Week Three: Dovetails and Steam Bending
Project: Dovetailed Tool Box with Steam Bent Handle
Week Three is devoted to making our Dovetailed Tool Tote. Learn to hand cut through dovetails as we build your tool box. You'll practice this symbol of woodworking excellence getting tips and tricks for great results. Dovetails aren't magic. They take practice and some patience, but you can learn to cut them. You'll also get tips on how to fix any minor errors that occur. Next you will create and steam bend a handle to go with it. Customize the tote to include a box for your chisels or planes. Everything in its place is a nice feeling, especially when you've made it yourself.
Week Four: Joinery and Building
Project: Sawhorses and inlaid panel
Week Four, our final week, we spend making a set of sawhorses. Using through wedged mortise and tenons we will create rock solid, pretty, and useful sawhorses for use in your shop. Learn to hand chop mortise and tenon joints and how to fit them with precision. Shape the columns to give the piece your own design style. Then learn inlay techniques that make any piece of work come alive. Learn how to cut and shape square plugs, do straight line inlay and stringing techniques. Inlay with contrasting fruit woods, metal and exotic species.
This immersion into hand tool use offers many benefits. You will learn how to sharpen, tune, and use your hand tools. You will learn how to build several small pieces with techniques that you can later employ for future hand tool projects. But lastly you’ll be able to spend a good chunk of time working in a hand tool shop where you direct your focus and concentration on the jobs right in front of you. You’ll receive immediate feedback and see the results of your work and how your new skills improve them each day. Few occupations these days can offer this type of satisfaction.
Join us for any one of these four weeks for only $850 or join the entire program for a savings of $425 off the weekly costs. You’ll learn a great deal, have fun working at the bench, create beautiful projects, and give yourself the time you deserve to enjoy the pleasures of The Hand Tool Shop.