Precision with Planes - Garrett Hack Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Precision with Planes - Garrett Hack



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Precision with Planes

with Garrett Hack
August 15-16, 2020

Saturday (9am-5pm) & Sunday (9am-4pm)

Materials Fee: $40
Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $315; $275 Ticket and $40 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 people.

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

To sign up, click the 'Add to Cart' button above or call: 800-327-2520. Full payment is processed at checkout, including a non-refundable $125 deposit. Students are eligible for a partial refund if a ticket is cancelled more than 30 days from the Workshop. The full ticket price is non-refundable within 30 days of the workshop. In the event that a Workshop needs to be cancelled, we will contact you 30 days before the scheduled date. A shipping address is requested at checkout as a physical ticket will be mailed. For more information call or email us.

Note: For customers unable to take projects with them, shipping charges apply.


Building any piece of furniture involves many different hand plane skills. In this workshop, professional furniture maker Garrett Hack will discuss his day-to-day most used tools and techniques, and will show students how to put them to work in their own projects. The class is focused on the challenges students will encounter as furniture makers, and is designed to allow more experienced woodworkers to spend time improving their accuracy and efficiency, and in doing so to improve their enjoyment working with wood! Throughout the weekend, students will practice flattening surfaces and smoothing them to a polish, cutting end grain, jointing long grain edges, fitting joints, shaping curves and working to a pattern or an existing form. Garrett will also discuss tuning planes so they work as effortlessly and accurately as possible, and how students can integrate planes most effectively into their work.

About the Instructor

Garrett Hack is an internationally known furniture maker, educator, writer, and farmer from Thetford, Vermont. A furniture maker for more than 44 years, he teaches classes in Germany, England, Austria, Italy, Spain, Canada, Australia, Israel, and Japan, as well as throughout the US. Hack has a great love of hand planes and uses them to great effect in everything he builds, from shaping curves to sculpting delicate details. He is the author of The Handplane Book (Taunton Press, 1997) and Classic Hand Tools (Taunton Press, 1999), a contributing editor at Fine Woodworking magazine (30 years), and former chairman of the New Hampshire Furniture Masters.

Required Tools

Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.

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.

Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.

Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.

From the instructor: "The Lie-Nielsen classroom has a wide variety of planes, chisels, and saws for you to try out, and I suggest you do. But in the end you want to own your own tools so you understand how to make them work their best, as well as the range of work they are capable of."

Optional Tools