8 Week Joinery Challenge

Join in with the rest of the Makers Mob Community as we embark on the “8 Week Joinery Challenge” together starting December 28, 2019. This course will require weekly participation as the The Samurai Carpenter teaches you [step-by-step] how to make 7 of his favorite joints, 1 per week, using only hand tools (and a drill). Once you have completed this portion of the challenge you will be given a final project challenge that will incorporate the skills you learned throughout the 8 Week Joinery Challenge and combine them into one practical project. You will have the opportunity to interact with The Samurai Carpenter and the rest of the Maker Mob Community each week in a private, Joinery Challenge Members Only, live hangout as we discuss the task specific to that week. This challenge is perfect for the anyone who is looking to grow in their hand tool skills, joinery knowledge and participate with the entire community as we learn and take on the challenge together. Can you complete the 8 Week Joinery Challenge?

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The Weekly Challenges

12-20-2019
Intro

Joinery Prep

In this Introduction video you will learn everything you need to know to make sure you are prepared to start the 8 Week Joinery Challenge.  Watch as The Samurai Carpenter explains the basic outline of the course, the tools you will need, and also enlightens you with a bonus inspirational talk…
12-28-2019
Week 1

Butt Joint with Dado

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be using 1x4 material to make a butt joint with a dado. This joint will be reinforced with screws (yes, I know I know…) and include square pegs to hide those ugly screw heads.
01-04-2020
Week 2

Finger Joint

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be using 1x4 material to make a simple finger joint. This joint is commonly used when making a box and is also my preferred alternative to a dovetail.
01-11-2020
Week 3

Blind Mortise and Tenon

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be using 2x4 material to make a blind mortise and tenon. This joint will be locked together using a 3/8” dowel.
01-18-2020
Week 4

Wedged Through Tenon

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be using 2x4 material to make a wedged through tenon. This joint is one of the most commonly used joints in my furniture designs.
01-25-2020
Week 5

Bowtie Spline

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be using 2x4 material to make a bowtie spline. I typically use this joint to stabilize cracks and checks in lumber while adding a highlighted feature at the same time.
02-01-2020
Week 6

Double Through Tenon

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be using 2x4 material to make a double through tenon. This is another one of my favorite joints and is often found in my woodworking designs such as my deck furniture set.
02-08-2020
Week 7

Tusk Tenon

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be using 2x4 material to make a tusk tenon. Again, this can be found in many of my designs and typically used to secure a rail to a post or leg.
02-15-2020
Week 8

Recap and Final Project

In this weeks joinery challenge we will be reviewing all of the different joinery we have learned throughout the challenge as well as take a look at the final challenge project.