Lie-Nielsen Toolworks

Precision Miters With Hand Tools

with Mason Mcbrien

June 29 - 30 , 2019

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Precision Miters with Hand Tools

with Mason McBrien

June 29-30, 2019

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

Materials Fee: $10

Required Tools: See Below

Registration Information

Total cost is $285; $275 Ticket and $10 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.


In this workshop, furniture maker and educator Mason McBrien will show students techniques for cutting, trimming, and assembling accurate mitered frames by hand.

Over the course of the weekend students will practice cutting and truing miters to an accurate 45 degree angle, laying out and trimming frames, and cutting rabbets for inset wood, glass, or mirrors - all using traditional methods of hand work which are safe, quiet, and precise.

In addition, Mason will also discuss various practical applications, showing students how they can use mitered frames to add detail to their next furniture projects.

About the Instructor:

Mason transitioned to furniture making 20 years ago, after many years in the business of antiques and historic home restoration. He spent the last decade at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine serving as the Facilities Manager and Staff Instructor. He continues to make high end commissions for clients in over twenty states and ten countries. His work is inspired by historic forms blended with contemporary aesthetics. Emphasis on the finesse of hand-tool work is critical to this process and the quality results. He looks forward to sharing this with the students in his class.

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