Now that we have completed a thorough survey of basic hand tool building techniques and have put them into practice building bench appliances and work aids, not to mention a cabinet to house and protect all our tools, let’s build some furniture. This semester will be about cementing the basic skills learned in semester one while challenging them by adding in a few curve balls. There are still many shop projects that can enhance our hand tool shops, and we will build a few this semester as they are needed. We will mostly take a break from the shop projects and build two projects that can leave the shop and ooh and ahh your family and friends. The first project is small, requires little lumber, yet is functional and can fit in any room. The second project will make an excellent gift and we will be finishing it up just in time for the holiday season so you can make someone very happy.
Lesson 1: Sharpen Anything
This lesson will dip into everything from cambered plane irons, chisels, and saws, to moulding planes, carving gouges, and spokeshaves.
Lesson 2: Detailed Chisel Techniques
Let’s get really details about how to hold a chisel for certain operations. Crazy old school techniques and shortcuts will also be covered. This lesson will turn your chisel into your most valuable tool.
Lesson 3: Cutting Curves
What is life without a few curve balls? We will talk about adding spice to your furniture with curves. How to cut them by hand and exercises to refine your skill. The saw plate won’t help you here like with straight cuts so there is an additional learning curve.
- Project: Fret Saw Table
Project One: Limbert Side Table
Part One: History, Stock Selection/Preparation, Templates
Part Two: Making Parts and Joinery
Part Three: Wrap Up and Finishing
Lesson 4: Shaping and Refining Curves
We know how to cut curves and have just done so on the Limbert table project. Now how to clean them up and refine them to a designed appearance. Enter, my favorite tool: the spokeshave. Maybe some files and rasps too.
- Projects: Straight Edge
Lesson 5: Wide Miters
We covered miters in semester one, but I purposely left off the wider ones for box sides or bracket feet. This is a little more difficult but a great technique to have on hand. We will use these miters for the construction of the Tea Caddy too. Plus we introduce another great shop project!
- Project: Donkey’s Ear Shooting Board
Lesson 6: Beginning Hand Cut Mouldings
Hand cutting moulding is the signal that the woodworker has lost his/her mind and truly is on the hand tool bandwagon. It doesn’t have to be hard or require a lot of planes. We will cut some very basic profiles with just 2 planes.
- Project: Sticking Board & Plane Mallet
Project Two: Queen Anne Tea Caddy