Virtual Shop Evenings
Hi Everyone, Thanks so much for your interest in Virtual Shop evenings! It was a pleasure to have you join me in my shop. With competing schedules, a reopening of the woodshop @ Bronx Park, and life returning to some semblance of normal, it's time to retire Virtual Shop evenings. We hope you found it valuable while it lasted. We may resurrect these evenings periodically to provide repeat (or new) instruction on topics we aren't able to cover at Bronx Park (for example, finishing). These will be announced through regular classes, as well as through our mailing list.
New (in person) classes are on the schedule now, and more will be available in January. And look out for Woodfest, hopefully coming to Bronx Park in summer 2022!
P.S. If you're wanting to keep up to date with what I'm working on in my shop, feel free to follow me: https://www.facebook.com/paul.shipman.146; https://www.instagram.com/shipman.paul/
While most of us are safe at home, the woodshop is closed and empty, leaving little opportunity for woodworking community and learning.
Starting on April 22, we will begin two follow-along projects that any students from Introduction to Woodworking thru Woodworking II will be capable of doing, simply by following along at home every Wednesday. The only tools necessary are a saw (hand, jig, mitre, table, circular, whatever) and a hammer - though a drill and screwdriver will be helpful as well. Materials for the bird feeder and squirrel picnic table can be ordered for delivery or contactless pickup via Windsor plywood for around $55 (you place the order yourself). The attached spreadsheet lists the required materials and also recommends some tool options that you can order if you don’t have tools at home and still want to learn. For individuals practicing hand sawing for the first time, this project will be a relatively easy introduction.
Come with questions. Learn what you can do at home with a limited toolset and how you can move stalled projects forward while we weather this storm. If you have a shop at home, set up in your shop and work along with us.
In a few weeks, we will pivot this evening into some extension classes. Learn things that don't get covered in our regular woodworking courses. The schedule will be posted and updated here on this page as they are decided. The teaching portion of these evenings will take place from 7:00 pm - 8:00 pm to allow people time to connect.
- April 8, 7:00 pm - Work holding methods
- April 16, 7:00 pm - Making a square from stuff you have at home
- April 22, 7:00 pm - Bird feeder kick-off
- April 29, 7:00 pm - Bird feeder session 2
- May 6, 7:00 pm - Bird feeder session 3
- May 13, 7:00 pm - Squirrel Picnic Table
- May 20, 7:00 pm - Keeping Tools Sharp
- May 27, 7:00 pm - Restoring old hand tools
- June 4, 7:00 pm - Chiselling Techniques
- July 2, 2020, 7:00 pm - Exploring a Joiner's Tool Box & The Bench Hook
- September 3, 2020, 7:00 pm - How to sand (and more importantly, how to not sand)
- October 5, 2020, 7:00 pm - Finishing techniques
- November 2, 2020, 7:00 pm - Measuring & Marking and making repeatable cuts
- November 4 @ 6:30 PM- The Dovetail Box
- November 5 @ 6:30 PM- Hand Tool Fundamentals - Sawing and Planing
- November 9 @ 6:30 PM, presentation at 7:00 PM - Build along - the bench hook
- Have available one piece of wood approximately 12 inches in length. 6 - 8" wide is best, but anything will do. 2x4, 1x6, 2x6, plywood, your choice. You'll need a saw, and a fastening system (i.e. glue, screws or nails)
- November 16 @ 6:30 PM, presentation at 7:00 PM - Build along - the bench bull
- Have available a 2 x 6, 2 x 4 or similar. You will need at least 2 lengths of 12 inches, plus 3 sections as long as the width of the 12" boards. The 3 sections can be less wide than the main sections. One 2x6 at 42" will suffice. You will need a saw and a fastening system (i.e. glue, screws or nails). We will do optional lapping joinery. If you want to practice lap joints, you will need a chisel, table-saw with Dado blade or a Router system.
- November 23 @ 6:30 PM, presentation at 7:00 PM - Build along - chisel rack
- Have available two or more boards no thinner than 3/4 inch, at least 6" long and 2" wide. You will need a forstner drill, or a large twist bit, auger or expansion bit (1" is best, but 3/4 will do). You may also need a saw and a fastening system (i.e. glue, screws or nails).
- November 30 @ 6:30 PM, presentation at 7:00 PM - Build along - clamp storage
- December 7 @ 6:30 PM, presentation at 7:00 PM - Planes
- January 6: Designing your own projects
- January 13: How to sand (and more importantly, how to not sand) (repeat)
- January 20: Finishing Techniques (repeat)
- January 27: Introduction to dovetails (repeat)
- February 3: Introduction to dovetails pt. 2
- February 10: Learning through critique
- February 17: Woodshop Trivia Night #1
- February 24: Wooden Frame Glasses project: making a scratch stock.
- March 3: The humble axe and its place in the modern wood shop.
- March 10: Woodshop Trivia Night #2
- March 17: carving a spoon from green wood.
- April 5: Plane setup
- May 3: Online Resources