The Unplugged Workshop – Joinery & Hand Tools for Furniture Making

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Using hand tools to hand cut joinery is both an art and a science, but all woodworking projects can be made using hand tools plus they are quiet, satisfying and don’t take up much space, so if you are living in a condo, don’t have the space or the budget for power tools, or just want to improve your joinery and hand skills this is the perfect class for you.

Through a series of demonstrations, lecture and practice you will learn how to:

  • Tune and sharpen your hand tools – chisels, bench planes, spokeshaves
  • Use western & Japanese saws, chisels, hand planes,
  • Learn how to cut dovetails, half-blind dovetails, sliding dovetails,
  • Mortise and tenons, angled mortise and tenons, through mortise and tenon
  • Lap joints, bridal joints, miter joints and hip joints

Skill Level: Open to all levels


Dates: March 28th – 30st, Sept 25th – 29th 2017

Time: 9am – 4:30pm

Cost: $750

Syllabus: Unplugged Joinery & Hand Tools

Required Text: The Complete Guide to Joint Making by John Bullar

Materials & Supplies:

Instructor: Kirk MossJapanese Joinery

Kirk is both a wood turner and a custom furniture maker based in Tampa FL.   Over the course of his career he had opportunity to work on a wide range of pieces such as a 17th century antique, a Sanctuary monument, Asian woodcarvings, harps, and glass blowing molds.  In the process, his skill set has grown to include glass casting, and metal work.

In 2007, he founded Nature’s Expression where he designs and builds custom commissions using locally harvested lumber and hand cut joinery.