This two-day course focuses on hand tool joinery fundamentals through the construction of a small Shaker-style bench. Based on an example from the Hancock Shaker Village in Massachusetts, the bench is lightweight, yet incredibly sturdy due to the clever joinery used in its construction. The bench serves as an introduction to the mortise and tenon and dado joints, which are both fundamental joinery methods used throughout furniture construction. This is a beginner-friendly class for students looking to learn more about laying out and cutting joinery with hand tools. Throughout the course, students will have the opportunity to discuss hand tool selection and use, sharpening, joinery techniques, wood selection, finishing, and adapting to and fixing mistakes.
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