The basis for all joinery is the ability to work to layout lines with saws, chisels and planes. To do this, your tools must be properly prepared and sharpened. If you are frustrated with the results you get with hand tools or doubt that you can improve the fit of machine cut joints then this is the class to improve your skills and take your woodworking to the next level.
In this class you will learn a controlled and repeatable method for sharpening edge tools that will cut end grain cleanly and accurately. We will tune up and adjust rabbet and router planes so they can be used for accurate joinery. Then in a series of bench work exercises, beginning with accurate layout techniques, you will learn how to work from reference surfaces to hand cut accurate joinery, usually more quickly and accurately than you could by machine. These exercises include half laps, bridle joints on curved rails and housed tapered (sliding) dovetails. This is a chance to practice working with chisels and planes and hand saws with one of this country's master furniture makers. You will need certain tools - including a rabbet (shoulder) plane and a standard size router plane. The full tool list can be seen on the school's website. Don't let handtools continue to frustrate you - sign up today.
-From the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking, Section 102712A description.
Not perfect, but doable. Next step is to simply make a box. Then progress from there to eventually make a dinning room table and then reproduction windows in our home... but patience is key, stepping stones are important.