LumberJocks

Assiniiboine Community College Woodworking course

  • Advertise with us
Blog series by Mark Shymanski updated 1282 days ago 12 parts 9319 reads 47 comments total

Part 1: Day 1 (2011 Jan 11 Tuesday)

1326 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 8 comments »

I’ve been thinking about taking a woodworking course for a couple of years now and this year ACC has enough people signed up and an instructor lined up so they are offering their Woodworking series of classes. I really want to learn about the lathe and such so will go through the pre-requisite courses first. The course started this evening (it is a twice a week course for three weeks for a total of 18 hours). There are about a dozen of us in the class, the instructor (Ryan) seems l...

Read this entry »


Part 2: Day 2 Late again!!!

1324 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 6 comments »

I used to hate students like me who know when the course starts but still show up late, mea culpa. I was 15 minutes late again today as I had to go into Winnipeg for my uncle’s funeral today. Usually we can drive in and out in good time but today the roads were terrible, with semis, pickups and cars littering the ditches along the Trans Canada… anyway we got there and back safely although at one point I thought I was going to have to attend a smash up on a bridge, but fortunatel...

Read this entry »


Part 3: I made it on time today!!!!

1320 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

Hello All, Well I finally made it on time today, even though it meant we had to hurriedly eat at A&W tonight :-) Although I wasn’t as early as I had planned as when I got to the College I started driving up their steep (and as it turns out very very slippery drive way) where someone was letting off a passenger about halfway up (I thought this was kind of odd, why not just let them off at the top where the buildings are) so I stopped because I wasn’t sure if there was enou...

Read this entry »


Part 4: Half way done :-(

1316 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 5 comments »

Hello, posting this a bit late because I had to go to Winnipeg early on Thursday so had to get up early which meant I had to hit the hay as soon as I got home :-( It was a great course we essentially just worked on the nail tray project, laying out the cutlist on the wood, then dimensioning the wood. Really just learning how to interpret the drawings and instructions. There was one huge, significant and really cooolll thing Ryan introduced to us…THE ROUTER PLANE!!!! This is such...

Read this entry »


Part 5: The penultimate class :-(... I was on time again!

1312 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

Well even after having to go back to work for an hour after getting the kids home from school and Jenn home from work I managed to make it to class with about a minute to spare. Today was mostly about working on our nail trays, but Ryan did give us a good demo on using a rabbet plane (to create a rabbet for the bottom of the nail tray) and a demo of a hand brace. I was impressed with how easy it was to drill a half inch hole with the brace…I will be keeping my eyes open for one now! ...

Read this entry »


Part 6: Last Class of Level 1 :-(

1310 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 4 comments »

Well the Level 1 is done and no I didn’t get my nail tray finished; I need about another hour to get it all together including fixing my myriad ‘learning opportunities’:-) I had a chance to use a rabbetting plane! and a brace and bit. I am very impressed with how easily these tools worked, I had anticipated that they would be much less effective for a lot more effort. I will be keeping my eyes open for good garage sales and auctions for more hand tools now. Overall (...

Read this entry »


Part 7: First day of Level 2

1299 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 5 comments »

Well I’ve turned over a new leaf by showing up early for the first class of Woodworking Level 2. This course will be about the safe and efficient use of the basic stationary power tools. To this end we will be building a project which allows us to use all of the tools presented as well as some of the skills learned in the first level. Ryan walked us through the safe use of one of the three jointers, as well as giving us advice on how to properly set up the jointer, do a face join...

Read this entry »


Part 8: Day 2 went well!

1297 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

Hello Again, Well after a rough day at work I was really looking forward to today’s course…then I had to go back to work! But its okay I still made it to class early! I’m 2 for 2! Today Ryan demonstrated the bandsaw, disk and spindle sanders. Pretty cool, a huge bandsaw. I will have to measure it’s resaw capacity as it looked about 12 or 13 inches but very deep from the blade to the arm and a huge table. After the demo’s we picked our projects and began ...

Read this entry »


Part 9: Milling and final dimensioning!

1292 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 3 comments »

Well today is day 3, the halfway day again! It was a great day today, managed to fix the error I’d made last day by just swapping two pieces so I’m happy about that. I was concerned that my boards may have twisted between classes but the wood must be well and truly dry and acclimatized and I guess there was not too much stress in the boards so far so good. Managed to final dimension all of the pieces (about 12 of them) and just began figuring out the mortise and tenon joints o...

Read this entry »


Part 10: Can you cheat on a router plane?

1290 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

I feel so disgusted with myself, just three weeks ago I was on here publicly declaring my involvement with a router plane, now the despicable creature that I am my attention has turned to a mortising attachment for the drill press… And wow do I like the mortising attachment; I brought my mortising chisel, gooseneck chisel and my trusty red oak mallet to class today figuring I would be spending my time chiseling out the mortises for the cross members to my stool. Ryan stopped by and ...

Read this entry »


Part 11: Some days it just doesn't pay...

1284 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 2 comments »

I had an extremely frustrating evening. We had 3 hours to work on our projects and I seem to make mistakes every other minute!!! I even poked myself with largeish splinter when the stupid dreaded miserable *^%$#@ rebate plane blew out the corner of the tenon I was trimming to size! Yeah I now realize I should have backed it up, but it and I were fighting all evening, I eventually switched to a rasp (what is the emoticon for frustrated woodworker!) I have to hand it to Ryan though, he of...

Read this entry »


Part 12: Last class of Level 2 ...and probably for the rest of the year:-(

1282 days ago by Mark Shymanski | 4 comments »

Well the course is over; I learned a lot and had a lot of fun. I suspect Ryan learned a lot about conducting a classroom and managing the administrative types at the College. I really enjoyed using all the tools and the great setup of their shop. Its given me a lot of ideas to incorporate into my shop, a bench, vise and mortising attachment for my drill press are all pretty high priorities now…just after getting the new tablesaw. I didn’t manage to finish my project yet but ...

Read this entry »



DISCLAIMER: Any posts on LJ are posted by individuals acting in their own right and do not necessarily reflect the views of LJ. LJ will not be held liable for the actions of any user.

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

HomeRefurbers.com

Latest Projects | Latest Blog Entries | Latest Forum Topics

GardenTenders.com :: gardening showcase