Woodworking for Beginners: Learn Joinery Techniques

A course by Estudio Caribe
Design Studio and Woodcraft Workshop. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2020
, Design Studio and Woodcraft Workshop

Design and build original pieces with wooden mounting assembly, from the idea to the final touches

  • Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 90% Positive reviews (58)
  • 1873 students
Woodworking for Beginners: Learn Joinery Techniques

Design and build original pieces with wooden mounting assembly, from the idea to the final touches

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 90% Positive reviews (58)
  • 1873 students
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Level: Beginner
  • 15 Lessons (2h 12m)
  • Available from the app
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian
  • Unlimited access forever
  • Certificate upon completion of the course

Functional, beautiful, meaningful, high-quality, and environmentally friendly. These are just some of the qualities that define the handmade objects and furniture from Estudio Caribe, a woodworking studio whose mission is to preserve the art of carpentry with an added touch of creativity.

In this course, learn how to design and build a wooden work of art with your own hands. Discover different techniques for combining wood and create unique objects full of personality. Become another member of the studio and learn the basic concepts of this age-old profession.

About this course

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Basic fundamentals
  • U3
    U3. Construction and Processes
  • U4
    U4. Final steps
  • FP
    FP Final Project
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Start the course by getting to know Cecilia Bolio and Rodolfo Morales, the couple behind the creation of Estudio Caribe. They show you some of their projects, what inspires their work, and where their passion for design and carpentry comes from.

Before you get your hands dirty, review some basic concepts to help you with your project: material qualities, basic hand tools and their uses, different types of glue, and methods for selecting and preparing your wood.

In the third unit, go through each of the steps involved in creating an object using joinery techniques. First, create your design and then a stencil to guide you during the building phase. Next, learn everything you need to know about cuts, whether you plan to make them yourself or outsource the work, before covering the gluing process. Finally, Cecilia and Rodolfo teach you how to clean up edges, fix blemishes, sand, and add finishing touches.

In the last unit, learn about different types of wood finishes and which one to choose based on your project. Cecilia and Rodolfo also explain the effects of time on your piece and what you can do to keep it in good shape.

What is this course's project?

Design and craft a cutting/serving board by joining different types of wood.

Who is it for?

Anyone interested in carpentry and handicrafts.

What you need

No prior experience is needed. Basic notions of design and some type of CAD program would be helpful, but not necessary. Pencil and paper will still give you great results.

The materials for this course include wood of your choice, cloth or oakum, a scraper or spatula, pins, thinner, a cutter, a carpenter's square, a tape measure, a ruler, sandpaper with different grit sizes, a plane, a handsaw, clamps, a hammer, optional power tools like a drill or a circular saw, and other tools the teachers will cover in the course.


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Estudio Caribe

A course by Estudio Caribe

Design Studio and Woodcraft Workshop

Estudio Caribe's goal is to preserve the art of carpentry using artisan techniques with an added touch of creativity. Cecilia Bolio and Rodolfo Morales, both work and life partners, have been designing and creating furniture and objects out of solid wood in their studio since 2015. They also collaborate on interior design and manufacturing projects.

The pair works for clients in a wide variety of industries including architecture, design, hospitality, and projects for the general public. They also have a line of utilitarian objects made of joined wood that they sell in Mexico City, where the studio is located. However, their products can be found in many other cities throughout Mexico and in other countries like the United States, Spain, Switzerland and even Kuwait.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
    • What Will We Do In the Course?
  • U2

    Basic fundamentals

    • Wood
    • Tools
    • Glues
    • Selection and Preparation
  • U3

    Construction and Processes

    • Design and Layout
    • Cut
    • Glue
    • Grinding and Special Details
    • Patch and Sanding 1
    • Patch and Sanding 2
  • U4

    Final steps

    • Finishes
    • Maintenance and Care
  • FP

    Final Project

    • Carpentry for Beginners: Mixing Wood Tones

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Woodworking for Beginners: Learn Joinery Techniques. A Craft course by Estudio Caribe

Woodworking for Beginners: Learn Joinery Techniques

A course by Estudio Caribe
Design Studio and Woodcraft Workshop. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined May 2020
  • 90% Positive reviews (58)
  • 1873 students