Classic Joinery

with Roy Underhill

Please call to register: 800-327-2520. For more information email us
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Classic Joinery

with Roy Underhill

August 16-17, 2014 (9am-4pm)


In this class, Roy will cover classic joinery techniques with a focus on panel and frame and window sashes. You will leave with an understanding of how to accomplish these seemingly complex operations by hand. Roy will provide a range of molding planes and tools to make various profiles. Take advantage of this rare chance to hang out with Roy Underhill at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks for a weekend!

Key Topics Covered

Frame & Panel – This is the mortise first—saw cheeks—groove—then saw shoulders method of frame construction. Panel made with single groove for a chest lid or raised by multiple methods for a door. You'll get to cut a corner and leave with enough wood to finish the whole frame. Tools: Approx 5/16" mortising chisel, mallet, tenon saw, dovetail or carcase saw, mortising gauge, try square, striking knife, plow plane with ¼" iron.

Sash – Demonstration of sash joinery with scribed joints. Half-Blind – Quick method on dovetails for drawers. You will cut and take home a sample of a corner. Tools: Single-tooth gauge, adjustable bevel (no templates please), dovetail saw, 1" firmer chisel, 3/8" firmer chisel, mallet.

Full-Blind – Demonstration on full blind dovetails.

Miter Corner Dovetail – Through dovetails with a mitered end to let you shoot molding through thecorner. Cut a sample and take it home. Tools: Dovetail saw, cutting gauge, adjustable bevel, striking knife, miter square, try square, 3/8" firmer chisel, mallet.

Sliding Dovetail – Analog sliding dovetails (through) cut by eye. You will do this and take it home or throw it at Roy. Tools: Carcase or dovetail saw, ½" or so paring chisel (long and sharp!), router plane, shoulder plane, ½" firmer or mortising chisel if you want to make a stopped version.

Rising Dovetail – The irritating puzzle dovetail. Gateway to more irksome endeavors. Make and take. Tools: Try square, adjustable bevel, dovetail and carcase saws, firmer and paring chisels to clear waste.

About the Instructor

Roy Underhill hosts the PBS show,“The Woodwright’s Shop with Roy Underhill,” and is an expert in traditional woodworking. A former master craftsman at Colonial Williamsburg, Roy has been teaching traditional hand-tool woodworking for 35 years through his North Carolina teaching shop, “The Woodwright’s School.” Additionally, he is a member of the Society of American Period Furniture Makers and Early American Industries Association.

Tool List

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.

  • 5/16" (approx.) Mortising Chisel
  • 3/8" Firmer Chisel
  • ½" or so Paring Chisel (long and sharp!)
  • 1" Firmer Chisel
  • Mallet (joiner’s, not carver’s please)
  • Tenon Saw
  • Dovetail Saw (not Japanese style please)
  • Carcass Saw
  • Coping Saw
  • Mortising gauge
  • Single-tooth gauge (cutting preferred)
  • Try Square (joiner’s preferred, not engineer’s)
  • Striking Knife
  • Adjustable Bevel (no dovetail templates please)
  • Miter Square
  • Folding Rule
  • Pencil
  • Plow Plane with ¼" iron
  • Router Plane
  • Shoulder Plane
  • Block Plane
  • Panel raising plane/badger plane
  • Registration Information

    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.