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JNY100G22 Joinery Basics

July, 5 - July, 7 from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM MST


As anyone who has ever built a piece of furniture knows, the weakest link is the joinery. Learning to select and create strong and effective joints is a critical skill set for every woodworker.  

But fear not: this course will immerse you into joinery nirvana.

Instructor Raul Ramirez will introduce you to the most common joints, guide you through the various considerations for how to choose the right joint for a range of applications, and will empower you with the skills to execute joints including: mortise and tenon, through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, and lapped joints.

Through extensive hands-on practice, you will learn how to make accurate layouts and cuts, how to select and apply the appropriate glues, and how to assemble each joint.

We will make many samples, using repetition to build and refine these critical skills, and to establish a foundation of proficiency that will serve you throughout your woodworking career.

You will leave with joinery superpowers — or something very close.

You will learn:

  • The attributes of woodworking joints including mortise and tenon, through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, and lapped joints
  • How to select and design the appropriate woodworking joint for a variety of circumstances
  • How to understand grain orientation and strength
  • How to cut and assemble mortise and tenon, through dovetails, half-blind dovetails, and lapped joints
  • How to use layout tools for accurate layout
  • How to sharpen chisels and plane irons
  • How to hand cut joinery
  • How to machine cut joinery
  • Gluing and clamping joinery

Please read and understand our Refund and Cancellation policies. By making payment you acknowledge that you have read and understood these policies.

PLEASE NOTE: In addition to our standard class policies, we are taking additional precautions due to the COVID-19 virus.
• We will be strictly limiting class sizes to no more than nine (9) students to allow for adequate distancing between class participants.
• All benches and shared tools will be sanitized before and after each class.
• All students, instructors, and staff are required to wear a properly fitted mask that securely covers the nose and mouth while inside the school. Valved masks are not acceptable.
• Anyone exhibiting any cold or flu-like symptoms—even if it is believed to be allergy-related—will not be allowed to enter the building.
Thank you for your understanding.


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.


July 5, 2022@9:00 am MST
July 7, 2022@5:00 pm MST
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