Workshops

A Note About Workshops

We hope the national and local workshops will provide just the kind of experiences you need to build your woodworking skills. All workshops are a wonderful benefit of being an RWS member, and all require RWS membership.

Please note that lunch will not be provided at any of the local workshops, national workshops include lunch (unless specified).

To register just select the “Add to cart” button for the workshop you want.

Hand Planes 101 – Selecting & Tuning

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere

Date/Time: Saturday October 13, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Goal: identifying and understanding different hand planes and the how they may be tuned up

This workshop will present an overview of hand planes. Participants are asked to bring along a hand plane in need of a tune up. The goal is to create one tuned up plane that demonstrates performance that compares to the performance of new planes costing hundreds of dollars. Attendees will also gain an understanding of the workings of hand planes and understand how to value these pieces of equipment..

Outline:

  • Parts of a plane
  • Identifying old Stanley planes
  • Bedrock vs. Bailey
  • Bevel up vs. bevel down
  • Flattening the sole
  • Truing other plane parts (frog, cap, mouth, side, adjuster, etc.)
  • New planes vs. older planes, when to give up!
  • Smoother, Jointer, Jack, Block overview
  • Cleaning metal parts, secret formula
  • Removing rust from metal parts, secret process
  • Cleaning wooden surfaces, secret formula
 


Kathy Wise: National Lecture and Workshop

Kathy Wise PhotoKathy Wise has always had a strong love for animals along with a talent for sculpture. She has worked with many companies in the giftware industry including Enesco, Simson, United Design and Encore Group.

Kathy has designed and sculpted over 3000 different items in over 40 giftware lines that have been sold worldwide. She started working in wood in 2002 when she began designing custom intarsia patterns for her fathers-in-law’s craft business. In the Fall of 2004, Scroll Saw Woodworking and Crafts published the first article by Kathy and she since has been published in over 50 issues.  Kathy was the winner of five Intarsia first place awards (2006-2011) in the Design in Wood show, San Diego. She is the author of three books: Intarsia Birds: Woodworking the Wise Way, Intarsia Woodworking Projects and Intarsia Woodworking for Beginners.

Kathy has become The World renown expert in Intarsia as well as pattern design. To learn more about Kathy and Intarsia, visit her website at www.wiseintarsia.com

 

Kathy Wise Lecture: St. John Fisher College (135 Basil Hall) - Friday October 19, 2018 @ 07:45 PM

On Friday’s evening talk, Kathy Wise will talk about his work and experiences with Intarsia. The meeting will begin at 7:45 p.m. on Friday, October 19 in 135 Basil Hall on the campus of St. John Fisher College.

 

Kathy Wise Workshop

Instructor: Kathy Wise

Date/Time: Saturday October 20, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: Yes

Location: CP Rochester, 3399 South Winton Road, Rochester, NY

Cost: $ 50 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 40 people

$50.00Add to cart

On Saturday, October 20th, 2018Kathy Wise will be demonstrating intarsia techniques. More details to come.

 


Hand Cut Dovetails

Instructor: Brett Templar

Date/Time: Saturday October 27, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: $10

Class size: 5 people

This workshop is full and closed to further enrollment. To be placed on a waiting list, email your request to: workshops at rochesterwoodworkers.org.

Participants will learn to plan, layout, cut and fit through Dovetails and answer the most important question in all woodworking (maybe), Tails first or Pins first.

We will learn the following in this Hands-on Workshop:

  • Usage of a Dovetail
  • Components of a Dovetail
  • Different methods of cutting a Dovetail
  • Dovetail angles have different uses.
  • Make a knife wall for cutting accuracy.
  • Proper sawing technique
  • How to fix any “miscalculations”
  • Glue up and clamping methods
  • Tips and tricks

You will be supplied practice boards and enough material to make a small Knick Knack box. There will be a small material charge of $10. for these supplies.

While we will not have enough time to complete the box, you will have the skill and the confidence to finish them at home.

Following are the tools needed for the workshop. It is preferable that you bring these with you. I do have a limited supply of extras. If you are having trouble procuring these, email me and I will help you out.

Tools needed:

  • #2 lead pencils
  • 12” combo square
  • Marking knife
  • Marking gauge
  • Various sizes of chisels starting at ¼”. Preferably sharp but I will have a sharpening station for tune ups.
  • Dovetail saw
  • Coping saw
  • 6” or 12” ruler
  • Dividers
  • Bevel gauge or Dovetail gauge
  • Hand plane #4 or low angle Block
  • Hammer: Rubber tipped of wooden mallet
  • A few clamps.
 


Hand Planes 201 – Sharpening

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere

Date/Time: Saturday November 10, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Alan's Shop

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Goal: sharpening your hand plane irons, chisels and other shop tools for maximum efficiency

This workshop shall focus on the processes of sharpening woodworking tools. Attendees are asked to bring along whatever sharpening equipment and techniques that they currently use to sharpen items along with an hand plane iron in need of sharpening. Attendees will gain a better understanding of the diverse processes used in sharpening and refine their skills in a particular process. Reference Leonard Lee “Sharpening”

Outline:

  • Cutting Iron bevels
  • Plane bed angles
  • Mouth opening and chip formation
  • Overview of sharpening materials: ceramic, water stones, diamond plate, oil stones, Tormek
  • Detailed process of Veritas MarkII w/ water stones and micro bevels
  • Cambered cutting edges and when to apply them
 


Intro to Spindle Turning

Instructor: Mike Brawley

Date/Time: Saturday December 01, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 8 people

$30.00Add to cart

This workshop is an opportunity to learn the basic skills required to incorporate turnings into your flat-work in the form of columns, legs, finials and the like.  These same skills can also be used to make hundreds of useful household items from lamps to honey dippers. The workshop will be a comprehensive hands-on, review of the basic tools and techniques used to turn and  reproduce spindles.   It should be of value to both beginning and intermediate turners. Later in the day we will apply these skills to the turning of finger tops or to any particular projects which the participants care to discuss. RWS’ lathes and turning tools will be available for your use. A small material fee will be charged.

 


Hand Planes 301 – Hand Plane Usage and Specialty Woodworking Planes

Instructor: Alan VanDeMoere

Date/Time: Saturday December 08, 2018 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: Alan's Shop

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Goal: using hand planes and taking your woodworking to the next level

This hands on workshop will concentrate on usage skills of the jointer, jack and smoothing plane. Attendees should bring their existing hand planes and utilize them to achieve a perfect dimension and finish of a simulated (or real) table top. Alternately attendees shall have the opportunity to utilize various hand planes that are sharp and tuned up. The goal is to allow participants to take their woodworking to a higher level of achievement.

Outline:

  • Scrub plane, or in our case, a power plane
  • 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
  • Flattening/preparing a simulated table top for finish
 


Introduction to Inlays

Instructor: Tim Talma

Date/Time: Saturday January 12, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: TBD

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Detailed description coming soon

 


Bowl Turning

Instructor: David Gilbert

Date/Time: Saturday January 26, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

This workshop will focus on bowl turning and is directed at “I’ve never turned before turners”, beginners, and intermediate turners. Each participant will have their own instructor who will guide them through the process. The morning will be devoted to learning the tools and cuts required to make a bowl from green wood. In the afternoon we will use dried bowl blanks to make finished bowls. A list of required items will be sent to the participants before the workshop. Lathes and tools will be supplied for the students’ use.

 


Making a Shaker Oval Box

Instructor: Bob Couture

First Session - Date/Time: Saturday April 06, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Second Session - Date/Time: Saturday April 13, 2019 from 09:00 AM to 04:00 PM

Is Lunch Included?: No

Location: CP Rochester

Cost: $ 30 (must be RWS member)

Materials charge: $35

Class size: 5 people

$30.00Add to cart

Participants will construct a Shaker oval box (size #2, 3-1/2″ x 5-3/4″ x 2-1/4″ high) using commercial 1/16″ veneer in cherry, walnut or anigre. Top ] and bottom materials will vary. Materials and specialized equipment will be provided. The class will extend over two sessions because of the need for the steam bent sides to dry. It is expected that some work at home will be required to fit the top and bottom, and to finish the box.

There will be a presentation with handouts that will cover the construction process, material selection, construction of the forms and steam box, and other projects that make use of the techniques used in the workshop.

After some clean up of the pre-cut sides, participants will steam bend, tack and dry the sides. Boxes must then dry on the forms. In the second session, bottoms will be individually fit, pinned, and glued. The band for the top will then be steam bent, and formed around the bottoms for a tight fit. The top can be fitted at home using the same techniques, and the participant can choose and apply a finish.

Bring these tools if you have them:

  • Exacto knife with standard blade, fine carving knife, or utility knife
  • Pencils
  • Tack hammer or other small hammer
  • Fine needle-nose pliers
  • Wire cutters (can be part of needle nose plier)
  • Sand paper, #80 grit to #220 grit with sanding block
  • Manual or power hand drill with 1/16″ bit

There will be a material fee of $35. The forms can be borrowed for the duration of the class, or purchased for $35.