Join Date: Nov 2010
Location: I went back to my private Idaho
My dad was a cabinet builder. Everything had to be done fast, which meant using power tools exclusively.
Then I wanted to learn traditional joinery. This is what I did:
I didn't want to be overwhelmed with different joints, so, I would pick one, say a half lap, then M/T, etc. all the way to dovetails. All the info is on the web, and easy to find. There's also well written articles in many magazines that can be printed and taken to the shop.
I'd get some down time, and dedicate it to a "skill builder day" . I'd use scrap wood, usually old pallets, that were planed 4S. I love spending a day learning how to make a single joint. Once I felt I had it down, I tackle the next. I ended up with a kindling box full of little jointed test pieces, and a stack of notes on what technique worked best for me.