Semester 2 represents another step forward in our hand tool journey. After a whirlwind tour of basic milling and joinery it is time to think outside the straight lines and add some curves. This semester introduces curved work and applies it with 2 great projects. You will learn to saw curves, refine and shape them, as well as create traditional moulding patterns. Several lessons along the way take a deeper look at fundamental techniques and introduce new ones. By the end, you will have some very powerful techniques at your disposal to tackle even more complex projects entirely by hand. Here is a quick tease of all the goodness that is Semester 2.
- Cambering plane irons
- Moulding planes, carving gouges
Detailed Chisel Techniques
- Details about how to hold a chisel for certain operations.
- Crazy old school techniques and shortcuts will also be covered.
- Turn your chisel into your most valuable tool.
- Chisel body mechanics
- Paring, Chopping
- Chisel Safety
- How to cut curves by hand
- Understanding bow saws, coping saws, fret saws, frame saws
- Exercises to refine your skill.
- Build a fret sawing board to help with delicate curve work.
Shaping and Refining Curves
- We know how to cut curves and have just done so on the Limbert table project. Now how to clean them up and refine them to a designed appearance.
- Learn to use the spokeshave
- Learn to use files and rasps too.
- Apply this lesson by building a useful straightedge adorned with an ornamental curved top.
- We covered miters in semester one, but I purposely left off the wider ones for box sides or bracket feet. This is a little more difficult but a great technique to have on hand. We will use these miters for the construction of the Tea Caddy too.
- Apply this lesson by building a modern version of the classic Donkey’s Ear Shooting Board.
Beginning Hand Cut Mouldings
- Hand cutting moulding doesn’t have to be hard or require a lot of planes. We will cut some very basic profiles with just 2 planes.
- Build a small plane mallet
- Build a sticking board.
Project One: Limbert Side Table
- Part One: History, Templates
- Part Two: Shaping and Joinery
- Part Three: Wrap Up and Finishing
Project Two: Queen Anne Tea Caddy
- Part One: History, Stock Selection, & Joinery
- Part Two: Secret Compartment
- Part Three: Feet, Lid, and Mouldings
- Part Four: Hardware and Finishing