SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills

December 14, 2020 @ 8:30 am – December 18, 2020 @ 4:00 pm
John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Bankside Farm
Ditchling Common, Burgess Hill
East Sussex RH15 0SJ
John Lloyd Fine Furniture
01444 480338
SKILLS WEEK - Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture | Ditchling Common | United Kingdom
SKILLS WEEK – Sharpening & Essential Cabinetmaking Hand Skills
Date : 6 – 10 April 2020 (inc Good Friday)
          6 – 10 July 2020
          14 – 18 December 2020
5 days duration

Price £590

Requirement: Beginner/Intermediate

What you will learn

SHARPENING – fool-proof systems that produce razor-sharp blades

PREPARING A PLANE – fettling and setting up for gossamer-thin shavings

PLANING STRATEGIES – producing super flat wood with a mirror surface

CHISELLING – techniques for safe, accurate chopping and paring

SAWING – Japanese and Western saws need different techniques to get the best out of them and Sawing is the key skill for cutting accurate dovetails

MAKING FRIENDS WITH A ‘FINESSE’ TOOL –  cutting a tapered chamfer with a Spokeshave

CHEESEBOARD EXERCISE – Planing and gluing with some simple cramping tactics and a hand-cut chamfer

A VITAL JOINT – SIMPLE THROUGH DOVETAILS – sawing and chiselling practice to make this hugely important, elegant joint.

ANOTHER VITAL JOINT – THROUGH, WEDGED MORTICE & TENON – another classic joint, the perfect way to make any frame, cut by hand.

BOX EXERCISE – Combining all the tools and techniques – this simple dovetailed box exercise is the perfect way to check progress.


Test Pieces: Cheese Board and Biscuit Box – wow your family and friends with the accuracy and crispness of your new found skills!

Other: Students are invited to bring their existing toolkit for appraisal

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