Hand Tool Basics @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Jun 8 @ 9:00 am – Jun 9 @ 4:00 pm

The North Carolina Furniture School is proud to offer this class co-taught by guest instructor, Jim McConnell, and NCFS Director, Stuart Kent. We have created 6 new brand new hand tool benches for the school, and this is your chance to help us break them in! So if you are interested in fine hand tool craftsmanship this is your class.

Jim is a husband, father, student of life and chronic tinkerer currently based in Eastern North Carolina where he leads a faith community and learns something new practically every day. He enjoys building furniture, playing music and curating his blog The Daily Skep in the belief that fostering such a virtual guild of makers, doers and dreamers is a vital and important way to share ideas and information about the work we all love so much. Jim serves as content editor for Mortise & Tenon Magazine and has written tool reviews for Popular Woodworking Magazine.

Please note that you will need to bring your own hand tools to this class. A complete list of recommended tools is listed below:

  • Full size crosscut handsaw (26″-28″, 6-8 PPI)
  • Full size ripsaw (26″-28″, 6-8 PPI)
  • Dovetail saw (10″-12″, 14-18 PPI)
  • Medium jack plane (#5)
  • Short smoothing plane (#3 or #4)
  • Pair of bench hooks
  • Pair of winding sticks
  • Shooting board
  • Marking gauge
  • Square
  • Marking knife or pencil

Course Description:

Students will leave the class with a basic knowledge of breaking down rough stock, preparing that stock for joinery and how to cut dovetails by hand. We will cover ripping and crosscutting stock by hand. Dimensioning and squaring stock with hand planes and cutting basic “through” dovetails.

This class will also cover basic techniques that make hand tool woodworking easier and more efficient.

Day 1

Stock prep:

  • Divide and breakdown board with handsaws
  • Bring boards into S4S with hand planes and shoot edges
  • use sawhorses, straightedges, and winding sticks
  • understand what square is, and why it’s necessary

Day 2

Dovetail Demonstration

  • Marking, Sawing, & chopping
  • Proper use of marking knife, dividers, slope, and cutting gauge

Dovetail Practice

  • Practice 90 degree and sloped cuts, being mindful of staying square
  • Multiple sets of pins and tails
  • Marriage marks, paring, functional joints
NCFS Woodturners Private Class @ the North Carolina Furniture School
Jun 29 @ 9:00 am – Jun 30 @ 4:00 pm

Our shop will be closed to the public for the duration of this private class. Please visit another time or email or call for scheduling, purchases, or questions.

Thank you.

Six Board Chest – Build an American Classic! @ The North Carolina Furniture School
Jul 25 @ 9:00 am – Jul 27 @ 4:00 pm

Six board chests are quintessential pieces of American furniture. They are elegant, understated, sturdy, and functional. In this special three day class you craft your own six board chest using a combination of traditional hand tool and modern machine techniques.

On the first day we will focus on layout, design, and material preparation. This will include drawing lessons and how to properly create a cutlist to reference throughout the build. Day two we will cut and join all the parts and install the hardware. On day three we will sand, assemble, and finish the chests.

Building a six board chest is the ideal way to explore woodworking as a beginner or build on your skills if you are more experienced. We will discuss wood movement, material selection, joinery and fasteners, surface preparation, hardware, and traditional finishing – and in this special class you get the added plus of taking home a handcrafted treasure!

All equipment, materials, hardware, and lunch are provided. Please bring your own safety glasses and hearing protection, and if you have your own handplanes and chisels, please bring them too!