Ian demonstrating to Mark the safe operation of cutting shoulders of tenons on the table saw. In this class students are shown the safe setup and use of the band saw, jointer, planer and table saw. Ian shared with the group the selection of materials including grain graphics followed by a millwork exercise which combines the safe use and operation of the basic woodworking machines with efficiency.
Yvonne demonstrating the process of coiling a bandsaw blade. Yvonne has spent a lot of time in the shop with Robert over the 19 years they have been together.
Mark making initial shavings on his tuned up spoke shave. Students discover that hand tools essentially come as kits and require tuning, sharpening and setup before use. Once complete the tools are a joy to use and provide the woodworker with a surface ready for finish.
Paul setting the knives on the planer. Once the knives are received from the sharpener, they receive a micro bevel which increases durability. The micro bevel is finished off on an 8000 grit water stone, leaving a lovely finish on even the nastiest material.
Robert demonstrates to the group setting up of feed rollers, chip breakers and pressure bars on one of our planers. Following the demonstration, each student is given the opportunity practice skills covered and observe the improved performance of a machine well tuned and maintained. Trouble shooting strategies are discussed to prepare students for potential problems they might expect in their own shop.
From the left: Mark, Paul, Ian & Robert