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October 26, 2019 - October 27, 2019
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
200 Battery Way, building 315
Port Townsend, WA 98368
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Hand Tool Essentials: Mortise & Tenon

Saturday, October 26, 2019

In this weekend class, you will learn how to quickly and efficiently layout, cut and fit mortise and tenon joinery using only hand tools. We will show you time-tested, traditional techniques to create wedged, drawbored, and haunched mortise and tenon joints. We also use this class to introduce you to some of the specialty joinery planes; the router plane, shoulder plane, and rabbett plane. These planes shine when it comes to tuning the fit of mortise and tenon joinery. And, since mortise and tenon joinery is key to frame and panel joinery, we introduce you to the plow plane as well. By the end of the weekend, we think you will be convinced that not only are these joints doable by hand (it was, after all, the only way to do them up until the mid 1800’s!), but that hand work can offer a faster approach when doing a one-off piece of furniture.