Educating America's Craftspeople
  • Handtool Joinery $895

    $695.00

    The equivalent of an European apprenticeship in one week.


    Instructor:               Ernie Conover
    Prerequisites:         Hand Cut Dovetails or equivalent experience
    Max Enrollment:     5
    Price:                      $895 (includes all instruction time, materials & lunch)
    Date Offered:        (Monday-Friday) July 17 - 21, 2017
    Balance Due:         Billed immediately but due two weeks prior to course.


    In this course you will learn authentic joinery from the time when furniture was built to last. The good news is that this joinery is just as applicable today as it was in the 18th century. In Handtool Joinery participants receive a thorough grounding in hand tools by making a small cupboard out of sassafras (measuring 12” wide x 31” high x 6” deep). Sassafras is a beautiful wood that is easy to plane and chisel and smells heavenly in the working. The cupboard has one drawer below the panel door. In the building process you will learn to hand cut dovetails, mortise and tenons, grooves and dadoes.

    The proper use of hand planes will be demystified and these indispensable tools will be stalwart old friends by the time you leave for home. Carcass construction (the main body and drawer) is taught employing two types of dovetail joints, through and half-blind. Mortise and tenon joints will be employed in the face frame and haunched tenons in the panel door. The two shelves for the cabinet are adjustable via a time honored, all wood set of notched racks.

    These construction details will give you complete familiarity and confidence in the back saw, bevel chisels and mortise chisels. This foundation course is a must for any aspiring woodworker. No prior experience is necessary but it is strongly recommended that participants view the Bench Planes DVD and attend the Hand Cutting Dovetails seminar offered the Sunday prior to the course.

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