Hand Cut Jointery Made Easywith Jeff Miller
July 26-27, 2014 (9am-4pm)
The mortise and tenon joint is the foundation of almost any piece of furniture. This class is designed to teach you the basic skills needed to master this joint, from basic to complex applications – including angled (and compound-angled) joints and mortise and tenons on pieces with curves. Though these joints may seem intimidating, these skills are not difficult to learn and will improve your work in any project or application.
In addition to teaching you the basic skills for hand-chopping mortises and sawing tenons, Jeff will demonstrate a variety of simple jigs that will enable you to make both simple and complex joints with repeatable, reliable results. You will practice making several different types of joints starting with basic mortise and tenons. You will then learn techniques to deal with more complex angled mortise and tenon joinery and curved or shaped components. We’ll also cover precise fitting of all of these joints, and the strategies and tools that help make that possible.
Come away with the confidence to deal with a wide variety of joinery situations from the simplest mortise and tenon to otherwise intimidating angled and curved joints.
About the Instructor
Jeff Miller is a furniture designer, craftsman, teacher, and author of woodworking books and articles. He has been designing and building chairs in his Chicago shop for over 25 years. His work has been shown in galleries nationwide, and has won numerous awards. His furniture is also in the Decorative Arts Collection of the Chicago History Museum.
Jeff is the author of Chairmaking and Design, Beds, and Children’s Furniture, and co-author of Storage Projects for All Around the House and Furniture for All Around the House. He is a frequent contributor to Fine Woodworking magazine. Jeff also teaches furniture making workshops at his Chicago studio, J. Miller Handcrafted Furniture.
These are the tools we'll learn about in the class. You are not required to bring all of them; we will provide demonstration tools for you to use. However, it is helpful for you to practice with your own tools, so bring as many of these as you'd like. You may also make purchases in our showroom on site.
Please do not bring tools in need of repair or major fettling – there will not be time to fully tune them for use during the workshop.
Note: The hyperlinks below are for LN tools, though you are welcome to bring tools of other brands.
- Mortise Chisels -1/4”, 3/8”, 1/2”
- Bench Chisels – 3/4”,1/2”, 3/8”,1/4”
- Router Plane (large) – Lie-Nielsen #71
- Shoulder Plane (small or medium) - Lie-Nielsen #041 or #042
- 16” Tenon Saw - Rip Cut
- Marking Gauge - Tite-Mark
- Square - Combination or Fixed Blade
- Bevel Gauge
- Block Plane or Small Smoothing plane (#4 or smaller, Jeff's favorite is the #2)
- Card Scrapers
Cost is $250, lunch included. Limited to 15 people.
Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.
Please call to register: 800-327-2520, $100 nonrefundable deposit required at registration, full payment required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.