For the love of Dovetails Hand-cut Joinery Workshop

Workshop fee: $40 (includes materials)

Workshop time:  Saturday, 10:30 am -1:00 pm

If this workshop fills up, another one will open up from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.

I love cutting dovetails. I have since I first started making furniture about 17 years ago. I find it to be one of the strongest, most beautiful woodworking joints that I know, and more importantly it can be cut completely by hand using saws and chisels. Making furniture in this way is a disappearing art form, and for this reason, I would like to share this knowledge with you good festival folk.

This workshop is open to people of all skill levels (although I do ask that anyone under the age of 18 be accompanied by an adult). Whether you would like to complete all of the steps entirely on your own, or would like assistance through some of the more delicate aspects of cutting and chisel work, I can guide you through the process.

In this 2 1/2 hr workshop we will be building a small yellow cedar box, using through dovetail joints. All of the box parts, including the bottom of the box and the lid, will be pre-cut to length so that we can focus on the joinery.  Each student will have a box that they can bring home with them at the end of the workshop. Here’s what you can expect to learn:


  • We will start with a discussion on tools, both Western and Eastern style. We will talk aboutthe selection of tools to accomplish each purpose, and the sharpening and maintenance required to have them cut true and smooth.
  • We will then move to laying out and marking our dovetails, using specialized marking tools.
  • Next we will cover the cutting of the Tails portion of the joint, using our Dovetail saws, and finishing up with thecoping saw and chisels.
  • With the completed Tail boards we will layout the position of the Pins, and cut our Pin boards
  • After all of the joints have been fine tuned and are fitting together nicely, we will assemble the box and then stand back in awe of what we just made with our hands:)

For any students that own their own saws (Western style backsaws or dovetails saws, as well as Japanese Dozukis) or chisels, I highly recommend that you bring them with you. It is always best to practice with the tool that you will ultimately be using for your joinery. For any students that are interested in purchasing tools before the workshop, I am very happy to make suggestions on what type, as well as where to look for these tools. I will also have some extra sets of tools with me for anyone who needs them during the course.

Click here to register for the Dovetail Joinery workshop!



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