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Students will learn how to sharpen and maintain edge tools, such as chisels, scrapers, and hand plane irons. We'll start with an introduction to the many systems available to woodworkers for sharpening 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 an opportunity to use each system and ample instruction, participants will achieve the kind of tool edges that make woodworking a pleasure.

Class time will cover the theory of sharpening, flattening bench stones, lapping tool backs, and sharpening an edge. Once tools are sharp, the instructor will demo the proper use of each tool and allow students time to practice with their newly sharpened tools. 

If time allows, the instructor will demo and discuss 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.


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Getting Here

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

Please arrive 15 minutes early. We will have coffee waiting for you to jump 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

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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