Japanese Joinery – Secret Mitered Dovetails


This class is offered as an exercise in elegance. Once assembled these dovetails go unseen. They are a rarity since other methods to join corners with miters mostly use routers. These “secret”, blind to the untrained eye, dovetails are an elegant demonstration of craftsmanship.

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

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Dovetails with Japanese Tools



  • 6mm(1/4″) dovetail or bench chisel
  • 12mm (1/2”) paring chisel
  • Bench or dovetail chisel also acceptable
  • Dozuki saw (Japanese backsaw)
  • Marking gauge
  • Square
  • Hammer
  • Pencil and eraser


  • Hand plane

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


# of Students

4-6 maximum

Time & Location

Mokuchi Studio – Port Jervis
9am – 6pm