Essential Joinery with Handtools

$75 usd
Sat Aug 7, 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM (EDT)
The Artisans Guild, 6515 State Route 241, Millersburg, OH, USA  

This one day class taught by Colonial Homestead’s Dan Raber will equip students with the knowledge and confidence to cut the most essential joints in handtool woodworking. While we won’t dive into all variations of these joints, for the growing handtool woodworker, this class will empower you use the most common joinery for building carcasses, drawers, shelves, tables, and more. This is an ideal skills-building class following a beginner class or for those already comfortable with planing, sawing, and sharpening.

Primary Skills Taught in this Class

  • Full and half-blind dovetails
  • Mortise and tenon
  • Rabbets, dadoes, and half-laps

Class Prerequisites

To get the most from this class, these are important skills and abilities to have so the instructor can focus on the curriculum above. You don’t have to be a master, but it’s best to have reasonable confidence in these skills. We can help refine these skills in class if needed, but we likely won’t have time to teach them from scratch. When in doubt - ask!

  • Planing a board square
  • Squaring the end of a board
  • Sharpening planes and chisels
  • Striking knife lines
  • Basic saw handling

Tool List

The following tools are required in order to fully participate in the class:

  • Dovetail saw (or some smaller rip-filed backsaw)
  • Bench chisels (at least 1/4” and 3/4” or similar metric); bevel edged work best
  • Mallet for chopping
  • Combination square
  • Marking knife
  • Smoothing plane
  • Pencil
  • Sharpening media
  • Safety glasses

Your tools should be sharp and ready to work.

The following tools are optional but would be helpful:

  • Dovetail marker
  • Router plane
  • Marking gauge
  • Dividers
  • Shoulder plane or moving fillister plane


There is an approximate $10 materials fee for practice materials used in this class. Materials fees are paid for at the time of class. Be prepared to pay for materials on the first day (cash or check please).

Other Information

Dan Raber

The Artisans Guild, 6515 State Route 241, Millersburg, OH, USA