Jun 8, 2024 - June 9, 2024(9am - 5pm)

Introduction to Hand Tool Joinery

Taught by: Owain Harris

Workshop Fee: $250.00

This workshop will focus on the basics of cutting common woodworking joints, predominantly through the use of hand tools. Through demos and hands-on exercises, students will have the opportunity to hone their skills while starting to build a library of sample joints that can be used as a reference in their own shops. Class will cover the basics of sharpening chisels, hand-saw techniques, accurate layout and marking, chisel techniques, and more. The joinery covered will include through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, mortice and tenons, and through wedged tenons. This is an all levels workshop.

Skills and Techniques:

  • Chisel sharpening
  • Accurate layout and marking
  • Hand saw and chisel techniques
  • Dovetail joinery
  • Mortice and tenon joinery
  • Troubleshooting joints that don’t fit


Materials Fee: $75 paid directly to the instructor.

Special Tools or Equipment:

Safety glasses and hearing protection, Tape measure or folding rule Pencil (preferably mechanical pencils with lead, or 2mm lead holder), Combination Square – a 4” and a 12”is a good duo, Marking knife or Olfa snap-off type retractable knife, Chisels (¼”, ½”, and 1” are useful sizes), Cutting gauge and/or marking gauge Dovetail saw.

Suggested but not required:

Sliding t-bevel, Block Plane #4, or #5, or #6 bench plane, Card scraper, Digital calipers, Shoulder plane, any other hand tools you prefer or use regularly, Drafting supplies/sketchbook/notebook.

Workshop Policies: Please be sure to read our policies before you register for a workshop which can be found here Workshop Policies

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