2013-2014 Local Workshops

Making Kitchen Utensils Using Hand Tools

Date and Time: October 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. You will make an English Spatula out of cherry and a maple spoon. 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 will provide some great projects for young children or grandchildren and is a great way to introduce them to hand tool woodworking.

If you know how to sharpen your tools, please do this before the workshop. If you are new to sharpening, we will have a sharpening station set up to help you. If you have trouble sharpening the spokeshave blade, click on the following link for a neat solution: Sharpen Spokeshave Blades

Here is a list of tools to bring to the workshop:

  • Small saw: Harbor Freight has one for under $10.
  • Spokeshave: Flat bottom (if you have 2 spokeshaves, bring both)
  • Rasp or a coarse half round file.
  • Mallet
  • Coping saw: Lowes or Home Depot
  • Sand paper: 100, 150, 180, 220
  • Gouge; Any gouge you have that is at least ¾” wide is fine. If you need to purchase one, a 7/30 or 8/25 carving gouge is a good choice. Woodcraft should have them.
  • 12″ min. QuickClamp
  • Safety Glasses
  • Ear Protection
  • Pencil and pad
  • Scissors to cut out patterns

Optional tools:

  • Hand drill with ¾” auger bit. If you have one, please bring it.
  • Curved cabinet scraper.
  • Fine tipped felt pen

The Woodcraft web site does have both of the following items in stock. Here are some links:

Stationary Power Tools 101: Build a Shaker Table Series

Date & Time: Saturday November 16, 2013, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.;Instructor – Alan Van DeMoere

Our goal is to set up and safely use stationary power tools (table saw, jointer, and surface planer) to convert rough sawn planks into sized furniture component pieces. For those going on to create a shaker table, we will actually use your stock to demonstrate the process.

Course overview:

  • Table saw set up of miter gage, blade angle, miter gage, and accessories;
  • Wood planer set up, usage, and accessories;
  • Dealing with snipe and surface finish issues;
  • Jointer set up, usage, and accessories;
  • Set up and usage of dust collection;
  • Flattening one face side, creating a parallel surface, jointing first edge, ripping to square.

We will also discuss wood selection for the shaker table. It is advisable that you use cherry, walnut or maple for your project. Additionally the leg stock should be “bastard cut” (grain goes diagonally from corner to corner of the blank) and flat sawn or quarter sawn material for the top and aprons. If you have any questions, please feel free to call Alan at (585) 747-1270. If you are bringing the stock to this class, you will need at minimum the stock for the legs and aprons:

  • table aprons- 1″ (3/4″ finish) x 5″ x 17″, qty.- 4
  • table legs – 1 1/2″ (1 3/8 finish) x 28 1/2″, qty – 4
  • top – 3/4″ x 20 1/2″ x 20 1/2″ (typically made of two planks approx 10″ wide by 20″ long)
  • drawer, kickers, runners, cleats, bottom are made from secondary wood obtained later

Hand Plane 301-Hand Plane Usage and Specialty Woodworking Planes: Build a Shaker Table Series

Date & Time: Saturday December 14, 2013, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.;Instructor – Alan VanDeMoere

Goal: Know which plane to use and when to use it to prepare your shaker table top (or a simulated top) for finish by cutting instead of sanding. Reference: Garrett Hack “The Hand Plane Book”

Overview: We will use hand planes to prepare the parts of your shaker table (or simulated parts) utilizing the following:

  • Scrub plane, or in our case, a power plane utilized in the power tool 101 class earlier;
  • Jack plane, jointer plane applications and specialty set ups;
  • Cutting end grain and the shooting board;
  • Block planes, their traditional applications;
  • Smoothing plane and how they are set up a great surface;
  • Scraper plane, scraper blade, when the smoother fails;
  • Difficult wood management, grain direction, and the dreaded “tear out”;
  • Relationship between: cutting angle, mouth opening, iron sharpness, cutting iron support and the material being cut;
  • Winding sticks;
  • Wooden planes – some folks like the feel;
  • Molding planes, a couple of things that you must know;
  • Rabbit plane, router plane and their applications in the drawer of the shaker table;
  • Flattening/preparing a simulated table top for finish.

Hand Cut Mortise & Tenon: Build a Shaker Table Series

Date & Time: Saturday January 11, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.;Instructor – Alan VanDeMoere

This is a one day hand cut mortise and tenon joint workshop and the first of an ongoing series of workshops on building a shaker table. If you’re only interested in learning mortise and tenon joints and don’t plan to build a shaker table, that’s okay. 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 yet. You will start by simply sawing to a line, then make a bridle joint and then a mortise and tenon joint. 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. For example, you may make them with a drill press, mortising machine, and/or a table saw. That’s fine, bring along your ideas for discussion, but don’t count on 120 VAC during the “learning process”. That drill press and portable variable speed drill are “off limits”.

Before we’re done you’ll need to decide if you want your shaker table to be made with hand cut mortise joints, a mortising machine, a table saw or a drill press. But don’t worry, if done correctly no one will be able to tell your process in the finished table. It’s time to take your woodworking skills to the next level with hand cut mortise and tenon joints. Whether you’ve made hundreds of mortise and tenon joints with your router or have never made one, this hands-on workshop is for you.

Blind Dovetail Workshop: Build a Shaker Table Series

Date & Time: Saturday February 1, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.; Instructor – Bob Couture

In this workshop you will learn to cut and fit half-blind dovetails, as used in drawer construction. The workshop is a part of the “Build a Shaker Table” series, but attendance in the other series workshops is not required. Some experience cutting through dovetails is useful, but again, not required.

We will cover the following:

  • Tools, and tool selection
  • Layout, including sizing the dovetails and placement relative to the drawer bottom
  • Cutting, and chopping the tails (Half-blind dovetails are cut tails first.)
  • Cutting and chopping the half-blind pins. We’ll discuss and demonstrate:
    • The issue of “over-sawing” (sawing past the layout line, leaving saw marks well into the inside of the drawer) to make waste removal easier
    • Other ways to “cheat” in order to bring the saw cuts to the bottom of the cut from front to back
    • Removing the waste by several different methods
  • Fitting the dovetails
  • Trimming the drawer for a proper fit in the table (time permitting)

A suggested tool list includes:

  • Marking gauge (2 if you have them)
  • Marking Knife
  • Divider
  • 6″ rule
  • Regular and white lead pencils
  • Square (small will be best for our purposes)
  • Sliding bevel or dovetail marker
  • Chisels (Sharpen before the workshop, please.)
  • Striking mallet
  • Dovetail saw

If some of these tools are ones you don’t yet possess, don’t run out and buy everything. Contact me before the workshop. Some spares will be available for loan. If you have nothing, contact me early. I have advice on what to buy (and what not to buy). I can probably save you money. We’ll also be talking about this as the workshop progresses.

Spindle Turning – Making a Drawer Knob: Build a Shaker Table Series

Date & Time: Saturday February 22, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.; Instructor – David Gilbert

Turning spindles (objects with their axis running roughly parallel to the grain of the wood) is fundamental to most of the turning used in furniture making. It’s also the basis for turning pens, candlesticks and other useful projects. This hands on workshop will teach you how to turn the drawer knobs for your shaker table.

Shaker Table Assembly and Finishing: Build a Shaker Table Series

Date & Time: Saturday April 5, 2014, 9:00 AM – 4:00 PM.; Instructor – Alan VanDeMoere

Ready to assemble and finish your shaker table, or simply want to learn how to assemble and finish your wood projects? Let us show you how.

This “hands on” workshop is designed for anyone who wants to ensure a great finish on wood. If you are a beginner or someone with lots of woodworking experience but aren’t perfectly happy with your results, this workshop is for you. We will concentrate on wood preparation with a smoothing plane and card scraper, but a bit of hand sanding will be necessary. We will apply a shellac finish, because we can hopefully count on a rapid build and dry, but the same process can be applied to lacquer, varnish, or polyurethane. You can hand apply, brush, or spray this finish based on your choice of application. Bring a brush or rags with you depending on your favorite method or learn a new one. If you want to use HVLP, we will have one set up but you may wish to bring your own system. One caution, if you use HVLP you will NEVER GO BACK!

You will make a sanding block with cork on one side and felt on the other. It is something that you will probably use forever. Additionally, you should bring with you (if you have them, don’t buy anything):

  • Hand protection gloves ($6/box at Freight w/coupon or $8 at Home Depot)
  • Clean rags and or finish brush with soft natural fiber
  • 320 sand paper, 600, 800, 100, and 1200 wet or dry sandpaper
  • Smoothing plane
  • Card scraper
  • 3M Finish Paste
  • Wax
  • Apron or smock or old clothing
  • Carbide scraper (glue line removal)