Conover Workshops: Woodworking Classes

2014 Woodworking Classes

 

January

Private Instruction available January 18 - 23.

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

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February

Private Instruction available February 15 - 20

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

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March

Basic Bowl Turning

Learn Face Plate Turning and come away with some nice bowls.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None. (DVD: Disk I & Disk II Recommended) Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $385 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) March22 & 23, 2014

 

Bowls by Ernie Conover In this two day course you learn the fundamentals of face plate turning through the turning of some green wood bowls and a dry wood platter . The course will explore lathes, tools, techniques and wood. Starting off with an explanation of wood technology and how to select the proper wood for bowls the group goes on to properly sharpen all of the face plate tools. You leave with the knowledge and ability to keep these tools sharp for this is the biggest stumbling block to face plate proficiency. In the process of learning technique you will turn a few open form bowls from nice hardwoods such as cherry and maple. View Tool List for Basic Bowl Turning.

Skills learned

  • Wood technology and the selection of proper wood
  • Safe and proper chucking with both simple home made and commercial chucks
  • Proper sharpening of all face plate tools
  • Home made scrapers that out perform expensive commercial models.
  • Proper turning techniques that yield fast and pleasing results
  • Safety
  • Proper sanding techniques

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Private Instruction available March 15 - 20

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

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April

Fundamentals of Spindle Turning

Nothing dresses up a piece of furniture like a turning or two

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None; however, Sharpening DVD-I & DVD-II are suggested Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $390 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) April 12 & 13, 2014

 

Turnings by Ernie Conover This is a hands-on course which emphasizes turning furniture parts with speed and confidence. You will actually turn a variety of common furniture parts under the tutelage of Ernie Conover, who is author of the book and companion video entitled Turning for Furniture. The course will begin with a primer on spindle turning with special attention on how to duplicate parts quickly and easily. You will learn furniture turning skills by actually turning two different chair stretchers, some Windsor chair legs (dry and green), table legs and grain matching knobs that will really set your furniture off from the pack. Ernie gives frequent demonstrations of advanced techniques such as converging axis cabriole legs, hollow forms and chatter work. Mixed with all this will be a plethora of tricks, such as how to make form scrapers, how to use both a commercial and home made steady rest for long turning, power and hand sanding techniques, how to finish in the lathe and a host of nifty chucks. A complete set of turning tools is available for rent at a fee of $45. View Tool List for this class course.

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Woodturning Tools & Techniques

Two days of spindle and three days of bowl turning.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None. (DVD: Disk I & Disk II Recommended) Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $795 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Monday-Friday) April 14 -18, 2014

 

Woodturning Tools & Techniques This course represents the best value for anyone wanting to learn to turn, or simply turn better. No prior turning experience is necessary and the leisurely five day format allows you to build sound technique through constantly coaching.

You will take home some useful objects to include bowls, salad tongues, a tray, a rolling pin and various furniture components. Most importantly you will take away the knowledge to produce most any turning.

Things covered in Woodturning Tools & Techniques are:

  • Lathe operation, selection and tuning.
  • Sharpening and conditioning of all your turning tools.
  • Spindle tuning of common objects ranging from knobs to table and chair legs.
  • Wood selection, preparation and the use of green wood to turn bowls.
  • Turning of bowls form green and seasoned wood.
  • Faceplate turning of flat surfaces such as tea tables through the making of a serving tray.
  • Chucking methods from shop built to commercial chucks

You do a lot of turning in this week, always under the watchful eyes of Ernie and his assistant. You have time to really practice newly learned skills thereby having them become habit. You leave with some nice projects to wow the folks at home, but most importantly you will be able to tackle furniture parts and to turn bowls that will please all. View Tool List for Woodturning Tools & Techniques.

If you do not own tools we have several rental sets which can be reserved during the enrollment process.

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Private Instruction available April 26 - May 1

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

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May

Conover Workshops is Dark for May

June

Private Instruction available June 21 - 26

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

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July

Building a Timeless Shaker-Style Hall Table

Everything you ever wanted to know about table construction in five days

Instructor: Patrick Brown Prerequisites: None. (Sharpening DVD: Disk I is recommended) Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $795 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Monday - Friday) July 28 - August 1, 2014

 

Hall Table by Patrick brownNo prior experience is necessary for this class that provides a nice balance between hand and machine methods. Patrick will show you how the pros use machines when it saves time and hand techniques where it makes sense from a craftmanship standpoint. You will build a beautiful hall table from either cherry or maple—your choice. Your table will feature tapered legs, a generous top with breadboard ends, and a drawer. You will construct a piece of fine furniture using time-honored mortise and tenon joinery that will last for generations. The finished table will accent your entry, hallway or sofa and provide ample space to display your belongings.

The techniques learned and skills gained in the construction of this table will give you the confidence and ability to tackle any table, of any style, big or small. Techniques learned are:

  • Understanding wood selection, grain matching and movement.
  • Gluing multiple boards to create large panels such as tabletops.
  • Installing breadboard ends, which are decorative, but also keep the top dead flat.
    Tapering table legs in the table saw with a simple shop built jig.
  • Laying-out and machine cutting mortise and tenon joinery. (Several machine methods and hand cutting will be demonstrated.)
  • Constructing and fitting drawers using hand and machine methods.
  • Laying-out and hand cutting half-blind and through dovetails to build the drawer.
  • Executing interior details such as attaching the top, hanging and stopping the drawer.
  • Finishing techniques, which you will learn by finishing the top.
  • How to make a table conform to various styles (Federal, Empire, Shaker, Modern, etc.).

*Ernie Conover will visit the shop daily and give some enhancement demonstrations.

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August

Hand Cutting Dovetails

The Epitome of Craftsmanship

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None. (DVD: Disk I & Disk II Recommended) Max Enrollment: 8 Price: $195/$125 for Handtool Joinery Students. (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: August 3, 2014

 

 

 

Ernie Conover Hand Cutting DovetailHand cut dovetails are considered the epitome of craftsmanship because they can take forms and spacing impossible with a router. Many fear tackling dovetails, but they are really fun (even relaxing) to cut. After taking this one day class, the ease at which you will be able to layout and cut dovetails will amaze you.

In this hands-on one -day workshop, Ernie Conover will lead you through the pitfalls and details in hand cutting through and half-blind dovetails. This will allow you to make carcasses, drawers and jewelry boxes that invite close inspection. Ernie believes that layout and technique are the keys to speed and efficiency and gives you fool proof methods for both.

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Handtool Joinery

The equivalent of an European apprenticeship in one week.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: Handplane Basics and Hand Cut Dovetails or equivalent experience (DVD:Disk I Recommended) Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $795 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Monday-Friday) August 4 - 8, 2014

 

Sassafras Cupboard by Ernie Conover In this course you will learn authentic joinery from the time when furniture was built to last. The good news is that this joinery is just just as applicable today as it was in the 18th century. In Handtool Joinery participants receive a thorough grounding in hand tools by making a small cupboard out of sassafras (measuring 12” wide x 31” high x 6” deep). Sassafras is a beautiful wood that is easy to plane and chisel and smells heavily in the working. The cupboard has one drawer below the panel door. In the building process you will learn to hand cut dovetails, mortise and tenons, grooves and dadoes.

The proper use of hand planes will be demystified and these indispensable tools will be stalwart old friends by the time you leave for home. Carcass construction (the main body and drawer) is taught employing two types of dovetail joints, through and half-blind. Mortise and tenon joints will be employed in the face frame and haunched tenons in the panel door. The two shelves for the cabinet are adjustable via a time honored, all wood set of notched racks.

These construction details will give you complete familiarity and confidence in the back saw, bevel chisels and mortise chisels. This foundation course is a must for any aspiring woodworker. No prior experience is necessary but it is strongly recommended that participants view the Bench Planes DVD and attend the Hand Cutting Dovetails seminar offered the Sunday prior to the course.

View Tool List for this class.

Enroll in Handtool Joinery Now!

 

September

Private Instruction available September 27 - October 3

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

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October

Woodturning Tools & Techniques

Two days of spindle and three days of bowl turning.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None. (DVD: Disk I & Disk II Recommended) Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $795 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Monday-Friday) October 13 - 17, 2014

 

Woodturning Tools & Techniques This course represents the best value for anyone wanting to learn to turn, or simply turn better. No prior turning experience is necessary and the leisurely five day format allows you to build sound technique through constantly coaching.

You will take home some useful objects to include bowls, salad tongues, a tray, a rolling pin and various furniture components. Most importantly you will take away the knowledge to produce most any turning.

Things covered in Woodturning Tools & Techniques are:

  • Lathe operation, selection and tuning.
  • Sharpening and conditioning of all your turning tools.
  • Spindle tuning of common objects ranging from knobs to table and chair legs.
  • Wood selection, preparation and the use of green wood to turn bowls.
  • Turning of bowls form green and seasoned wood.
  • Faceplate turning of flat surfaces such as tea tables through the making of a serving tray.
  • Chucking methods from shop built to commercial chucks

You do a lot of turning in this week, always under the watchful eyes of Ernie and his assistant. You have time to really practice newly learned skills thereby having them become habit. You leave with some nice projects to wow the folks at home, but most importantly you will be able to tackle furniture parts and to turn bowls that will please all. View Tool List for Woodturning Tools & Techniques.

If you do not own tools we have several rental sets which can be reserved during the enrollment process.

Enroll in Woodturning Tools & Techniques Now!

Hollow Forms and Lidded Boxes

A two day course to expand your turning skills 
into these intriguing and fun areas.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None; however, Sharpening DVD-I & DVD-II are suggested Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $385 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) October 18 & 19, 2014

 

Boxes by Ernie ConoverEvery turner with some turning proficiency, particularly in bowls, has ogled the many extraordinary closed forms and lidded boxes that are pictured regularly in woodturning magazines. Have you asked yourself, ‘how difficult are they Could I actually learn to do some of these techniques?” If you have, we have the course for you!

Indeed, these techniques are not essentially more difficult than any other area of woodturning, just different. They do require a few specialized tools and learning to do some interior work "blind" by feel and touch. However, all are within everyone's ability. In fact, with a bit of practice lovely and striking pieces can be made. No lasers or expensive hollow form guides are required or used in this course. It emphasizes simple procedures and home made tools that get results.

Likewise boxes are as much proper procedure as skill. Boxes delight young and old alike and are perfect for storing treasures—be they a set of diamond earrings or a child’s Cracker Jack’s Surprise. You will have a chance to turn a wide variety of boxes and learn how to make boxes in such forms that conceal their purpose such as acorns and balls.

If you have a special piece of wood you were saving for something like this bring it along. It will be your "graduation exercise". View Tool List for Hollow Forms and Boxes.

The following are some of the techniques you will learn and projects that you will finish to take home with you:

Hollow forms :

  • Appropriate wood selection for closed forms.
  • Design considerations.
  • Where standard lathe tools start to fail and special tools take over.
  • Chucking and pre-hollowing.
  • Making your own basic hollow forming tools. Everyone will make both a medium and small size set of these with handles to take home with you. Included in the course]
  • The step sequence for developing a hollow form.
  • Creating a 3" hollow form through a 1" aperture.
  • Making a 5" hollow form similarly.
  • Making a modest 7" tall vase form through a similar aperture.
  • Can you really sand interiors?! How and when.
  • Decorating and texturing hollow forms.
  • Adding lids with finials as design features of hollow forms. A step back to your spindle turning!

Lidded Boxes:

  • Wood selection.
  • Design considerations.
  • Chucking considerations.
  • Basic rules or ABC's of box turning.
  • Chatter work, inlays and carving.
  • Your own box hollowing scrapers. (Bring a couple of 1/2" square nose scrapers to modify or just some old files for the same!)
  • Specialized box tools: The ring tool, the hook tool, the Berger box tool, very thin cutoff tool, etc. Gain some experience with ours and find out how much do you need them?
  • Create several lidded boxes, 3" to 5" diameter by 4 to 6" tall, developing your skills and confidence.

Enroll in Hollow Forms and Boxes Now!

Private Instruction available October 25 - 30

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

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November

Hand Cutting Dovetails

The Epitome of Craftsmanship

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None. (DVD: Disk I & Disk II Recommended) Max Enrollment: 8 Price:$195/$125 for Handtool Joinery Students. (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Sunday) November 2, 2014

 

 

 

Ernie Conover Hand Cutting DovetailHand cut dovetails are considered the epitome of craftsmanship because they can take forms and spacing impossible with a router. Many fear tackling dovetails, but they are really fun (even relaxing) to cut. After taking this one day class, the ease at which you will be able to layout and cut dovetails will amaze you.

In this hands-on one -day workshop, Ernie Conover will lead you through the pitfalls and details in hand cutting through and half-blind dovetails. This will allow you to make carcasses, drawers and jewelry boxes that invite close inspection. Ernie believes that layout and technique are the keys to speed and efficiency and gives you fool proof methods for both.

Enroll in Hand Cutting Dovetails Now!

Handtool Joinery

The equivalent of an European apprenticeship in one week.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: Handplane Basics and Hand Cut Dovetails or equivalent experience (DVD:Disk I Recommended) Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $795 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Monday-Friday) November 3 - 7, 2014

 

Sassafras Cupboard by Ernie Conover In this course you will learn authentic joinery from the time when furniture was built to last. The good news is that this joinery is just just as applicable today as it was in the 18th century. In Handtool Joinery participants receive a thorough grounding in hand tools by making a small cupboard out of sassafras (measuring 12” wide x 31” high x 6” deep). Sassafras is a beautiful wood that is easy to plane and chisel and smells heavily in the working. The cupboard has one drawer below the panel door. In the building process you will learn to hand cut dovetails, mortise and tenons, grooves and dadoes.

The proper use of hand planes will be demystified and these indispensable tools will be stalwart old friends by the time you leave for home. Carcass construction (the main body and drawer) is taught employing two types of dovetail joints, through and half-blind. Mortise and tenon joints will be employed in the face frame and haunched tenons in the panel door. The two shelves for the cabinet are adjustable via a time honored, all wood set of notched racks.

These construction details will give you complete familiarity and confidence in the back saw, bevel chisels and mortise chisels. This foundation course is a must for any aspiring woodworker. No prior experience is necessary but it is strongly recommended that participants view the Bench Planes DVD and attend the Hand Cutting Dovetails seminar offered the Sunday prior to the course.

View Tool List for this class.

Enroll in Handtool Joinery Now!

 

Private Instruction available November 8 - 13

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

Enroll in November Private Instruction Now!

 

December

Private Instruction available December 6 - 11

Private instruction allows you exactly the training you desire at a time convenient for you. For more information go to our Private Instruction Page.

Enroll in December Private Instruction Now!