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About the Course
The main elements covered for each machine will include safe working practices, adjusting/setting up, choice of blade & blade changing, jigs and dust extraction:
Dimensioning timber components
Cutting dovetails, circles etc.
Design & use of a point fence
Table-saw with sliding table
Dimensioning veneered board material using the scoring unit
Cross cutting and cutting short lengths using the sliding table
Removing a waney edge
Cutting timber to dimension using the rip fence
Surface planing techniques to remove wind, cupping etc.
Using the fence to plane narrow edges and for angled work
Cutting grooves, rebates and mouldings
Using a ring fence & guides for curved work
Cutting a variety of different mortices
Basic turning techniques
Mitre jointsCome and learn safely how to use bandsaw, table saw, planer/thicknesser, morticer, spindle moulder and sliding compound mitre saw. Leave us with confidence to use these machines safely and effectively.
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What's included in the price?
John will teach you the right way to safely manage those scary items of essential woodworking equipment.
This course is an introduction to using the machinery that might be found in a small to medium sized woodworking workshop and is suitable for those who have their own machinery or are considering purchasing. General Health & Safety issues will be covered, followed by setting-up, maintenance and use of the machines, with individual tuition on each machine. The course will also cover the use of some smaller power tools and a combination of the machines will be used to make a small cabinet.
Throughout this course our overriding concern will be safety!
Some previous cabinet making skills would be useful for this course, but are not essential.
Teaching hours are 9am to 4pm with a short break for lunch.
Tea, coffee and cakes are provided, students should bring their own packed lunch.
Structured and detailed walkthrough of all the main machines I will encounter in a workshop. Size of group was perfect - would have been difficult if it was larger.
Martin McGloin - - #8917
Learned loads! Felt engaged. Thank you!
S Leitich - - #8916
An excellent course with every opportunity to ask a full range of questions.
James Townley - - #6285
Lots of detail. Practical advice regarding buying machinery, tailored to our circumstances.
Corinne Woods - - #6284
It was good to have so much hands-on time, and the (very) small group and relaxed environment meant we were able to have practical demonstration as an answer to many questions.
Sean Albuqueque - - #5269
I liked the techniques side of using the machines, eg what joints you could make and how.
Susan Frost - - #4676
Well structured and comprehensively covered the subjects.Time well used with sensitive feel for the needs of the participants. I can't imagine how it could be bettered within the time frame allowed.
David Benwell - - #4675
John is incredibly knowledgeable, but also made it easy to understand - plus he came across a decent guy. Cakes, biscuits and sense that this was a family venture without super-tight time keeping made this very enjoyable and refreshingly uncorporate. I picked up lots of tips and found it easy to ask questions. I also discovered that what I want is a good bandsaw rather than a good table saw and that in itself will have saved me the course fee!
Peter Marshall - - #4674
I got exactly what I wanted - advice on what to look for in machine tools, which tools are more useful than others, as well as lots of tips and tricks.
Llewelyn Fernandes - - #4673
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