In this six day workshop you will construct a beautiful sitting bench/coffee table using traditional Eastern timber framing joinery, which is known for its integral strength utilizing locking joinery. This class will challenge and improve your hand tool and machine skills. Taeho will discuss the concept and layout of the joints, as well as the proper technique of Eastern hand tools used in the class.

Nakashima Inspired Sitting Bench / Coffee Table

6 Day Class


At the end of the class you will have a greater understanding of joinery beyond the basic dovetail, and mortise and tenon. The table/bench, with the exposed mortise and fist tenon with bridle lap joint on top, will take your woodworking to a new level.

The approximate size – 60”L × 20”W × 18”H




A brief history of

traditional Eastern

and Western

Timber Framing

How to properly

utilize a wood's


Skills and technique

in the use, care of

Eastern handsaws

and chisel

How to expand the

lifespan of the wood

in furniture design

and building

Routing with both

handheld and a

router table

Marking and layout

Use and 

Preparation of live

edge slabs