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Class: Restoring Wooden Handplanes with Bill Anderson (2 Days)

Class: Restoring Wooden Handplanes with Bill Anderson (2 Days)

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Students will spend two days learning to refurbish, restore, and sharpen antique handplanes with a hand tool expert. Students are welcome to bring their own hand planes to work on or may purchase some. Here’s what Bill says about the class:

This workshop will be a lot of fun–it will be two days of problem solving and implementing! Tools that have been well used for two centuries are still out there waiting to be recalled to their duty. Sometimes they need work to put them back to full use. How gratifying to be able to use a plane that has been used by joiners and cabinet makers down through the centuries–it’s like having old friends surrounding you in the shop.

Some of the things we will focus on will include (and which will be the focus of demos throughout the workshop) are:

  1. making wedges for bench, molding planes and filletsters
  2. making new handles for bench planes
  3. restoring the mouth of bench planes with inserts
  4. Restoring profiles of molding planes and hollows and rounds
  5. restoring the profile of side beads
  6. remaking fences on moving filletsters
  7. reseating stripped or rusted out bolt holes
  8. boxing issues
  9. nickers
  10. Reworking stripped threads on plow planes
  11. Making metal parts for planers (nickers and depth stops)
  12. Trouble shooting plane performance
  13. Fettling issues in general
  14. Sharpening irons

More broadly, I will talk about what to look out for when purchasing a vintage plane, with an eye towards what might be a deal breaker and what might be a diamond in the rough. I expect that everyone will be working on different types of planes and issues, but I will have a series of short demos throughout the two days highlighting different techniques. There will be grinding and sharpening media for honing irons and hopefully we will be able to show off our rejuvenated planes at the end of the workshop!

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:

There is not a material fee for this class, unless students wish to purchase a new plane iron or special material. These will be reasonable fees. Students who don’t have wooden handplanes can email Bill before the class to arrange the purchase of planes from him.

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. A PDF document with the full class policies and a liability waiver will be sent in the order confirmation email. All students are required to sign and return this document prior to attending the class. Anyone can cancel a class up to 2 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $25 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under two 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.

BILL’S COVID-19 REQUIREMENTS: Because Bill has a compromised immune system, he has specifically requested that all students in his classes be fully vaccinated for Covid-19. He will not require masks, but he will require that proof of vaccination be emailed to him at least one week before the class starts.

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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