Introduction to Hand Tools

Learn basic hand tool use by building a small box with a sliding lid
November 1 – November 5, 2021
May 9 – May 13, 2022

This five day class will introduce woodworkers to basic hand tool use. In the process of building a small box with a sliding lid we will use rabbet, dado, molding, toothing, smoothing and panel raising planes; backsaws, marking gauges, scrapers, paring and dovetail chisels. Hide glue will be used to veneer the lid and a few carving tools will be used to carve a small shell and some curved molding. The goal of the class is to be able to do basic joinery with hand tools. Of course, sharpening and setting up the tools will be covered.

I’ve tried to roll as many hand tool operations as possible into this small box. Past students have agreed that the box they made was the perfect vehicle for learning lots of varied skills. See for yourself and learn a lot!

All materials are included and will be a combination of cherry, mahogany and Spanish cedar, with the veneer being your choice from my stock.

Introduction to Woodworking Hand Tools - Sliding Lid Box

Tool List

  • Smoothing plane- Wood River 150874w #4 or Lie-Nielsen no. 4, 45 degree, iron
  • Backsaw-rip-Veritas 05T0501 or LN 1-saw-TDS or 1-saw-DS
  • ½″or ⅝″ dovetail chisel- has beveled edges- Pfeil Swiss Made ½ CM12 and mallet Pfeil HK 70 mm (optional)
  • Marking gauge- Lee Valley beech marking gauge 35N06.05
  • Rabbet plane-LV moving fillister plane 24P22 10 or, if you want the best one out there, in my opinion-Veritas RH (or LH if you’re a lefty) skew rabbet plane, 01, 05P45.57
  • Scraper blade-LN 1-HSET (there are 2) and mill bastard file to sharpen it

  • Low angle block plane-Wood River 151125W or Veritas low angle 01, 05P22.51
  • Try square 6″
  • Leather strop
  • Carving tools: Pfeil Swiss Made D-12-6 or D-12-8, 5-5, 5-12, 8-13
  • Small pair of dividers or compass
If you can’t find or don’t want to invest in some of the more expensive tools, call me and check availability of what I have on hand. I have multiples of most of the tools on the list.

10% Off Lie-Nielsen Tools

Lie-Nielsen will give a 10% discount on any tools purchased by students for a class. This only applies to tools they make, not other brands that they carry.

Class Information

Due to the recent pandemic I ask that all students be vaccinated in order to protect the health of all.

School Information & Policies

Class Schedule

November 1 – November 5, 2021
8:00am – 5:30pm
Registration Closed
May 9 – May 13, 2022
8:00am – 5:30pm
Registration Closed