Hand-cut dovetails remain the signature of fine woodworking, yet most woodworkers rely on routers and machines to cut these simple wood- working joints. Learn the intricacies of hand-cutting dovetails using traditional hand methods from our master craftsmen. We offer this one-day hands-on workshop for students of all skill levels to develop the techniques passed down through the centuries. Our instructors will also demonstrate how to develop more complex dovetail joints such as sliding tapered dovetails and full-blind mitered dovetails. Students will start by learning a simple dovetail and then through a series of exercises learn how to cut half-blind dovetails by the end of the class. Students will follow a series of exercises developed by the school staff for this class so that each student will master the skills of traditional hand dovetailing as well as layout procedures, sizing, patterns and so on. Using hand methods will not only prove more efficient and rewarding than machine methods, but they will also simplify other aspects of woodworking. Our teachers will take you step by step through this one-day course of short lectures and hands-on demonstrations to show how you too can develop the skills of traditional dovetailing. We provide all the materials, tools and related equipment. Students who wish to bring their own tools are welcome to do so.
In order to secure your place in a class, we must receive your full registration fee for any class costing $1,000.00 or less.