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2019 Spring Symposium

April 6th - 7th, 2019

Annual Spring Symposium

PRESENTS: Bob Van Dyke

Get More From Your Tablesaw
Cutting Dovetails by Hand
The Basics of Using Handplanes
Beyond the Basic Sand
Shaded Fan

Bob Van Dyke
Professional Woodworker 
Bob Van Dyke photo

April 6th - 7th 2019

Weekend Paid Presentation

Saturday, 8:30am Registration   Presentation 9:00 am to 5:00 pm 

Sunday, 9:00 am to 4:00 pm

8560 Holcomb Bridge Road
Roswell, GA 30022

Guild & SAPFM Members $85 Should sign up by February 1st, 2019

Non-members $85 can sign-up begining March 1st , 2019

Printable Brochure   Mail in Registration form     Online Registration with Paypal

Bob Van Dyke photo

The Presenter:

Bob Van Dyke
Professional Woodworker 

After 18 years as an award-winning chef in French restaurants Bob left the business to begin a career in woodworking and teaching. Furniture making had provided an outlet to the pressures of the restaurant business until 1993 when he started the Harris Enterprise School of Fine Woodworking. In seven years of operation the school gained national exposure and recognition.

In 2000 he formed a business partnership to open the Manchester, CT Woodcraft store and the Connecticut Valley School of Woodworking. The school was an instant success and the demand for classes was so great that a second shop was built to allow two classes to run simultaneously. He continually strives to expand his skills and knowledge by working on a variety of commission furniture pieces and new projects for upcoming classes. He has been featured in Fine Woodworking Magazine and Woodshop News.

Bob's approach to teaching centers on the belief that people learn "by doing rather than by watching". Successful contemporary 
furniture making also depends on utilizing a sensible combination of machine woodworking and handwork. Bob's classes feature hands-on woodworking projects that require mastery of a combination of handtools and machines.


Demonstrations will provide information useful to all skill level woodworkers, novice and expert alike.

No– Your tablesaw is NOT trying to kill you!

Bob Van Dyke Photo 1This shop workhorse is frequently misunderstood and rarely used   to its fullest potential. Bob will begin with a review of basic   tablesaw techniques for safe and effective use of the saw but will   concentrate on the many uses of a little known tablesaw fixture   called an “L” fence. With this simple jig, tasks such as cutting any   angle, flush cutting to a pattern and cutting concentrically larger   or smaller shapes become safe, accurate and incredibly easy.   Cutting accurate tenons (straight, angled and tenons on   curved parts) are important furniture making skills to master, and   we will explore those along with safe and efficient ways to cut bevels on large panels without burning. 

This comprehensive demonstration will leave you wondering -“It is so simple! Why didn't I think of that!”


Not Just Another Hand Cut Dovetail Demonstration

Bob Van Dyke Photo 2In woodworking (like in most things) there is no one “right” way to accomplish a task. There are numerous ways to do the same thing and that is what this demo is all about.
Van Dyke draws from over 25 years of teaching to highlight the everyday stumbling blocks that students come up against and, more importantly, how to get around them. Essential skills like using a cutting gauge correctly, paring to (and not beyond) a line, cutting straight lines with a handsaw, using a sharp chisel and even simple layout techniques are crucial to successful dovetails.

This demo is much more than just cutting dovetails by hand. “Machine assisted”
dovetails give you the handcut look, but they remove many of the variables that contribute to poorly cut dovetails. Techniques using the tablesaw, trim router, bansaw will be used to increase your accuracy and speed. Commercial router dovetail jigs are NOT a part of this demo. Bob has no idea how to use those tools…


The Basics —and The Not So Basics- of Using Handplanes

Plane Photo

Handplanes are an essential tool for furniture making, but used incorrectly they can be extremely frustrating. What makes a good handplane and which handplane is right for a particular job? How are they “tuned up”? And most importantly, how are they sharpened? Bob will demonstrate his easy and extremely fast technique (under 2 minutes) to re-sharpen a dull iron or chisel.

After covering the basics Bob will quickly get into advanced techniques unfamiliar to many users. The handplane is one of the most precise tools available to adjust and fine
tune joinery, flatten stock perfectly, adjust squareness, create or remove a taper, and
create precisely accurate edge joints that will yield dead flat panels. Smoothing a
surface (with or across the grain without tearout), controlling tearout by varying
sharpening bevel angles, creating a spring joint, and then gluing up a panel using one
clamp are techniques that are sure to open your eyes and change the way you work
with wood.

.Beyond the Basic Sand Shaded Fan

Shaded fans were a common decorative motif in Federal style furniture They were
often inlaid into the corners of table tops and drawer fronts and were made in many
different styles and sizes. The segments of the fan are shaded using hot sand and then
put together to create a three dimensional effect. After making the basic quarter fan
Bob will get into variations including creating circles, half circles and ovals with interesting curved segments. The process is fascinating, and the inlays can be used in all sorts of projects, from table tops, door panels, drawer fronts, boxes or trays.


Don’t miss this chance to learn some new techniques that you can add to
your woodworking projects.


Guild & SAPFM Members $85 *

*Should sign up by February 1st , 2019

Non-members $85 **

 **Non Members can sign-up begining March 1st. 2019

Online Registration with Paypal

Directions: The Symposium will be held at Woodcraft 8560 Holcomb Bridge Road Roswell, GA 30022 770-587-3372 Take Georgia 400 to Holcomb Bridge Rd. (Northbound- Exit 7A; Southbound Exit 7). Go East on Holcomb Bridge approx 3.5 miles. Rivermont Shopping Center is at the Southeast corner of Holcomb Bridge Rd & Nesbit Ferry

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