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JNY100C21 Joinery Basics

March, 15 - March, 17 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM


Open to all

As anyone who has ever built a piece of furniture knows, the weakest link is the joinery.  You need to know the best joint for the application and obtain the skill to make the joints. This course will immerse you into joinery nirvana. Students will greatly benefit from the concentrated and focused approach to making the various joints. Becoming proficient is essential for the aspiring craftsperson to achieve a level of competence in their pursuit of the craft. Repetition is key to building and retaining the skills. There are many considerations to making joints; the most important is to choose the right joint for the right application. An accurate layout is critical to accurately cutting the joinery. In addition, it is good to know which glues to use, and just as important is sharp tools to cut the joint. In this course, we will concentrate on the mortise and tenon, through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, and lapped joints.

In this course you will learn:

  • Grain orientation for strength
  • Using various layout tools for accurate layout
  • Gluing
  • Clamping
  • Sharpening chisels and plane irons
  • Hand cutting joinery
  • Machine cut joints

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$475.00Add to cart

Meet your Instructor

Raúl Ramírez
Director, Southwest School of Woodworking

Raúl has been a professional furniture maker since 1990. A member and former president of the Arizona Association of Fine Woodworkers, and a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers, Raúl specializes in custom furniture and antiques restoration, and is particularly interested in traditional hand-tool techniques. He began to teach himself woodworking during the 1970s while working in the aerospace industry and eventually changed careers to devote himself to the craft. In 2013, with the help of other accomplished woodworkers, he founded the Southwest School of Woodworking in order to bring the highest level of woodcraft education to Arizona and to create opportunities for the next generation of woodworkers to learn from some of today’s most respected masters.


March 15@9:00 am
March 17@5:00 pm
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