Saturday, January 23, 2016

Woodworking Boot Camp And Classes At LCM

I now offer the following hand tool woodworking classes at Littleton Common Makers, in Littleton, MA:
  • Woodworking Boot Camp, first Saturday of each month 1-4PM, with an optional extra hour from 4-5PM, details below.
  • Private classes Saturdays and Sundays, you pick the times. Click here for details.
  • Free classes for veterans, Wednesdays 7:00-9:30PM. Click here for details.
For details about Littleton Common Makers, click here.

Woodworking Boot Camp

This is the introductory hand tool woodworking class at LCM. This group class qualifies you to use the woodworking hand tools there on your own.

The class is available the first Saturday afternoon of each month 1-4PM, pre-registration required, limit of 4 people per class, age 18 and up. For question or to register, you can contact me at 978-772-0030 or, or contact LCM.

Detailed class description
Goal: The goal of this class is to introduce students to the specific unpowered woodworking hand tools that are available for use at Littleton Common Makers, covering safety and basic usage. Students who have completed the class are permitted to use the tools. This class does not cover procedures for dimensioning lumber or fine joinery. Separate private instruction on those topics is available.

Class duration: 3 hours, with optional additional 1 hour of shop time with instructor.
Cost: $64 for 3 hours (includes $10 materials fee), $18 for additional hour.
Format: demonstration with hands-on practice.
  1. Introduction to the tools: We start with a brief introduction to the different types of tools and their names. After that I'll cover using them.
    1. Rough vs. fine
      1. Lumber
      2. Tools
      3. Procedures
    2. Workbench
      1. Vise
      2. Holdfast
      3. Stuffed bar clamp
      4. F-clamps
      5. C-clamps
    3. Saws
      1. Rip and crosscut saws.
      2. Joinery saws.
      3. Coping saw
      4. Sawbench
      5. Bench hooks
    4. Planes (note that these are all unpowered hand tools, but there are power tools with the same names)
      1. Bevel down vs. bevel up
      2. Jack
      3. Jointer
      4. Smoother
      5. Block
      6. Router
      7. Planing board
      8. Winding sticks
      9. Shooting board
    5. Chisels
      1. Bench, mortising, paring.
      2. Socket
      3. Fixed handle
    6. Measuring and Marking
      1. Combination square
      2. Engineers square
      3. Marking knife
      4. Marking gauge
    7. Sharpening: This is the gateway skill. Hand tools must be sharp to work effectively.
      1. Edge sharpening - There are many sharpening methods. This class covers sharpening on sandpaper and oilstones, freehand methods that are reasonably inexpensive and easy to learn.
        1. Sandpaper on marble tile
        2. Oilstones
        3. Strop and compound
        4. Practice iron and chisel
      2. Saw sharpening
        1. Saw vise
        2. Saw files
        3. Saw set
        4. Saw stone
  2. Safety
    1. General safety
    2. Chisel safety
    3. Saw safety
    4. Miscellaneous safety
  3. Sharpening
    1. Edge sharpening
      1. Grinding, honing, and polishing
      2. Straight vs. cambered
      3. Testing and evaluating edge
      4. Summary of bevels and sharpening methods
      5. Back preparation
      6. Straight bevel
      7. Cambered bevel
    2. Saw sharpening
      1. Rip vs. crosscut teeth
      2. Filing rip teeth
      3. Filing crosscut teeth
      4. Stoning to debur
      5. Setting rip teeth
      6. Setting crosscut teeth
      7. Stoning to reduce set
  4. Sawing
    1. Rough crosscutting
    2. Rough ripping
    3. Rough resawing
    4. Fine crosscutting (tenon shoulders)
    5. Fine ripping (dovetails)
    6. Fine resawing (tenon cheeks)
  5. Planing
    1. Plane adjustment
    2. Rough face planing
    3. Face flattening
    4. Face smoothing
    5. Rough edge planing
    6. Edge flattening
    7. Shooting end grain
    8. Chamfering
  6. Chiseling
    1. Safety recap
    2. Bevel up and bevel down
    3. Chopping
    4. Chiseling with the grain
    5. Chiseling across the grain
    6. Fine paring
  7. Routing
    1. Routing with the grain
    2. Routing across the grain

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