Hand-Made Mortise and Tenon Joints


Hand-Made Mortise and Tenon Joints

Learn to make four kinds of mortise and tenon joints with hand tools.


Tuition Assistance and Other Policies

Meeting Times
  1. Sat, 12/9/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  2. Sun, 12/10/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  3. Sat, 12/16/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
  4. Sun, 12/17/2023 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM

Sat, 12/9/2023 - Sun, 12/17/2023


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Woodworking & Small Boatbuilding Studio

General Woodworking, Hand Woodworking


Mortise and tenon joints are one of the most common types of joinery in furniture making. This class focuses on four variations — blind, drawbore, through, and wedged mortise and tenons.

You'll learn how to make mortises, cut tenons (and repair them when things don’t work out so well), make dowels, and apply these skills to your joinery. The crowning achievement will be what is widely recognized as the strongest joint in woodworking — the wedged mortise and tenon — a beautiful and virtually indestructible joint.  

The instructor will introduce and teach proper use of tools you may be unfamiliar with, such as a spokeshave, dowel maker, router plane, and brace and bit.


  • Skill Level: Intermediate. Most of the time will be spent learning to make the joints, rather than on learning to use basic hand woodworking tools. You should  have experience with layout tools, saws, chisels, and planes.
  • This is not a project class. You will make samples of each type of joint.


You must have taken Woodworking Basics: Hand Tools or have experience with basic hand woodworking tools, such as layout tools, saws, chisels, and planes.

Class Policies

  • Ages 14 and up are welcome.
  • You must wear closed-toe shoes.

BARN Policies

  • View BARN's Cancellation and Refund Policy.
  • Tuition Assistance is available. Fill out the application before registering.
  • BARN is committed to accessibility. We try to make accommodations when requested; the earlier you contact us, the more likely we can help. Please email accessibility@bainbridgebarn.org to find out more or request an accommodation.
  • Sensory Statement: Makerspaces like BARN can be noisy and cluttered, smell strongly, and have bright or flickering lights.

Instructors or Guides

Tom Leurquin

Tom Leurquin has been a BARN member since its opening and specializes in projects involving hand tools. After taking several hand tool courses at BARN and the Port Townsend School of Woodworking, he fell in love with the intimacy and meditative aspects of working wood by hand. His civil engineering background has helped him achieve a critical eye for detail and precision that enriches the art of hand tool woodworking.

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