Classes

2015 classes

Here is the line up of classes for 2015! 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!

Build a Nicholson Workbench

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, January 17th and 18th, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $400, with leg vise $500
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course Description

We will be building the iconic Nicholson workbench in a 6 foot length. If you want a longer bench let me know when you sign up. There will be a materials up-charge for longer benches (cost of materials only). In order to get done in 2 days we will primarily be using power tools. We will go over flattening the bench top but you will do that at home after your bench settles in. If you want to see one of these benches in action watch my youtube video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?…

Tools Needed:

  • Sharp Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Square
  • Marking knife

Sharpening and Using Handsaws

  • Date: Saturday morning, January 24th, 8:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: $70
  • 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! 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. You can bring extra saws for evaluation.

Making a Saw Bench Using Handsaws

  • Date: Saturday afternoon, January 24th, 1:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: $75
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

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.

Making a Five or Six Board Tool Tote

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, January 31 and February 1st, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $290
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • e-mail

Course Description

Handy for taking a few tools to a class or working around the house this tool tote is a good first step towards building a tool chest. Keep your tools put away safely and they will serve you well. We will be making a 5 or 6 board tool tote. The six board has two small drawers in the bottom section. We will be dovetailing and cutting dados and rabbets, mortise and tenon.

Tools Needed:

  • Saws, rip and crosscut
  • Carcase saw for dovetailing the case and the drawers
  • Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Hammer
  • # 5 sized bench plane and block plane
  • Moving fillester or #78 type rabbet plane

I have tools you can use if you don't have all of these. Bring what you have.

Just Joints

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, February 21st and 22nd, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $270
  • 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 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

Windsor Chair

  • Date: Six days, March 7th, 8th, and 9th. March 14th, 15th and 16th
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Sharpening Chisels, Plane Irons and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday Morning, March 21st, 8:00 – 12:00
  • Cost: $70
  • Materials:
  • 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.

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, March 21st, 1 – 5 (see note above)
  • Cost: $70
  • Materials: none
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

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, March 22nd, 10:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $125
  • Materials: Includes materials and lunch (sandwiches and beverage)
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

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. Hollows and rounds, complex molders, try them out, understand how they work.

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.

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

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 28th and 29th, 9:00 – 4:30
  • Cost: $290
  • Materials:Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

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