Hand Tool SIG

The Hand Tool Special Interest Group meets on the 4th Sunday of the Month from 2:00 to 4:00 pm.  

All members and their guests as well as interested prospective members are welcome and invited to attend SIG meetings.   Members who do not regularly attend the Hand Tool SIG, but are interested in this topic are encouraged to check out the SIG at this meeting.

Join us for the KCWG Hand Tool SIG on January 28th, 2pm to 4pm

Free-Hand Sharpening

Hey, did you just get a box of goodies from Lie-Nielsen?  Maybe you want to get a box of goodies from Lie-Nielsen but it just hasn’t arrived yet? Do you want to learn how to sharpen your new blades and chisels free-hand without the need for fancy jigs? 

Drop in at the KCWG Shop on January 28th, 2pm and we will discuss free-hand sharpening methods.  What works, what doesn’t work (sneak peak, it works) and do a few demonstrations, including blades that are notoriously difficult to make work in sharpening jigs.  

Sure, sometimes a jig is helpful but really, you can do this and do it very well without the jigs, aids, cheats or widgets.  

All members of the Guild, guests, and prospective members are invited and welcome and encouraged to attend.


About the SIG

See a YouTube video of Rob Young on Hand Tools at the Guild HERE.

This SIG will consist of people with an interest in acquiring, making, using, tuning and sharpening hand tools. Members agreed they were more interested in acquiring tools for use, rather than as part of a collection.

The group’s focus on acquiring tools might include:HTClass300

  • How to acquire the tools.
  • How to recognize collectible tools with greater value.
  • How much to pay.

Tools that the group might like to make includes:

  • Wood planes.
  • Handles for chisels, files, saws, etc.
  • Try-squares.
  • Levels.
  • Marking tools.

Structure of the Meetings

  • Demonstrations & Discussion
    • Means and methods of using hand tools
    • Acquiring and evaluating hand tools
    • Joinery
    • Relating hand tools to your home shop and the KCWG shop
  • Show & Tell.
    • Bring your new favorites to share
    • Samples of work
      The Hand Tool SIG meets monthly in the KC Woodworkers’ Guild Shop on the fourth Sunday of each month from 2:00 until 4:00 unless otherwise posted.
      For more information on hand tool SIG, contact Rob Young.