Sharpening & Tuning Hand Tools Weekend Masterclass @ John Lloyd Fine Furniture

This course is aimed at the woodworker who has some experience but who wishes to learn how to tune or ‘fettle’ a basic woodworking toolkit and how to sharpen blades to ‘razor sharp’ using a combination of grinder and bench stones. If you have never experienced the joy of working to very fine tolerances, using a plane that is well set up, with a razor-sharp blade, this course will be a revelation!

The main purpose of this course is to emerge with a set of tuned/sharp tools that will allow you to make furniture to a very high standard.

Students are expected to bring along whatever woodworking tools they may have for evaluation and discussion. Advice will be given on buying new or used tools before or during the course, and various tools and sharpening systems will be available to try and buy.

What You Will Learn


  • Flattening and fine-tuning the castings and various components that make up any plane
  • Setting up a cutting gauge and if necessary upgrading the blade


  • Grinding bevels using a bench grinder and whetstone grinder
  • Grinding / honing angles
  • Flattening bench stones
  • Honing techniques with bench stones – freehand and using honing guides
  • Techniques for sharpening shaped blades e.g. carving chisels, moulding planes
  • Sharpening a cabinet scraper

The tools covered in this course will include the following:

  • Bench plane – The No.05 or No.05½ ‘Jack Plane’ is probably the most useful. This plane will be your main workhorse, which despite its size, when tuned will be able to undertake remarkably fine work.
  • Block plane – Useful for end grain and very delicate work.
  • Shoulder Plane – Designed, not surprisingly, for trimming shoulders, but also very useful for trimming rebates and cutting mouldings by hand.

Available Course Dates

  • 6 - 7 July 2024

To make a booking please click here.

Duration: Weekend
Price: £350
Skill Level: Beginner / Intermediate
John Lloyd Fine Furniture
Bankside Farm
Ditchling Common
Burgess Hill
East Sussex
RH15 0SJ
United Kingdom
John Lloyd Fine Furniture
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