Hand Tool Woodworking: Japanese Tool Box

Saturday, February 8 and Sunday, February 9, 2020, 9:00am-5:00pm $ 425.00

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Hand Tool Woodworking is a class that hones in on the pleasure of woodworking with hand tools. Students will learn the function and safe use of saws, planes, and chisels. After practicing with the tools, instructors will teach students to mill a board four square and to cut finger joints by hand. Finally, students will fine tune a hand plane to prepare the box parts for finishing with a hand plane. No sanders here! The result of this work will be a beautifully simple Japanese style tool box. Don’t let this little beauty fool you, it can be used for so much more than tools!

All materials and supplies are included. This workshop requires you to bring or rent a set of hand tools from the shop for $25. Please add the Hand Tool Rental to your cart before checkout. The tools you will need include the following. 


  • Jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Smoothing plane
  • Panel Saw
  • Dovetail saw
  • A few chisels - a 1/4" and a 1/2" would be good
  • A mallet
  • 12" Combination square


  • Jointer plane
  • 4" or 6" combination square
  • Marking gauge 

The box pictured in the photos was built by Shay Voyager, who is now attending The Krenov School. 


This class does not require previous experience. 


Mike Corwin and Laura Zahn

    Getting Here

    Allied Woodshop
    407 E Pico Blvd, 10th Floor
    Los Angeles, CA 90015

    Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will have coffee and pastries waiting for you to start the day. 

    Parking is available in nearby lots for $5-$7/day, cash only. We recommend the lots on Pico Blvd just East of Wall St. Drive up the ramp and an attendant will direct you to a space. Myrtle Ave has 10-hour, metered parking for $4/day and the meters accept credit cards. Street parking is free in most street spaces after 6pm and on Sundays, just be sure to check the signs.  

    What to Wear

    Please wear comfortable clothing and close-toed shoes. Boots or sneakers are fine and long pants are preferable. Do not wear loose or baggy clothing and please tie back long hair. No dangly jewelry. Please note, this is a woodshop with no AC. You can expect to get sweaty and dusty. Woodworking is hard work!

    Gift Certificates

    Gift certificates are available in electronic form. If you would like to gift a class, please include the name of the recipient in the purchase notes and we'll email you a gift certificate.

    Refund and Transfer Policy

    All workshops can be refunded, minus a $50 registration fee, up to one month in advance of the class. Students can transfer to a future class with at least two weeks advance notice. No portion of the course fee will be refunded or transferred less than two weeks before the class start date. To cancel or transfer your spot, please email hello@alliedwoodshop.com.

    There are no refunds, transfers, make-ups, or deferments for missed classes in multi-day workshops.

    Allied Woodshop reserves the right to cancel a class for insufficient registration.

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