Our Power Tools Workshop Course focuses on the safe operation of stationary and hand-held power tools to help students gain confidence and experience in a real, workshop setting. We will cover repairs, maintenance, tuning, and safe operation with the appropriate Personal Protective Equipment. No prior experience necessary.
This Power Tools Course is divided into two sessions, Oct 12th & Oct 26th, both include instruction followed by independent practice time on our machines. Students can take both courses, or choose a la carte.
Session I Power Saws
October 12, 10-2pm Instruction, 2-4pm Practice Workshop
Band Saw: We will include reciprocating saws to discuss how these developed from the very first attempts to mechanize the motion of a handsaw and a person’s arm. We’ll look at jigsaws, portable bandsaws, reciprocating saws (Sawzall), scroll saws, and stationary bandsaws for cutting wood and metal.
Circular Saw: From the storied invention of the type by a Shaker woman in Massachusetts, we will discuss table saws, miter saws, chop saws, circular saw mills, and the range of portable circular saws.
Session II Rotation and Shaving Tools
October 26, 10-2pm Instruction, 2-4pm Practice Workshop
Drills and Shapers: One of the earliest human tools, hand-spun drills began our understanding that often low-force but high-speed does work more efficiently than huge power that’s slowly delivered. We will talk about all sorts of drills, drill presses, routers of all sizes, and shapers.
Planers and Jointers: A plane is simply a knife with a “stop” or fence to precisely control how much material is removed per pass. There are thousands of specialized planes – we will look at a few. And by putting a plane’s blade on a rotating drum, we get the stationary planer and jointer – as well as hand-held power-planes.