October Meeting

Two Topics:
 1) Building Tables
2) Hand Planes in a Machine Driven World

Tuesday, October 17, 7:00 PM

1) Hugh Fish
2) Jeff Leimberger

1) Have you ever wanted to build a table and wondered how the best way to build a table for the particular purpose that you wanted to achieve.  There is no best way to build a table but we will explore several options.  Hugh Fish is an experienced furniture builder and a 20 year member in TWA.  He builds mostly Early American reproductions with emphasis on Shaker and eighteenth century tables, chairs and chests.  He will explain several design issues for building a table that should last for decades.  He will bring examples of his work and explain the reasons for its design.  How high should it be, what kind of legs to use, some finishing tips and how to build guides for drawers?   

2) In today’s world of Festool, Jet, Powermatic, Delta, etc.,  most woodworkers are not exclusively “traditional woodworkers”.  The term traditional woodworker has come to mean someone who exclusively uses non-electric tools to create that special piece of furniture for the spouse.  I surmise that a larger percentage of woodworkers fall at the other extreme of the hand tool-machine spectrum, with the only hand tool to touch their heirloom piece being the sanding block.  Many woodworkers fall in between the extremes, using hand tools when deemed appropriate, but using machines to do much of the dimensioning of stock and joinery – the “hybrid woodworker”!

As someone who is a hybrid woodworker, I am going to describe how I use hand planes in the shop to make my work more efficient (or correct my mistakes!).  That dado joint that you cut last week a little too tight now that is has sat around the shop for a while? No problem, three swipes of a side rabbet plane and it fits like the day that the joint was cut!  A tenon too tight for its mortise and you have already moved your tenoning jig to another setup? Again, a shoulder or rabbet plane to the rescue.  Ten seconds with a plane and there is no need to take the time or risk of trying to take a hair off with the table saw or router.  I hope to convince people to at least contemplate using a hand plane to complement your large machinery.


Scenes from our October Meeting



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