Private Instruction

I am offering private instruction in my shop or in yours. I have regularly done this over the years. With Covid 19, I also offer distance learning via email phone, facetime/ Skype and Zoom. Please contact me to discuss an education plan tailored to your needs. I teach design, drafting, joinery, furniture making, hand and machine woodworking. My intent is to help you design and make furniture and thoughtfully executed woodwork, efficiently, with excellence.

Please note that I have set up many shops over the years, including my own, but have specialized in setting up shops for clients. See:


housed tapered dovetails

In this video I use a chisel to clean the sides of a housed tapered dovetail's socket previously router planed to depth.

Will's Box open

Will’s Japanese-style tool box. A recent student piece.

Sample Joints: clockwise from 6:00 foreground: a turned mallet, a sample drawer, a sample bedpost with rail and headboard                      mortises, a sample drawer with the raised panel out, on edge, a table leg to apron joint, a round tapered (conical) through tenon (as in a windsor leg to chair seat).

A hand-cut through dovetail.

Past Lecture:

Kayaking the Inside Passage: Port Townsend Public Library,

Thursday January 16, 2020 7:00-8:00 PM

Past Show:

Port Townsend Woodworkers’ Show - American Legion Hall - Port Townsend

Saturday November 2, 2019 11:00 AM - 8:00 PM &  

Sunday November 3, 11:00 AM - 3:00 PM


                                                                                                                                  Whiskey Cabinet and Drawing, ©JPM

© John P. McCormack 2019 & 2020