The Foundations Course

The Foundations Course

$ 25.00

*(After your order is complete, you will be emailed an invitation to begin viewing the course. This typically takes 10 minutes or so, due to the lethargic comportment of the internet dwarves who carry files from computer to computer. Thanks for understanding.) 



This foundational online Podia course serves as an overview for those interested in the hand-tool-only furniture making process. Come into the shop of Joshua Klein, editor of Mortise & Tenon Magazine, to absorb the woodworking methods he’s learned from examining countless pre-industrial originals. The evidence of process left behind as tool marks gives a beauty and authenticity that no machine can mimic.

In this course, Joshua sets out to unravel the unjustified mystique about hand tool woodworking. After looking at the basic tool set and sharpening, Joshua walks through how he selects his lumber and processes it with hand tools. The heart of the course is the demonstration and explanation of the foundational furniture joinery. An introduction to using shellac and milk paint closes the lesson. Throughout the video, Joshua busts the myth that working wood by hand is simply naïve anachronism. To the contrary, he’s discovered it to be a surprisingly efficient and viable option for the 21st-century woodworker.

We invite you to cut the cord and join us on this journey.

No time constraints – get lifetime access to this course material!



The Tools


Thoughts on Design

Sourcing & Selecting Lumber

Stock Prep

The Mortise & Tenon Joint

Dovetails – Through & Half-Blind

The Nailed Rabbet Joint

The Dado

Thoughts on Period Joinery

Finishing with Shellac & Milk Paint



 Total instruction time: 136 minutes