Advanced Joinery Course Overview

Successful completion of the Practical Woodworking Course is a strict prerequisite for enrollment in this course. We will have a very short and quick review of safety, milling, stock preparation and squaring principles, but this course is geared towards picking up where we left off on the last day of your experience in your first course.


Greetings Alumni!


We are confident you will find this Advanced Joinery course the perfect follow-up to your first experience here during Practical Woodworking.

Unlike the Practical Woodworking course (where the hall table project was the by-product of the course and designed only to enable you to put into practice the important skills and techniques that were taught) our Advanced Joinery course is a project-oriented course. Constructing the project is the ultimate goal of the advanced course. Along the way, you’ll learn how to undertake some of the rather complex joinery techniques that we use day-to-day in the fabrication of our custom furniture. This joinery includes but is not limited to: Greene & Greene style breadboard ends, hand-cut and machine-cut dovetail joints, drawer construction, mortise and tenon joinery, floating shelf construction, pinned mortise & tenon, and cloud lift skirt board detail.

We have chosen one of our most popular pieces, the walnut and cherry accessory table, as the course project. This piece has all the elements of design and fabrication that are specific to what I refer to as our ‘Refined Arts and Crafts’ style of furniture making.  By attending the course, not only are you learning exactly the techniques we use to create such an exquisitely detailed piece, but you will be taking home a significant piece of furniture. In addition you will be able to proudly sign your own name to the piece in place of our own. There are no short-cuts, changes, or amendments to the design - this is exactly the same piece in every respect that is sold to our clients.


Check our the course schedule for exact course dates but this course is six, 8-hour days just like Practical Woodworking. It will run Monday-Saturday 8am-4:30pm daily and we run 2-3 of this course per year.

Tuition & Materials:

You'll walk into this course to a pre-milled pack of walnut and cherry. We assume that you learned the art of squaring boards in Practical Woodworking and therefore waste no time jumping right into joinery on day one of this course. The tuition for Advanced Joinery is $1450 for six days of instruction and the prep work we do before you arrive. The material (solid walnut and cherry) are provided and cost an additional $265. Check the required tools list for the tools you'll have to bring with you.

Please note:  

If you are at all uncomfortable with remembering what was covered in the first Practical Woodworking course or if you have not practiced and applied the basic principles you learned, you are strongly and respectfully encouraged to consider spending some time making a project or two of your own before attending this advanced course. Often students repeat the Practical Woodworking course to bring them back up to speed before embarking on this more demanding course.  It should be pointed out that it is not at all unusual for Practical Woodworking students to repeat the first course as a refresher. If you wish to repeat the Practical Woodworking Course, just view the current course schedule and request a bench in any course that is listed as open!