Online Plane Making Classes with Scott Meek
The internet has obviously changed the world in dramatic ways in the last decade. It has become so much easier to seek out knowledge on a seemingly endless range of topics. One of the most fascinating things to emerge in all this is the ability to take classes online, and this has not been lost in the world of woodworking. I believe the internet has helped to further this craft tremendously with the wealth of information available online. I’ve seen fellow woodworkers start to teach others using the power of the internet. Shannon Rogers has The Hand Tool School. Chuck Bender has No BS Woodworking. Also, there are numerous sources of woodworking knowledge available for free through videos, blog posts, and more. Now, I’ve decided to throw my hat in the ring and offer classes of my own. I want to use the knowledge I’ve gleaned in the past three years to teach others how to make wood body hand planes.
I also have a few copies of my recently released DVD, Make A Wooden Smoothing Plane with Scott Meek, available below. The DVD covers the same topics as my online classes, but you don’t get the 1 on 1 interaction and real time questions and support as you craft your plane. The DVD was produced by Popular Woodworking Magazine.
Learn How To Make A Wood Body Plane
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What tools do I need to have to take the class?
- Band saw, table saw, or hand saw
- Drill (drill press preferable)
- Crosscut Saw (hand, chop saw, etc.)
- Router (For routing a notch for the cap iron on the blade. Can be done with mortice chisels also, if need be)
- Block plane
- Bastard mill file
- Straight edge
- Chisels (1/2", 1 1/4" is helpful also if you have it)
- A way to sharpen the blade
- ⅜ Drill bit
- A way to mill stock (hand planes or planer and jointer)
- A coarse rasp (Or other way to fine tune the shape of your plane)
- ⅜” Plug cutter
- Spindle sander
- Fine cut rasp
- Card scraper
- Winding sticks
- Plane makers floats
- Marking gauge
What are past students saying about the class?
As an avid woodworker I have admired the wood body planes made by Scott Meek for some time. Recently I had the opportunity to take a class in their making, led by Scott, and I jumped at the chance. What a treat. Scott shares his experiences freely, guiding you through the process and options, and away from the things that you otherwise only learn when it goes wrong. While new to me, the online format gave me access to a top toolmaker and instructor without the cost and inconvenience of travel. In the end I had a nice smoothing plane, the knowledge and confidence to make others, and a tremendous sense of satisfaction that comes from making my own fine tools. And I also have a few new friends who share my passion for woodworking. -Barry Chatwin
Scott has clearly built many fine hand planes and access to that experience through live instruction is worth the price of admission. It's really inspiring to arrive at the end of the class with a fine hand plane of your own and enough knowledge to build many more. -Trevor Angell
I would highly recommend Scott's Online Classes. Not only do you get access to Scott's accumulated experience and wisdom, but you get it in the comfort of your own shop! -James Finley Highly recommend this class. This is a class that will teach you not just how to make a wooden hand plane, but how to make the first of many wooden planes. Scott gives the students the tools to learn the craft, then demonstrates the methods in an interactive video class in a way that makes the instructions come alive in a series of "Ah HA!" moments. If you've ever wanted to make your own wooden plane but don't know where to start, this is the class for you. -Josh O'Quin
What kind of plane will I make in the class?
How will the class take place online?
What materials do I need for my plane?
- Quarter sawn hardwood (Beech, White Oak, Maple, Red Oak, Birch, or similar) in one of the following dimensions:
- 4/4 nominal (minimum ¾” finished thicknes) 3 ½” x 66”
- 6/4 nominal (minimum 1 ⅛” finished thickness) 3 ½” x 42”
- 10/4 nominal (minimum 2 ¼” finished thickness) 3 ½” x 24”
- 16/4 nominal (minimum 3 ¼” finished thickness) 3 ½” x 12”
- 2" plane blade with chipbreaker. (Hock Krenov blade preferred) http://hocktools.com/PI.htm I recommend the 2" x 4½ #PLI200 I do sell these blades as a package with the class with free shipping!
- PVA Glue (Titebond 1, 2, or 3)
How long is the class?
How many people will be taking the class at a time?
What is the benefit of taking a class like this online?
- You won't have to travel anywhere to take it (saving money on the associated costs that travel would entail)
- You get to use your own shop and tools that you are already familiar with
- It keeps the class cost down. Because so much of the work on your plane happens during homework, it cuts down the time that you are paying me to stand there and watch. It also means I'm not charging extra for the travel time I had to get to wherever the class is happening.
When are the classes offered?
- Nov/Dec 2013 Online Plane Making Class #14
- Session 1: Nov 30 @ 11am EST
- Session 2: Dec 7 @ 11am EST
- Session 3: Dec 14 @ 11am EST
- Session 4: Dec 21 @ 11am EST
- January 2014 Online Plane Making Class #15
- Session 1: Jan 6 @ 8pm EST
- Session 2: Jan 13 @ 8pm EST
- Session 3: Jan 20 @ 8pm EST
- Session 4: Jan 27 @8pm EST
- March 2014 Online Plane Making Class #16
- Session 1: Mar 14 @ 8:30pm EST
- Session 2: Mar 21 @ 8:30pm EST
- Session 3: Mar 28 @ 8:30pm EST
- Session 4: Apr 4 @8:30pm EST
- May 2014 Online Plane Making Class #17
- Session 1: May 8 @ 10:30am EST
- Session 2: May 15 @ 10:30am EST
- Session 3: May 22 @ 10:30am EST
- Session 4: May 29 @ 10:30am EST
How much does the class cost?
Do you offer private classes for myself or a group?