We again are offering plane making classes which are described below.
Note: These classes are now being held in my new shop location in Sterling Illinois, located about 110 miles west of Chicago and a short distance off Interstate 88. Address is in class description below.
My shop is small so class is limited to three students per class. Each is given their own work space and a “Milkman’s bench” to work at. (See photo of the bench below.) These clamp on benches work beautifully and will hold the planes in any necessary position for the extensive hand work required. These classes are taught in a way that the student can go home and make more planes using the same techniques with minimal investment in tools or fixtures. Emphasis is almost entirely on hand tools with the exception of a drill press to start the mortise and bench grinders to grind the profile onto the irons. The primary goal is to complete the round in class. This is then used to shape the hollow. It may be possible to complete the hollow also, depending on the student and how class progresses.
We will be making the round plane first, starting with the billet and cutting the mouth with a back saw. The mortise will be sunk in and the wedge fitted. The iron is then bedded to ensure a good tight fit. Profiling the sole is done with a block plane and the shape is then refined with sand paper. The iron will be ground to match the sole of the plane and we will then be doing heat treating and tempering to harden the blade. Final detailing and sharpening will complete the round.
If time permits, we will proceed to the hollow, using the completed round to profile the sole. Finish will be discussed also.
Class is $475 per student. Billets of quarter sawn beech can be provided at $10 each and blade blanks at $25 each. Each three day class runs from 9 am to 5 pm, Thursday through Saturday, with an option to start earlier on the second and third day of classes. Below is a detailed class description and policies and also a tool list of needed tools.
Note: Floats are provided for the duration of the class if needed, as Lie-Nielsen is currently out of stock for them. The same applies to the 1/10″ chisel for the same reason. The chisel is available for purchase to those interested.
A down payment of $150 will be required at the time of sign up to hold your place in the class. This will be applied toward the total class cost of $475. This is non-refundable if canceled less than three weeks before class, as stated in the class description. Once signed up, a confirmation email will be sent with the class description and tool list.
Each student will receive a full scale drawing of the #8 hollow and round planes being made.
A completed pair of planes.
The Milkman’s bench. Each student will have one to use for the duration of the class.