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Hand-Cut Mortise & Tenon Joinery

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Master a reliable, versatile type of joinery you can use to build enduring projects. Create a variety of perfect-fitting mortise and tenon joints by hand.

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What You Get

  • 7 Streaming HD video lessons with anytime, anywhere access
  • Class materials
  • Hours of close-up instruction
  • Answers to student questions from instructor Bill Anderson
  • Closed captioning available (web only)

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Class Overview

Learn to create and use many variations of remarkably strong mortise and tenon joints alongside hand-tool woodworking expert Bill Anderson. Start with foundational skills for laying out your joinery and adding orientation and reference marks to keep your work square and properly aligned. You'll also see how to saw a tenon, chop a mortise and fix troublesome joints. Next, you'll learn several variations of traditional frame and panel joinery, which is frequently used in doors, window sashes and more. Move on to creating sturdy mortise and tenon joints for table aprons and legs. Then, progress to making bridle mortise and tenon joints that are perfect for sturdy, sophisticated-looking cabinets. Plus, take your fine furniture skills further with step-by-step guidance for creating highly stable fox joints.

Lesson Breakdown

1. About the Mortise & Tenon
Meet woodworker Bill Anderson and preview the techniques you'll learn to create precise mortise and tenon joints using hand tools. Gain familiarity with this versatile and reliable joint as Bill outlines its history and applications. You'll also get detailed information on the tools you'll need for class.
2. Joint Orientation & Hand Skills
3. Frame & Panel Joint
4. Frame & Panel Variations
5. Joints for Aprons & Legs
6. Bridle Mortise & Tenon Joint
7. Fox Mortise & Tenon Joint

Taught by

Bill  Anderson
Bill Anderson
Bill Anderson has taught hand-tool woodworking at The Woodwright’s School in Pittsboro, North Carolina, at the John C. Campbell Folk School in Brasstown, N.C., and out of his own shop. He has appeared several times on Roy Underhill's PBS program, The Woodwright's Shop. He also enjoys writing articles on various woodworking subjects for publications such as Popular Woodworking magazine. Bill is an expert on woodworking techniques from the 18th and 19th century, and he's passionate about sharing these timeless skills with other craftsmen.

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