Port Townsend School of Woodworking
Preserving the Tradition

Essential Joinery with the Essential Toolkit


Essential Joinery with the Essential Toolkit



Essential Joinery with the Essential Toolkit: using a bare-bones tool kit and traditional woodworking methods to build furniture that lasts. This class will cover assembling a basic toolkit, refurbishing antique tools, and cutting the three basic woodwork joints: Dovetails, Mortise and Tenon, and Dadoes. We will use a 1. Combination Ruler 2. Bevel Gauge 3. No. 3, 4, or 5 Handplane 4. Marking knife 5. 1/4" and 1/2" Chisels 6. Mallet 7. Dovetail Saw 8. Router Plane 9. Marking Gauge

Even if you buy top of the line new tools, this basic toolkit will cost less than a high-end table saw, and you can use these tools to build heirloom quality furniture in small, dust and noise free spaces. 

Class Description

In this class, students will learn which tools they need, how to sharpen and care for them, and the basic joints to get a solid start in hand-tool woodworking. We will spend the first day of class learning tool restoration and sharpening principles. The second day we will learn to cut the basic woodwork joints; mortise and tenon, dado, and dovetails. The rest of the class will be focused on putting those tools and joints into practice building a small book case. 


You are not required to bring any woodworking tools to this class. Each workbench has the essentials tools that you’ll need.
For those interested in Anne’s hand-tool recommendations, here’s a link.


No prerequisites are needed and no tools are required. This is a great class for seasoned power tool woodworkers with a desire to incorporate hand-tools into their woodworking practice or absolute beginners to woodwork and hand-tools in general. 

Class Information and Registration

Class runs from 9:00 am to 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. 
This class takes place in Building #304 at Fort Worden on April 22-26, 2019. Map
Please read our What to Expect page for general information about the school.
Please also read our Registration Policy.

Class size: 10
Cost: $775
Materials Charge: $100 (subject to change, possibly higher)
Register by: April 8, 2019

When you click on the Register link you will be able to register for the class or, if the class is full, sign up for the wait list.