Highland Woodworking Welcomes Back Ernie Conover
Ernie Conover is the co-designer of the Conover Lathe and has taught thousands of students to turn. He is a highly published author in the woodworking field with seven books, including The Lathe Book, Turning for Furniture, and Turn a Bowl with Ernie Conover. In addition, he has four videos and hundreds of articles to his credit and continues to contribute frequently to woodworking magazines both in the U.S. and abroad.
Ernie's work has received numerous awards and been the subject of several one-man shows. He lectures widely for clubs, trade show groups and woodworking stores and is frequently called upon as a consultant and expert witness in the woodworking field. When not writing, lecturing or consulting Ernie is active in providing academic oversight and teaching at Conover Workshops, a craft school in Parkman, Ohio founded by the Conover family.
Highland Woodworking is delighted to welcome back Ernie Conover on December 2 & 3 to conduct a 2-day seminar, A Woodworking Weekend with Ernie Conover (991458). Ernie's Saturday class, Handplane Basics (991456), will put you on the road to glass smooth surfaces. You'll learn about a host of other useful planes, such as the plow, rabbet, compass and molding planes. A properly working plane is more than just having it sharp - it needs proper alignment and everything in good working condition. Therefore, Ernie will place great emphasis on how to sharpen and tune a plane for optimum performance.
Sunday will consist of Hand Cutting Dovetails (991457). Hand cut dovetails are considered the epitome of craftsmanship. Many fear tackling dovetails, but they are really fun (even relaxing) to cut. After taking this class, the ease at which you will be able to layout and cut dovetails will amaze you. Ernie will show you the pitfalls and details in hand cutting through and half-blind dovetails. This will allow you to make carcasses, drawers and jewelry boxes that invite close inspection. Ernie believes that layout and technique are the keys to speed and efficiency, and gives you foolproof methods for both.
Classes may also be taken individually as one-day seminars.
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Question: I have a gallon of your Hydrocote Resisthane Plus that I am applying with a 2" Purdy polyester brush onto unstained bare wood. The initial coat went down very nicely and I had no problems. The product evens out well, spreads well and is satisfactory in every respect except one – bubbles. Regardless of how I apply any subsequent coat, brushing produces an annoying amount of bubbles (literally 100's) which become entrapped in the finish, necessitating the removal of the recently applied coat.
I have tried applying the product like I apply varnish – same result. It seems not to matter if I apply the Hydrocote in a thin coat, heavy coat, quickly, slowly, brushing it on, laying it on, tipping it off or any other technique; the results are the same. I am very unsatisfied with the results. Please suggest what I should do to achieve a better finish with this product.
Tuning Metal Bench Planes for the Rest of Us
by Chris Black
It's an unfortunate reality that most metal bench planes don't work to their full potential right out of the box, and that a certain amount of tuning needs to be done by the end user. With apologies to all engineer/machinist woodworkers, I will endeavor to explain how to tune a metal bench plane without involving a machine shop or taking up vast amounts of your valuable woodworking time or money. I'll leave out the small stuff like after market blades and accessories. This is by no means the final word on this subject, but maybe you can pick up a thing or two from my many years of making a living with these wonderful tools. If you find my methods rudimentary or crude, let me paraphrase Jim Krenov who said at some point the engineer and artisan must part ways.