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J.D. Lohr Advanced Joinery 201 Course Syllabus 

WHY WE CHOSE MY ACCESSORY TABLE FOR THE ADVANCED JOINERY CLASS

For some time I have been considering what would be the most meaningful and useful focus for an advanced joinery class. I rejected the idea of pursuing a cabinetry or casework oriented approach, as in conversations with Alumni, many felt they had enough confidence to attempt whatever they wanted in the way of home office case units or kitchen built-ins. What most seem interested in is what I refer to as my ‘Refined Arts and Crafts’ style, and in particular, in learning how to execute and fabricate those special details that make my furniture designs unique. So, I decided to make one of my most popular designs, my walnut and cherry accessory table, the vehicle for instruction in advanced joinery techniques and those little details that everybody seems to want.  

Arts and Crafts design sensibility aside, no advanced joinery course would be complete without the inclusion of a unit on dovetail joinery. What you will learn in way of dovetailing is first how to layout and accurately hand-cut the two dovetail joints that are typically used to attach the top rail of most furniture projects that have drawers or doors.  Following this, we will move on to typical router dovetail jig set-up and execution for drawers and carcasses. These jigs can be difficult to understand and fine tune but they are well worth the time it takes to learn how to use them properly.  

  

Greene and Greene style bread board ends with contrasting splines and decorative but functional expansion plugs are a joy to behold and as you know, these details abound in most of my casework and table designs. The execution of four matching Greene and Greene style breadboards is only within the realm of more experienced non-professional as well as professional woodworkers. Rob, Eoin and I will teach you how to master these joints each and every time you attempt them. There really is no room for sloppy workmanship here so without doubt, these fabrication techniques most definitely fall within the domain of an advanced joinery course. 

As most of you know, there’s no store-bought hardware in Jeffry Lohr’s furniture! All my door and drawer pulls are of my own fabrication. You’ll learn all the steps necessary to effectively and accurately fabricate intricately detailed and elegant pulls for just about any project you care to think of.

You’ve studied with me in the past, so you know just how important is the development and creation of the many jigs and fixtures that are used in the Lohr Woodworking shop. The Practical Woodworking course only gave you a glimpse of the methods and devices I have developed over the years to make work flow smoothly and save time. My jigs increase accuracy exponentially but more importantly, they make procedures safe and infinitely repeatable. 

How we will pull this all off in only 6 days of intensive instruction. 
I think you would agree that there was very little if any down time in your experience here in taking the Practical Woodworking 101 Course.  This course is run at a high level of intensity.  It will be fun but we can tell you in advance that we will really need to hit the ground running on day one of the course and keep up that pace throughout the week.  

As I explained in the introduction page to this course, except for a brief review of machine safety procedures, I will be working on the assumption that you remember how to prepare and accurately cut stock to size from rough cut boards, as I showed you in Practical Woodworking 101. We have so many joints to cut for this accessory table that the only way we can complete this project within the time available and at the same time have you understand and retain the relevant principles of each technique, is to have your project material already milled for you in advance of your arrival on day one. Please understand that this does not in any way make this a kit-course. You have already learned how to do this once, and I don’t want to waste your time by covering this ground again when we have so little time. We have strict requirements for materials that must be adhered to for structural considerations and there simply won’t be the time to have you do this basic work yourself Please click here to familiarize yourselves with our lumber provision arrangements as related to your enrollment cost for this Advanced Joinery course.

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