Milling Fundamentals – Sponsored by Felder USA


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Using hand tools is only part of Milling FundamentalsIf you want flat, true material to build your projects, you need to have a good foundation in Milling Fundamentals. Regardless of whether you are hand-tool or machine-tool focused (or you’re fairly balanced between the two), understanding wood structure and how it reacts to various edged tools makes a big difference in the quality of your work.

Milling Fundamentals

This 2-day class begins with a practical lesson on wood structure, then moves through sharpening and dimensioning lumber solely with hand tools. The class then moves on to safety instruction and use of the relative power tools. We round out the class with practical exercises that help blend hand and power to create the flattest, smoothest, and most accurately dimensioned material possible.


Some of the skills learned in the Milling Fundamentals class are:

  • How to sharpen and calibrate a hand plane
  • The proper sequence to mill material based on the chosen method
  • Safe operation of the three foundational power tools
  • Why understanding grain direction is essential to producing flat, smooth, accurate project parts
  • How to cope with heavily warped, bowed or twisted lumber

Materials are included in the class fee.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule.

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.


Course Dates:

  • July 9 & 10, 2020


The shop opens at 8:30 am, and class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 4 students.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.


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