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

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

Regular price $375.00 USD
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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 (tools may vary slightly). Please carefully read all details below before registering for this class. 

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Full Description

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.
• Pair of 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.
• Shooting board
• 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.

Class Syllabus

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Meet your Instructor

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Materials Fee & Required Tools

There will be a material fee for the 7 projects that we will be making (2 sizes of squares, pinch rods, pair of winding sticks, straightedge, donkey’s ear, shooting board, bench hook). This is generally in the range of $175, depending on current market prices. 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.

All hand tools will be provided, but you are welcome to bring your own hand tools to work on building your workbench fixtures.

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 available after you register. All students are required to sign this document, and bring it on the first day of class.

Anyone can cancel a class up to 3 weeks prior to the class for a full refund (minus a $45 fee that covers credit card processing fees and administrative work). Cancellations under three weeks before a class begins will be given a refund (less $45) if we can find someone else to fill the slot. If we have to cancel a class for an unforeseen emergency, inclement weather, instructor illness/injury, or low number of registrations, a full refund will be given to students. We encourage students to not book non-refundable flights, car rentals, or lodging in case of these cancelations.

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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