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Learning how to use food-safe finishes is a must for woodworkers, whether you're creating a dining table, a cutting board, or even just a decorative object. That's because many finishes contain toxic drying agents, not to mention that many people are sensitive to chemicals.
Meet your instructor, woodworking expert Kyle Kwiatkowski, and learn more about the three kinds of dovetails you'll be making in class: through, half-blind and canted. Kyle discusses wood choices and how to mill your boards -- by machine or by hand -- to prepare them for dovetailing. Then get started with marking your boards for each kind of dovetail.
Meet your instructor, professional woodworker Mike Siemsen, and preview the projects you'll make in this class. Mike shows you how to create a simple, inexpensive sharpening station with sandpaper and a piece of glass. Next, learn the proper steps for sharpening a chisel using your newly created sharpening station. Before beginning the first woodworking project, Mike constructs a simple work area, shares his tips for using a handsaw and chisel and discusses how to select quality materials from a long board.
With your design lines transferred to the veneer, it's time to cut. Rich discusses the variety of hand tools you can use and demonstrates how to cut small veneer pieces to size. If you prefer power tools for the larger pieces, you'll get pointers for scroll-saw cutting. Rick also shares the sand-shading technique for slightly charring your veneer to define its edges.
Take your bench to the next level by adding a series of creative touches. First, Mike shows you how to create tapered legs with a handsaw. Then, see how to make an arched cutout at the bottom of the legs using a compass and coping saw. Learn how to lay out an ogee design on the apron and the legs. Finally, discover Mike's technique for taking a basic bench and adding storage and a hinged lid.
Mount your vessel and make your first cuts. Jim will show you the three most important shaping tools in his tool belt and share invaluable tips for getting the most out of each one. Once you've mounted your two sections together to create a single block, you'll shape the exterior. Then, open up each half and hollow it out. Learn how to make sure your wall thickness remains uniform between the pieces and pick up expert tips for gluing the two halves together.
Prepare for that reaction (plus plenty of compliments) when you build complex open-segmented vases and vessels.
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