Semester 4: Compound Joinery and Carving

Compound Joinery, Carving, & Resawing

Semester 4 jumps forwards again in our exploration of hand tool techniques with 2 great new projects. This semester will be an introduction to compound joinery, basic carving, and a detailed look at the best woods for hand work.

We will break down these seemingly advanced topics and show how simple they can be when tackled with saw, plane, and chisel.

Then we take a HUGE leap forward by building a frame saw meant for resawing that will change how you work and buy lumber.​

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The Hand Tool School allows the very beginner, with even a minimal "hand me down" tool set (me), to learn at their own pace.  I really appreciate Shannon's humility and genuineness in delivering the lessons to us, his virtual apprentices.  The projects seem simple when viewing, but if you follow the recommendation to use only hand tools, you will be challenged and your journey to mastery can truly begin.

Joel J 
Member Since 2013

Work at Your Own Pace

What makes the lesson in The Hand Tool School so effective is that they never go away.  When you buy a semester you have lifetime access to the material.  No need to worry about cramming in all the content before access goes away or how much it will cost you in monthly fees to get through all the material.  And there is A LOT of material in Semester 4.  

Unlike brick and mortar classes, there is no start time and no need to take vacation time or travel to a location.  With The Hand Tool School you can work at 2 AM in your own shop, with your own tools, and stark naked!  I advise some protective footwear at least.​

Moreover, I think that being able to stop and rewind, or skip to a specific section makes this type of learning even more effective than the whirlwind, fire hose feeding that comes from trying to cram 6 months of instruction into a week long class.  The techniques taught in semester 4 represent a big leap forward in skill yet you will find that the principles remain the same.  

Good sawing, chiseling and plane work is all you need.


Lessons, Projects, & Tools

  • Lessons
  • Applied Projects
  • Tool Box
  • Drop Leaf Table
  • Tool List

Semester 4 Required Tools

For the most part the only new tool we need in this semester, we will build ourselves.  But woodcarving is introduced so a beginning carving set is a must.  The following is a good, introductory carving gouge set.

  • 5 or 6mm 60 degree V gouge
  • #3, 3mm
  • #3, 6mm
  • #3, 14mm
  • #7, 14mm
  • #8, 10mm

Optional Tools

  • #4, 14mm
  • #7, 6mm
  • #8, 6mm
beginning carving chisel kit

An Unmatched Learning Experience

I firmly believe that if you follow each lesson, do the practice exercises, and build the projects you will be a better woodworker at the end of it.  I think that dedicating 4-6 months to get through all the lessons and projects is a reasonable goal as well.​  

​Of course I'll be here every step of the way answering your questions.  Ask any of my students, I'm always ready to help.

From the first time you pick up a chisel, camber an iron, and cut your first dovetail, Shannon is there guiding your progress through online instruction, short videos, and his woodworking experiences.  The Hand Tool School community ranges from beginners to advanced woodworkers who offer the support and motivation that you need to succeed.  It is simply the best online instruction that I have ever experienced.

Michael B 
Member Since 2014

But there is also a community of your peers waiting for you to share your triumphs, project pictures, and to help you when you have troubles.  If you are struggling with a technique or  project, many of them are building the same thing or have already built it and can offer advice.