Rosewood Studio School of Fine Woodworking; Tools, Courses, Workshops and Instruction

Joinery For Furniture Makers


Start Date: April 29, 2019

Tuition and Materials: $930 Cdn
 Appropriate joinery not only ensures the structural integrity of your furniture, but can also become a decorative element with which to display your craftsmanship. In this program, we cover a combination of hand cut and machine made joinery appropriate to the construction of fine quality furniture.  After each technique is demonstrated, students will create study joints for the purpose of developing and honing their skills. Below are some of the joints that will be demonstrated, then cut by students:
Hand Cut Dovetails:
The joint is both decorative and strong, and is considered by many to be a hallmark of quality construction.
Dado Joints:
Cut with the table saw or router then hand fit, this carcass joint is widely used and exhibits good shear strength.

Rabbets and Grooves:
Similar to a dado joint but occurring along the edge or parallel to the grain of a component.

Tapered Sliding Dovetails:
A tricky but extremely strong mechanically interlocking joint that can be used in place of a dado joint where withdrawal resistance is required.
   Wedged Through Tenons:
An extremely strong form of mortise and tenon connection, the wedged through tenon is also decorative. Various means of cutting this joint will be demonstrated using a variety of machinery, including routers, table saws, bandsaws and a number of commercial and shop made jigs and fixtures.
Bridle Joints:
We will demonstrate the cutting of a number of variations of this joint by machine, then refine the joint with hand tools for a perfect fit.
 Methods of gluing and clamping joinery will be demonstrated. Gluing technique is an often overlooked skill that if poorly executed can compromise the strength and longevity of our work. It is also crucial to consider clamping methods when we consider our options for joinery. We will cover glue choices, placement and quantity and the use of clamping cauls to distribute pressure and ensure that joints are drawn together for a tight fit.  
 This program is a solid cross section of commonly used, time-tested traditional joinery methods. By the end of the week, students will have experience creating a wide variety of furniture joints, and the knowledge to choose appropriate applications for each.  

Pre-requisites: Excellence With Hand Tools and Mastering Machinery or equivalent. Please see our note on pre-requisites.

Hand tools you'll be using:

Complete tool kits are available for student use free of charge, but attendees are encouraged to bring any of the tools listed below that they already own, honed and ready to put to work where applicable.

- smoothing plane                                          - marking gauge
- adjustable mouth block plane                       - sliding bevel gauge 
- shoulder plane                                            - dovetail saw
- 12" combination square                               - .5 mm mechanical pencil 
- 1000 and 6000 grit water stones                  - carpenter's pencil
- honing guide                                               - blue masking tape  
- set of bevel edge chisels                              - your notebook
- small chisel hammer                                     

Please be aware that safety glasses are required for all courses. Hearing protection is also recommended.

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