Dovetails with Japanese Tools

This corner stone joint of western woodwork has also been used in the Japanese tradition for a long time. Class we will cover: sizing, proportioning, choice of angle, layout and cutting as well as where to use dovetails. You will see examples of full, half blind and blind dovetails. There will be a full cutting and assembly demonstration as well as ample time set aside for you to integrate all this knowledge by cutting your own dovetails!

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Required: Sharpening with Japanese Waterstones Or some sharpening experience. You can also rent a sharp chisel from Mokuchi. 

Recommended: Japanese Saws: Get a Grip



  • 6mm(1/4″) dovetail or bench chisel
  • 12mm (1/2”) paring chisel. (Bench or dovetail chisel also acceptable.)
  • 210mm or finer Ryoba saw (japanese two sided pull saw) or Dozuki saw (Japanese backsaw)
  • Square, hammer, pencil and eraser.


  • Sashigane (Japanese square)

Contact Mokuchi to purchase tools. As a Japanese tool retailer Mokuchi provides guidance on selecting tools and a student discount.


$165 for class. An additional $20 materials fee will be required for each student at time of class.

# of Students

6 maximum

Time & Location

Mokuchi Studio – Port Jervis
9am – 6pm