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780 East Cordova Street

Vancouver, BC V6A


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Learn to sharpen lathe tools, chisels, hand planes, and cabinet scrapers.

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Tool Sharpening 101 covers the safe operation of our slow speed grinder, whet stone, and hand tools to sharpen lathe tools, chisels, cabinet scrapers, and hand plane blades. Members and drop-in members must take this orientation before using any of our sharpening tools.

During the class, students will sharpen a cabinet scraper, and make their own whetstone. Students will take home a cabinet scraper and a DIY whetstone after the class. Although we have lots of tools to practice sharpening on, students have the option of bringing in their own tools to sharpen.

No prior experience is necessary. This orientation is also a perfect precursor to our WoodLab 101, and Lathe 101 classes.

Please note, due to COVID-19, we have implemented the following policies:

Everyone must wash their hands upon entering the building.

Non-medical masks must be worn for the duration of the class. Everyone is required to bring their own masks.

Students must bring their own safety glasses or they will be available for purchase at the front desk for $5.

Nitrile gloves and earplugs will be provided and must be worn for the duration of the class

Bleach and paper towels will be available to sanitize tools if extra sanitization is needed.

Everyone must practice physical distancing and stay 6’ apart during the class when possible.

Duration: 3 hours

Prerequisite Classes

Required: None

Recommended: WoodLab 101, Lathe 101

Equipment Access:

Slow speed grinder, whetstone, burnisher


  • Safety glasses
  • Non-medical Mask
  • Closed-toed shoes
  • Remove dangling jewelry
  • Tie back long hair


Is there an age limit to enter the event?

The minimum age for participants is 13 years old with a participating guardian or 18 otherwise.

What are my parking options at MakerLabs?

MakerLabs' parking lot is located on the east side of the building on the corner of Hawks Avenue and East Cordova Street.

Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

Please email us at hello@makerlabs.com with any questions or concerns.

Can I sign up for the member rate?

If you sign up for a membership on the day of the class, you'll receive a refund for the difference between the general and membership class price.

How do I cancel or reschedule my class?

Refunds (minus Eventbrite fees) or credit for future classes and orientations will only be provided if we are notified by email to hello@makerlabs.com at least 24 hours in advance of the class. For cancellation less than 24 hours before the class, we do not provide a refund but we do offer a 50% credit towards a future class or orientation. No refunds or credits will be provided for no shows.

What happens if I show up late?

Please arrive 15 minutes before the schedule start of the class so that it can start on time. Attendees arriving more than 5 minutes late will not be allowed in the class.

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780 East Cordova Street

Vancouver, BC V6A


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Refund policy

Contact the organizer to request a refund.

Eventbrite's fee is nonrefundable.

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