Hand Tool Tune-Up

Hand Tool Tune-Up

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This is a fun, two-part class to both hunt for and find used tool treasures at the Old Tool Swap Meet at Anderson Plywood in Culver City and to then tune-up and sharpen those tools at Allied Woodshop the following day. Sarah Watlington and Scott Nelson will be at the Old Tool Swap Meet from 7:00am-10:00am on Saturday, May 16 to offer input and advice on any tools that you might be interested in. This field trip is open to anyone at no cost, but please do register for the Saturday session so that we know how many people to expect. 

On Sunday, we'll meet up at Allied Woodshop from 9:00am-4:30pm to tune-up and sharpen any new or used edge tools you have, such as chisels, scrapers, and hand planes. We'll start with a general overview of how to tune-up a hand plane and chisel to include addressing any problems and lapping tool backs. The afternoon will offer a focus on sharpening. We'll overview the many sharpening systems available to woodworkers to include bench stones (both oil and water stones), honing films and a glass plate, and motorized systems (both the Work Sharp and Tormek). 

With ample instruction and time to work on your tools, participants will achieve the kind of tool edges that make woodworking a pleasure. Once tools are sharp, the instructors will demo the proper use of each tool and allow students time to practice with their newly sharpened tools. 

Please note that this class will not address sharpening tools with a rounded edge, such as gouges and spokeshaves. 

Bring your own chisels, hand planes, and any other edge tools you wish to sharpen. If you own water stones or oil stones, bring those too. Class is limited to ten students.


Sarah Watlington and Scooter Nelson

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. If you would like to gift this class, purchase Woodworking Bucks for the total cost of the class. 

Refund and Transfer Policy

In general, 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 sessions in multi-day classes.

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

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