Foundational Woodworking Courses

In our foundational classes, you will learn through hands-on experience the basics of hand-tool woodworking. You’ll learn how to sharpen your chisels, plane blades and saws, and you will learn how to hand cut dado joints, dovetails and mortise-and-tenons. These the joints are the primary means through which traditional wood furniture is joined together.

The foundational course is structured so that you can take it in a single six-day installment or as a series of shorter classes. Once you have completed the foundational course, you will have the skills and confidence to continue hand-tool woodworking in your home workshop.

We provide all the tools you need to take this course.

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    Joinery I: Woodworking with Hand Tools
    In this foundational course we will demystify the art of hand-tool woodworking through demonstrations and hands-on training. You will learn how to sharpen your edge tools and how to hand cut traditional joints including dados, dovetails and a mortise-and-tenons.
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    Joinery II: Woodworking Basics (3-day)
    Reinforce and build on the skills you learned in Joinery I as you build a dovetailed Shaker candle box and an arched wall shelf. While building these projects, you’ll learn how to set hinges by hand, how to use a hand plane and how to cut an arch using traditional methods.
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    Joinery III: Beginning Furniture Making (3-day)
    In this three-day course, you will build an “occasional table” from black walnut using hand-tool methods. You’ll further your woodworking skills as you shape the aprons, taper the legs, hand-cut the mortise-and-tenon joints that join the legs to the aprons and prepare and attach the table top.
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    Six-Day Foundational Joinery Course

    This is a six-day intensive foundational joinery class that combines all the skills taught in Joinery I, II and III. In this class, you will learn how to sharpen your edge tools and how to cut dado, dovetail and mortise-and-tenon joints, through hands-on exercises. Projects you will make in the class include a wall shelf, a dovetailed box and an occasional table.

    Read more on our Woodworking Blog.