Update from the Kansas City Woodworkers' Guild.

Handtool Pre-School

KCWG Handtool Pre-School


Objective : Impart essential handtool skills for the beginner and intermediate woodworker for use in the KCWG and home shop.  Basic skills with chisel, saw and plane will be introduced by building two simple projects.


Scope : The KCWG Handtool Pre-School will introduce fundamentals for using common “Western” handtools.  These fundamentals will be reinforced through building of two simple projects.  Students are strongly encouraged to complete both projects and explore variations of these projects by building them outside of class.


Duration : Saturday August 9th & 16th, 9am - 4pm and again on October 4th & 11th


Class Size : 6 participants


Cost : $60 @ General and Sawdust Maker membership level

$48 @ Woodworker Plus and higher membership level

Supplied materials - $25

(No refunds after 1st session)


Projects :

  • bench hook & shooting board

  • pencil box with rabbet joints, pegs and grooves

Projects will be completed using only handtools.  Material will be provided, some in rough state, other components pre-cut and roughly to size in the interest of limited class time.


Skills & Topics :

  • Sharpening of bevel edge tools & card scrapers

  • Project planning for handtool operations

  • Marking and measuring for handtool operations

  • Stock selection with an eye toward hand work

  • Stock preparation with handtools including

    • dealing with twist and cup

    • surface preparation and thicknessing

    • accurate cross-cutting and ripping of small parts

  • Joinery

    • rabbets

    • dados

    • grooves

  • Story sticks

  • Cut-to-fit versus cut-lists


Contact Mike Jones ( to signup and arrange payment.

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