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18th Century Plane Making- ONLY 1 SPOT OPEN!

Side Escapement Planes- 457 with Tod Herrli, Mississinewa Workshop, Marion, IN




Join well known woodworker and accomplished plane maker Tod Herrli for this 2-or 3-day class. This is a class not to be missed by any serious wood worker. Tod has worked with Roy Underhill of the Woodwright’s shop, Scott Phillips of the American woodshop, and has taught this class at the Marc Adams School of Woodworking. He has assisted Mike Dunbar of Windsor chair fame by making 3 custom planes Mike used in producing a china hutch featured in Fine Woodworking issue #165 and has written for Popular Woodworking magazine. Tod has a second video on making ogee planes produced by Popular Woodworking set to be released March 7th, 2014.


The thumbnail, ovolo, draw bottom, hollow or round plane is one of the more common molding planes used to treat table top edges, lipped draw fronts and even cabinet doors. Although this profile is not the most complex or simple profile to execute, it exposes the student to the basic concepts of side escapement plane making and the more advanced concepts of a fenced plane with depth stop and “spring angle”. It is very important for students to do some homework prior to class. Tod recommends studying the basic concepts taught in the video “Making Classic Planes” prior to this class. This video is available on the ALP webpage http://www.alpdvdsales.com/home or myself todherrli@earthlink.net.


To complete one plane with 10 students in the 2-day time frame, we’ll need to take a few short-cuts. The steel blades will be precut and the wood bodies will be prepared prior to class. Our goal will be to complete all the woodwork on the plane body in the first day and save the second day for the steelwork.


Tillers is offering a 3-day option for students to make two side escapement planes and a two-day class for students to make one plane. The 3-day class will allow students to build a matched pair of hollows and rounds or a pair of unrelated planes. One of the side benefits will be Tod’s sharpening technique. His technique will show you how to tune up your edge tools to a razor edge in minutes!


Thanks for signing up for my class, I look forward to working with you in July. ~Tod


Students enrolling in the 2-day class will be able to add the additional day during the class.

Products: Planes


Enrollment: 6 to 10 total

Minimum age: 16


a/ July 9-11, 2014,

Wednesday-Friday, 9:00-5:00pm

Tuition: $420

Materials: $45


b/ July 9-10, 2014,

Wednesday-Thursay, 9:00-5:00pm

Tuition: $300

Materials: $30


Cook's Mill, Scotts, MI

With Tod Herrli from Mississinewa Workshop, Marion, IN


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