Woodworking Techniques for Dovetail Joinery

A course by Helen Welch , Woodworker and Head Instructor at the London School of Furniture Making

Woodworker and Head Instructor at the London School of Furniture Making. London, United Kingdom.
Joined April 2022

Learn woodworking techniques to cut, sand, and assemble wooden pieces with classic dovetail joints

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  • 1926 students
  • Audio: English
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Learn woodworking techniques to cut, sand, and assemble wooden pieces with classic dovetail joints

A course by Helen Welch

If experience has taught Helen Welch anything, it is that a few good tools and a solid technique will save your day. She started her career as a joiner and later as a guitar maker. But her true passion has always been passing on her extensive knowledge of her trade to students. Thus, in 2013 Helen founded the London School of Furniture, where she has taught ever since.

Now, in this online course, she teaches you a classic woodworking tactic – the dovetail. They are used to create strong, attractive joints for a range of items, including boxes, cabinets, and drawers. The technique is a mark of quality and skill of the maker. As a tool lover at heart, Helen takes you through all the materials you’ll need to get started and how to use them before crafting your dovetailed box. Once you’ve mastered the method, you can bring it to your other furniture-making endeavors!

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What will you learn in this online course?

18 lessons & 17 downloads

Tools and Materials
11 minutes, 38 seconds
Marking Systems
2 minutes, 37 seconds
Dovetails 1
14 minutes, 59 seconds
Dovetails 2
12 minutes, 6 seconds
Grooves
3 minutes, 43 seconds
Cutting the Joints 1
16 minutes, 6 seconds
  • 100% positive reviews (24)
  • 1926 students
  • 18 lessons (3h 46m)
  • 17 additional resources (4 files)
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  • Audio: English
  • English, Spanish, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
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What is this course's project?

A dovetailed box with a pivot hinge lid.

Who is this online course for?

This course is for DIY enthusiasts of all levels, from absolute beginners to experienced crafters.

Requirements and materials

Timber, glue, brass rod, finishing products, and other basic woodworking tools and materials.


Reviews

1926 Students
24 Reviews
100% Positive ratings

Helen Welch

A course by Helen Welch

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Woodworker and Head Instructor at the London School of Furniture Making


Helen Welch is a woodworker from London with decades of experience. She started her career as an apprentice carpenter before moving to guitar making. Eventually, she found her passion in teaching. After teaching at the London Metropolitan University, in 2013, Helen founded the London School of Furniture Making. There, she has created a space where both beginners and more experienced makers alike can learn the fundamental skills for success in their woodworking through short but intensive introductory workshops. She’s had the opportunity to take her woodworking expertise to television as well, having served as a judge on Handmade: Britain’s Best Woodworker.


Content

  • U1

    Introduction

    • About Me
    • Influences
  • U2

    Preparation

    • Tools and Materials
    • Marking Systems
    • Dovetails 1
    • Dovetails 2
    • Grooves
  • U3

    Making a Dovetailed Box

    • Cutting the Joints 1
    • Cutting the Joints 2
    • Cutting the Joints 3
    • Surface Preparation and Assembly
    • Making the Lid 1
    • Making the Lid 2
    • Fitting the Lid
    • Surface Preparation of the Lid and Outside Faces 1
    • Surface Preparation of the Lid and Outside Faces 2
  • U4

    Finishing Touches and Other Dovetail Constructions

    • Finishing the Box
    • Carcase and Drawer Construction and Half-Lap Dovetails
  • FP

    Final project

    • Woodworking Techniques for Dovetail Joinery

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Woodworking Techniques for Dovetail Joinery. Craft course by Helen Welch

Woodworking Techniques for Dovetail Joinery

A course by Helen Welch
Woodworker and Head Instructor at the London School of Furniture Making. London, United Kingdom.
Joined April 2022
  • 100% positive reviews (24)
  • 1926 students