Classes

Fall 2018

More to be added! Here is the line up of classes for Fall 2018! Classes are held in my shop on a quiet rural setting 35 miles North of the Twin Cities. I do my 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 please send me an e-mail. See you soon!

Private Lessons

I teach private lessons to people who can't make it to a scheduled class or want a focused approach to what they want to learn. Private classes for groups can be organized as well. The rate is $60 per hour for 1 person, $40 each for 2 people, $30 each for 3 or more. Send me an e-mail for more information or to set up a session. If you are not too far away I can even travel to your shop! Your subject on your schedule!

Tool Making, make a Marking Gauge and a Mallet

  • Date: September 22nd and 23rd, Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00, Sunday, 10:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $290
  • Materials:Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

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
  • block plane
  • cabinetmakers rasp
  • card scraper

MWTCA tool meet in Hastings,MN

  • Date: Saturday, October 6th, 7:30 to 12:00 noon
  • Where: The National Guard Armory, 3050 HWY 316 (Redwing Blvd.) Hastings Minnesota, 55033.
  • 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 like minded 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/

Just Joints: Handcut Joinery

  • Date: October 13th and 14th,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

Sharpening, Tuning and Using Chisels, Planes and Scrapers

  • Date: October 20th and 21st, 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.

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

  • Date: Sunday, November 4th, 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!

A Place To Sit: Make a Bench

  • Date: Sunday, November 18th, 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:December 1st and 2nd, 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