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  • Build a Shaker Chest With One Drawer

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    A timless chest with a drawer teaches dovetailing and drawer making.

             Instructor: Ernie Conover 

    ·          Prerequisites: None

    ·          Max Enrollment:

    ·          Price: $545 (includes all instruction time, materials). Students to bring a sack lunch.  A deposit of $200 is required to secure a place in this class with the balance due two weeks prior to the course beginning.

            Dates Offered:  Friday-Sunday, July 23-25, 2021 from 8:30am-4:30pm

    This three-day joinery class is designed for beginners or veterans who would like to further hone their dovetailing skills. It emphasizes dovetails, carcase layout, fitting panels and drawer construction through the building of a timeless Shaker Chest. The chest is a reproduction of a Shaker original used at the Mount Lebanon Community during the first half of the 19th Century. It measures 10 7/8” across by 18 3/8” wide by 10 ½” high. A trapped panel creates a bottom for the chest above the drawer fitted into the right end. We will use sassafras, which is striking, easy to work and durable.

    Skills Learned:

    • Carcase construction
    • Hand cutting of dovetails
    • Laying out asymmetrical dovetails to allow for the drawer
    • Fitting trapped panels in a carcase
    • Drawer construction
    • Drawer support
    • Assembly
    • Fitting hinges for the lid

    Please note our cancellation policy: Thirty days or more prior to the start date, your deposit/fee is 50% refundable. If you cancel less than thirty days from the course beginning, the deposit/fee is non-refundable. To cancel email sales@conoverworkshops.comwrite or telephone and leave a message on our answering machine. If for any reason we cancel a course, your entire payment will be refunded promptly.