Japanese Joinery-Project A


24 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn from a traditionally trained Japanese craftsman in this hands-on course. Explore basic Japanese techniques on how to use hand tools and the vital process of hand sharpening your tools. In this course, Japanese Joinery - Project A , you will make a box using traditional Japanese woodworking methods. You will learn how to connect timber panels by using a timber framing system instead of using nails adhesive. This course is slightly less advanced that Japanese Joinery - Project B, but either course can be taken first.

Course content

  • Understanding plans
  • Preparing the materials with a hand plane
  • Cutting the mortises and dovetail grooves in the side panels with a saw and chisels
  • Form the dovetails at the sides of the bottom panel
  • Make a handle and attach it to the lid
  • Smooth the surface of the materials with a hand plane
  • Assembling
  • The instructor will demonstrate hand sharpening


There are currently no dates scheduled for this course. Please contact us or join our mailing list to express your interest in this course.

How to enrol

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Having some experience using hand tools is advantageous. Basic timber framing knowledge such as mortise and tenon, and dovetail will be beneficial. Having an attitude that emphasizes quality, rather than speed is desirable.

Materials supplied

Materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises. Tools are available for purchase from the instructor for both projects A and B.Contact hisao.zen@rmit.edu.au.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.


Developing a higher level of woodworking skillsAcquisition of proper hand tool skillsBeing able to interpret wood grainDiscovering the potential to create beautiful art with your hands.

Upon finishing the course you will receive a RMIT Certificate of Completion. You can use this as a record to demonstrate the outcomes covered in the course.

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