Classes

Here is the line up of classes for 2014! Classes are held in my shop on a quiet rural setting 35 miles North of the Twin Cities. We do our best to make our classes fun and relaxing as well as educational. With a maximum of 8 students in a class you will get plenty of one on one time with your instructor. Beverages will be on hand throughout the day and a healthy lunch will be provided. The shop is air conditioned. For the sake of other students you will be asked to please turn off your cell phone during class, you can check messages on breaks and at lunch. We also have a Wi-Fi connection. You will be expected to sign a liability waiver before you can work in the shop. The easiest way to sign up is to send me an e-mail confirming that you are coming. If you need to cancel let me know asap so I don't get materials for you. You can pay on the first day of the class. If you have any suggestions for classes send me an e-mail. See you soon!

Just Joints

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 3rd and 4th, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $270
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All

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 to your mark. Working our way up to dovetails on day two. 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? Whats 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, we will cut mitered 1/2 pins and learn how to cover up the groove in drawer and box bottoms.

Tools Needed:

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

Society of Period Furniture Makers Meeting

  • Date: Saturday May 10th, 9:00 to 5:30

I will be hosting the SAPFM meeting, all with an interest in period furniture are welcome.

9:00 am to 10:00 am– Meet and greet, coffee and treats, show and tell (At least bring photos of what you are working on) 10:00 am to 12:00 noon–Tall Clock. Mike Siemsen will talk about the reproduction clock case he made and talk about the whys and wherefores of building a tall clock case. 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm–Lunch, potluck, bring things to grill and share. Beverages will be provided. 1:00 pm to 2:30 pm–Making moldings, Hollows and rounds. I will put the arm on someone to do this, it may be a committee. 2:30 pm to 3:00 pm–7th inning stretch 3:00 pm to 5:30 pm– Making drawings from photographs 5:30 pm – Go home or go to the local pub with me for dinner and conversation.

http://www.sapfm.org/

Making a Moxon Double Screw Vise, a Marking Gauge, a Mallet, and a Marking Knife

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, May 24th and 25th, 9:00 – 4:30
  • Cost: $260
  • Materials:Included
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will be making a traditional double screw vise as shown in Randal Holme and Moxon. Also a mallet, a marking gauge, and a marking knife. You will use hand tools to make these four very useful items 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.

Tools Needed:

  • Chisels
  • block plane
  • spokeshave

Spoon Gathering

I'll be participating in the 2014 Spoon Gathering in Milan, Mn

http://www.milanvillageartsschool.org/…thering.html

  • Date: Friday, June 6, 2014: from 10 a.m. & into the evening
  • Saturday June 7, 2014: All day & into the evening

Registration $10. Please register and pay on arrival. For planning, please notify the school of your attendance prior to the weekend. Location: Milan Village Arts School & Burns Park, Milan, MN

Sharpening and Using Handsaws

  • Date: Saturday morning, June 14th, 8:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: $65
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All

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! 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 also has a few saws for sale.

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.

Making a Saw Bench Using Handsaws

  • Date: Saturday afternoon, June 14th, 1:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: $75
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

We will use our sharp saws to make a saw horse/saw bench, giving you the opportunity to practice your sawing skills and make an important workshop accessory.

Tools

  • Your sharp handsaws, cross cut and rip.

Sharpening Chisels, Plane Irons and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday Morning, June 21st, 8:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: $65
  • Materials:
  • Skill Level:

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.

Tools

  • Bring your dull planes and chisels and your sharpening stones.

Note

If you sign up for both sections on Saturday lunch is included (sandwiches and beverage) Those who sign up for both days of plane classes will receive enrollment preference over those who only take one or two sections.

Tuning Hand Planes

  • Date: Saturday Afternoon, June 21st, 1 – 5 (see note above)
  • Cost: $65
  • Materials: none
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

In this course you will 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.

Tools

  • Bring your planes

Using Hand Planes

  • Date: Sunday, June 22nd, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $125
  • Materials: Includes materials and lunch (sandwiches and beverage)
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will put our properly sharpened and tuned planes to work to flatten boards, make glue joints and trim end grain. Mike will demonstrate work holding techniques to make your planing simple and accurate. We will try out specialty planes for cutting grooves and dados and making sash and moldings.

Note

Those who sign up for both Saturday and Sunday plane classes will receive enrollment preference over those who only take one or two sections.

Bucksaw Sharpening with John Sumner

  • Date: June 28th, 10 to 4:00
  • Cost: $30
  • Materials: None, Includes lunch
  • Skill Level: All

Course Description

We Will Be sharpening „The Saws That Sing“, large crosscut saws for bucking up timber. John has been sharpening and using large crosscut saws to clear trails in National Forests all over America where chainsaws are not allowed. You will learn how to sharpen and set these saws and put them to use cutting some firewood for me!

Tall Clock Case

  • Date: 12 days, Saturday, July 12th – Wednesday, July 23rd, 9:00 – 5:00 with Thursday July 24th as a backup day if needed.
  • Cost: $1500
  • Materials: To be determined, at least $200
  • Skill Level: You should be able to sharpen and use your tools to chisel, plane and saw.

Course Description

We will be building a flat top Pennsylvania Tall Clock case. I can get the materials or tell you what you will need to bring if you want to provide your own wood. The first day of class we will make a full size drawing of our clock case, deciding on joinery and learning how to design around the clock movement we will be casing. Once the drawing is finished we will make a cut list and start preparing our materials. The majority of the project will be handwork, we may use jointers, tablesaws and planers to lighten the workload but if you want to work late you can do the entire project with hand tools. Movements are available from me at www.greenlakeclock.com

Tools Needed:

  • Dovetail saw (for small joints)
  • Carcass saw (for casework joints)
  • Sharp Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Marking Gauge
  • Marking Knife
  • 6" Square
  • Try Plane
  • Fore Plane
  • Smooth Plane
  • Handsaws
  • Safety Gear
  • and anything else you have that you might want

Making a Stair Saw (dado saw)

  • Date: Saturday, July 27th, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $140
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill level: all

Course Description

We will make a stair saw from scratch. You will cut out and shape the handle to fit your hand. You will cut out the blade from old saws to be repurposed, punch new teeth, and sharpen the saw. There will be a brief lesson on how to use the saw to cut sliding dovetails, dados, and for kerf bending. This is a great introduction to saw making and saw sharpening. If you have an old saw that you would like to re-purpose bring it along.

Side Table.....Choose one of 3 styles

  • Date: 6 days, August 4th – 9th, 9:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: $750
  • Materials: $150
  • Skill Level: All/intermediate

Course Description

Since the basic form of the table is the same you will be able to choose from one of 3 styles, Federal, Arts and Crafts, or Shaker. You will learn what variations change the basic form into a specific style. You will hand plane all of your surfaces, hand dovetail a drawer, and cut mortises and tenons either with a hollow chisel mortiser or by hand, or both! We will also cover inlaid stringing. A small table like this is a great introduction into furniture making and will advance your skills and confidence.

Tools

  • Smooth plane
  • block plane
  • dovetail saw
  • marking gauge
  • knife
  • chisels
  • mallet for chisels
  • hammer
  • card scraper
  • square
  • rule
  • measuring tape
  • hearing protection
  • safety glasses
  • dust mask

Six Board Chest

  • Date: Saturday, Sunday, August 23rd- 24th, 9:00 – 5:30
  • Cost: $275
  • Materials:included
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will build a traditional 6 board chest. These basic chests were inexpensive and simple to make so they were quite common in their time. With a few tools and minimal hardware we will build a small 6 board chest. We will discuss proportions and whole number ratios as we design our chests around the lumber at hand and the tasks we set for them. The finished chest we be approximately 12×12×24 plus the leg height of 4 to 6 inches.

Tools

  • handsaws
  • x-cut and rip
  • turning saw
  • chisels
  • mallet
  • hammer
  • rabbet plane
  • backsaw, square
  • marking gauge
  • knife
  • block plane
  • smooth plane
  • jack plane
  • rasp
  • bring what you have!

Making a Moxon Double Screw Vise, a Marking Gauge, a Mallet, and a Marking Knife

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 6th – 7th, 9:00 – 4:30
  • Cost: $260
  • Materials:Included
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will be making a traditional double screw vise as shown in Randal Holme and Moxon. Also a mallet, a marking gauge, and a marking knife. You will use hand tools to make these four very useful items 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.

Tools Needed:

  • Chisels
  • block plane
  • spokeshave

Just Joints

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, September 20th and 21st, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $270
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All

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 to your mark. Working our way up to dovetails on day two. 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? Whats 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, we will cut mitered 1/2 pins and learn how to cover up the groove in drawer and box bottoms.

Tools Needed:

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

Sharpening and Using Handsaws

  • Date: Saturday morning, October 4th, 8:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: $65
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All

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! 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 also has a few saws for sale.

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.

Making a Saw Bench Using Handsaws

  • Date: Saturday afternoon, October 4th, 1:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: $75
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

We will use our sharp saws to make a saw horse/saw bench, giving you the opportunity to practice your sawing skills and make an important workshop accessory.

Tools

Your sharp handsaws, cross cut and rip.

Sharpening Chisels, Plane Irons and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday Morning, October 18th, 8:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: $65
  • Materials:
  • Skill Level:

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.

Tools

  • Bring your dull planes and chisels and your sharpening stones.

Note

If you sign up for both sections on Saturday lunch is included (sandwiches and beverage) Those who sign up for both days of plane classes will receive enrollment preference over those who only take one or two sections.

Tuning Hand Planes

  • Date: Saturday Afternoon, October 18th, 1 – 5 (see note above)
  • Cost: $65
  • Materials: none
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

In this course you will 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.

Tools

  • Bring your planes

Using Hand Planes

  • Date: Sunday, October 19th, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $125
  • Materials: Includes materials and lunch (sandwiches and beverage)
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will put our properly sharpened and tuned planes to work to flatten boards, make glue joints and trim end grain. Mike will demonstrate work holding techniques to make your planing simple and accurate. We will try out specialty planes for cutting grooves and dados and making sash and moldings.

Note

Those who sign up for both Saturday and Sunday plane classes will receive enrollment preference over those who only take one or two sections.

Six Board Chest

  • Date: Saturday, Sunday, October 25th and 26th, 9:00 – 5:30
  • Cost: $275
  • Materials:included
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will build a traditional 6 board chest. These basic chests were inexpensive and simple to make so they were quite common in their time. With a few tools and minimal hardware we will build a small 6 board chest. We will discuss proportions and whole number ratios as we design our chests around the lumber at hand and the tasks we set for them. The finished chest we be approximately 12×12×24 plus the leg height of 4 to 6 inches.

Tools

  • handsaws
  • x-cut and rip
  • turning saw
  • chisels
  • mallet
  • hammer
  • rabbet plane
  • backsaw, square
  • marking gauge
  • knife
  • block plane
  • smooth plane
  • jack plane
  • rasp
  • bring what you have!

Just Joints

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 1st and 2nd, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $270
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All

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 to your mark. Working our way up to dovetails on day two. 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? Whats 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, we will cut mitered 1/2 pins and learn how to cover up the groove in drawer and box bottoms.

Tools Needed:

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

Making a Moxon Double Screw Vise, a Marking Gauge, a Mallet, and a Marking Knife

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 15th and 16th, 9:00 – 4:30
  • Cost: $260
  • Materials:Included
  • Skill Level: All

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will be making a traditional double screw vise as shown in Randal Holme and Moxon. Also a mallet, a marking gauge, and a marking knife. You will use hand tools to make these four very useful items 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.

Tools Needed:

  • Chisels
  • block plane
  • spokeshave

Making a Stair Saw (dado saw)

  • Date: Sunday, November 22nd, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $140
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill level: all

Course Description

We will make a stair saw from scratch. You will cut out and shape the handle to fit your hand. You will cut out the blade from old saws to be repurposed, punch new teeth, and sharpen the saw. There will be a brief lesson on how to use the saw to cut sliding dovetails, dados, and for kerf bending. This is a great introduction to saw making and saw sharpening. If you have an old saw that you would like to re-purpose bring it along.