Courses in English, Joinery techniques

L’apprenti.e 2 EN • Joinery and sheet goods

Building a side table

This course’s objective is to consolidate all the basic knowledge seen in the first machine tool class and to push further the notion of wood assembly. You will go through all the basic machine tools seen in L’apprenti.e 1 class in addition to learning how to make assemblies with the table saw and routers.

You will learn to use new machine tools to cut and assemble sheet goods. In order to put these notions to use, each participant will make their own side table in maple and birch plywood.

Practical course

  • Presentations and demonstrations by the teacher
  • Technical exercises and making of an object/piece of furniture by the participants


Prerequisites for the course

Intermediate course – Prerequisites : L’apprenti.e 1 or equivalent knowledge

Number of sessions

3 sessions

Training duration

24 hours


580 $ + txs

Group 1

Saturdays April 13th, 20th and 27th 2024, 8 AM To 5 PM

Course plan

Equipment used
  • Jointer
  • Planer
  • Table saw
  • Miter saw
  • Sliding table saw
  • Routers (table router and handheld router)
  • Mortise machine
  • Plate joiner and DOMINO joining machine
  • Hand drills
  • Sanding machines
  • Palm sander and belt sander
Techniques taught
  • Woodworking fundamentals
  • Working with tools and safety
  • Planning a woodworking project
  • Working with rough lumber
  • Making tenon and mortise and floating tenon and mortise joints
  • Working with wood panels
  • Making miter joints, biscuit joints and rabbet joints on wood panels
  • Cutting curved edges
  • Moldings
  • Gluing and cutting edge banding
  • Machine and hand sanding
  • Gluing
  • Pilot holes, counter sink and chambered holes for hardware
  • Finish sanding​
Materials and equipment provided
  • Materials and tools needed to carry out exercises and/or projects
  • Course notebook
  • If necessary, loan of hearing protectors and safety glasses
Equipment to bring

If you have one, you can bring:

  • a dust mask
  • hearing protectors
  • safety glasses
  • safety shoes

Schedule for the joinery and sheet goods course

Day 1
  • Presentations, course objectives and project
  • Woodworking fundamentals & workshop safety
  • Reminder on jointer, planer, table saw and miter saw
  • Presentation, demonstration and experimentation of sliding table saw
  • First steps making the base of the nightstand
  • Demonstration and experimentation making miter joints on wood panels
  • Presentation, demonstration and experimentation of table router and plate joiner​
Day 2
  • Demonstration and experimentation of wood panel box glue up
  • Presentation, demonstration et experimentation of mortise machine, plunging router and DOMINO joiner machine
  • Demonstration and experimentation of tenon making on the table saw
  • Demonstration and experimentation using edge banding​
Day 3
  • Demonstration and experimentation of repeating curved edges with a router
  • Demonstration and experimentation making simple mouldings with a router
  • Glue up of the nightstand base
  • Fundementals on assembling wood panels with raw wood
  • Sandind
  • Final assembly of the side table​

Woodworking training programs

This course is part of a program bringing together a series of courses that allow progressive and in-depth learning of cabinetmaking techniques.


Unless otherwise specified, ÉÉAM general public courses are only open to people 18 years of age and older.

As openness and inclusion are essential values for the ÉÉAM, the school strives to accommodate everyone who is interested in cabinetmaking. If you live with a functional limitation and have questions regarding your ability to attend training, please contact us to discuss.