Basic jointing weekend.

Posted by on Jun 7, 1916 in Beginner's Courses, Courses | One Comment

Two day course.

Success in woodwork comes from using sharp tools, good technique and an accurate approach to the work. We deal with sharp tools in other courses. On this course you will learn some basic jointing techniques which will enable you to build a wide range of furniture. Perhaps more importantly you will come to understand just how important precision is in the craft of woodwork. A must if you want to get on the right track from the start.

Setting up a mortice guage

Setting up a mortice gauge

CourseBasic jointing weekend
Duration2 days 9am-5pm
Max No Of Students4
Cost£273* plus £10 materials
*includes 5% voluntary contribution to support young carpentry students in Uganda which can lift them out of poverty.

Please indicate in the additional information on the booking form if you do NOT wish to contribute. Learn more here

If a date below shows fully booked you can
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(very occasionally a place becomes free)

Course Description  

As wood cannot be welded, efficient and accurate jointing is the absolute basis of fine furniture making.

It is important to understand the forces acting upon a piece of furniture and to choose the appropriate joint for the situation.

Equally important is to cut a joint without slack, as sloppiness affects the strength and aesthetics of the piece.

The aim of this course is for you to acquire these skills.

Please note that from January 2018 this course is delivered at the British Hardwoods School of Woodwork at Crosshills near Skipton – See location .

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About This Course

Those attending the course should be able to tell when a tool needs sharpening and how to sharpen it. Ideally having attended my tool sharpening and maintenance weekend or similar course or have developed a sound sharpening method.

Sharp tools are the very basis of woodwork, without sharp tools it is not possible to do good work. This is why I would encourage you to master your sharpening skills either on my sharpening course or otherwise before progressing to making.

During the course we make a rectangular frame, each corner will have a different joint and each side will be in a different wood. Not a terribly practical object, but it will give you practice in cutting four different joints and help you to understand the way different woods behave under the tools.

We will start with planing one of the pieces square and to dimension from the rough sawn state. This gives you experience with timber preparation, an important skill if you don’t have the machinery to do this. We cut the four pieces of the frame to length, concentrating on getting a clean square cut. Then we go on to cut the joints, starting with a simple lap joint. Cutting this joint gives valuable practice with paring with a chisel and using a hand router plane. Then it’s a dovetail lap, giving a taster of very simple dovetailing. We then cut a bridle joint followed by a mortice and tenon, perhaps the most common and useful of the woodworking joints, this one will have a through wedged tenon.

The frame may not be a very functional, although it could make an rather quirky mirror or picture frame with it’s over shot corners, but it will give you experience in cutting a variety of joints and working different timbers. The emphasis on my courses is on skills acquisition the course project is just a vehicle for that. For many beginners just getting a feel for the tools and the way wood cuts is the most important element

Frame
We'll make a frame something like this on the course.
Wedged mortice and tenon joint.
One corner will be a wedged mortice and tenon

The course is designed to introduce you to the basic woodworking skills of timber preparation and joint marking and cutting:

  • Safe use of hand tools, especially chisels
  • How to prepare rough sawn wood ready to work
  • How to plane smooth, straight and square
  • How to detect twist and correct it
  • Understanding grain direction
  • Using a marking gauge
  • Planing to a line
  • Using a shooting board
  • Accurate measurement
  • Accurate marking using a marking knife and square
  • How to saw square to a line
  • Accurste paring with a chisel
  • Using a hand router plane
  • Marking out mortice and tenon , lap, dovetail lap and bridle joints using a square, gauge and marking knife
  • Cutting the joints with chisel, mallet, handrouter plane and tenon saw.
  • Joint assembly

The course is backed up by a fully illustrated handout on CD or for download.

Watch the video for a taster on how to plane straight:

No, each student bench is fully equipped with the tools you need. However if you have your own tools, perhaps fettled up on my previous course, you are welcome to bring them.

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Basic jointing weekend.

Booking:  Please book using the form below or phone Chris on 01943 602836  / 07817 456241

Pay nothing now. Once availability is confirmed you will receive information on how to pay a deposit to secure your place. Click here to read my essential information prior to booking. (opens in new window).

CourseBasic jointing weekend
Duration2 days 9am-5pm
Max No Of Students4
Cost£273* plus £10 materials
*includes 5% voluntary contribution to support young carpentry students in Uganda which can lift them out of poverty.

Please indicate in the additional information on the booking form if you do NOT wish to contribute. Learn more here

If a date below shows fully booked you can
click here to join the waiting list
(very occasionally a place becomes free)

Dates
2017
25-26 November. Fully booked.
2018
24-25th February. Fully booked.
9-10th June
6-7th October

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1 Comment

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