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Carpentry: Building Furniture with Hand Tools

A course by Israel Martín
Designer and Carpenter . Camargo, Spain.
Joined September 2020
, Designer and Carpenter

Learn how to create furniture out of wood with your own hands, from selecting material to the final touches

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (178)
  • 7173 students

Learn how to create furniture out of wood with your own hands, from selecting material to the final touches

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 93% positive reviews (178)
  • 7173 students
  • 13 lessons (1h 49m)
  • 23 additional resources (9 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

Designer and carpenter Israel Martín believes that building a handmade piece of solid wood furniture requires not only an excellent design and finish, but a huge amount of attention to detail, and he achieves it with the use of hand tools.

In this course, build a small cabinet with timelessly simple lines that will stand the test of time. Design your piece, choose your materials, and build and varnish your piece.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparation and design
  • U3
    U3. Let's do it
  • U4
    U4. Finishing and maintenance
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting to know Israel Martín a little better. He tells you about his professional career and the artists who have influenced his designs and techniques.

Revisit some basic concepts like safety, efficiency, and organization. Learn to hold the pieces of wood you are working with in place properly and what tools you need as well as how to use them.

Now it's time to get stuck in! After finalizing your design, build the basic structure before getting to work on the shelves and draw. All this without laying a finger on a power tool!

Now finish up with the final details: a backboard and a handle for the draw. Brush your piece off to remove any rough areas before applying a special oil to protect the wood.

What is this course's project?

Make a solid wood piece of furniture using just hand tools.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Beginners and professionals who want to broaden their knowledge of furniture making with manual woodworking tools.

Requirements and materials

No previous knowledge is necessary for this course.

In terms of materials, you need wood, manual woodworking tools such as a right-angle ruler, brushes, chisels, and a selection of saws and hammers.


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Israel Martín

A course by Israel Martín

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Designer and Carpenter

Israel Martín began making wood creations more than 20 years ago starting with small artisan pieces and furniture for his own house. Over the past 8 years he has specialized in the creation of pieces with hand tools.

Israel is a largely self-taught carpenter who has completed brief training sessions with industry names such as furniture maker Garrett Hack. He has also participated in organizing events in Madrid dedicated to wood like "Lignorium", with the aim of familiarizing people with the trade and his own work. His work has been featured in top English-language carpentry magazines such as Fine Woodworking, Australian Wood Review, and Furniture and Cabinet Making Magazine.


  • U1


    • Presentation
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation and design

    • Tools
    • Workspace: Sharpening and Safety
    • Furniture design and wood selection
    • Preparation of wood and pieces
  • U3

    Let's do it

    • Structure: dovetail assembly
    • Structure: blind slot assembly 1
    • Structure: blind slot assembly 2
    • Elaboration of drawer 1
    • Elaboration of drawer 2
  • U4

    Finishing and maintenance

    • Furniture completion
    • Finishing, conservation and maintenance
  • FP

    Final project

    • Carpentry: Building Furniture with Hand Tools

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Carpentry: Building Furniture with Hand Tools. Craft course by Israel Martín Best seller

Carpentry: Building Furniture with Hand Tools

A course by Israel Martín
Designer and Carpenter . Camargo, Spain.
Joined September 2020
  • 93% positive reviews (178)
  • 7173 students