with Jim Budlong
May 30–June 16, 2017
James Krenov described the plane as ‘the cabinetmaker’s violin’ – in this class students learn to make, tune and use this iconic instrument.
The class begins with a day of understanding sharpness and how to achieve it. Two Hock plane irons, 1 1/2” and 1 3/4” are provided along with maple stock to make two planes. By the end of the week, students can accurately joint two boards and plane the resulting surface to flat and clean.
The second two weeks are concerned with traditional woodworking joinery techniques: edge joining, doweling, hand-cut dovetails, mortise and tenoning, and frame and panel work. We emphasize a satisfying balance between machine and hand tools.
The idea that quality work is the result of sensitive use of tools and materials is a fundamental premise in all our classes, and is a concept underlying the topics covered in this introductory class.
The course consists of lectures, demonstrations, and individual guidance at the workbench. The course covers in three weeks much of the material the nine-month students cover in six weeks. Attendees who account themselves as intermediate learners often remark upon how much they’ve gained in this intense class.
Tools and Techniques Schedule
Monday: Sharpening, block plane tune-up
Tuesday: Hand plane construction
Mouth opening, slot for capscrew
Wednesday: Cross pin, sole slot, glue ups. Begin second plane.
Thursday: Truing the block, sole glue up, filing the opening, scraping
Friday: Edge joining
Monday: Joining and surfacing
Tuesday: Mortise and tenon
Wednesday: Through tenon. Issue doweling exercise stock. Rough sawing
Friday: Half-blind dovetails
Tuesday: Detailing- rabbet, shelves, partitions
Wednesday: Frame and panel
Thursday: Frame and panel–the glue up
Friday: Review and catch-up; sawing for grain pattern; shellac finishing
T&T Tool List (pdf)