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Japanese Joinery


February 26th to March 1st, 2024 | 9:00am to 5:00pm

This 5 day course is all about Japanese joinery. You will learn all about Japanese woodworking tools and how to use them to cut intricate and strong Japanese joinery.

  • Materials are included

See Details and Tool List Below

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Furniture Type

Japanese, Joinery

Skill Level

Beginner, Intermediate

Time Frame

Weekdays – Daytime

Name: Japanese Joinery
Instructor: Andrew Hunter
Skill Level: Beginner
Prerequisites: None

Format: 5 Day in-person course


February 26th to March 1st, 2024


Class Description:

The oldest wooden building on earth is in Japan. Constructed with a complicated network of posts and beams interlocked with masterful skill and engineered to withstand huge seismic activity. The Japanese wooden architecture and joinery is truly awe-inspiring.
In this week long Japanese woodworking course at Austin School of Furniture students will explore the traditional world of Japanese joinery, all the while gaining a better understanding of Japanese hand tools and woodworking techniques as a whole.
As a professional furniture maker, predominantly self-taught in the ways of using Japanese tools, Andrew Hunter offers a unique perspective to those just getting started with this traditional craft. By learning the fundamental principles behind the Japanese way of working wood, students will be able to take what they learn back to their own shops and apply them accordingly.
Throughout the week, students will learn about all aspects of Japanese woodworking while cutting and fitting a variety of joints with hand tools. The week will begin with a simple mortise and tenon joint and will progress through more complex skills culminating with the construction of a Kanawa scarf joint. Techniques for creating strong, glue-less joinery that is reversible for future repair will all be covered in detail during this course. The instructor will demonstrate how to use Japanese tools to shape these joints, and how to adjust western styles of woodworking to incorporate traditional Japanese methods.


Topics and skills covered will include:

  • Type of Japanese tools
  • Brief history of Japanese tools and woodworking
  • Sharpening
  • Tool setup and usage
  • Planing, sawing, chiseling technique
  • Introduction to Japanese joinery
  • Centerline layout
  • Mortise and tenon joint
  • Scarf joint


What you’ll need:

The below tools are recommended for this class and beyond. If you do not have these, do not worry. You may borrow them from the Austin School of Furniture tool library.

  • Saw for med-fine work. An inexpensive, replaceable blade Japanese Ryoba saw (rip and crosscut in one) in the 240mm size range is a good option.
  • A set of chisels including at least: 12mm (1/2″), 15mm (5/8″) and around a 24mm (1″)
  • Hammer or mallet for striking the chisel
  • Sashigane (Japanese carpenter’s square). Any flat square will work, including drafting triangles
  • A trusted straight edge ~12″
  • Your favorite layout pencil (mine is a .5mm mechanical), and be sure to bring your glasses if you need them!
  • Sharpening stones (optional)
  • A Sumitsubo or ink line for snapping straight lines (optional)
  • Bring any other Japanese tools you’d like to use and have the instructor look at (optional)
  • Catered lunch is included
  • PPE
  • Water and snacks



Austin School of Furniture has the right to cancel this class at anytime if the minimum amount of students is not reached.

See our Refund Policy here

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