Hand-Cut Dovetails 2 Ways


Hand-Cut Dovetails 2 Ways

Meeting Times
  1. Tue, 9/26/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Thur, 9/28/2023 9:00:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Tue, 9/26/2023 - Thur, 9/28/2023


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Class, Has Prerequisite

Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

Hand Woodworking


Dovetail joints hold together without screws or nails because of their interlocking parts, called pins and tails. Woodworkers use dovetails most often in drawers. Learn how to design, lay out, cut, and fine-tune the fit for two kinds of these joints using hand tools.

  • Day 1: through dovetails. The pins and tails are visible on the front and side.
  • Day 2: half-blind dovetails. The tails fit into recesses cut into the back edge of the front piece, making the joinery visible only on the side. A drawer with half-blind dovetails doesn't need an add-on drawer face to hide the joinery.



Before the class begins, you must have completed Orientation to the Woodshop.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • Wear closed-toe shoes.

BARN Policies

Instructors or Guides

Ted Newman

Ted studied woodworking and has taught classes at the Center for Furniture Craftsmanship in Rockport, Maine. He is active in BARN's woodworker group and volunteers as a safety monitor.

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