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Intro to Hand Tools

This class will give students a chance to learn about and explore hands-on the most useful and common ways to work with wood while making a small project. Students from all levels should have something to gain from a practical and theoretical look at tools for marking, cutting, shaping, fastening and finishing wood. Students are welcome to bring drawings of small projects to start in the class and their own materials. Materials will be provided for making a box or step stool.

About the instructor: Blake Hansen is a furniture maker and owns PB&A design in Tacoma. In addition to making furniture he teaches programs for youth and adults at the Center for Wooden Boats in Seattle.

Topics covered will include:

-Working with wood grain (grain effects on cutting, shaping, fastening, gluing and finishing)

-Measuring and marking tools

-Accurate and repeatable use of combo different squares, bevel gauges, tapes, etc.

-Using different types of saws, hand and electric, with accuracy and ease

-Western and Japanese saws

-Miter boxes

-Brief theory, safety and use of jig, circular, reciprocating and miter saws

-Clamps, vices and jigs

-Shaping tools including planes (hand and power)




-Sanding (hand and power)

-Drills and drivers

-Types of screws, nails, and other hardware

-Making simple all wood joints

-Introduction to adhesives for wood

-Introduction to finishing techniques

-Using water and oil based stains and topcoats

PLEASE NOTE: Participants must be 18 or older for this workshop.

Earlier Event: May 28
Open Hours
Later Event: July 12
Volunteer Info Session