior to the start time.  This will give you time to find parking, your seat, meet your tablemates, make any last minute seating accommodations and start pondering stain and paint colors.

What if I am running late?

Our workshops follow a tight, instructor led schedule for your enjoyment and the safety of those around you.  We start promptly at the time stated at registration.  Guests arriving up to 15 minutes late will join the group at whatever point the workshop has progressed to.  Guests arriving more than 15 minutes late will not be allowed to work on their project and will forfeit their registration.

What if I reserved a spot and can't make it?

Registered for a workshop and can’t make it?  What a bummer!  Here is what you need to know… NO refunds will be given at any time.  However, we will gladly issue a full credit (100%) on your account with more than 72 hours advance notice.  A 75% credit will be applied to your account with 48 – 72 hours’ notice.  A 50% credit will be applied to your account with less than 48 hours’ notice. No shows will not receive any credit or refund. Credits can be applied to a future workshop with availability.  Please contact the studio so that we can properly apply your credit and complete your registration when you decide to sign up for an alternate workshop.

Use this link to notify us if there is a need to cancel and/or reschedule; cancel@theboardbar.com.

It's less than 24 hours notice and I need to cancel; any alternatives other than losing my registration as stated in the Terms and Conditions?

We understand that life happens and sometimes unforeseen circumstances pop up.  Aside from losing your registration fee, your other choice is to send someone in your place.  This lucky person has the wonderful option of building your sign as is (meaning the personalization determined when you signed up) or we have a few non-personalized stencils on hand that can be used in place of your stencil.

What do I need to bring?

Yourself, your enthusiasm and your willingness to relax, learn and create. Oh and did we mention to leave perfection at the door?  This is truly a hand crafted project and there will be imperfections.  Take a deep breath, it’s ok.

Can I bring food?

We will be busy crafting for about three (3) hours so you are welcome to bring in a snack or two.  We have bar space for each table, so there is plenty of room to spread out and enjoy.  We do not have serving bowls, platters, utensils or cutlery. So if you are bringing in cheese and crackers, for example, you’ll probably want to bring in a knife too.  We just ask that you keep it simple with a quick set-up and clean-up.

Can I bring beverages?

Yes!  Alcoholic or non-alcoholic, whatever floats your boat.  We have cups, corkscrews and bottle cap openers.

So I can bring alcohol?

The short answer is YES!  Of course you must be 21!

The long answer is yes, but there are rules per TABC and the City of McKinney:

  • Minors Possessing or Consuming Alcohol – The punishment for making alcoholic beverages available to a minor is a class A misdemeanor, punishable by a fine up to $4,000, confinement in jail for up to a year, or both. Additionally, the violator will have his or her driver’s license automatically suspended for 180 days upon conviction.
  • Persons 21 or older (other than the parent or guardian) can be held liable for damages caused by intoxication of a minor under 18 if the adult knowingly provided alcoholic beverages to a minor or knowingly allowed the minor to be served or provided alcoholic beverages on the premises owned or leased by the adult.
  • You cannot, under any circumstances, leave our studio with an open container.  The sidewalk is off limits – you must leave your glass of vino (or beverage of choice) inside the store.
  • An alcohol waiver is included in the Terms and Conditions when you register.  Here is the waiver for your review;

ALCOHOL POLICY/WAIVER (if applicable):  I agree that I am 21 years of age or older and will consume my alcoholic beverages responsibly. I release and waive any and all claims or action that may arise against The Board Bar LLC, its affiliates, successors or assigns as well as the owner and employees/contractors as a result of anything which occurs before, during or after my session including to but not limited to injury, loss, theft or damage to any person or property.

We respectfully ask that you be smart and responsible when it comes to enjoying some libations; someone is counting on you coming home at the end of the night!

What should I wear?

No dress code here but we are a woodworking studio and you will be handling tools, stain, paint and wax.  While we provide aprons and gloves, some of our supplies are not washable so wearing your finest is probably not a great idea.

What if I want to bring a friend?

While we love the motto “the more the merrier”; it doesn’t work well in this situation due to the nature of preparing stencils and cutting lumber and space limitations.  We generally require 72 hours of advance notice for prep work; if you have someone that wants to join us with less than 72 hours’ notice, please email our studio and we will do our best to accommodate.

Can I save a seat? Sit with friends?

Sure! We love when pals sit together!  We also encourage making new friends and mingling!  Just let us know and we will do our best to accomodate your requests.  If you arrive 10 – 15 minutes early, this will help in making sure you are seated in the right spot.

Our tables seat six (6) people, we can save a whole table once you have 6 registrations – just send us an email and we will reserve your table.

I am not creative nor am I crafty in any sense of the word, is this a good idea?

YES!  Part of our mission is to have fun, create moments of happiness and most importantly, DIY success.  We’ve got you covered, just give it a try!  Worst case scenario…gift your project to the best mom you know – moms always love artwork! 🙂

What tools and supplies will I be using?

Our adult workshops involve distressing tools such as hammers, mallets, awls and sand paper.  We also use wire, screws and drills.

 Water-based stain, latex paint and wax are also used and applied to your board art.

What information do you need from me in advance?


Easy peasy…at registration you will be asked for some basic contact information, payment, sign choice and personalization information (if applicable).  In addition, you will be asked to read and accept our terms and conditions which includes an image release, alcohol waiver and safety waiver.

How do I know what is to be personalized?


On our sign templates there are elements (writing/design) in black and beige.  The beige text on our signs indicates the area that can be personalized according to each sign and its layout.

Can I change other elements of the sign?

For the most part, the only editable area is the text in beige.  However, if you have a request for something different, please send us an email, we love new ideas.

Do I need to tell you in advance which stain and paint colors I want to use?

Nope, we will take care of that when you arrive.  Part of the fun is seeing our stain and paint choices in person.

How long is workshop?

Typically, our workshops last three (3) hours and start promptly at the scheduled time.  If you are lagging behind and/or struggling, please let one of our creative team members know.  We want you to have fun and not feel left behind.

I've never picked up a power tool in my life! Do I have to use one?

Using power tools is optional. But if you have never used a drill, for example, this is the place to get to know one.  We are a fun loving bunch and will help you along – no judging!  We also have creative staff on hand to jump in and assist – so no worries!