Anderson Woodwork’s classes


once you have paid the class fee you are signed up you will receive all class papers at the class. the class dates will change as classes fill 

HAND CUT DOVETAILS    current class dates 02/1702018


Hand cut dovetails are considered the mark of a craftsman. In this one day class we’ll introduce you to the techniques and sequences of steps to cut dovetails by hand using a hand saw and chisels.

Why is this a beginner class? Dovetails teach you the basics of layout and markup, using a handsaw and using a chisel to pare and chop. Dovetails, also, are easier to cut and fit than mortice and tenon joinery. There are more cheats and they’re more forgiving. Plus if you go home and practice them you can improve rapidly.


In this class you’ll learn:

  • What is a dovetail
  • How to layout out dovetails
  • How to saw to a line
  • How to sharpen and maintain a chisel
  • How to pare and chop to a line with a chisel
  • Make through and half blind dovetails
  • The art of fitting dovetails


For this class you will need to bring tools – we have a workbench that you can use. 

learning sharpening is best done working on your own chisel – please bring a 1/2″ chisel. Irwin (formerly Marples) blue handled chisel (or similar) are very reasonable – about $13  available locally at home depot.

the saw I recommend is the  Standard Dovetail Saw – 14 tpi   for around $65, is great value. or which, for around $29.99, great value. 


  1. Beginning Hand Plane
  2. Hand Cut Mortise and Tenon


Class starts at 9:00 am                 

Class size: 3

Cost: $100
Materials Charge: $25

HAND CUT MORTISE AND TENON    current class dates 03/09/2018


In this weekend intensive, you will learn how to quickly and efficiently layout, cut and fit mortice and tenon joinery using only hand tools. 

I will show you time-tested, traditional techniques to create wedged, drawbored, and hunched mortise and tenon joints.

We also use this class to introduce you to some of the specialty joinery planes – the router plane, shoulder plane, and rabbett plane. These planes shine when it comes to tuning the fit of mortice and tenon joinery. And, since, mortice and tenon joinery is key to frame and panel joinery we introduce you to the plow plane as well.

By the end of the weekend, we think you will be convinced that not only are these joints doable by hand (it was, after all, the only way to do them up until the mid 1800’s!), but that hand work can offer a faster approach when doing a one-off piece of furniture. In any case, you will not need a dust mask, earplugs or a hardhat during the course of the class!


  • Laying out of Mortice and Tenon joinery. Many of the dimensions for the joints are dictated by the tools you use not the dimensions of the wood.
  • Cutting mortices with mortice chisels, drills and bench chisels
  • Cutting tenons with tenon and carcass saws
  • Tuning / fitting mortice and tenons joints with joinery planes
  • Making wedged through tenons
  • Draw boring and making dowels to mechanically lock and tighten mortice and tenon joints
  • How to cut and make mitred and haunched joints
  • How to make angled through tenons


         plan to purchase the following tools for this class.

  •  chisel (1/4″). Check home depot – the Erwin Chisels are reasonable.
  • Substantial Carpenter’s, flat faced mallet (Bigger is better!). Check  Lee Valley or Traditional Woodworker
  • Any of the joinery planes: Plough Plane, Shoulder Plane, Rabbett Plane or Router Plane


We do not cover basic chisel or plane sharpening – we expect students to have taken the beginner Hand Plane  class or have equivalent skills. We will however show you how to sharpen specialized joinery planes such as plows and routers.


  1. Hand Plane Essentials
  2. Hand Cut Dovetails


Class starts at 9:00 am               

class size: 3
Cost: $100
Materials Charge: $35








I generally run a 9:00 – 2:00 day, with time off for  at lunchtime, usually around noon.  

We’ll stop about 15 minutes before the scheduled end of the day  to clean up the shop.


We recommend that you wear comfortable clothes with a close-fitting wrist or short sleeves and sturdy trousers (pants). You may want to bring some layers – we keep the shop at around 65F.

We also recommend that you wear comfortable, supportive shoes. The floor is concrete which can be hard on the legs after a long day, though we do surround each bench with shock absorbent mats.

We do not recommend wearing sandals in the shop – you need to have full foot protection. If that chisel you have just sharpened jumps off the bench we’d rather it was stopped by your shoe!

If your course includes work with the larger woodworking machines we ask that you wear close-fitting clothes; do not wear necklaces or your hair in a ponytail; or wear anything that could get trapped in a spinning blade.


  • Ear protection
    We recommend that you bring ear protection that works for you. Some folks like ear plugs, others like ear defenders. If you’re unsure which will work for you we recommend trying cheap ear plugs and seeing if you can be comfortable wearing them for 20 minutes. If you get uncomfortable we recommend you use ear defenders. They are reasonably priced at most hardware stores.
  • Eye protection
    Polycarbonate lenses in eyeglasses can provide some flying chip protection but dust can still get in around the sides. We recomend that you get some goggles that work for you. The goggles should sit firmly on your face and, if you wear glasses, sit comfortably over your glasses. Again goggles are available at your local hardware store.One word of warning: There are goggles available that have rows of tiny vents above the lenses for ventilation – these are not recommended as they can let a lot of dust in – especially when routing.
  • Dust protection/ Face Mask
    A little dust goes an awful long way. We recommend that you use a disposable mask like a 3M R8511es Respirator Dust Mask. This mask has a couple of straps, an exhalation valve (this is less likely to fog up your glasses) and is lightweight. This is a pretty heavy duty mask and will last a couple of months in the shop. Cost in the $5-6 range.



We ask you to put your phone on silent when lectures or demonstrations are happening and to respect the instructors’ and other students’ focus. If you do receive a call or need to make a call we ask you to step outside (if it is fine) or to step into the machine room.


I will ask you to sign a release form at the start of each class.  The release asks you to to be responsible for your own actions during the course. We also ask you to grant us the use of your likeness in any images taken during a class.

If your course includes working with power tools and or woodworking machines I will additionally ask you to read and sign a copy of our general safety procedures.

Our Shop Safety Plan covers the procedures for working at each type of machine.

The links in this section are provided for your information. You do not need to print these documents. We provide copies at the start of a class.


During each class we distribute a questionnaire asking about your experience in the class and ask you to fill it in – either by the end of class or to return it to us by mail.

Your insights, observations and critique are key to me improving the class Please be honest.