Making Wooden Hand Planes

row of wooden planesBeginning 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 sole, and a high-quality, 5mm-thick, cryogenically hardened Hock or Finck 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.

Two-day workshop, 9:00a-5:00p daily

Fee: $380

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