Just Joinery

Rob Chamberlin & Tim Rousseau
June 21-25


Participants get hands-on experience at cutting a full range of essential woodworking joints with power tools and hand tools. Rob and Tim provide guidance in choosing the right joint for the job, while teaching precise and safe construction methods for joinery typically found in casework and furniture. These include mortise and tenons, mitered joints, housed joints, finger joints, dovetails, and sliding dovetails. 

Students work with routers, biscuit jointers, Dominos, band saws, table saws, slot mortisers, and hollow chisel mortisers, as well as with hand saws and chisels. They leave with confidence in their ability to wed two sticks together so they stay married. This is an excellent class for students who want to build on the skills they learned in Basic Woodworking.

Rob Chamberlin is a self-employed designer/woodworker in Kalamazoo, MI, with more than 25 years of experience in the field. His clients include interior designers, contractors, architects, and private individuals, for projects that range from fine furniture to architectural woodwork to repair and replication. Rob was a Workshop Assistant at CFC in 2010, a Fellow in 2011, and has co-taught Just Joinery for several years now. His website is rchamberlinwoodworking.com.

Tim Rousseau divides his time between building furniture on commission in Camden, ME, and teaching at the Center, where he is Lead Instructor for the Nine-month Comprehensive. Tim also produces how-to and project videos for finewoodworking.com and TauntonWorkshops.com, including the series “Making a Small Cabinet” and “Build an Asian-Inspired Hall Table.” After completing our Furniture Intensive in 1998, Tim worked in a multifaceted group shop in Hoboken, NJ, before returning to Maine, in 2003 to set up his own business. For the next 15 years, he served as a Lead Instructor for our Furniture Intensive, taught summer Workshops, and co-taught the chair project of the Comprehensive. His website is timothyrousseau.com.



Open to all.


Tuition: $840

 Rousseau just joineryDetail of fruit bowl by Rob Chamberlin, beech (11"x11x3.25"), 2010

 Rousseau table detailDetail of Eastern Hall Table by Tim Rousseau, walnut (48"x31 1/2"), 2012