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Class: Make Workbench Fixtures with Bill Anderson (2 Days)



CLASS DESCRIPTION: Spend a couple days in this hand tool woodworking class with hand tool expert, Bill Anderson, making a bundle of essential workbench fixtures, including a joiner’s mallet, two wooden try squares, a straight edge, winding sticks, a shooting board, a Bird’s Mouth, and a bench hook/miter box. Tool list may vary slightly. See below for class details and important policies.

WAIT LIST: If the class becomes sold out, click here to get added to the wait list. People may cancel, we may add more slots, or we may decide to add another class date.

PAYMENT: If you would like to pay for a class using a different method than online with a credit card, email us here to arrange to pay by check or cash. We don’t accept credit cards over the phone.


Woodworking students gluing up a wooden try square

Spend a couple days in this traditional woodworking class with hand tool woodworking expert, Bill Anderson, making a bundle of essential workbench fixtures. The workbench fixtures include:

  • Wooden joiner’s mallet
  • Two try squares: the squares are of two sizes, one 8″ for general layout, and one 2″ for joinery layout. The blades are made of QS hard maple, the handles of Black Walnut or Cherry.
  • Winding sticks: The 20″ winding sticks are made of QS cherry, with ebony details.
  • A Donkey’s Ear: to plane mitered corners on molding. This is adjustable both at the fence and at the angle of the platform so that the item can be tweaked. The plane runs in a track. The details include a centerpoint on each stick to accurately balance the sticks on narrow stock.
  • Straight edge: The straight edge is made of QS cherry, and is 36″ long.
  • Miter bench hook: The last item is a bench hook on one face and a miter box on the other face, suitable for mitering small moldings for cabinet work. The actual woods used in the workshop will vary according to the availability of satisfactory lumber at the time of the workshop.
  • Note: some tools may be subject to change.

About the Instructor:

Bill Andersonwoodworking instructor at the woodandshop traditional woodworking school

Bill Anderson is a hand tool expert who lives in Chatham County, North Carolina. In addition to building beautiful period furniture, he teaches woodworking classes at Roy Underhill’s Woodwright’s School and the John C. Campbell Folk School. He is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Midwest Tool Collectors Association, and Early American Industries Association.  Below you can watch the video of our tour of Bill’s workshop, and read the article & see photos here.

Materials Fee:

Materials fee will be in the range of $100-$150, and will depend on the local price of materials at the time of purchase. The fee may seem high, but top quality 12/4 quartersawn, tight-grained hardwood lumber is required for these tools to stand the test of time (usually mahogany or cherry). This wood is scarce and expensive. This fee must be paid to the instructor before or on the first day of class.

How to Get Here & Where to Stay:

The address of the school is 5700 Buffalo River Rd. Earlysville, Virginia 22936 (Google Maps here). The school is convenient to quite a few hotels, stores, and restaurants, and is only 8 minutes from the Charlottesville airport. Many more details are listed on the school’s main page here.

Class Policies, Liability Waiver, & Cancellations:

No students under 18 years of age are allowed to attend the classes. Also, no non-enrolled visitors may attend. Any service animals brought to the school must be approved prior to the class.  Students in wheelchairs will need to notify us prior to the class so we can arrange proper access into the school. All students are required to sign these forms and bring them on the first date of class. Anyone can cancel a class up to three (3) weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under three (3) weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $25) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students. Students are encouraged to NOT pay for non-refundable flights, car rentals, or hotel bookings, in the rare case that the class has to be cancelled for the above-mentioned reasons.

A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver should be downloaded from your account, after your purchase is completed. Contact us to let us know if you are unable to download the document.

Student Tool Discounts:

After you’ve registered for a class, you are eligible for a discount from Lee Valley (Veritas) and Taylor Toolworks. Lee Valley offers a 15% discount, and a discount form PDF will be available for download in your Wood and Shop dashboard after your purchase. For a 10% discount from Taylor Toolworks fill out this form and upload a photo or screenshot of your class order email (under the “Student ID” section). The discounts may not be available after the end of the class, so try to place your orders before then.

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Additional information

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Mon-Tue Nov 14-15, 2022

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