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Make a 6 Board Chest Make a 6 Board Chest
Make a 6 Board Chest
Make a 6 Board Chest

 

 

 

 

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Make a 6 Board Chest

£275.00 plus materials

17th - 18th June 2017
2nd - 3rd December 2017

Suitable for all levels

The ubiquitous six board chest is a design that is almost as old as the concept of furniture itself and is as relevant today as it's ever been. It's a design that challenges the wisdom of contemporary makers and one that will help you question some of your own theories about construction. On this two day course you will construct a simple box with a hinged lid using a range of basic hand tools, simple joinery and traditional cut nails. No glue. As well as learning how to maximize the potential of wide boards, you’ll also learn to cut joints that are ready for assembly straight off the saw. There is scope for more experienced woodworkers to embellish their chest by producing mouldings by hand or adding an internal compartment to their chest.

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Marking Gauge Marking Gauge
Marking Gauge
Marking Gauge

 

 

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Make a traditional marking gauge

£275.00 plus materials

4th - 5th March 2017
1st - 2nd July 2017

Intermediate

Marking gauges come in all shapes and sizes and just like clamps or planes you could argue that you can never have too many. Some of the tools I enjoy using the most are those I've made myself or bought from artisan craftsmen from around the world. In this two day class you'll become part of that tradition and create the most versatile of layout tools; a dual purpose marking gauge from a stunning piece of figured English Walnut. You'll get to experiment with hand stitched rasps, cutting threads in wood and how to tune a block plane for smoothing and dimensioning. Hey, we might even break out a few Holtey's. By the end of the weekend you'll take home a tool that will give you years of pleasure in your own workshop and plenty of skills to go on and make even more.

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Traditional style Japanese
Traditional style Japanese
Traditional style Japanese
Traditional style Japanese

 

 

 

 

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Make a traditional style Japanese
tool box

£275.00 plus materials

1st - 2nd April 2017
25th - 26th November 2017

Intermediate

While Japanese style joinery can be extremely complicated there are occasions when simplicity and function come together to make the perfect form. Based on a traditional Japanese carpenters tool box this two day class combines a utilitarian approach to construction with an eye for Arts & Crafts detail. Using just hand tools you will learn to dimension stock accurately and efficiently and incorporate some basic joinery to construct a small tool or keep sake box. I recommend students are proficient at dovetailing before tackling the wedged through mortise and tenons for this project. Less experienced students can simplify their build by swapping over to traditional cut nails for construction. There's no advantage of one over the other, just simplicity.

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Polishing

 

 

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French Polishing (or Polish Anglais)

£275.00 plus materials

29th - 30th April 2017
21st - 22nd October 2017

Suitable for all

Despite the fact that we’ve all heard of the term French Polish and shellac it’s amazing to think that very few of us actually know what it is and how to do it. It has a reputation for being difficult to master, time consuming and not nearly as robust as some other finishes. Here’s the bottom line. None of the above is true. Sure, you’ll need to keep your wits about you when you’re doing it and if time spent taking care of the details is wasted time then just maybe it’s time to find another hobby. The fact is, a perfect shellac finish will be touch dry while the first coat of oil is still attracting bugs and dust. And as for fragile, don’t you believe it.

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