Rosewood Studio School of Fine Woodworking; Tools, Courses, Workshops and Instruction

Mastering Machinery


Start Dates:  June 21, 2021

Tuition and Materials: $930 Cdn
 In the second course in our Craftsmanship series, we focus on the safe and efficient use of woodworking machinery to prepare stock and create joinery, as well as the maintenance and tuning of each of the major woodworking machines with a view towards maximizing safety and accuracy.

 Students will use the jointer, planer, band saw, table saw, horizontal mortiser and routers to prepare materials and cut a variety of basic joints intrinsic in building high quality furniture. We start with the development of a cutting list and estimation of materials, then go on to cover a logical, orderly and efficient manner of preparing and dimensioning stock designed to eliminate costly errors. You’ll learn the use of cabinetmaker’s marks, choosing grain orientation with considerations for seasonal wood movement, and the use of wood figure to improve and strengthen the design of your furniture.            
 In order to get the most from our machines, they need to be well tuned and maintained. During this course we will demonstrate the tuning and set up of jointers, planers, table saws and band saws using simple tools for highly accurate results, as well as the selection of blades and cutters. Finally, we will discuss the nuts and bolts of setting up a shop, with recommendations for choosing specific machinery, layout, storage etc.

Pre-requisite:  Excellence With Hand Tools  or equivalent recommended
Hand tools you’ll be using:

 Complete tool kits are available for student use free of charge, but attendees are encouraged to bring any of the tools listed below that they already own, honed and ready to put to work.

- #4 smoothing or #5 jack plane                                          - marking gauge                                      
- adjustable mouth block plane                                            - measuring tape 
- shoulder plane                                                                 - .5 mm mechanical pencil 
- 12" combination square                                                    - carpenter's pencil
- 1000 and 6000 grit water stones                                       - small chisel hammer 
-  honing guide                                                                   - set of bevel edge chisels                                                 

Please be aware that safety glasses are required for all courses. Hearing protection is also recommended.
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