Japanese Joinery-Project B


28 hours




City Campus



Next Intake

To be determined


Learn from a traditionally trained Japanese craftsman in a hands-on introduction to Japanese joinery techniques on how to use hand tools. In this course, Japanese Joinery - Project B , you will make a small table using post and beam construction methods. You will learn how to connect legs rails by timber framing system instead of using nails and adhesive. This course isa little more advanced that Japanese Joinery - Project A , but either course can be taken first. 

Course content

  • Understanding plans
  • Crafting the top of the legs allowing them to accommodate the rails and front panel
  • Craft the rails with a saw and chisels
  • Curve the end of the rails with chisels
  • Form dovetails on the front panel
  • Cut sliding dovetails underneath of the top
  • Smooth the surface of the materials with a hand plane
  • Assembling


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

More details


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. Japanese Joinery Project A is not a pre-requisite. The courses are designed to be done in either order. Project B assumes greater skill. You may want to do Project A if your joinery skills are limited

Materials supplied

Basic materials required for the course will be provided. All relevant course notes are supplied with comprehensive instructions and exercises.

Materials to bring

Pen, paper and/or laptop for note taking.

Suited to

Those who want to enjoy higher level of DIY. Those who want to learn Japanese post and beam techniques.Those who want to discover the great ancient wisdom.


  • Developing a higher level of woodworking skills
  • Acquisition of proper hand tool skills
  • Being able to interpret wood grain
  • Discovering the potential to create beautiful art with your hands
  • Becoming able to understand the basic structure of Japanese temples and shrines

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