Learn how to join wood together 15 different ways without the use of nails or screws. During a busy 5 days you will learn how to mark out and precisely cut a whole range of woodworking joints. Using both hand tools and woodworking machinery you will join timber without the use of screws or nails. The number of joints covered on the course will depend on the speed that you are able to work. You will certainly be making hand and machined Rub Joints, Tongue & Groove Joints, Mortise & Tenon Joints and hand cut Finger Joints and Dovetail Joints. Depending on your progress, you will have the opportunity to also make Biscuit Joints, Halving Joints, Dowel Joints, Mitre Joints, Bridle Joints, Housing Joints, and KD (Knock Down) Joints. Comprehensive notes and all timber will be supplied at no extra cost. It is not necessary to have attended a course prior to attending but it is not suitable for complete beginners. For those students who have previously attended my Tool Tuning & Sharpening Course you will have tools sufficiently sharp to achieve precisely crafted joints. For those of you without sharp tools there will be honed tools available for you to hire. These tools will be sharpened prior and during the course. The tool hire cost of £35 should be booked directly with the tutor after booking your place on the course This course is suitable for people who have done some woodwork but would like to improve their skills. This course would improve your understanding of furniture construction and skill level. The following is a list of the possible joints available to learn on the course. Details of all these joints will be included in the course notes given to every student on the course. 1a. Hand cut Rub Joint 1b. Rub Joint using a router 2a. Tongue & Groove Joint with a loose tongue and a stopped groove cut with a scratchstock 2b. Tongue & Groove Joint through to the ends with fixed tongue and groove cut with a router 3a. Blind Mortise & Tenon - hand cut 3 b. Pegged Mortise & Tenon - blind mortise utilising a pillar drill, tenons cut with a router 3c. Through Wedged Mortise & Tenon - using a mortiser and a bandsaw. 4a. Finger Joint - hand cut 4b. Finger joint - using a mortiser 5a. Softwood Through Dovetail - hand cut 5b. Hardwood Stopped Dovetail - hand cut 6. Dowel Joints - including how to make your own hardwood dowels. 7a. Halving joint in the middle of timber - hand cut 7b. Pegged Halving Joint at the ends of timber. 8. Biscuit Joint - using a Biscuit Cutter 9. Bridle Joint - hand cut 10. Keyed Mitre Joint - using a Mitre Saw and a sanding wheel 11. Stopped Shouldered Housing Joint with a router 12. KD Joint (Knock Down)

What's included in the price?

Timber, Comprehensive notes, Workshop facilities inc machinery, Tea Coffee & Biscuits


5 days

Cancellation policy

Medium - Cancellation and a full refund can be obtained up to 4 weeks before the course starts



Philip Hodge

with Craft Courses since 2018

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Philip has been working with wood for more than a quarter of a century in one way or another. Philip Hodge is a Full Accredited Member of BAFRA (www.bafra.org.uk) Philip offers courses to people who want to learn how to do Introduction to Woodworking,Furniture Restoration,Gilding,Tool Sharpening & Tuning,Cabinet Making,Wood Finishing inc French Polishing,Veneering All courses will be personally taught by Philip Hodge and held in a workshop set in the beautiful English countryside of Suffolk.

Suitable for

  • Adults
  • Seniors
  • Hearing impaired
  • Limited mobility
  • Intermediate level
  • Parking provided
  • Suitable for beginners
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