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Fundamental Furniture Joinery (May)

$100.00

May 1st, 8th, 15th, 2021 | 10:00AM to 12:00PM Central Time

This class is an introduction to three of the most common joints used in furniture construction – The Mortise & Tenon, the Dovetail and the Dado. The course will include an overview of the joints, how to cut them and where the are applicable in furniture making. The demonstration and instruction on cutting and fitting the joinery will be hand tool focused, but can be easily adapted to other construction methods. This course is composed of 3 separate sessions and are a live online course and will be recorded for reference later.

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Format

Live Online

Furniture Type

Joinery

Skill Level

Beginner

Time Frame

Weekend

Name: Fundamental Furniture Joinery
Instructor: Patrick Brennan
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: None 

Format: Online Live Lecture (Central Time Zone)

 

Course Topic: This class is an introduction to three of the most common joints used in furniture construction, the process of cutting them, the tools required and troubleshooting common beginner obstacles. The session will include an overview of the joint and where it is applicable in furniture making. The demonstration and instruction on cutting and fitting the joinery will be hand tool focused, but can be easily adapted to other construction methods.

 

Course Format: Live Broadcast Classroom. Three live online sessions, each two hours in length. The course will be spread over three consecutive Saturdays. The first 1.5 hours will include an overview of the joint and its use in furniture construction as well as a demonstration of cutting and fitting the joint. The final 30 minutes of the class will be available for questions and answers. Students are highly encouraged to practice the joinery techniques demonstrated after the sessions have been completed but before the following session. Each session will be recorded and provided to students for reference. We will then be able to address and discuss any additional questions or comments that you may have in the following sessions. 

 

Session I: The Mortise and Tenon

During this session we will focus on one of the most ubiquitous joinery methods in furniture construction, the mortise and tenon. Our focus will be on the pegged mortise and tenon often found joining a table leg to its respective aprons. You may also hear this joint referred to as a blind mortise and tenon joint.

 

Session II: The Through Dovetail

The through dovetail is most often found joining the back of a drawer to the drawer sides. It may seem counterintuitive that we will focus on a joint that is often hidden in a piece of furniture, but it’s a great place to begin discussing dovetail joinery. The half-blind dovetail is often used for drawer fronts and will be the focus of a future course. The through dovetail can additionally be used to add visual interest and detail to boxes, cases, trays and many other items.

 

Session III: The Dado

The dado is often found joining a shelf to the sides of a case. For example, the dado is commonly used in bookcase construction. As well, you very often use a dado for drawer and box bottoms.

 

What you’ll need:

  • Computer
  • High-Speed Internet
  • Zoom Video Conferencing
  • Pencil and Paper

Recommended Tools:

  • Mortise chisel (¼” or ⅜”)
  • Mallet
  • Marking gauge (a mortise gauge is also useful if you have one)
  • Marking knife
  • Square (a combination square would work well)
  • Back saw (ideally one would use two saws, on filled cross-cut and the other filled rip , However the dovetail saw below can be pressed into service for both tasks if necessary)
  • Dovetail saw
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels (a half-inch chisel at the minimum)
  • Router plane (optional but very useful for the dado joint in particular)

 

Recommended Materials:

Note the dimensions listed here are just for reference if you have some material handy that isn’t these exact dimensions don’t hesitate to use them for practice.

Mortise and Tenon

  • A 1”x4” piece of pine, poplar, or other inexpensive wood that is 12”-18” in length (this will be used as an example table apron).
  • A 2”x2” piece of pine, poplar or other inexpensive wood that is 20” – 30” in length (this will be used as an example table leg).
  • Hint: If you’d like to turn your practice piece into a simple side table acquire four of each of the aprons and legs above and add a simple top later on.

Dovetails

  • Two 1”x4” pieces of pine, poplar, or other inexpensive wood that is 8” – 12” in length.
  • Hint: Use four pieces total to create a simple dovetailed box from your practice pieces.

Dado

  • Two 1”x4” pieces of pine, poplar, or other inexpensive wood that is 8” – 12” in length.

 

 

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