A Place To Sit: Make a Bench

  • Date: Sunday, November 18th, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $150
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail [email protected]

A gateway skills class

Course description

We will be learning to build a bench that is held together with wooden pegs, no metal, no glue…just pegs. The joinery makes it strong! This is a great place to add to your skills or get your feet wet in woodworking and make a useful and attractive piece of furniture. The hand cut joinery is strong and simple and easy to repeat at home. We will plane a taper, use a bow or coping saw, chisel a dado, and auger holes for wood pegs with a brace and bit.

Tools needed

  • Plane
  • panel saw
  • backsaw
  • coping or bowsaw
  • brace
  • 1/4 and 3/4 inch bits
  • 1/2 or 3/4 inch chisel
  • hammer
  • rasp
  • Bring what tools you have, I have some I can loan you if you don’t have them.

Build a Small Sea Chest

  • Date:December 1st and 2nd, Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $220
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • e-mail [email protected]

Course Description

We will be building a small „Sea Chest“ with angled sides. The finished chest will be about 12×12×24 with dovetailed corners. You will learn to make angled dovetails as you build this traditional form. We will only be using hand tools to create this chest. This would make a great Christmas gift!

Tools needed

  • Dovetail saw
  • Block Plane
  • #5 sized plane
  • Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Square
  • Marking Knife
  • Crosscut Saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Bevel

Just Joints: Handcut Joinery

  • Date: January 12th and 13th, Saturday, 9:00 - 5:00, Sunday, 10:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $260
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course Description

On the first day we will learn to lay out and cut several basic woodworking joints. We will cut mortise and tenon and bridle joints. Learning to saw straight, cut to the line and chop and pare with a chisel to your mark. Working our way up to dovetails on day two. We will also cover wood movement and why joints are made the way they are. Whether for drawers or case work dovetails are actually pretty basic woodworking. At first it can be a bit difficult to keep it all straight. Pins first? Tails first? What’s a pin or tail? Which piece is the waste? What’s a half pin? How do you keep the pieces organized? It will all become clear as you learn to layout, saw and chop this signature woodworking joint. We will do through and half-blind joints, then make a box! Bring the tools you have. I have some I can loan you.

Tools Needed:

  • Dovetail saw (for small joints)
  • Carcass saw (for casework joints)
  • Sharp Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Marking Gauge
  • Marking Knife
  • 6” Square
  • Smooth Plane

Tool Making: make a Marking Gauge, Mallet, Vise and Layout Knife

To be held at Paramount Center for the Arts in St. Cloud

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will be making a “Moxon” double screw vise,also a mallet, a marking gauge, and a marking knife. You will use hand tools to make these four very useful tools for your shop and gain the knowledge to make more of them as needed. Hand chopped mortises, boring with a brace and bit, threading with a screwbox and tap are all covered. We will do a bit of metal work on the marking knife, grinding and filing the blade to shape then hardening and tempering the steel. Bring what tools you have, I have some I can loan you.

Tools Needed:

  • Chisels, 5/8 or 3/4 inch, 1/4 inch
  • block plane
  • cabinetmakers rasp
  • card scraper

Sharpening, Tuning and Using Chisels, Planes and Scrapers

  • Date: February 2nd and 3rd, Saturday, 9:00 - 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $265
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course Description

Getting your tools sharp is possibly the most important skill a woodworker can learn. Sharpening should be a quick and easy task. Mike will show you what it takes to obtain and maintain a good sharp edge. We will discuss various sharpening systems as well as different bevel angles and why they are used. You will also get ideas for setting up a sharpening station in your shop. Our goal is for you to achieve the 5 minute edge, the time it takes to remove and sharpen a plane iron, replace it, and get back to work. You will also learn what it takes to make a plane work properly, whether you are flattening a board and removing lots of material, jointing an edge, or smoothing for a finished surface. We will discuss when an iron needs camber and when an iron should be straight, and the nuances in between. You will learn what to look for in a plane, and what to avoid and how to correct deficiencies in your planes. We will flatten plane soles, adjust frogs and make your planes sing! On Sunday we will put our properly sharpened and tuned planes to work. You will learn to joint an edge and flatten a board. Mike will demonstrate work holding techniques to make your planing simple and accurate. We will try out specialty planes for cutting grooves,dados and moldings, try them out, understand how they work. Learn to use winding sticks to flatten boards, make glue joints and use a shooting board to trim end grain.

Tools

  • Bring your planes and chisels and scrapers to work on and your sharpening stones for assessment. I will have sharpening stations set up for your use.

MWTCA tool meet in Medina, MN

  • Date: Sunday, February 10th, 7:30 to 12:00 noon
  • Where: Medina Entertainment Center, 500 Highway 55, Medina, MN 55340
  • Cost: You must be a member. They waive the $16 entry fee when you join at the door for $25.This includes coffee donuts and lunch. There are 3 meets a year.
  • Description: MWTCA tool meets are a great place to shop for tools and visit with likeminded people. I will be there demonstrating. Bring a few tools to sell, buy tools, view tool displays, see demonstrations. Trading starts at 8:30.

https://mwtca.org/

Sharpening and Using Handsaws: Sharpen a Handsaw (and an auger bit!)

  • Date: Sunday February 24th, 10:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: $125
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course description

Most people have never used a properly sharpened handsaw so they don’t realize how well they work. Find out what you are missing! In the morning Mike will demonstrate how to bring an old saw back to life. We will go over what to look for in a handsaw and how to sharpen a saw. We will supply files and vises. Bring a saw to sharpen, between 10 and 6 points per inch and a saw vise if you have one. If you don’t have a saw that you want to practice on Mike has some practice saws. He sometimes has a few saws for sale. In the afternoon we will also file an auger bit.

Tools

Bring a 10 to 6 point saw that needs to be sharpened and a saw vise if you have one, an 8 point saw is best. If you don’t have a saw you want to practice on Mike has some practice saws. You can bring extra saws for evaluation. Many students bring an 8 point crosscut saw and a 5 or 5 1/2 point ripsaw and sharpen them both!

Lie- Nielsen Hand Tool Event, St. Cloud, MN

Event Description

See demonstrations, try out and purchase Lie-Nielsen planes. Visit with other woodworkers.

  • Free
  • Date: March 15-16, 2019. Friday (10am - 6pm), Saturday (10am - 5pm)

Mike will be demonstrating at the hand tool event sponsored by the Central Minnesota Woodworkers Association at the Paramount Tech Center 1609 33rd Ave S, Waite Park, Minnesota.

A Place To Sit: Make a Bench

  • Date: Sunday, March 23rd, 10:00 - 5:00
  • Cost: $150
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course description

We will be learning to build a bench that is held together with wooden pegs, no metal, no glue…just pegs. The joinery makes it strong! This is a great place to add to your skills or get your feet wet in woodworking and make a useful and attractive piece of furniture. The hand cut joinery is strong and simple and easy to repeat at home. We will plane a taper, use a bow or coping saw, chisel a dado, and auger holes for wood pegs with a brace and bit.

Tools

  • Plane
  • panel saw
  • backsaw
  • coping or bowsaw
  • brace
  • 1/4 and 3/4 inch bits
  • 1/2 or 3/4 inch chisel
  • hammer
  • rasp
  • Bring what tools you have, I have some I can loan you if you don’t have them.

Build a Small Sea Chest

  • Date: April 13th and 14th, Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $220
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • e-mail

Course Description

We will be building a small “Sea Chest” with angled sides. The finished chest will be about 12×12×24 with dovetailed corners. You will learn to make angled dovetails as you build this traditional form. We will only be using hand tools to create this chest. This would make a great Christmas gift!

Tools

  • Dovetail saw
  • Block Plane
  • #5 sized plane
  • Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Square
  • Marking Knife
  • Crosscut Saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Bevel

Holtzapfel Style Workbench

  • Date: 6 days, April 24th - 29th, 8:30 to 4:30
  • Cost: $650
  • Materials: Approximately $250 in Materials
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/all

Course Description

The work bench is the main work holding device in a wood shop. We will build a good, solid, simple, functional work bench for your shop that disassembles easily for moving. Mike’s 16” jointer and 24” planer will help make quick work out of flattening the 2½” thick tops. We will cover some workbench appliances like the holdfast, the doe’s foot, the sliding deadman and the bench hook.  To simplify things Mike will order in enough lumber for all the benches so they will be the same. The hardwood lumber used will be purchased to get the best price and provided at cost plus machining fees. The bench will be 5 feet 6 inches long and 24 inches wide. The height will vary depending on your needs. Let Mike know how long of a bench you wish to build if you would prefer a different length.

Tools

  • chisels
  • mallet for chisels
  • smoothing plane
  • jointer plane if you have one
  • block plane
  • marking gauge
  • hammer
  • card scraper
  • marking knife
  • square, rule
  • measuring tape
  • hearing protection
  • safety glasses
  • dust mask.

Introduction to Wood Turning

  • Date: May 18th and 19th, Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30.
  • Cost: $220
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • e-mail

Course Description

Turning is a great hobby and a useful skill for making furniture elements like legs or columns. Craft items like pizza cutters and bottle stoppers are another option for the spindle turner.

Tools

  • Bring whatever turning tools you may have