Hand Tool Demystified

with Deneb Puchalski

Please call to register: 800-327-2520. For more information email us
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Hand Tools Demystified

with Deneb Puchalski

May 31 - June 1, 2014 (9-4pm)


Proper blade sharpening and hand tool set up make your woodworking tasks easier and more enjoyable. We will go over some methods that take all the guesswork out of these two essential steps. The first day we will focus on sharpening and setting up that sharp blade in your plane. You will learn how to construct your own angle setting jig, hone a microbevel on your blade, and minimize rust. For details, you may refer to our sharpening instructions and Deneb's own sharpening jig on our website. Day two will focus on planing techniques. We will review the best way to flatten and dimension a board by hand and the sequence of tools that make this efficient. We will discuss the importance of angle of cut in relation to the material being worked. We will also go over Chisel preparation and use. This is a hands-on course, allowing you to practice everything we discuss. By the end of the weekend, you will have an understanding of what a truly sharp edge is and how a tool should feel in your hand. Mastering a craft takes repetition, and this class will give you the skills needed to make your tools perform at their best.

About the Instructor

Deneb Puchalski is the lead demonstrator for our Hand Tool Events ® and has traveled across North America and the UK teaching people about our tools. Deneb studied woodworking at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He went on to become an assistant instructor and artist-inresidence at that school, during which time he honed his woodworking skills and sense of design. In addition to contributing articles to various woodworking magazines, Deneb is the leading talent for our YouTube instructional videos about hand tools and woodworking. He has also taught workshops at woodworking schools around the country.

Tool List

These are the tools we'll learn about in the class. You are not required to bring all of them; we will provide demonstration tools for you to use. However, it is helpful for you to practice with your own tools, so bring as many of these as you'd like. You may also make purchases in our showroom on site. Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.

Note: The hyperlinks below are for LN tools, though you are welcome to bring tools of other brands.

Optional Tools:

Registration Information

Cost is $250, lunch included. Limited to 15 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

Please call to register: 800-327-2520, $100 nonrefundable deposit required at registration, full payment required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.