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Hand tool tips and tricks #2: Classes

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My wife and I have a small B&B in the Applegate Valley. In an effort to work towards getting me on staff full time we have decided to start offering classes. Take a look here if you are interested.

Here is a small selection of what I am planning to offer. As time and requests permit I hope to add more.

Understanding Bench Planes

Per Person Price: $70

In the class we will discuss the primary set of planes for a hand-tool woodworker: The fore, try, and smoothing planes. We will go over the aspects of how the tools are used differently, what to look for when buying them, as well as how to set them up for fast and efficient work. During the class we will plane one board square on all 6 working surfaces. While tools will be provided, it is recommended that a student bring their own tools to utilize for the class.

Dovetail by Hand

Per Person Price: $60

Today’s craftsman has access to an amazing assortment of equipment that allows us to automate the process of most joinery. Unfortunately, in most cases the equipment unduly influences the final look of the joint. In this class we will give you the understanding you need to free yourself from the router and start cutting the dovetails you want to see in your finished piece. We will discuss the tools used in making through dovetails, as well as different techniques to create them. It is recommended that you bring you own tools in order to get a feel for the work you will be doing in your own shop, but tools will be provided if you do not have them. The two most important tools are: a Dovetail saw (about 15 TPI works), and a marking knife.

Making a Saw-Stool

Per Person Price: $150

The most important skill you can learn in a hand-working shop is to saw accurately to a line. If you use western panel saws, nothing will help you do this more than having your work at the right height and appropriately secured. This saw-stool may look different than other forms, but the design dates back hundreds of years (or more), and it is very simple to construct. The biggest benefit of this tool is that you don’t need a workbench to build one. In the class, you will be constructing your first sawing station. This is a great crash course in chair construction, as the joints are similar to what you would find in an old Windsor chair. Tools will be provided, but it’s always suggested that you bring your own. Due to the fact that there is some assembly involved in this project, it is recommended you allot two days to complete the project.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan



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jjw5858

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#1 posted 789 days ago

Looks terrific! Wish I was closer….I hope anyone that is closer…. signs up. Great post and wonderful lessons you are providing!

-- "Make something you love tomorrow...and do it slowly" JLB

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balidoug

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#2 posted 789 days ago

Alas, likewise. But anyone within reach should make a point of it. I certainly will should I find myself in your neck of the woods.

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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ShaneA

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#3 posted 789 days ago

Good luck Ryan. If I were closer, I would check one out.

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Brit

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#4 posted 789 days ago

I wish you all the best with your new venture Ryan. I’m sure anyone who signs up will have a great time.

-- Andy -- Old Chinese proverb say: If you think something can't be done, don't interrupt man who is doing it.

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Brandon

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#5 posted 788 days ago

Best wishes to you Ryan on this endeavor! On a side note, I’d just like to add that the Applegate Valley is a beautiful area and an excellent spot for a B&B. I’m sure anyone staying at your place won’t be disappointed.

-- "hold fast to that which is good"

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RGtools

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#6 posted 788 days ago

It really is a pretty area to live in, I feel quite blessed to have landed here. We grow most of the food that goes into the meals for the B&B and we have received very positive feedback thus far about the experience.

Thanks for the support. If you are in my neck of the woods let me know. LJ buddies always welcome.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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Don W

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#7 posted 788 days ago

that’s a great idea Ryan. I wish I were closer as well.

-- Master hand plane hoarder. - http://timetestedtools.com

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Brad

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#8 posted 788 days ago

That’s a fantastic idea RG. By adding woodworking classes, you’ve made your B&B a “destination resort” like Steamboat Springs is for skiiers. Oregon is downright a beautiful state and well worth touring for those who haven’t seen it. My lady and I get to Portland from time to time to visit family, so I think one of these times I’ll be able to talk my lady into staying a night or two in the hamlet of Ruch. And by a strange coincidence, the timing will be smack on with one of your classes ;)

-- "People's lives are their own rewards or punishments."

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balidoug

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#9 posted 788 days ago

Brad, I think you have the plan. Now I need a reason to be in Portland …

-- From such crooked wood as that which man is made of, nothing straight can be fashioned. Immanuel Kant

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RGtools

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#10 posted 788 days ago

Let me know Brad and we can make it happen. Shoot me a PM and I will make the coincidence happen.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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AnthonyReed

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#11 posted 788 days ago

Wish i lived near by.

-- ~Tony

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RGtools

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#12 posted 788 days ago

You are closer than most Tony. You are right about the fact that not a lot of woodworkers seem to be in my area.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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getlostinwood

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#13 posted 787 days ago

Man had I only known I used to stay in Medford alot last two years, now new job keeps me in Texas. Guess I need to visit some old customers this year

-- The basis for optimism is shear terror

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RGtools

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#14 posted 786 days ago

Or just plan a vacation trip.

-- Make furniture that lasts as long as the tree - Ryan

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#15 posted 784 days ago

I wish you luck Ryan, sounds like a great idea!

-- Mauricio - Woodstock, GA - "Confusion is the Womb of Learning, with utter conviction being it's Tomb" Prof. T.O. Nitsch

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