Advanced Joinery Course Overview

Successful completion of the Practical Woodworking 101 Course is a strict prerequisite for enrollment in this Advanced Joinery course, as we will not re-cover most content from the first course. We will have a very short and quick review of safety, rough milling, stock preparation and squaring principles, but this course is geared towards picking up where we left off on the last day of your experience in your first course with us.

Greetings Alumni!

The latest advanced course addition has been honed to a level of clockwork proficiency that rivals our Practical Woodworking Course.  We are confident you will find this Advanced Joinery course the perfect follow-up to your first experience here during Practical Woodworking 101.

Unlike the Practical Woodworking course (where the hall table project was the by-product of the course and designed only to enable you to put into practice the important skills and techniques that were taught) our Advanced Joinery course is a project-oriented course. Constructing the project is the ultimate goal of the advanced course. Along the way, you’ll learn how to undertake some of the rather complex joinery techniques that we use day-to-day in the fabrication of our custom furniture. This joinery includes but is not limited to: Greene & Greene style breadboard ends, hand-cut and machine-cut dovetail joints, drawer construction, mortise and tenon joinery, floating shelf construction, pinned mortise & tenon, and cloud lift skirt board detail.

We have chosen one of our most popular custom-ordered pieces, the walnut and cherry accessory table, as the course project. This piece has all the elements of design and fabrication that are specific to what I refer to as our ‘Refined Arts and Crafts’ style of furniture making.  By attending the course, not only are you learning exactly the techniques we use to create such an exquisitely detailed piece, but you will be taking home a significant piece of furniture at the course's end for 40% of it's value (including the tuition). In addition you will be able to proudly sign your own name to the piece in place of our own. There are no short-cuts, changes, or amendments to the design - this is exactly the same piece in every respect that is sold to my clients. Of course, you’ll need to complete the finishing process at home, but we’ll show you exactly what we do.


Please note:   If you are at all uncomfortable with remembering what was covered in the first Practical Woodworking course or if you have not kept in practice to apply those basic principles you learned, you are strongly and respectfully encouraged to consider repeating the Practical Woodworking 101 course to bring you fully back up to speed before embarking on this higher level course.  It should be pointed out that it is not at all unusual for Practical Woodworking students to repeat the first course as a refresher. We have had a number of alumni repeat the Practical Woodworking course anywhere from 2 to 8 years after completing it the first time. The most frequent comment heard from repeaters of the first course has been how drastically their individual skill levels have improved as a result of completing our first level intensive for a second time. If you wish to repeat the Practical Woodworking Course, just view the current course schedule and request a bench in any course that is listed as open!