Four Hand Tool Corner Joints

with Megan Fitzpatrick

July 20 - 21 , 2019

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Four Hand Tool Corner Joints

with Megan Fitzpatrick

July 20-21, 2019

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

Materials Fee: None

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $275; no Materials Fee. Lunch included. Limited to 12 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. In the event that a Workshop needs to be cancelled, we will contact you at this time. For more information call or email us.

Note: For customers unable to take projects with them, shipping charges apply.


While there are myriad joints suitable for boxes and drawers, four of the most common for hand-tool woodworkers are a simple rabbeted and nailed joint (perfect for workaday pieces such as tool chest tills and kitchen drawers), a finger joint nailed with decorative iron (a nice touch when you want a relatively quick but handsome look), through dovetails (for the ultimate in joint strength) and half-blind dovetails (the classic drawer-front joint). In this two-day class, students will learn layout and techniques to cut each, using a small kit of hand tools.

And, because there is more than one way to skin a rabbet (sorry), Megan will show students ways to trim without a rabbet plane. She will also show alternatives to the coping saw for waste removal on the finger joints and dovetails, dividers for dovetail layout, and a fishtail chisel for half-blind. This class is all about options, both on the joints and how you cut them!

About the Instructor:

An avid hand tool woodworker, Megan Fitzpatrick is the publisher at Rude Mechanicals Press, and a freelance editor for Lost Art Press, Mortise & Tenon Magazine and The Chronicle (the journal of the Early American Industries Association). She is also a former editor of Popular Woodworking Magazine. Megan has taught many classes in hand tool woodworking, at the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, the Marc Adams School of Woodworking, Lost Art Press and her own shop, among others.

She lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, with two cats, and is currently restoring a 1906 four-square… for which she admits to sometimes using powered tools. Though her formal education is in English literature with a concentration on early modern drama, she promises to keep the Shakespeare references to a minimum.

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.

Optional Tools