2012-2013 Local Workshops

Joinery 101

Saturday, October 6, 2012 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM;  Instructor – Bob Couture

This workshop will provide participants with a survey of the various means of making the primary woodworking joints, the mortise and tenon (as well as the lap joint and other variants) and the dovetail. Both hand tool and power tool techniques will be discussed. There will be some limited hands on opportunities to “test drive” a new technique. This is an excellent opportunity for folks just starting out, as well as folks who would like to broaden the techniques they have at their disposal.

Power Tools 101

October 27, 2012 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Alan VanDeMoere’s house;  Instructor – Alan VanDeMoere

Students will learn to set up and use stationary tools safely in order to convert a rough sawn plank into a sized furniture component piece. Complete set up of jointer, planer and table saw will be discussed at length. Accessories and dealing with problems such as “snipe”, and surface finish problems will be discussed with special emphasis on safety, and the inherent limitations of the machines. Dust collection options and concerns will be covered also.

Sand Shaded Fan

November 10, 2012 9:00 AM – 4:00;  Instructor – Tim Talma

In this class you will learn to make a sand shaded fan and the best ways to use it to enhance your furniture. Sand shading is a traditional technique, which can be used in many different applications to add visual interest to your furniture projects. This skill is simple to learn and is only limited by your imagination. In the class we will cover: material selection, traditional and alternative, and where to get it; how to use hot sand for the best results and how to construct the fan so it doesn’t fall apart while you make it. We will also discuss the tools used and inexpensive alternatives. We will discuss inlaying the fans, and if time permits the instructor will demonstrate inlaying the fan.

Mortise and Tenon Joints

November 17, 2012 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM at Alan’s workshop;  Instructor – Alan VanDeMoere

In this one day mortise and tenon joint workshop, you will use a hand saw, bit brace, mortising chisel, marking gage and a shoulder plane to make the joints. If you don’t have all of these tools, don’t worry, and certainly don’t buy anything for the workshop. We will start with simply sawing to a line, then make a bridle joint, and then a mortise and tenon joint, and for extra credit you may make a complete frame with hand cut mortise and tenon joints.

You may use some other tools and processes for mortise and tenon joints. That’s fine, bring them along for discussion, but don’t count on 110 AC during the “learning process”. That drill press and portable variable speed drill are “off limits”. So whether you have made hundreds of mortise and tenon joints with your router or haven’t made one mortise and tenon joint, this hands-on workshop is for you.

Making Edge Tool

December 15, 2012 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM;  Instructors – Bob Couture and David Gilbert

We will help you design, shape, heat treat and temper pieces of O1 tool steel so they become useful tools. With simple metal-working tools and a MAPP gas torch you will be able to make a variety of useful tools. Some of the tools that are easily made are awls, marking knives, chisels, scrapers, skews and such. We will have a variety of homemade tools available to give you ideas about what you can make and if time permits we will demo how you can use a lathe to make handles for your tools.

Making Kitchen Utensils Using Hand Tools

January 12, 2013 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM;  Instructor – Brett Templar

This full day hands-on workshop will help you get intimate with your wood. We will make an English Spatula out of cherry and a maple spoon. If time permits, a bonus project will be available. You will learn how to read the grain of the wood and use it to your advantage. You’ll learn the proper use of some basic shaping tools and what they can do for you in everyday woodworking. This workshop should provide some great projects for young children or grandchildren.

Here is a list of tools you will need to bring to the workshop:

  • Small saw
  • Spokeshave
  • Rasp
  • Mallet
  • Coping saw
  • Sand paper: 180, 220
  • Gouge; Any gouge you have that is at least ¾” wide is fine. If you need to purchase one, an 8/25 carving gouge is a good choice.

Optional tools:

  • Hand drill with ¾” auger bit. If you have one of these, please bring.
  • Curved cabinet scraper.

Hand Cut Dovetails

March 2, 2013, 9:00 AM – 3:30 PM;  Instructor – Bob Couture

Participants will learn to plan,lay out, cut and fit through dovetails. Pre-milled parts will be provided that will allow participants to finish a small tray. The focus of the workshop will be to finish the dovetails for one corner of the tray. The other dovetails can be finished up at home, and a bottom (either solid or plywood) added to create a finished project. This is a hands-on workshop.

The following tools will be required. I have extras, but only a limited amount. Call me before you buy anything.

  • Dovetail saw (sharp enough to deal with hardwood). We may do some tuning at class, but only if necessary. If you plan to buy one, please call me first. I have suggestions.
  • Chisels, a narrow one (1/4″ or so) and a wider one (1/2″ to 3/4″) if you have it. (We will both chop and pare, so sharpen before the class.)
  • Coping saw or jeweler’s saw.
  • Cutting style marking gauge. Call me if you have questions.
  • Marking knife. I’ll have several styles to show, but bring one if you have one.
  • 6″ or 12″ rule (Steel is best, but whatever you use is OK.)
  • Dividers (At least one).
  • Square (Small is easier for our purposes, but bring what you normally use.)
  • Bevel gauge or dovetail marker. Call me if you have questions.
  • Pencils and/or fine point pens.
  • Low angle block plane (optional)