Next courses: 16th & 17th Nov. 2024.   

Our two-day dovetailing course is ideal for anyone who wants to know more about dovetailing – the mark of a master craftsman. A well-executed dovetail joint is the epitome of high-level craftsmanship. However, it’s surprisingly easy with the right tuition. Come and learn techniques used and taught here at robinson house studio. Hand-cut through and lapped dovetails will be demonstrated in stages and students will gain practical experience.

The course is taught by Theo Cook, senior tutor here at robinson house studio. Theo has been awarded two Guild Marks, and is known for his intricate joinery – his Japanese dovetail video got over 40 million views on Facebook!

Watch Theo Cook’s “insanely difficult to make” Japanese dovetail video. Don’t worry, you won’t be starting with this dovetail technique!

Learning Schedule

Day 1

  • Introduction to dovetails
  • Tool selection
  • Marking out
  • Sawing and chiselling
  • Through dovetail practical

Day 2

  • Lapped dovetail instruction
  • Waste removal by hand and machine
  • Lapped dovetail practical
  • Secret mitre joints
  • Puzzle joints

Cost: £295 including materials

Got a place on this course?
Please arrive at 9.30am, the days will finish at 4.30pm.
There’s no need to bring any tools or materials, but please bring a packed lunch.

“Many thanks for an excellent course. Theo’s outstanding expertise, enthusiasm and excellent teaching technique the whole weekend was very enjoyable!” – Dr Peter Spring

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Making the Perfect Dovetails Weekend Class