Tool sharpening and maintenance weekend.

Posted by on Jun 5, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | One Comment

Two day course.

Why This Course? – Woodwork is a hundred times easier and more enjoyable with properly sharpened tools. Many people struggle with their woodwork because the tools they use use have not been properly sharpened. The problem is not a lack of ability but the lack of sharp tools. This course will teach you how to get your tools really sharp allowing you to enjoy your woodwork without the frustration of blunt tools.

A well set up plane.

A well set up plane.


CourseTool sharpening and maintenance weekend
Duration2 days 9am-5pm
Max No Of Students4
Cost£273*
*includes 5% voluntary contribution to support young carpentry students in Uganda which could help to lift them out of poverty.

Please indicate in the additional information on the booking form if you do NOT wish to contribute. Learn more here

If a date below shows fully booked you can
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(very occasionally a place becomes free)

Course Description  This is the first of three basic woodworking skills weekend courses, and is essentially about getting and keeping your tools sharp.  Woodwork is so much easier and more enjoyable with properly sharpened tools.

The course also introduces some of the key woodworking skills; accurate measuring and marking, sawing and planning to a line.

A fully illustrated handout of the course is provided on CD.

Please note that this course is delivered at the British Hardwoods teaching workshop at Crosshills near Skipton. Click here for more information.

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About the course.

Should I have previous woodworking experience?

No. The course is designed specifically for those with little or no experience.

What’s it like on the tool sharpening and fettling weekend?

Everyone on the course will be a woodworking novice, having little or no previous woodworking experience. The course starts with a short “limbering up session” where we enjoy the physicality of using a really sharp plane, if you are new to planing you’ll get help with technique.

Next we work on chisel sharpening, starting by flattening the back of the chisel, then grinding and honing the top bevels. You will end up with sharp chisels that can shave the back of your arm!

Towards the end of the first day we direct our attention to “fettling” planes. This will include flattening and sharpening the blade, seating the chip breaker and flattening the sole. At the end of the process you will have beautiful fine shavings flying of your plane.

On the final afternoon you will use the newly sharpened tools to plane up a square workpiece and cut a simple joint.

What will I learn on the course?

Topics, skills and methods covered on the course include:

Flattening the back of a blade (lapping) using abrasive on glass.
Grinding a bevel using a dry grinder
Grinding a bevel using wet stone grinder
How to tell when a tool needs sharpening
Hand honing a fine edge
Honing using honing guides
Experience of various honing media including water stones, diamond stones and abrasive on glass (scary sharp)
A look at various makes and styles of plane and their uses
Purchasing planes and chisels on ebay and other second hand outlets
How to adjust a plane
Honing a camber on a plane blade
Preparing a plane’s chip breaker to improve the cut
Flattening the sole of a plane
Planing a workpiece square and to dimension.
Sawing to dimension
Marking out and cutting a lap or halving joint
Using a shooting board

One of the aims of the course is to give you experience with various tools including planes, saws and chisels of different types and brands and also various sharpening media and holding guides. This should help you with any purchasing decisions when building your own tool kit.

The course is backed up by a fully illustrated handout on CD or for download

Do I need to bring any tools?

No, I can provide all the required tools, both working and unrefurbished. However if you have your own tools it’s worth bringing them so you can work on them. If you refurbish tools I provide you can purchase them at the end of the course if you wish.

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Chris speaking on BBC Radio 4 Saturday Live with guest Grayson Perry

“A lot of craft work is to do with being in ‘the zone’ and when you’ve got really sharp tools it allows you to be in ‘the zone’. You are not concerned with driving a plane through the wood because the plane is going through the wood so easily… that allows you to use your finesse to get the effect you want.

It [a sharp plane] leaves a fantastic finish with a beautifully burnished surface and a satin feel.” Chris Tribe.

“A craftsmen in the zone is not aware of holding the tool, the point you’re concentrating on is where the tool touches the material” Grayson Perry.

Here's a taster of cabinet scraper sharpening:

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Booking:  Please book using the form below or phone Chris on 01943 602836  / 07817 456241

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CourseTool sharpening and maintenance weekend
Duration2 days 9am-5pm
Max No Of Students4
Cost£273*
*includes 5% voluntary contribution to support young carpentry students in Uganda which could help to lift them out of poverty.

Please indicate in the additional information on the booking form if you do NOT wish to contribute. Learn more here

If a date below shows fully booked you can
click here to join the waiting list
(very occasionally a place becomes free)

Dates
2017
14-15th October. Fully booked.
2018
13-14th January
28-29th April
18-19th August
1-2nd December

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1 Comment

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