Classes

Fall/Winter 2017/2018

Here is the line up of classes for Fall/Winter 2017/2018! 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 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!

A Place To Sit: Make a Bench

  • Date: Saturday, October 14th, 9:00 – 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. Depending on how fast you are you may be able to complete 2 benches of different styles!

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.

MWTCA tool meet in Hastings,MN

  • Date: Saturday, October 21, 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. 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. Trading starts at 8:30.

Build a Nicholson Workbench

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 4th and 5th, Saturday 9:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: $475
  • 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?… Please sign up early so I can get the materials in!

Tools Needed:

  • Sharp Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Square
  • Marking knife

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

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 11th and 12th, 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 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 ability 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. The tools alone are worth the cost of the class!

Tools Needed: Bring what you have

  • Sharp Chisels
  • block plane

Sharpening and Using Handsaws: Sharpen a Handsaw, Make a Saw Bench

  • Date: Saturday, November 18th, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $140
  • 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 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

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.

Sharpening, Tuning and Using Chisels, Planes and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 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 and dados and making sash and moldings, also hollows and rounds and complex molders, try them out, understand how they work. Learn to use winding sticks to flatten boards. We will 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.

Just Joints: Handcut Joinery

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 16th and 17th, Saturday 9:00 – 4:30, Sunday 10:00 – 4:30
  • 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 with a chisel 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? 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, we may even have time to make a box!

Tools Needed:

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

Build a Small Sea Chest.

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, January 6th and 7th, Saturday 9:00 – 4:30, Sunday 10:00 – 4:30
  • Cost: $290
  • 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.

Tools

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

Side Table

  • Date: 5 days, January 15th through 19th, 9:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $850
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All/intermediate

Course Description

Build a small side table in one of 3 styles, Federal, Arts and Crafts, or Shaker. 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. With knowledge of the joinery used in a small table you can build almost anything!

Tools

  • Smooth plane
  • block plane
  • dovetail saw
  • marking gauge
  • marking knife
  • chisels
  • mallet for chisels
  • hammer
  • card scraper
  • square
  • rule
  • measuring tape

Holtzapfel Style Workbench

  • Date: five days, January 29th through February 2nd, 9:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $1050
  • Materials: Included, w/vise

http://www.yostvises.com/…ng-vise.html

  • Skill Level: Beginning to Intermediate

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 2 ½ “ thick tops. We will also cover some workbench appliances like the holdfast, the sliding deadman and the bench hook. To simplify things Mike will order in enough lumber for all of 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. Let Mike know how long of a bench you wish to build. This class will close on January 2nd in order to obtain the vises and materials.

Tools

  • chisels
  • mallet for chisels
  • block plane
  • marking gauge
  • hammer
  • marking knife
  • square, rule
  • measuring tape
  • hearing protection
  • safety glasses
  • dust mask.

MWTCA Tool Meet in Medina,MN

  • Date: Saturday, February 11th, 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. 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. Trading starts at 8:30.

Windsor Chair

  • Date: Six days, February 19th through the 23rd, 9:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: $850
  • 5 sessions
  • If you are not able to turn set up a time with Mike for some turning lessons. $120 Feb. 17th or 18th
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All

Course Description

Beautiful, elegant, and strong the Windsor chair dominated chair manufacture in the 18th century. Learn the many techniques needed to build your own. Depending upon your turning abilities you will build a bamboo leg, or a tapered leg, Bow Back Windsor Chair from start to finish. Primarily using hand tools, you will be riving, steam bending, shaving, sawing, boring and turning to create this traditional chair. Two instructors will guide you through the many steps needed to complete your chair. (If you are a accomplished turner we will supply you with patterns and blanks so you can turn your legs and stretchers at home).

Tools

You do not need to buy any tools for this class. If you have your own chair making tools bring them along.

  • Tools you could bring include
  • Drawknife
  • Spokeshave
  • Small Froe
  • Brace and Bits
  • Bevel
  • Travisher
  • Scorp
  • Protractor
  • Small hammer
  • e-mail

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

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 3rd and 4th, 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 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 ability 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. The tools alone are worth the cost of the class!

Tools Needed: Bring what you have

  • Sharp Chisels
  • block plane

Sharpening and Using Handsaws: Sharpen a Handsaw, Make a Saw Bench

  • Date: Saturday, March 10th, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $140
  • 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 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

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.

Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Event

  • Date: Friday and Saturday, March 16th and 17th. Friday 10: – 6:00, Saturday 10:00 to 5:00
  • Cost: Free (unless you buy something)

Description

The Lie Nielsen Hand Tool Events are a good way to try out the many tools that Lie Nielsen makes, visit with other woodworkers and see some great demonstrations. This is a nice venue, warm and with lots of room. I will be there demonstrating.

Location: Paramount Tech Center, 248 33rd Ave South, Waite Park, MN 56387

Sharpening, Tuning and Using Chisels, Planes and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 24th and 25th, 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 and dados and making sash and moldings, also hollows and rounds and complex molders, try them out, understand how they work. Learn to use winding sticks to flatten boards. We will 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.

Just Joints: Handcut Joinery

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 7th and 8th, Saturday 9:00 – 4:30, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30
  • 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 with a chisel 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? 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, we may even have time to make a box!

Tools Needed:

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

A Place To Sit: Make a Bench

  • Date: Saturday, April 21st, 9:00 – 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. Depending on how fast you are you may be able to complete 2 benches of different styles!

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.

Hand Tool Immersion 101

  • Date:5 days May 7th through May 11th
  • Cost: $650
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/all
  • e-mail

Course Description

Back by popular demand! An intensive 5 day all-out immersion into handwork The goal is to tune up your hand skills to as high a point as possible in five days. You will tune up your tools and use them to build a tool chest to haul them home in. For those of you on a limited budget, we will be camping on the grounds of the school (pleasebring your own gear) and cooking communally in my house. There is a shower and places to camp. If you choose to stay in a hotel, that’s totally cool and understandable. Know that you are always welcome to hang out late into the evening working on your project.
The school is open 24 hours a day for you. this class is limited to 12 people and is aimed at 30 somethings needing a jump start into woodworking.

Tools

I’d like everyone in the class to have a complete tool kit when they finish the course. Below is a list of the tools needed for the class. If you want to purchase tools that you need for the class and would like help selecting tools or need recommendations on where to buy them e-mail me and I will be happy to help.

  • No. 5 jack plane, such as a prewar Stanley with a clean iron (no rust) and a tight chipbreaker.
  • Lowangle block plane, such as Stanley 60 1/2 with a clean iron and movable toe piece.
  • Wooden rabbet plane (skew or straight iron). Wedge needs to work.
  • Card scraper.
  • Large router plane, such as Stanley No. 71 or No. 71 1/2.
  • Hand drill, sometimes called an “eggbeater,” such as a Millers Falls No. 2 or 5 with

a 1/4” chuck and intact chuck springs (i.e. the jaws are springloaded and work)

  • Brace with a 10” sweep. Good chuck with its springs still intact and a tight pad.
  • Beveledge chisels with wooden handles (1/4”, 1/2” and 3/4”).
  • 16 oz. hammer with a wooden handle. Striking face should be smooth and slightly crowned. -Squarehead joiner’s mallet.
  • 12” combination square that is square, locks tight and has clear markings.
  • Marking gauge. The metallic ones, such as the Stanley No. 90, are preferred.
  • Backsaw with a 10” to 14”long blade. Straight sawplate, comfortable wooden handle and little or no rust.
  • Coping saw that takes pinend blades and locks tight.
  • 10” cabinet rasp (older and sharp is better).

Materials included