5212 Pulaski Ave.
Philadelphia, Pa. 19144
Philadelphia Furniture Workshop

Student at work

Fret saw in use

Drawer parts

Voysey chest dovetails

Workshop Course in Hand Cut Dovetails

Hand Cut Dovetails

Instructor: Craig Vandall Stevens/Alan Turner
9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.

The dovetail joint in all its variations is considered the benchmark of fine furniture and solid construction. This is the joint that separates the masterpiece from the mundane.

On day one, students tune up and sharpen their dovetail saws, learning how to "soup up" and improve the performance of any saw. Students then design their dovetails, and make quick shop-made templates.

On day two students carefully lay out their dovetails with a sharp marking knife and then cut "to the line" with their souped up saws before paring their pins and tails for a perfect, gap-free fit. The workshop exercises concentrate on multiple through dovetails.

Never again design around dovetails to avoid cutting them. Never again rely upon time consuming, mechanical router jigs. Learn how to execute beautiful hand cut dovetails with confidence and ease.

Strongly recommended prerequisitesBasic Sharpening, offered several times a year.

Class size: approximately 15

Cost: $350 (including materials and lunch)

Here is the tool list.

There are three ways to register for this class.
• One can click on the sign up button below.
• Give us a call at 215-849-5174.
• Send us an email and we will forward the registration materials.


  • January 28-29, 2017 - days
  • May 20-21, 2017 - days
  • September 23-24, 2017 - days