The Woodworkings Shows

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Roland Johnson

To me one the real joys of woodworking is that hand tools and power tools can so effectively complement each other. There are days when my shop is a raucous cacophony of whirling cutters and singing blades and other days where hours of tranquilly reflective work create the Zen of Woodworking atmosphere that we often romanticize as the only way, and I enjoy every day.

I’m always pleasantly fatigued after the noise and frantic commotion of a power tool day, and I find hand tool days to be inspiring and sometimes downright magical. To me there is no best practice in woodworking; it’s more a matter of what works best for you. Please join me at my seminars this season and we’ll delve into that wonderfully symbiotic world of woodworking.

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Show Schedule

Baltimore, MD
Indianapolis, IN
W. Springfield, MA
Columbus, OH
Chantilly, VA
St. Louis, MO
Somerset, NJ
Houston, TX
St. Paul, MN
Milwaukee, WI
Tampa, FL
Atlanta, GA
Kansas City, MO

Session Times & Descriptions

Friday - We Don't Need No Stinking Sandpaper

1:00PM - 2:00PM
It’s amazing how quickly and efficiently a simple steel card scraper can clean up and refine a surface. Sandpaper becomes a seldom used item in your shop once scrapers are mastered. But there’s the rub, how the heck do you get a sharp, long-lasting burr on a card scraper, and how do you use it to get those beautiful super-fine shavings? It’s really much easier than you think! I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily put a fine, sharp burr on your card scraper, how to use that burr, and how to quickly restore that wonderful cutting burr when it stops cutting. It’s darned near magic! I’ll also show you how to sharpen and set up a scraper plane (Stanley 81 type) and you’ll find out why a Stanley 82 needs to be in your scraping arsenal.

Friday - Wiping Varnish: The Only Finish You’ll Ever Need?

3:00PM - 4:00PM
What is the best finish for furniture projects? Well, the answer is easy: varnish. True varnish is a solvent-based alkyd polymer that is easily wiped on creating a very durable finish that doesn’t need special equipment or years of learning complex techniques to apply. One of my main criteria when determining an appropriate finish for furniture is how easy is it to repair or replace. Since true varnish is a vegetable-based alkyd, not a plastic, it can be lightly sanded and recoated without interaction problems between new and old and if the finish is severely degraded the old finish can be easily stripped off leaving a fresh surface to refinish. Join me to find out how easy it is to create a beautiful, durable finish on every surface.

Friday - Bevel Up, Bevel Down, What’s The Deal?

5:00PM - 6:00PM
I’ve been giving handplane seminars for several years and some of the most frequent questions I hear are what’s the difference between bevel up or bevel down, and which should I have in my shop? I’ll answer those questions and lots more when we delve into the mysteries of cutting angles and how they work. We’ll also talk about sharpening and how different bevels can alter the performance of your plane creating the ideal cutting angle whether you’re planing alder or gnarly burled oak.

Saturday - We Don't Need No Stinking Sandpaper

12:00PM - 1:00PM
It’s amazing how quickly and efficiently a simple steel card scraper can clean up and refine a surface. Sandpaper becomes a seldom used item in your shop once scrapers are mastered. But there’s the rub, how the heck do you get a sharp, long-lasting burr on a card scraper, and how do you use it to get those beautiful super-fine shavings? It’s really much easier than you think! I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily put a fine, sharp burr on your card scraper, how to use that burr, and how to quickly restore that wonderful cutting burr when it stops cutting. It’s darned near magic! I’ll also show you how to sharpen and set up a scraper plane (Stanley 81 type) and you’ll find out why a Stanley 82 needs to be in your scraping arsenal.

Saturday - Wiping Varnish: The Only Finish You’ll Ever Need?

2:00PM - 3:00PM
What is the best finish for furniture projects? Well, the answer is easy: varnish. True varnish is a solvent-based alkyd polymer that is easily wiped on creating a very durable finish that doesn’t need special equipment or years of learning complex techniques to apply. One of my main criteria when determining an appropriate finish for furniture is how easy is it to repair or replace. Since true varnish is a vegetable-based alkyd, not a plastic, it can be lightly sanded and recoated without interaction problems between new and old and if the finish is severely degraded the old finish can be easily stripped off leaving a fresh surface to refinish. Join me to find out how easy it is to create a beautiful, durable finish on every surface.

Saturday - Bevel Up, Bevel Down, What’s The Deal?

4:00PM - 5:00PM
I’ve been giving handplane seminars for several years and some of the most frequent questions I hear are what’s the difference between bevel up or bevel down, and which should I have in my shop? I’ll answer those questions and lots more when we delve into the mysteries of cutting angles and how they work. We’ll also talk about sharpening and how different bevels can alter the performance of your plane creating the ideal cutting angle whether you’re planing alder or gnarly burled oak.

Sunday - We Don't Need No Stinking Sandpaper

10:30AM - 11:30AM
It’s amazing how quickly and efficiently a simple steel card scraper can clean up and refine a surface. Sandpaper becomes a seldom used item in your shop once scrapers are mastered. But there’s the rub, how the heck do you get a sharp, long-lasting burr on a card scraper, and how do you use it to get those beautiful super-fine shavings? It’s really much easier than you think! I’m going to show you how to quickly and easily put a fine, sharp burr on your card scraper, how to use that burr, and how to quickly restore that wonderful cutting burr when it stops cutting. It’s darned near magic! I’ll also show you how to sharpen and set up a scraper plane (Stanley 81 type) and you’ll find out why a Stanley 82 needs to be in your scraping arsenal. 

Sunday - Wiping Varnish: The Only Finish You’ll Ever Need?

12:00PM - 1:00PM
What is the best finish for furniture projects? Well, the answer is easy: varnish. True varnish is a solvent-based alkyd polymer that is easily wiped on creating a very durable finish that doesn’t need special equipment or years of learning complex techniques to apply. One of my main criteria when determining an appropriate finish for furniture is how easy is it to repair or replace. Since true varnish is a vegetable-based alkyd, not a plastic, it can be lightly sanded and recoated without interaction problems between new and old and if the finish is severely degraded the old finish can be easily stripped off leaving a fresh surface to refinish. Join me to find out how easy it is to create a beautiful, durable finish on every surface.  

Sunday - Bevel Up, Bevel Down, What’s The Deal?

1:30PM to 2:30PM
I’ve been giving handplane seminars for several years and some of the most frequent questions I hear are what’s the difference between bevel up or bevel down, and which should I have in my shop? I’ll answer those questions and lots more when we delve into the mysteries of cutting angles and how they work. We’ll also talk about sharpening and how different bevels can alter the performance of your plane creating the ideal cutting angle whether you’re planing alder or gnarly burled oak.  


 


 


 

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