Classes

Spring of 2017

Here is the line up of classes for Spring of 2017! Classes are held in my shop on a quiet rural setting 35 miles North of the Twin Cities. We do our best to make our classes fun and relaxing as well as educational. With a maximum of 8 students in a class you will get plenty of one on one time with your instructor. Beverages will be on hand throughout the day and a healthy lunch will be provided. The shop is air conditioned. For the sake of other students you will be asked to please turn off your cell phone during class, you can check messages on breaks and at lunch. We also have a Wi-Fi connection. You will be expected to sign a liability waiver before you can work in the shop. The easiest way to sign up is to send me an e-mail confirming that you are coming. If you need to cancel let me know asap so I don't get materials for you. You can pay on the first day of the class. If you have any suggestions for classes please send me an e-mail. See you soon!

Private Lessons

I teach private lessons to people who can't make it to a scheduled class or want a focused approach to what they want to learn. Private classes for groups can be organized as well. The rate is $60 per hour for 1 person, $40 each for 2 people, $30 each for 3 or more. Send me an e-mail for more information or to set up a session. If you are not too far away I can even travel to your shop! Your subject on your schedule!

Morris Chair

  • Date: 5 days, February 6th – 10th, 8:30 to 4:30
  • Cost: $900
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/all
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Course Description

We will build a Morris chair. We will use quartersawn oak for the chair. You will practice mortise and tenon construction, and handplaning. You will be responsible for your own upholstery. We are only making the unfinished frame.

Tools

  • Dovetail and/or carcass saw
  • Your Planes
  • Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Square
  • Marking Knife

February 11th, I will be demonstrating (and buying tools!)at the MWTCA tool meet in Medina, MN 8am to 12 noon.

A Place To Sit: Make a Bench

  • Date: Saturday, February 25th, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $150
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
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A gateway skills class

Course description

This is a great place to get your feet wet in woodworking and make a useful and attractive piece of furniture. The handcut joinery is strong and simple and easy to repeat at home. We will plane a taper, use a bow or coping saw, chisel a dado, and auger holes for wood pegs with a brace and bit. Depending on how fast you are you should be able to complete 2 benches of different styles!

Tools

  • Plane
  • panel saw
  • backsaw
  • coping or bowsaw
  • brace
  • 1/4 and 3/4 inch bits
  • 1/2 or 3/4 inch chisel
  • hammer
  • rasp
  • Bring what tools you have, I have some I can loan you if you don't have them.

Sharpening and Using Handsaws: Sharpen a Handsaw, Make a Saw Bench

  • Date: Saturday, March 4th, 9:00 – 5:00
  • Cost: $140
  • Materials: included
  • Skill Level: All
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A gateway skills class

Course description

Most people have never used a properly sharpened handsaw so they don't realize how well they work. Find out what you are missing! In the morning Mike will demonstrate how to bring an old saw back to life. We will go over what to look for in a handsaw and how to sharpen a saw. We will supply files and vises. Bring a saw to sharpen, between 10 and 6 points per inch and a saw vise if you have one. If you don't have a saw that you want to practice on Mike has some practice saws. He sometimes has a few saws for sale. In the afternoon we will use our sharp saws to make a saw horse/saw bench, giving you the opportunity to practice your sawing skills and make an important workshop accessory.

Tools

Bring a 10 to 6 point saw that needs to be sharpened and a saw vise if you have one, an 8 point saw is best. If you don't have a saw you want to practice on Mike has some practice saws. You can bring extra saws for evaluation. Many students bring an 8 point crosscut saw and a 5 or 5 1/2 point ripsaw.

Tool Making, Make a Moxon Double Screw Vise, a Marking Gauge, a Mallet, and a Marking Knife

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, March 11th and 12th, 9:00 – 4:30
  • Cost: $290
  • Materials:Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course Description

We will be making a traditional double screw vise as shown in Randal Holme and Moxon. Also a mallet, a marking gauge, and a marking knife. You will use hand tools to make these four very useful items for your shop and gain the ability to make more of them as needed. Hand chopped mortises, boring with a brace and bit, threading with a screwbox and tap are all covered. We will do a bit of metal work on the marking knife, grinding and filing the blade to shape then hardening and tempering the steel. The tools alone are worth the cost of the class!

Tools Needed: Bring what you have

  • Chisels
  • block plane
  • spokeshave
  • mallet

Make a Windsor Chair $750

  • Date: Two Weekends, March 24th, 25th and 26th and March 31st, April 1st and April 2nd
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All
  • e-mail

Course Description

Beautiful, elegant, and strong the Windsor chair dominated chair manufacture in the 18th century. Learn the many techniques needed to build your own. Depending upon your turning abilities you will build a bamboo leg, or a tapered leg, Bow Back Windsor Chair from start to finish. Primarily using hand tools, you will be riving, steam bending, shaving, sawing, boring and turning to create this traditional chair. Two instructors will guide you through the many steps needed to complete your chair. We will supply you with patterns and blanks so you can turn your legs and stretchers at home prior to the start of the class so sing up early. If you need some basic turning lessons let me know well ahead of time.

Tools

You do not need to buy any tools for this class. If you have your own chair making tools bring them along.

  • Tools you could bring include
  • Drawknife
  • Spokeshave
  • Small Froe
  • Brace and Bits
  • Bevel
  • Travisher
  • Scorp
  • Protractor
  • Small hammer

Sharpening, Tuning and Using Chisels, Planes and Scrapers

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 8th and 9th, Saturday, 9:00 – 5:00, Sunday 10:00 to 4:30
  • Cost: $265
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level:All
  • e-mail

A gateway skills class

Course Description

Getting your tools sharp is possibly the most important skill a woodworker can learn. Sharpening should be a quick and easy task. Mike will show you what it takes to obtain and maintain a good sharp edge. We will discuss various sharpening systems as well as different bevel angles and why they are used. You will also get ideas for setting up a sharpening station in your shop. Our goal is for you to achieve the 5 minute edge, the time it takes to remove and sharpen a plane iron, replace it, and get back to work. You will also learn what it takes to make a plane work properly, whether you are flattening a board and removing lots of material, jointing an edge, or smoothing for a finished surface. We will discuss when an iron needs camber and when an iron should be straight, and the nuances in between. You will learn what to look for in a plane, and what to avoid and how to correct deficiencies in your planes. We will flatten plane soles, adjust frogs and make your planes sing! On Sunday we will put our properly sharpened and tuned planes to work. You will learn to joint an edge and flatten a board. Mike will demonstrate work holding techniques to make your planing simple and accurate. We will try out specialty planes for cutting grooves and dados and making sash and moldings, also hollows and rounds and complex molders, try them out, understand how they work. Learn to use winding sticks to flatten boards. We will make glue joints and use a shooting board to trim end grain.

Tools

  • Bring your planes and chisels to work on and your sharpening stones for assessment. I will have sharpening stations set up for your use.

Just Joints: Handcut Joinery

  • Date: Saturday and Sunday, April 22nd and 23rd, 9:00 – 4:30
  • Cost: $270
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: All
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Course Description

On the first day we will learn to lay out and cut several basic woodworking joints. We will cut mortise and tenon and bridle joints. Learning to saw straight, cut to the line and chop and pare with a chisel to your mark. Working our way up to dovetails on day two. Whether for drawers or case work dovetails are actually pretty basic woodworking. At first it can be a bit difficult to keep it all straight. Pins first? Tails first? What's a pin or tail? Which piece is the waste? What's a half pin? How do you keep the pieces organized? It will all become clear as you learn to layout, saw and chop this signature woodworking joint. We will do through and half-blind joints, we may even have time to make a box!

Tools Needed:

  • Dovetail saw (for small joints)
  • Carcass saw (for casework joints)
  • Sharp Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Marking Gauge
  • Marking Knife
  • 6" Square
  • Smooth Plane

Hand Made Drawers

  • Date: 2 days, May 6th and 7th, 8:30 to 4:30
  • Cost: $270
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/all
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Course Description

We will use hand tools to make a drawer, or two! Preparing the materials, layout, plowing grooves, different bottom treatments, dovetails both through and half blind, fitting to an opening and cock beading.

Tools

  • Dovetail saw
  • Your Planes
  • Chisels
  • Mallet
  • Square
  • Marking Knife

I hope to see you at Handworks May 19th and 20th in Amana, Iowa! It is free and fantastic!

learn more at http://www.handworks.co/

Hand Tool Immersion 101

  • Date:5 days May 29th through June 2nd
  • Cost: $650
  • Materials: Included
  • Skill Level: Intermediate/all
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Course Description

Back by popular demand!  An intensive 5 day all-out immersion into handwork  The goal is to tu­ne up your han­d skills to as hig­h a point as pos­sible in five da­ys. You will tune up your tools and use them to build a tool chest to haul them home in.   For those of y­ou on a limited bud­get, we will be cam­ping on the grou­nds of the scho­ol (pleasebrin­g your own ge­ar) and cookin­g communally in my house. There is a shower an­d places to camp. If you choose to sta­y in a hotel, that’s t­otally cool and understandable. Know that you­ are always wel­come to hang ou­t late into the e­vening workin­g on your pro­ject.  The school is o­pen 24 hours a da­y for you. this class is limited to 12 people and is aimed at 30 somethings needing a jump start into woodworking.  

Tools 

I’d like every­one in the cl­ass to have a com­plete tool kit when t­hey finish the cou­rse.     Below is a lis­t of the tool­s needed for the c­lass. If you wan­t to purchase to­ols that you  need for the c­lass and would li­ke help selec­ting tools or ne­ed recommenda­tions on where to  buy them e-mail me and I wi­ll be happy to hel­p.          

  • No. 5 jack pla­ne, such as a p­rewar Stanley wit­h a clean iron (no rus­t) and a tight  chipbreaker. 
  • Lowangle bloc­k plane, such as S­tanley 60 1/2 with a cle­an iron and mo­vable toe piece. 
  • Wooden rabbet pla­ne (skew or s­traight iron)­. Wedge needs to wor­k.
  • Card scraper.   
  • Large router pla­ne, such as S­tanley No. 71 or No­. 71 1/2. 
  • Hand drill, so­metimes called an “eg­gbeater,” such a­s a Millers Fa­lls No. 2 or 5 wit­h 

a 1/4” chuck an­d intact chuc­k springs (i.e­. the jaws are sprin­gloaded and wor­k)

  • Brace with a 10” swe­ep. Good chuc­k with its sprin­gs still intac­t and a tight pad­. 
  • Beveledge chi­sels with woo­den handles (1/4”, 1­/2” and 3/4”)­. 
  • 16 oz. hammer wit­h a wooden han­dle. Striking fa­ce should be smo­oth and slightly crowned.  -Squarehead jo­iner’s mallet.
  • 12” combinati­on square that is s­quare, locks tig­ht and has cle­ar markings. 
  • Marking gauge­. The metallic o­nes, such as t­he Stanley No­. 90, are pre­ferred.   
  • Backsaw with a 10” to 1­4”long blade. Stra­ight sawplate, com­fortable wooden han­dle  and little or no rus­t. 
  • Coping saw that t­akes pinend bla­des and locks tig­ht. 
  • 10” cabinet ras­p (older and shar­p is better). 

Materials included