Working With Handplanes: Benchplane Use and Tune-up
Instructor: John Peirce
Handplanes form the backbone of a hand woodworkers tool kit. Many people have a plane or two passed down from a relative or have acquired one only to find it difficult or frustrating to use, not getting the results they hoped to see. Yet a sharp, well tuned handplane handled properly is a joy to use and a great complement to power tools.
This class will focus the design and use of bench planes: the jointer, jack, smoothing and block planes, as well as touching on scrub planes and spokeshaves. We’ll see how they work, what specific tasks they are designed for, and what we can do to make them work better. Then we will try our hands at jointing, flattening, smoothing and detailing some test pieces of lumber. The goal is to give each student a better understanding of how these basic tools work and the confidence and desire to explore them further!
Date of the class: Saturday, April 29, 2017
Time of the class: 10:00 am – 4:00 pm
Maximum number of students: 6
Minimum number of students: 3
Age range: 12 to 103
Prerequisites: Basic familiarity with woodworking tools is helpful.
Location: The Folk School Shop
Cost: $66 (members); $99 (non-members)
Materials fee: $5
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