Essential Joinery with the Essential Toolkit


 

About

Essential Joinery with the Essential Toolkit: using a bare-bones tool kit and traditional woodworking methods to build furniture that lasts. This class will cover assembling a basic toolkit, refurbishing antique tools, and cutting the three basic woodwork joints: Dovetails, Mortise and Tenon, and Dadoes. We will use a 1. Combination Ruler 2. Bevel Gauge 3. No. 3, 4, or 5 Handplane 4. Marking knife 5. 1/4" and 1/2" Chisels 6. Mallet 7. Dovetail Saw 8. Router Plane 9. Marking Gauge

Even if you buy top of the line new tools, this basic toolkit will cost less than a high-end table saw, and you can use these tools to build heirloom quality furniture in small, dust and noise free spaces. 

Class Description

In this class, students will learn which tools they need, how to sharpen and care for them, and the basic joints to get a solid start in hand-tool woodworking. We will spend the first day of class learning tool restoration and sharpening principles. The second day we will learn to cut the basic woodwork joints; mortise and tenon, dado, and dovetails. The rest of the class will be focused on putting those tools and joints into practice building a small book case. 

Tools

If you care to purchase new tools, here are Anne's favorites:

1. Starrett Combo Square: $97
2. Bevel Gauge (garage sale/ebay antique) $10
3. Lie-Nielsen No. 62 Bevel Up Jack Plane $245
4. Stanley Pocket Folding Knife $10
5. Lie-Nielsen 1/4" and 1/2" Chisels $55 ea
6. Crown Mallet (square head) $20
7. Lie-Nielsen Dovetail Saw $125
8. Antique Stanley Router Plane (garage sale/ebay) $60
9. 4" Hamilton Marking Gauge $75 or Glen Drake Tite-Mark Mini $79
Total Tool Budget for new tools: $732

If you opt for a more budget-friendly option: 

1. Generic Combo Square: $10
2. Bevel Gauge (garage sale/ebay antique) $10
3. Vintage No. 3, 4 or 5 handplane $50
4. Stanley Pocket Folding Knife $10
5. Vintage 1/4" and 1/2" Chisels $15 ea
6. Crown Mallet (square head) $20
7. Vintage Back Saw $70
8. Antique Stanley Router Plane (garage sale/ebay) $60
9. Crown Tools Marking knife with the blade NOT the pin point $25
Total Budget-Friendly Tools: $270

If you'd like to use the school's tools and focus your "restoration" efforts on learning to sharpen better, that is also fine. 

Prerequisites

No prerequisites are needed. This is a great class for seasoned power tool woodworkers with a desire to incorporate hand-tools into their woodworking practice or absolute beginners to woodwork and hand-tools in general. 
 

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on April 22-26, 2019. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $775
Materials Charge: $75 (subject to change, possibly higher)
Register by: April 8, 2019

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.