Cut The Cord: Build A Table With Hand Tools

with Joshua Klein

June 17 - 18 , 2017

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Cut the Cord: Build a Table with Hand Tools

with Joshua Klein

June 17-18, 2017

Saturday (9-5) Sunday (9-4)

Materials Fee: $125

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $400; $275 Ticket and $125 Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 14 people.

Located at Lie-Nielsen Toolworks: Route 1, Warren, Maine 04864.

To sign up, click the 'Buy' button above or call: 800-327-2520. A non-refundable $125 advance deposit is required at checkout; full payment is required 30 days before the workshop. For more information email us.


If you have ever wished that you could create furniture from start to finish using only hand tools, this Workshop will show you how. In this class Joshua Klein will show you how to use hand tools efficiently to create functional furniture.

In this Workshop you will rediscover how using the right hand tools can be as effective as having power tools in your shop. Students will be able to examine disassembled 18th and 19th Century pieces to see period tolerances and surfaces. They will then learn how to process rough sawn boards with handsaws and hand planes, and how to cut joinery in a period-appropriate fashion.

Throughout this Workshop students will learn to design without measurements, build without machines, and assemble without clamps in a true pre-industrial fashion.

About the Instructor

Joshua A. Klein's inspiration for his craft flows from a love for the blend of artistry and history that makes tradition. Joshua learned how to restore antique furniture at the National Institute of Wood Finishing in Rosemount, MN and, after settling in the Downeast area of Maine, he continued to specialize his skills to focus more on restoration work to preserve the character and patina of antique pieces.

As he continues to work on early American furniture, Joshua writes about traditional techniques for Popular Woodworking Magazine, American Period Furniture, and The Art of Manliness in addition to his own blog, The Workbench Diary. He is currently writing his first book with Lost Art Press about Jonathan Fisher, a rural 19th century Maine cabinetmaker. Klein is also the Editor-in-Chief of the annual Mortise & Tenon magazine celebrating the preservation and recreation of historic furniture.

Required Tools

Below are some of the tools we'll learn about in the class. We encourage you to bring your own tools or buy the required tools when you get here, as there are not enough classroom tools to outfit everyone.

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.

Please keep in mind, the best way to guarantee available tools for the class is to call ahead with an order. Some items on this list may be specific to another toolmaker. Please call us with any questions.

Note: The list below references tools Lie-Nielsen carries, though you are welcome to bring tools from other makers.