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

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

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.


  • 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