2016-2017 Local Workshops

Making Kitchen Utensils with Hand Tools

Date & Time: Saturday September 17, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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 spoon out of Poplar. 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.

Tools needed for this workshop include:

  • Small saw: Harbor Freight has one for under $10.
  • Spokeshave: Flat bottom (if you have 2 spokeshaves, bring both)
  • Rasp or a course half round file.
  • 1″ wide flat Chisel
  • Mallet
  • Coping saw: Lowe’s 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 these items.
  • 12″ (minimum) Quick Clamp
  • Safety Glasses
  • Ear Protection
  • Pencil and pad
  • Scissors to cut out patterns

Optional tools:

  • Hand drill (a.k.a. brace) with ¾” auger bit. If you have one of these, please bring.
  • Curved cabinet scraper.
  • Fine tipped felt pen

If you don’t have all of these tools, please don’t let this prevent you from signing up for this workshop. There will be extra tools available for you to borrow. But my “extras” are limited, so if you have extra tools, please bring them with you to share as needed.

PS: Everyone will be receiving wood from my private stash so I ask for a $5 material charge to help defray my costs. Thanks in advance.

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.

The Woodcraft web site has a flat bottom spokeshave ( Woodcraft Spokeshave ) and 4pc card scraper set (  Woodcraft Card Scraper set) #147419 is a good choice. These should be available in the Henrietta store.

If you have trouble sharpening the spokeshave blade, click on the following link for a neat solution:http://paulsellers.com/2012/11/grinding-and-honing-spokeshave-blades/

Handsaw Fundamentals

Date and Time: October 1, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

This workshop will concentrate on effectively using handsaws to create dovetails and tenons for furniture joints. It is not intended to be a detailed course on laying out, chopping, or finishing these joints; although these subjects may be discussed as time allows. Most of the workshop will concentrate on what it takes to use a joinery saw comfortably, efficiently, and effectively. We will cover:

The (wide and confusing) range of saws available

  • Western vs. Japanese
  • Rip, crosscut and “hybrid” filing
  • Saw size
  • Tooth size

What saw(s) will you (really) need?

  • Which saw size, tooth size, and tooth filing for a given job
  • How to examine a saw for purchase
  • Which saw for which joint?
  • Speed of cut vs. fineness of cut
  • Is there one saw that will do it all, and how do you choose it?

Saw sharpening basics

  • Tools required
  • Sharpen yourself vs. get someone else to sharpen it
  • Problems created by poor sharpening and how to solve them

The mechanics of sawing

  • What happens microscopically at the tooth level
  • How the saw design effects its performance

How to saw efficiently and accurately

  • Body position
  • Head and eye position
  • Work position
  • Hands, arms, grip, and how they effect sawing
  • Layout tricks and “cheats” to make accurate sawing easier

Correcting problems

  • Saw problems
  • Work holding problems
  • Technique problems
  • Secondary “tuning” of the joint with other tools

We will go through the presentation portion as quickly as the group is comfortable with. We will spend as much time as possible actually sawing wood. I will make individual observations and suggestions to make your work more comfortable, and more accurate. Class size will be limited to 8 people in order to make this reasonable. Please bring the following, if you have them:

  • Any joinery saws you wish to use
  • Layout tools (square, pencils, pens, marking knife)
  • A sharp chisel

I’ll have extras, so if you don’t have these, don’t worry.

Hand Cut Dovetails

Date & Time: Saturday, October 15, 2016, 9:00AM to 4:00PM

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)