Advanced Joinery Course Syllabus

  • Greene & Greene style bread board ends
  • Hand-cut and machine-cut dovetail joinery
  • Drawer construction
  • Floating shelf construction
  • Splines and decorative expansion plugs
  • Decorative Buttons
  • Pinned Mortise and tenon joinery
  • Cloud lift skirt board detail
  • Dealing with complex glue-ups
  • Making large quantities of small parts quickly and accurately
  • Accurate machine set ups
  • Using saws and chisels with pin point accuracy
  • Fitting a drawer with runners and guides
  • Rubbing out to a high quality finish

Why We Chose My Accessory Table For The Advanced Joinery Class

For some time I have been considered what would be the most meaningful and useful focus for an advanced joinery class. What most alumni 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 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. We 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 the development and creation of the many jigs and fixtures is 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 Do It All In 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 advanced course is run at a high level of intensity, as well.  It will be fun but we can tell you in advance that we will need to hit the ground running on day one of the course and maintain that pace throughout the week.  

As I explained in the course overview, 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 you learned 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 allotted time and ensure that you understand and retain the relevant principles of each technique, is to have your project material already milled prior 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 mill rough material, and I don’t want to waste your time by covering this ground again when we have limited 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.