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Just Joints / Tool Making Course

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Cost: $770 (includes materials)

Class size:  6 max.

Skill level:    complete beginners to advanced

Join Neil on a Saturday morning and learn some hand skills, make some wood joints and create some of  your very own hand tools.  There is nothing more satisfying than using tools that you have created yourself from scratch, using the finest raw materials. In addition to making several hand made joints, the tools that we will make this term are:

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Wooden Plane Making Course

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Come join Neil to make your very own, personalised, wooden bench plane. This year, Neil and his Saturday students had a huge amount of fun making this unique wooden plane, that we have decided to run a special 4 day Plane Making Course. Neil's own two planes now take pride of place on display in his living room - such items of beauty they are!

 

This course is specifically aimed at those individuals wishing to develop and advance their handmaking skills, and their ability to work to fine tolerances. It is aimed at any aspiring, or even complete beginner woodworker, and also allows a high degree of personal initiative, if the student so chooses.

 

Your No7 plane will be made out of 1 piece of Jarrah that you will custom shape to fit your hand, whether you are left, or right-handed. It  comes with a top of the line 2" Hock blade and chipbreaker - a standard item in all Krenov-inspired planes!.  Neil designed this tool with a special brass wear strip and an adjustable mouth opening to allow the plane to shave the finest shavings without any tearout on even the most recalcitrant of woods. In addition, Neil and the 2015 class worked out the optimum blade angle to ensure that both long and end-grain could be tackled with ease. This is sure to be a plane that will grow old with grace and integritry.

Like all ESCA classes, student numbers are restricted to 6 students only.

Cost: $640

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Just joints

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Cost: $539

25th July 5th September (7 Saturdays ) Hours: 9am to 12pm (21 hours total)

Saturday Just Joints Classes
Class size: 8 max.
Skill level: beginners to advanced

Neil is once again offering his popular Just Joints Classes. Each Saturday morning students get to make one joint type entirely by hand. Neil takes the student through a brief talk on the use of the particular joint type and the procedure to craft it, before a thorough demonstration of each phase. Each student is coached to ensure that a good result is achieved. Students have been quite impressed with the speed at which they are able to get through some complex joinery in a quiet environment. The joint types we are covering are as follows: Through dovetail joint.
Half-blind dovetail joint
Single-taper dovetail joint
Double-taper dovetail joint.
Blind mortise-and-tenon joint
Twin, through and wedged stub-tenoned mortise and tenon joints with bird's beak edges. (two Saturdays)
Class size: 8 max.

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Tool Making

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Saturday Tool-Making Classes
Class size: 8 max.
Skill level: beginners to advanced
Join Neil on a Saturday morning to create your very own hand tools. There is nothing more satisfying than using tools that you have created from the finest raw materials yourself. You will get to make the following:

card scraper,
scraper burnisher,
pencil gauge,
cutting gauge,
dovetail saw
bench plane (with Hock blade)

Cost: $770 (includes materials)

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