Makeville Studio presents a day of lectures with Gary Rogowski of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, A School for Woodworkers in Portland, Oregon and Roger Benton and David Alexander Yepez of the Lie-Nielsen Hand Tool Event staff.
Come to Makeville to hear 3 lectures on sharpening, hand planes, and finishing. These lectures will give you practical information for sharpening and tuning your hand planes to prep wood. Given by David Yepez and Roger Benton, on the staff for Lie-Nielsen’s Hand Tool Events, these guys travel the East Coast helping dozens of Lie-Nielsen customers better understand the mysteries of sharpening, hand plane choices, and hand plane use.
In the afternoon, noted author, designer and maker, Gary Rogowski of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, will give his great lecture on hand applied finishes: 3 Simple Finishes.
Please join us for a Saturday of great information, good fun, and the joys of learning and sharing knowledge. It’s sure to be great fun and you’ll learn a ton of useful stuff.
Bring your card scraper in for a free sharpening.
No charge, no baloney, just a sharpened card scraper that will work!
Sharpening your Plane Irons with David Alexander Yepez
10-11AM at Makeville Studio, Brooklyn, NY
What is sharp? Might as well ask how high is the moon? But we can actually come up with answers for both that will satisfy. You don’t need a gimbaled telescope to know that the moon is way up there. All you need to answer the sharpness question is one good eye and a board to cut.
Sharpening is one of the essential parts of woodworking. But for most of us, it’s not the sharpening itself that we’re after but the results. In this class you will learn three methods to sharpen tools in a fast, repeatable and efficient way that will help you spend more time at the bench and less time at the stones.
Learn how to tell when an edge is dull or rounded over and the value of a polished surface. Watch how a double bevel method used with sandpaper and waterstones quickly restores an edge. Discover the value of a hollow grind on a grinding wheel for establishing a single angle so you can finish up your sharpening with waterstones. Finally learn how to use all these abrasive methods in combination to create a great edge that cuts clean.
There is no one right way to sharpen for every woodworker. Getting back to work with sharp tools is the goal. Find out which method works best for your shop and temperament because having sharp tools is a revelation.
Hand Planes: Putting your Planes to Work with Roger Benton
11AM - 12PM at Makeville Studio, Brooklyn, NY
A sharpened and tuned plane in your hands is like a fine instrument. It can really be that satisfying. Learn how to tune and use a variety of hand planes that will transform your woodworking. Hand planes, once you know how to sharpen and finesse them, are time savers. They can eliminate sanding steps and give your work a depth and richness unmatched by any sanding machine. They are also capable of an accuracy and clarity of cut that no other tool can touch.
Discover the Core Set of planes, Jack, Jointer, Smoother and Block planes, that you need for your bench. Learn the proper use and the right setup for each of these tools so you can achieve great results. Find out the difference between standard and low angle planes and how to set each up for the best effect.
Also learn about the joinery tools like the Router Plane, Shoulder Plane, Rabbet Plane and Tongue and Groove planes that you can use to create great joints. This lecture will give you a wealth of information that you’ll be able to put to good use at your bench.
3 Simple Finishes with Gary Rogowski
1PM - 4PM at Makeville Studio, Brooklyn, NY
Here it is. An opportunity finally to learn about all those mystifying cans of finish on your shelf. Forget spray booths, dust-free shops, and hard to apply finishes. Learn 3 simple hand applied finishes that will give you easy application and repair qualities while supplying a protective barrier on your furniture. You don’t need fancy equipment and a spray booth to finish your furniture. You do need solid information, good light and clean rags in order to create beautiful finishes.
We’ll start with the simplest finish to apply, oil. Learn about drying and non-drying oils, linseed vs. tung oil, how to apply them for maximum penetration, and rubbing them out. We will naturally progress into finishes with more body to them that use oil as a vehicle: wiping varnishes. There are oil/ varnish mixtures, wiping oils, polymerized tung oils, wiping varnishes, an array of possibilities for us to learn. Finally discover the miracle finish: shellac. What’s the question? Shellac is the answer. All natural and edible, shellac offers good protection, quick drying, and excellent rubbing out qualities.
Learn when to use which finish, how to apply them all by hand, how to finish off your finish, and see what kind of results to expect. If you work with wood, you'll want to attend this lecture. It will be packed with great finishing information that you can use on your masterpiece tomorrow.
Gary Rogowski has been woodworking and building furniture since 1974. He is a designer, maker, writer and the Director of The Northwest Woodworking Studio, a School for Woodworkers, in Portland Oregon. For the past 15 years, the Studio has been the center for tradition based woodworking classes in the Pacific Northwest.
He began teaching woodworking in 1980 and has been writing about it since 1988 with dozens of articles, videos, and two books on joinery published including The Complete Illustrated Guide to Joinery for Taunton Press. This 390 page encyclopedia of woodworking joinery with 1300 photographs and 200 drawings covers the gamut of practical woodworking joints from nailed butt joints to full blind dovetails. It has sold over 75,000 copies and is in its 9th printing. He was a contributing editor to Fine Woodworking Magazine for 15 years and continues to write articles for woodworking magazines in the U.S. and the U.K.