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Dovetail Class

Dovetail Class
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The Dovetail Class includes step by step sequences on how to create through-dovetails and half-blind dovetails. Watch and learn as I guide you through the process of creating a handmade drawer using half-blind dovetails. The dovetailed components created in the class are used to create a small drawer. The process of creating handmade drawer grooves is described. The drawer is then assembled and drawer back installed to create a completed drawer. Following my class will simplify the dovetail process and motivate you to create dovetail joinery.

The dovetail joint is very often associated with quality woodworking. It is both a structurally strong and aesthetically pleasing form of joinery. Dovetail joinery is often used in case construction and for drawer construction, specifically drawer fronts as it is a very strong, interlocking joint. The hand cut dovetail offers unparalleled beauty so any dovetail layout is possible. Although dovetail jig plans are available to create dovetail joinery, most if not all of these dovetail jigs involve powered tools.

Dovetail joints are composed of mating pins and tails. In the photo, the tails are horizontally oriented in a dovetail jig. Creating dovetails by hand using a dovetail saw, chisels and marking tools, provides the flexibility to lay out tail and pin spacing more suitable to the drawer or case piece being made. The dovetail jig is designed to enable you to accurately create hand cut dovetails. This jig can easily be built from the included plans and provides accuracy, ease and precision in the creation of hand cut dovetails.


START WOODWORKING (eBook, 115 pgs.)

Start woodworking today! This 115 pg. eBook provides an introduction to woodworking and the tools necessary to begin woodworking. Woodworking is a broad subject but the eBook explains the essentials. An inexpensive first set of tools is introduced and how to use them. Woodworking terminology is described along with important concepts to guide you through woodworking. A simple woodworking project (bench hook) is included. The project involves building a woodworking accessory to use in future woodworking projects! 



Incorporate hand tools in your woodworking! This 130 pg. eBook provides an introduction to hand tools necessary for woodworking and furniture making. Critical hand tools and their application is presented. Hand tools are a proven option to using machines in woodworking. Although machines remove the initial drudgery of preparing wood, hand tools can be used in the following stages of a furniture build. Hand tools eliminate the dust and noise associated with woodworking. A more pleasant, less stressful environment results. Discover which hand tools to invest in for your woodworking.

Dovetail Jig plan and diagrams used in the class included ($15 value)
Start Woodworking (eBook, 115 pgs., $15) included

Hand Tool Woodworking (eBook, 130 pgs. $15) included

Norman has authored several books (New Art Press) and featured in publications.

  • Quiet Woodworking: In An Unquiet World (New Art Press)
  • Hand Tool Woodworking (New Art Press)
  • Start Woodworking (New Art Press)
  • Craftisian Interview (Norman Pirollo)
  • HackSpace Magazine – Make With Wood April 2020
  • Woodworking: From Design To Making (New Art Press)
  • Woodworking With Hand Tools 2018 (Fine Woodworking)
  • The Wood Artist: Creating Art Through Wood (New Art Press)
  • From Hi-Tech to Lo-Tech: A Woodworker’s Journey (New Art Press)
  • Start Your Own Woodworking Business (New Art Press)
  • Rooted: Contemporary Studio Furniture (Schiffer Publishing)
  • Canadian Woodworking Mag. Jan. 2015
  • Our Homes magazine Fall 2014
  • NICHE Magazine Winter 2013
  • FWW Magazine – 4 Bench Jigs for Handplanes
  • FWW Magazine – Essential Shopmade Jigs
  • Woodwork magazine (2008)
  • Wood Art Today 2 (Schiffer Books)
  • 500 Cabinets ( Lark Books)
  • Studio Furniture: Today’s Leading Woodworkers
  • Canadian Interiors Design Source Guide
  • Ottawa Life magazine (Profile, work) 2012
  • Panoram Italia magazine
  • Our Homes magazine (2011)
  • Craft Journal (2009)
  • Woodworker’s Journal (2006)
  • Lesson 1
    Dovetail Class (Through Dovetails)
  • Lesson 2
    Dovetail Class (Half-Blind) Pt. 1
  • Lesson 3
    Dovetail Class (Half-Blind) Pt. 2
  • Lesson 4
    Dovetail Class (Half-Blind) Pt. 3
  • Lesson 5
    Dovetail Class (Half-Blind) Pt. 4
  • Lesson 6
    Dovetail Class (Half-Blind) Pt. 5
  • Lesson 7
    Dovetail Class (Half-Blind) Pt. 6
  • Lesson 8
    Start Woodworking (eBook, 115 pgs.)
  • Lesson 9
    Intro to Hand Tools
  • Lesson 10
    Hand Tool Woodworking (eBook, 130 pgs.)