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Fundamentals of Joinery (August 25th, 2019)

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Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

Fundamentals of Joinery (August 25th, 2019)

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Instructor: Delia Lopez


Summary: In this 8 hour course students will learn how to produce simple, yet classic and effective methods of joinery.  The techniques demonstrated are chosen specifically because they are the perfect starting point for more complicated methods.  After taking the course, students can expect to have much more autonomy in the wood shop.  

This class requires one of our Introduction to Woodworking courses as a pre-requisite. Students without this prior class will find it hard to follow the concepts covered. Eligibility without pre-requisites can be allowed if the student contacts the organizer at 


Students will be learning the following joints:  Box/Finger joint, Sliding Dovetail (by way of dovetail router bit), Mortise and Tenon (by machine and by hand), dowels and biscuits , and possibly a few others if time permits.  Machines used will be:  Table saw (with dado set up), band saw, router table, drill press, biscuit joiner, hand chisel and Japanese hand saw.  

In addition to learning the basics of joint making, students will be inadvertently taught the zen of jig making. 

Generally speaking, a jig is something that you make or create to assist you in performing a step or process in woodworking.  They make the thing you have to do easier, more accurate, repeatable, and they also give the step a higher chance of success.  


Recommended book:  Encyclopedia of Joint Making by Terrie Nol


Machine safety- Table Saw, Band Saw, Jointer, Planer, and Router Table
Table Saw dado blade set up 
Drill Press techniques for an accurate dowel joint
Proper layout techniques for all joinery discussed - learning the importance of accuracy.
Differences in face grain, end grain, edge grain and the effect on function.
Biscuit joiner demonstration 

Please be prepared to supply an contact phone number in case of last minute scheduling changes.

About the Instructor:

Delia Lopez fell in love with the art of design and the satisfaction of making while a student at the Milwaukee Institute of Art and Design.  After graduating in 2008 she started her own woodworking business designing and making cutting boards and unique pieces of furniture.  For the past three years she has taught woodworking, wood shop safety, and prototype making at the very school that began her career.  Her passion for good design and exceptional craftsmanship inspires and empowers students to explore their own ideas and succeed at completing them with a high level of craft.  




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What is the refund policy?

We will refund any ticket requested for any reason up to a week before the course runs, after that point we can only give credit to a future course. If the class cannot run as scheduled, for whatever reason, purchaser will have the option of a full refund or credit towards the makeup course.

Courses must sell a minimum of three tickets to run. If a course cannot sell three tickets, the students who have signed up will have the option to (a) reschedule or (b) recieve a full refund. This notification will be issued when ticket sales end, approximately 48 hours before the course.

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MASS Collective
364 Nelson St. SW
Basement Workshop
Atlanta , GA 30313

Sunday, August 25, 2019 from 9:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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