Presented by Tom Fidgen
It is with great pleasure that we present for the first time in Australia, ‘It Starts with a Box’ by Tom Fidgen, author of ‘Made by Hand’ and the ‘Unplugged Woodshop’.
This Hand Tool Only workshop is a golden opportunity to submerge yourself into a week of peace and tranquility surrounded by nothing more than beautiful timbers and the sound of hand planes, hand saws, good conversation and coffee grinding.
Students start with a plank of dimensioned wood (no more than 10 board feet), and proceed to lay out and build their own unique “boxes” - in this case, a small wall hung cabinet similar to the one in Made By Hand.
During this class, students will learn the skills of creating a full size drawing, assembling a cut list, choosing grain direction and how to lay out their components in order to wrap grain around the carcass for continuity.
We will cut dovetails for carcass joinery, and rabbets & grooves to create frame and panel doors and backs. Once the carcass’ are complete, we will look at hanging doors using either butt or leaf hinges, and cover the techniques used in cutting traditional half blind dovetailed drawers.
This class has a lot lot to offer woodworkers of a wide range of skill levels, from those just beginning to the more advanced looking to improve their hand tool skills.
We are honoured to have Tom Fidgen teach solely at the Melbourne Guild of Fine Woodworking.