Needham Furniture Makers Intro to Hand Tools

  • March 12, 2024
  • March 28, 2024

This class will cover how to safely and effectively utilize three basic hand tools: a hand plane, a chisel and a router plane. Through demonstrations and exercises, we will use a hand plane to dimension, smooth and square wood for an oil stone box. We will learn to precisely layout our design with a knife and marking gauge and how to chop and pare with a chisel. Finally, we will finish our boxes with a router plane. The instructor will also address any questions you may have along the way. Project materials (such as wood) are covered by the cost of the class. Tools (planes, chisels, marking gauges and knives, and router planes) will be provided. Note: Please bring an accurate combination square and pencil.

6 classes on Tu Thu starting March 12


Justin Garnache


Justin Garnache is a graduate of the North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet and Furniture Program. He has been making furniture for over 20 years and now teaches exclusively at Needham Furniture Makers. Justin specializes in chair design and fabrication through his business Atelier Garnache. He lives in Roslindale with his wife and daughter.

Peter Stein


Peter Stein has been making wood furniture personally and professionally for over 25 years. As a graduate from the North Bennet Street School’s Cabinet and Furniture Program, he combines 18th century techniques and know-how with 21st century technology. In 2022, he opened Needham Furniture Makers, an innovative woodshop collective, providing space and machinery for professional and semi-professional woodworkers. After raising his kids in Needham for 20 years, he currently lives in Newton.

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