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.

 

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5 star basic jointing course review

Frequently Asked Questions

 

Should I have previous experience?

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.

What’s it like on the basic jointing course?

During the course we make a small table or stool.

We start with planing. Initially working on a small piece to get in to the rhythm of the work and familiarise yourself with the tool. Then we hand plane the edge joint on the table top. Once the top is glued up we take a rough sawn board and plane it square and to dimension for the table rails. In this way you gradually develop your planing skills

The rails are jointed to the legs using mortice and tenon joints. We mark out and cut them using two main methods; hand cutting with saw and chisel and using a router. The emphasis here is on accuracy, you will be shown how to mark out accurate joints with engineers square and marking knife and how to saw and chisel them accurately.

Finally the under carriage is glued up and the top fitted.

By the end of the course you should be using hand tools with some dexterity and also be familiar with the router

What will I learn on the course?

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
  • Planing an edge joint to give and invisible joint
  • Using a biscuit jointer
  • 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
  • Marking out mortice and tenon joints
  • Chopping a mortice with chisel and mallet
  • Sawing a tenon with back saw
  • Cutting a mortice with a router
  • Cutting a tenon on the router table
  • Safe use of the hand held router
  • Safety at the router table
  • Joint assembly
  • Wood movement and how to allow for it

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

Do I need to bring any tools?

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

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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
10-11th J.une. Fully booked
25-26 November

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