Classes

2015 classes

Sorry, it is a long scroll to the end…but worth it!

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 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, July 18, 8:30 – 4:30
  • Cost: $150
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course description

This is a great place to get your feet wet in woodworking and make a useful and attractive piece of furniture. The handcut 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 should 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.

Fundamentals of Furniture Making: Side Table

  • Date: Six days, July 20th – 25th, 8:30 – 5:00
  • Cost: $800
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/All
  • e-mail

Course Description

This lovely Arts and Crafts side table has most of the elements in it that you will encounter in making furniture. Skills covered include mortising, dovetailing a drawer, and finish planing surfaces. You are welcome to make it your own by making minor design changes. Mortising and tenoning will be done by hand and machine to expedite completion.

Tools

Bring what you have! Backsaws, planes, chisels, mallet, marking gauges, mortise chisels, marking knife, square

Sharpening, Tuning and Using Chisels, Planes and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, August 1st and 2nd, Saturday, 8:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 5:00
  • 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. Mike will demonstrate work holding techniques to make your planing simple and accurate. We will try out speciality 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 your sharpening stones.

Building a Prairie Settle

  • Date: 6 days, Aug 10th – 15th, 8:30 – 5:00 Sign up before August 1st so I can get the materials in!!!
  • Cost: $1050
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course description

We will build the Iconic Stickley # 220 Panelled Prairie Settle designed by Peter Hansen in 1910 for L. and J.G. Stickley. We will be making the frame only. This does not include upholstery. This is a hybrid project. All facets of hand joinery will be covered but the majority of the work will be done by machine to expedite completion. Finished surfaces will be hand planed.

Tools

Planes, squares, chisels, mallet, saws, gauges, marking knife, ruler

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

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, August 22nd – 23rd, 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. The tools alone are worth the cost of the class!

Tools Needed:

  • Chisels
  • block plane
  • spokeshave
  • mallet

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

  • Date: Saturday, August 29th, 8:30 – 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.

Hammer Veneering: Using Hot Hide Glue and a Veneer Hammer

  • Date: Saturday, September 5, 8:30 – 5:00
  • Cost: $140
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course Description

Hammer veneering is a fun and useful skill. We will veneer a substrate using hot hide glue and a veneer hammer. You will make your own veneer hammer and you will probably get glue on yourself, but it washes out! We will make a drawer front sized piece, add stringing and cross banding.

Tools

Utility knife, wide chisel, straightedge, veneer hammer, combination square, cutting gauge (if you have one)

Morris Chair:

  • Date: Six days, September 14th – 19th, 8:30 – 5:00
  • Cost: $950
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course description

Build a comfortable, reclining Morris chair. This class does not include upholstery.

Tools

Square, chisel, saws, hammer, mallet, gauges, marking knife, ruler, planes.

Woodworking In America 2015: Kansas City

  • Date: 3 days, September 25th, 26th and 27th, all day

I will be a featured speaker in Kansas City talking about workholding. I will also be running the Hand Tool Olympics in the Marketplace. Stop in and visit when you are done with your barbecue! http://woodworkinginamerica.com/

Dovetailed Blanket Chest

  • Date: 6 days, October 5th – 10th, 8:30 to 5:00
  • Cost: $850,
  • Materials: included,Includes hinges
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/all

Course Description

You will know how to cut dovetails when you leave this class! We will construct a scaled down version of a Pennsylvania Blanket Chest with half blind dovetails on the back corners and through dovetails on the front corners and on the straight bracket feet. Practice layout and cutting of dovetails, hand planing, tool sharpening and routing moldings. Completed chest will measure approximately 20×20×36 inches.

Tools

  • Dovetail and/or carcass saw
  • chisels
  • mallet for chisels
  • smoothing plane
  • block plane
  • marking gauge
  • hammer
  • card scraper
  • marking knife
  • square, rule
  • measuring tape
  • hearing protection
  • safety glasses

Greenwood Day

  • Date: All day Saturday and Sunday morning, October 17th and 18th,
  • Cost: free
  • Materials: bring your own wood
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course description

This is just a get together for like minded individuals to sit and carve spoons, bring your pole lathe, camp over night if you wish.

Build a Nicholson Workbench

  • Date: Saturday, Sunday and Monday, October 24th, 25th and 26th: 8:30 – 5:00
  • Cost: $575
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course Description

We will be building the 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, shorter bench is OK too, same price). In order to get done in 3 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

Side Table: One Table, Three Styles

  • Date: 6 days, November 2nd – 7th, 8:30 to 5:00
  • Cost: $800
  • 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. We will also cover inlaid stringing. 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

Tina Box: A Norwegian Bentwood Box

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday,November 14th and 15th, 8:30 – 5:00
  • Cost: $270
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course description

Build a Lovely Tina box to take your lunch to work in! Steam bent sides, sawing curves, wooden pegs, milk paint! So much to learn in a small project.

Tools

coping saw, Mora knife, chisels, mallet, hammer

Making Benches with Middle Schoolers

  • Date: Monday, Tuesday, Nov. 16th – 18th, 2:00 to 4:00
  • This class is closed

Sharpening, Tuning and Using Chisels, Planes and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, November 21st and 22nd, Saturday, 8:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 5:00
  • 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. Mike will demonstrate work holding techniques to make your planing simple and accurate. We will try out speciality 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 your sharpening stones.

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

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, December 5th and 6th, 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. The tools alone are worth the cost of the class!

Tools Needed:

  • Chisels
  • block plane
  • spokeshave
  • mallet

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

  • Date: Sunday, December 19th, 8:30 – 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.

Harvey Ellis #802 Server: Furniture Making Fundamentals in a Functional Piece.

  • Date: Six days,January 11th – 16th, 8:30 to 5:00
  • Cost: $950
  • Materials:Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/all

Course Description

This completes our trifecta of Arts and Crafts pieces for the living room. We will build the handsome Harvey Ellis server made by Gustav Stickley. We will use Quartersawn Oak to achieve that distinctive Arts and Crafts/Mission style look. You will practice mortise and tenon construction, hand cut dovetails, and handplaning. This piece will bring you a long way towards understanding furniture making fundamentals.

Tools

  • Dovetail and/or carcass saw
  • chisels
  • mallet for chisels
  • smoothing plane
  • block plane
  • marking gauge
  • hammer
  • card scraper
  • marking knife
  • square, rule
  • measuring tape
  • hearing protection
  • safety glasses
  • dust mask.

Just Joints: Handcut Joinery

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday,Jan 23rd and 24th, 9:30 – 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? 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 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

A Place To Sit: Make a Bench

  • Date: Saturday, January 30, 8:30 – 4:30
  • Cost: $150
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course description

This is a great place to get your feet wet in woodworking and make a useful and attractive piece of furniture. The handcut 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 should 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.

Tall Case or Grandfather Clock

  • Date: 13 days: February 1st – 13th
  • Cost: $1400, includes hardware
  • Materials: $200 plus Movement
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Course Description

A tall clock is an imposing piece of furniture. Built at a time when clocks were usually owned by scientists and the wealthy, the cases were typically ornate. Common people told time by the sun, or the town clock, which was free. While they appear to be rather daunting to build the construction can be broken down into manageable units. We will go over the basics of why a clock case is designed the way it is. We will build the case in three sections which can be completely assembled here or left apart to fit in your car or shipping crate. We will cover skills like layout, turning, carcass dovetails, mortise and tenon, making straight moldings, planing, scraping, carving the gooseneck moldings and cutting glass. A clock case is a tour de force of your woodworking skills and will be a family treasure for years to come. You can order movements from Green Lake Clock Company. You will need to have your dial painted, we can recommend a dial painter to you.

Tools

  • Carcass saw
  • sharp chisels
  • mallet, square
  • smooth plane
  • scrapers
  • sharpening equipment
  • marking gauges
  • large gouges (if you have them)
  • lay out knife
  • pencil
  • hammer
  • block plane
  • measuring tape
  • ruler
  • hearing protection
  • dust mask
  • safety glasses

Windsor Chair

  • Date: 2 weekends, February 19th, 20th and 21st; February 26th, 27th and 28th. Don't wait until the last minute as you will have some turning to do prior to start of class.
  • Cost: $850
  • 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. We believe you should make your own project so we don't supply turned legs as others do. We will send you materials and a patterns so you can turn your own legs and rungs. If you need help we can set up a time to come in and get some rudimentary turning instruction. We can do either a baluster leg if you are an experienced turner or a simpler bamboo leg for the beginner. Both are period appropriate and look good.

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

A more comprehensive list will be sent when you sign up

Build a Nicholson Workbench

  • Date: Saturday, Sunday and Monday,March 5th, 6th and 7th: 8:30 – 5:00
  • Cost: $575
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course Description

We will be building the 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, shorter bench is OK too, same price). In order to get done in 3 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