Conover Workshops: Woodworking Classes

2016 Woodworking Classes

 

Private Instruction is available at times we are not running scheduled classes.

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

March

New

Sharpen Your Tools

Start the weekend off with your tools ready to go.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $50 (includes all instruction time) Date Offered: (Friday Evening 5:00 to 8:00 PM) March 4, 2016

 

Tool GrindingWe are offering 1 to 1-1/2 hour time slots for this special session prior to the beginning of the Basic Bowl Turning course. You must be enrolled in the course to enjoy participation. In this session all of your turning tools will be brought to the correct shape with a keen edge. You will also learn how to maintain this shape and sharpness. You start off in The Basic Bowl Course with your tools ready to go and can get right to work.

 

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Basic Bowl Turning

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

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $395 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) March 5 & 6, 2016

 

In this two-day course you will turn a number of bowls from green wood while exploring lathes, tools, techniques and wood. After an explanation of wood technology and how to select the proper wood for bowls, Ernie will teach you how to properly sharpen your tools. He will then show you how to really make those tools work. You leave with the knowledge and ability to turn bowls quickly and efficiently and to keep your tools sharp.

Skills learned:

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

View Tool List for Basic Bowl Turning.

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

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April

New

 

Sharpen Your Tools

Start the weekend off with your tools ready to go.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $50 (includes all instruction time) Date Offered: (Friday Evening 5:00 to 9:00 PM) April 8, 2016

 

Tool GrindingWe are offering 1 to 1-1/2 hour time slots for this special session prior to the beginning of the Three-Leg Stool course. You must be enrolled in the course to enjoy participation. In this session all of your turning tools will be brought to the correct shape with a keen edge. You will also learn how to maintain this shape and sharpness. You start off in our 3-Legged Stool Course with your tools ready to go and can get right to work.

 

 

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New

Three-Legged Stool

Learn some spindle and some faceplate turning and go home with a neat stool.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $395 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) April 9 & 10, 2016

 

Thre Leg StoolThis new course allows anyone to turn some spindles,explore dry faceplate work and assemble a really neat shop stool that will look good in your shop or the kitchen. Turnings are a simple but elegant bamboo-style that even a budding turner may accomplish with ease. The front stretcher introduces two axis turning to achieve a unique shape and a flat spot for your feet.

Skills Learned:

  • Spindle turning
  • Duplication of legs and stretchers
  • Faceplate turning to hollow the seat
  • Jig for drilling holes for legs at a consistent angle
  • Assembly

 

 

 

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Woodturning Tools & Techniques

Two days of spindle and three days of bowl turning.

Class Full, Waiting List Only: Email to be on waiting list.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $845 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Monday-Friday) April 18 - 22, 2016

 

 

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 techniques.

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

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Skills Learned:

  • Lathe operation, selection and tuning
  • Shaping and sharpening of all your turning tools
  • Wood selection, preparation and the use of green wood to turn bowls
  • Spindle turning of common objects ranging from knobs to table and chair legs
  • Turning of bowls from green wood
  • Faceplate turning of flat surfaces such as tables through the making of a serving tray from dry figured wood
  • Chucking methods with shop built, commercial 4 jaw and vacuum chucks

You do a lot of turning in this week, always under the watchful eyes of Ernie. 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 lonar sets which can be reserved during the enrollment process.

Class Full, Waiting List Only: Email to be on waiting list.

 

May

 

New

Build a Shaker Chest With One Drawer

A timless chest with a drawer teaches dovetailing and drawer making.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $475 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Friday-Sunday) April 29 - May 1, 2016

 

Shaker Chest

This new three-day joinery class is designed for beginners or veterans who would like to further hone their dovetailing skills. It emphasizes dovetails, carcase layout, fitting panels and drawer construction through the building of a timeless Shaker Chest. The chest is a reproduction of a Shaker original used at the Mount Lebanon Community during the first half of the 19th Century. It measures 10 7/8” across by 18 3/8” wide by 10 ½” high. A trapped panel creates a bottom for the chest above the drawer fitted into the right end. We will use sassafras, which is striking, easy to work and durable.

Shaker Chest DrawerSkills learned in this class:

 

 

 

 

 

 

  • Carcase construction
  • Hand cutting of dovetails
  • Laying out asymmetrical dovetails to allow for the drawer
  • Fitting trapped panels in a carcase
  • Drawer construction
  • Drawer support
  • Assembly
  • Fitting hinges for the lid

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June

New

Sharpen Your Tools

Start the weekend off with your tools ready to go.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $50 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Friday Evening 5:00 to 9:00 PM) June 24, 2016

 

Tool GrindingWe are offering 1 to 1-1/2 hour time slots for this special session prior to the beginning of the Three-Leg Stool course. You must be enrolled in the course to enjoy participation. In this session all of your turning tools will be brought to the correct shape with a keen edge. You will also learn how to maintain this shape and sharpness. You start off in our Hollow Forms and Lidded Boxes Course with your tools ready to go and can get right to work.

 

 

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Hollow Forms and Lidded Boxes

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

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $395 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Saturday & Sunday) June 25 & 26, 2016

 

Boxes by Ernie ConoverWe have all admired spindle turned small vases and lidded containers that are pictured regularly on websites in magazines. Turners refer to small vases as hollow forms and lidded containers as boxes. This two-day course explores the tools and techniques to make these jewels.

Both are pure spindle turning that can be accomplished with a spindle gouge and that is where Ernie will start you out. The weekend will be all about spindle and scraping techniques to achieving delicate thin walls. No lasers or expensive hollow form guides are used in this course but will be explained. Ernie emphasizes simple procedures and tried and true methods. He will show and let you try some of the specialized tools to help you decide on their worth to you.

Likewise, boxes are as much proper procedure, chucking and techniques as skill. They delight young and old alike and are perfect for storing treasures—be they an engagement ring or a dozen fishing flies. You will have a chance to turn a few simple boxes and learn how to make them in forms that conceal their purpose such as acorns and finials.

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.
  • Decorating and texturing hollow forms

Lidded Boxes:

  • Wood selection
  • Design considerations
  • Chucking
  • 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!)

You will turn several hollow forms and boxes in the course of the weekend and go home with the confidence to make more.

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July

Hand Cutting Dovetails

The Epitome of Craftsmanship

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: None Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $150 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Sunday) August 1, 2010

Ernie Conover Hand Cutting Dovetail

In this one-day hands-on workshop, Ernie Conover will teach you to cut through and half-blind dovetails. You leave with the ability to hand dovetail carcasses, drewars and boxes that invite close inspection.

Ernie Conover is Author of Woodworker's Guide to Dovetails.

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Handtool Joinery

The equivalent of an old style European apprenticeship in five days.

Instructor: Ernie Conover Prerequisites: Hand Cut Dovetails or equivalent experience Max Enrollment: 5 Price: $845 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch) Date Offered: (Monday-Friday) August 2-6, 2010

 

Cabinet by Ernie Conove 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 sassfrass (measuring 12” wide x 31” high x 6” deep) with one drawer below the panel door. In the building process you will learn to hand cut dovetails, mortise and tenons, grooves and dadoes.

You will learn the proper use of hand planes and these indispensable tools will be dependable friends by the time you leave. 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.

This foundation course is a must for any aspiring woodworker. No prior experience is necessary but it is strongly recommended that participants new to hand cutting dovetails attend the "Handplane Basics" and "Hand Cutting Dovetails" seminars being offered the weekend prior to the course.

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