Dovetailing weekend.

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Two day course.

If you have the basic woodworking skills, perhaps acquired on earlier courses, but want to take things further by tackling dovetails this course is for you. During the weekend you will learn to cut both through and lap dovetails. The discipline and concentration involved in cutting this joint will help with improving your accuracy and craftsmanship.

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CourseDovetailing 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)

Course Description

This is  a two day furniture making course where you will find out about different ways of cutting both through and lap dovetails.

Please note that as from January 2018 this course is delivered at the British Hardwoods School of Woodwork at Crosshills near Skipton. Click here for more information.

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About the course.

 

Do I need previous woodworking experience?

This is the third of my basic skills weekends. The aim of this trilogy of courses is to introduce you to the key elements of fine woodworking; sharp tools, sound method and an obsessive approach to accuracy.

The first element is addressed in the tool sharpening and maintenance weekend course, method and accuracy were introduced in the basic jointing weekend, this course takes them to a higher level.

Students on this course should have some experience with sharpening and accurate marking and cutting, preferably having done the previous weekends in the trilogy or attended the beginners four day woodwork course or have  previous woodworking experience.

What’s it like on the dovetailing weekend.

Some students may have tried cutting dovetails but been unimpressed with the results, for others this will be the first time they try cutting them. So everyone is starting from a similar level.

The course is based around making two pairs of book ends. You will learn how to accurately mark out a set of dovetails. Each pair of bookends will have one with through dovetails and the other with a lap dovetail. The first pair will be cut entirely by hand, on the second pair we will use a router to remove the waste, although this will be done free hand without jig control.  So the first day is entirely hand work, the second involves some router work.

The dovetails you cut on the course will probably not be perfect, you can’t expect perfection on your first attempt. However you will notice an improvement during the weekend, a trend that will continue as you practice the skills learned on the course.

What will I learn on the course?

The key learning points are:

  • Timber preparation, including shooting the ends square
  • Spacing and marking the tails using either dividers or ruler
  • Sawing through dovetails
  • Paring the waste between the tails using chisel, how to accurately pare to a line
  • Removing the waste between the tails using a router
  • Marking the pins from the tails using a workshop made support
  • Sawing the pins
  • Removing the waste between the pins using a chisel, accurate paring to a line
  • Removing the waste between the pins using a router and workshop made holding device
  • Fitting the joint, how to assess the joint to get a snug fit
  • Marking out a lap joint
  • Sawing the pins on a lap dovetail, a different method to through dovetails
  • Paring the pins on a lap dovetail
  • How to glue up a dovetail joint

During the course you can use different saws and chisels to help you with purchasing decisions if you are looking to buy tools.

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

Do I need to bring any tools?

No, the student benches are equipped with all the tools required. But you can bring your own tools if you wish

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

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CourseDovetailing 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
9-10th December
2018
24-25th March
14-25th July
27-28th October

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