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Free: Sharpening Woodworking Tools 101  

Sat Mar 25 12:00 PM

Sharp tools are a requirement for woodworking enjoyment -- but many people have never used truly sharp tools. By popular demand, Joel is offering this free class in which he'll show what it means for an edge to be sharp, discuss the basic options for sharpening tools, and, most importantly, teach a simple technique for free-hand sharpening. Joel will also hang out after his presentation to answer questions and help people master the techniques involved.

Most of the class will be explanation and demonstration, but we'll have space set up so people can try the basic hand motions and techniques. We also want everyone to get a sense for what a truly sharp tool feels like in action. If you want to bring one of your dull chisels to the class, by all means bring it (damaged chisels will be covered in a separate class). We will have tools to practice on for some hands-on experience; the focus will be on sharpening chisels and plane blades.

Parking is available in our driveway, near our driveway, and under the expressway. The subway (R train to 25th street in Brooklyn) is only 3 1/2 blocks away.

You don't have to register but please add a comment here so we can get an idea of the number of people who are planning to come.

Instructor: Joel Moskowitz
Cost: FREE
Class duration: 2 hours.
Where: At our showroom at 112 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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How To Grind Edge Tools  

Sat Mar 11 12:00 PM


We have always considered the grinder to be one of the most important tools in the workshop. Understanding how to use a grinder can save you hours of sharpening time. Many people are afraid of the grinder. Afraid that they will overheat, "burn", and destroy their tools. This fear exists because overheating a tool is easy to do unless you have good technique. With the right technique damaging a tool is really a rare occurrence.

In this class you will learn how to hollow grind chisels and plane irons to a wire edge without damage in a minute or two. You will learn:
When to grind.
The geometry of grinding.
Classic and modern grinding technology and equipment
Grinder safety
and most important: The technique of grinding.

Most of this class will be lecture and demonstration. But every student will have a chance to use a properly set up high speed dry grinder and get a feel for the tool. Tools to work on will be provided however if you wish to bring a single tool (with flat back) we will take a look and let you work on it using our equipment.

Please bring safety glasses or goggles.

For more information on Joel's technique please see his series of blogs on grinding:
How To Grind Part 1 is here.
How To Grind Part Part 2 is here.
How To Grind Part Part 3 is here.
How To Grind Part Part 4 is here.
How To Grind Part Part 5 is here.
How To Grind Part Part 6 is here.

Parking is available in our driveway, near our driveway, and under the expressway. The subway (R train to 25th street in Brooklyn) is only 3 1/2 blocks away.

You don't have to register but please add a comment here so we can get an idea of the number of people who are planning to come.


Instructor: Joel Moskowitz.
Cost: FREE
Class duration: 2 hours
Where: At our showroom at 112 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232


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Comments: 0

The Woodworking Shows - Somerset, NJ, Feb 17-19, 2017  

Fri Feb 17 12:00 PM

The Somerset New Jersey Woodworking Show is the largest woodworking show on the Woodworking Shows tour, and one of, if not the, largest woodworking show in the nation that's directed towards custom shops and hobbyists. (IWF is a much bigger show but a lot of their emphasis is on the very large, highly industrial production shop.

This will be our fourth year at the show. We are all very excited. We will be bringing all our Gramercy Tools, a fair amount of other great hand tools, and Festool. We will have tools to try out, tools to take home, and some new tools that we want you to take a look at. I'll be there Friday and Saturday, Kris is going to be there Sunday.

On the Festool side we are very, very pleased to announce that Sebastian Lata will be returning to present Festool in our booth from the practical viewpoint of a working cabinetmaker. Sebastian isn't a professional demonstrator going from show to show. Sebastian is a working cabinetmaker who runs a successful cabinet-shop doing very high end exclusive work. Every time I talk to Sebastian I learn new ways of doing things better and using Festool more efficiently and so I asked him if he would be willing to share some of his experiences using Festool daily on the job. Sebastian and his crew will be in our booth all three days of the show along with our regional Festool sales rep.

The hours of the show are:

Friday - Feb 17 12AM-6PM; Saturday 10AM-6PM; Sunday 10AM-3PM


The location is:

Garden State Exhibit Center Exhibit Hall

50 Atrium Drive

Somerset, NJ 08873


Click here for Directions


There are lots of other interesting exhibitors at the show and many classes and lectures. To see the complete list and to buy tickets (cheaper in advance)
Click here.


While we do most of our business on-line, and I know the show isn't convenient for most of you, for those of you in the neighborhood meeting you at a shows for us gives us a chance to put faces to names and have a personal sense of who you are. So we hope to see you there!


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Free: Sharpening Woodworking Tools 101  

Sat Jan 14 12:00 PM

Sharp tools are a requirement for woodworking enjoyment -- but many people have never used truly sharp tools. By popular demand, Joel is offering this free one-hour class in which he'll show what it means for an edge to be sharp, discuss the basic options for sharpening tools, and, most importantly, teach a simple technique for free-hand sharpening. Joel will also hang out after his presentation to answer questions and help people master the techniques involved.

Most of the class will be explanation and demonstration, but we'll have space set up so people can try the basic hand motions and techniques. We also want everyone to get a sense for what a truly sharp tool feels like in action. If you want to bring one of your dull chisels to the class, by all means bring it (damaged chisels will be covered in a separate class). We will have tools to practice on for some hands-on experience; the focus will be on sharpening chisels and plane blades.

Parking is available in our driveway, near our driveway, and under the expressway. The subway (R train to 25th street in Brooklyn) is only 3 1/2 blocks away.

You don't have to register but please add a comment here so we can get an idea of the number of people who are planning to come.

Instructor: Joel Moskowitz
Cost: FREE
Class duration: 2 hours.
Where: At our showroom at 112 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232

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Comments: 16

Festool Demo Day   

Sat Dec 03 2016


Whether you are already using the Festool system in your shop or just contemplating an initial purchase we are holding a Festool Demo Day to give you a change to handle the tools from the full line, try them out, and have experts from Festool show you the ins and outs of what Festool Power Tools can deliver for you.

Instructor: Festool
Cost: FREE
Duration: 2 hours (but we will be open to 5 but even if the official demo day ends at 1 we won't be taking down the demo stations until everyone has had a chance to try out demos and get questions answered).
Where: At our showroom at 112 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232
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How To Grind Edge Tools  

Sat Nov 19 2016


We have always considered the grinder to be one of the most important tools in the workshop. Understanding how to use a grinder can save you hours of sharpening time. Many people are afraid of the grinder. Afraid that they will overheat, "burn", and destroy their tools. This fear exists because overheating a tool is easy to do unless you have good technique. With the right technique damaging a tool is really a rare occurrence.

In this class you will learn how to hollow grind chisels and plane irons to a wire edge without damage in a minute or two. You will learn:
When to grind.
The geometry of grinding.
Classic and modern grinding technology and equipment
Grinder safety
and most important: The technique of grinding.

Most of this class will be lecture and demonstration. But every student will have a chance to use a properly set up high speed dry grinder and get a feel for the tool. Tools to work on will be provided however if you wish to bring a single tool (with flat back) we will take a look and let you work on it using our equipment.

Please bring safety glasses or goggles.

For more information on Joel's technique please see his article in Fine Woodworking Magazine. "How to Grind" June, 2008.


or click here for an overview.


Instructor: Joel Moskowitz.
Cost: FREE
Class duration: 3 hours
Where: At our showroom at 112 26th Street, Brooklyn, NY 11232


Tags:Unclassified
Comments: 0
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How To Grind Edge Tools - 03/11/2017
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