Semester 3

Semester 3 is all be about reviewing our existing skill set and strengthening it. The first two semesters were at a breakneck pace so a slow down was necessary. These projects will cement everything we have covered so far.

Lesson 1: Fixing Joinery

What happens when your joints don’t line up square. How do we salvage them without having to start all over.

Lesson 2: Sawing Stroke Analysis

At least 3 members will get one on one coaching on their sawing. I will film it and publish a diagnostic video others can use to improve their sawing.

Lesson 3: Scalable Workbench Design

Workbenches are on everyone’s mind. There is much to consider when designing your bench to meet your specific needs. I have created a design worksheet to design your perfect bench…at least for now.

Lesson 4: Dealing With Large Pieces

Flattening a board or sawing square is one thing when your parts are all 4/4, under 8″ wide and 36″ long.  This lesson addresses techniques for dealing with long boards and thick timbers in the hand tool shop.

Lesson 5: The Through Double Dovetail Joint

This joint was present on the original Roubo bench drawing and has become an almost iconic bench building joint. This lesson will show you how to do it by hand, possibly the only way short of an industrial sized shop.

Lesson 6: Boring Straight and True

Whether you are pegging tenons or creating precision holes for vises and joinery, knowing how to bore a hole by hand is essential. This will be a quick lesson but one whose principles will come into play in almost every project we tackle.

Lesson 7: Preparing Your Projects For Finishing

The hand tool shop NEVER uses sandpaper right? Wrong! Even 18th century woodworkers has some form of sandpaper in their shops. The beauty of hand tools means that we need very little sandpaper and smoothing planes and scrapers can prepare most surfaces for finish. This lesson will go into detail how to prepare your surfaces for the perfect finish.

Lesson 8: Frame and Panel Construction

This construction technique is a great way to accommodate wood movement in your furniture. It can be made using “normal” width stock too which makes it a more affordable method. This lesson covers the variety of ways to join the frame and several ways to create and fit raised panels.

Project 1: The Joinery Bench

The joinery bench idea has been rattling around my head for a few years and now is the perfect time to tackle it. Many of us have small shops or no shop at all. This bench is the perfect solution for those with little space and those who prefer only to hand cut joinery and leave the milling to the machines. During this build we will talk about workbenches in general and building one by hand in case some of you would rather build a full sized version. I even will add some cool accessories like a planing beam that will turn this into the perfect solution for the apartment dweller.

Project 2:  Shaker Clock

One of the most requested styles by Hand Tool School members is the Shaker style. When I queried my members about desires for a small project, this wall clock was mentioned 9 out of 10 times. It will be a fun and quick project that reinforces a lot of fundamentals

Project 3: Hanging Corner Cabinet

When I saw this piece hanging in the corner of the Shoemaker’s Shop in Colonial Williamsburg I immediately knew I would be adding it to a future semester. This piece will cover a lot of basics while adding in some bevels and a great raised panel door.