Beginning with a prepared blank, we will go through all the steps involved in making, tuning and using a wooden hand plane. Materials fee includes the prepared wooden blank and a high-quality, 5mm-thick Hock O-1 steel plane iron with chip breaker. This is a two-day session, which allows plenty of time to build the plane, sharpen and fit the plane iron, tune the instrument properly, and put it to use. The satisfaction of using a fine tool made by your own hand is only exceeded by the confidence that you have gained the knowledge to make planes of all shapes and sizes in the future. The perfect reference book for this class — recommended, but not required — is Making and Mastering Wood Planes, by David Finck. David and I were classmates at the College of the Redwoods, 1984-86.
NOTE: For the winter season I am offering this class February 13-14, 2015, through the Southwest School of Woodworking (http://www.sw-sw.org/). Registration will be through the school’s web site, and the class will be held at the school’s new facility in central Phoenix. Class size will be four minimum, eight maximum. If interested, contact me for more details.
Two-day workshop, 9:00a-5:00p daily