Jun 22-26, 2020
This 5 day workshop concentrates on traditional solid case-construction and hand-cut dovetails. Whatever your skill level this project will improve and enlarge your general woodworking techniques as well as provide you with an heirloom chest to be proud of.
Cutting dovetails by hand can offer more choices in terms of design and construction, and can be surprisingly easy—and fast—when done the way Graham was taught years ago in England by a British cabinetmaker of the old school. Read Graham's bio here.
Layout, proper wood selection, milling, joint preparation, and assembly will be covered in detail, along with edge treatments, plinth construction and optional drawer inclusion. We will cover not only design and proper working proportions, but efficient tools you use.
The school will have a variety of pine on hand for purchase, but feel free to bring your own lumber if you prefer, depending on the size chest you would like to make; rough dimensions will be similar to this illustration (approximately 3ft x 2ft x 2ft — width, depth, height, plus bottom, lid and plinth).
Below is a list of tools to bring to the class. We should have a couple extra of each tool for students that aren't able to bring a tool.
- Rule or tape measure (Required)
- Single-beveled marking knife (Required)
- Trysquare (Required)
- Pencil or chalk (Required)
- Dovetail saw (Required)
- Coping saw (Required)
- 1/4in. & 1/2in. bench or paring chisels (Required)
- Wooden mallet (Required)
- Smooth plane (Required)
- Marking or cutting gauge (Optional)
- Bevel square (Optional)
- Tenon Backsaw (Optional)
- Block plane (Optional)
- Jack plane (Optional)
- Cove, quarter-round or similar moulding plane (Optional)
- 1/4-in. to 3/8-in. beading plane (Optional)