Make Your Own Shaker Bench:
Cutting Dovetails by Hand
While building their own Shaker bench, students will focus on making the hand cut dovetail joint, one of the most admired joints in the field of furniture making. We will be making through dovetails as are shown in the picture of the bench. Half blind dovetails which are used in the the front part of a drawer will be discussed and if time permits, students may have a a chance to do some practice versions of these. Students will also learn to make a wedged mortise and tenon joint that will make up the cross support of the bench.
This class is designed for beginning woodworkers or those who have not made these joints. All tools and materials will be supplied, but if participants have their own tools, please bring them.
Students will have their choice between working with poplar or pine.
March 14 and 15, 2020 - 9AM to 5 PM both days.
$240 includes materials.
Instructor: Timothy Clark
Tim graduated from Middlebury College in 1985 with a B.A. in Spanish Language and Studio Art, then began making furniture professionally in 1986.
Tim designs and builds case pieces such as dressers, cabinets, tables, and Windsor Chairs. He has also been influenced by Shaker furniture traditional building techniques using hand cut joinery details
Tim is a member of the Guild of Vermont Furniture Makers, and his larger story and portfolio of work can be seen on his website: