January 13 and 14, 2024
This two-day class will be an in-depth study of many of the handmade furniture construction techniques used to build pieces of American furniture. With a handful of joints needed with a mix of modern machinery and time proven hand tools to show you many of the material and time saving methods we have used from our 5th generation woodworking shop. You will execute many of the joinery techniques needed to produce most of our country's finest pieces. You will also learn many different techniques we use to embellish these same pieces. With a continuing family business of over 100 years of building and restoring period furniture we have many time saving methods along with help to hone your joinery skills. We will send you a tool list so you can bring your own tools to add to a perfect weekend of period furniture construction and embellishment but if you don't have that certain tool don't worry you can use ours with previous notice.
Learn the tricks of cutting and fitting dovetails. We will cover through dovetails, half blind dovetails, and sliding dovetails. These three types of dovetails should cover most of your dovetailing needs.
There many different methods of holding two pieces of wood together. Learn what joint to use where and when.
Mortise and tenons are used in table construction. You will also see them on door construction plus many other circumstances.
There are many different ways to add embellishments. we will cover both Federal embellishments like inlays and also Chippendale embellishments like hand carvings.
We have many time saving and construction secrets from operating our family business since 1918 in the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia.
With door construction we will show you mortise and tenon construction with coped corners and raised panels.