Hand tools open up new vistas of efficiency, accuracy, and enjoyment for woodworkers, even those with modest skills. This is a class to ramp up your hand tool skills - smoothing surfaces, jointing edges, working to a pattern, fitting joints, cutting beads and attractive edges. Only we'll link those tasks to the reality of building a fun little table with lots of design possibilities. The Fun-O-Meter is going to be pegged. Students will use machines lightly where they work best - bandsawing legs and cutting mating mortises and tenons - but otherwise work by hand through a range of typical tasks hand tools do best - flattening, truing, shaping, and smoothing surfaces to a polish. Garrett will discuss ways to integrate hand tools in your process, sharpening, tuning, and lots about design and details. The table that you will make will be small, but it is an ideal project to hone some hand tool skills and try out some new design ideas.
How hand tools can improve the quality of your work
New ways of working and techniques to explore
Tuning various hand tools, including sharpening
Learn how to obtain stronger and less visible edge-to-edge joints
Multiple design ideas, such as table edges and splayed legs
How to cut chamfers and under-bevels
Making fun cockbeads and side beads