Build a Chippendale Style Chest of Drawers with W. Mickey Callahan
Making a period-style chest of drawers can seem at first to be an imposing furniture form for even the seasoned furniture maker. However in this class, students will be guided in the construction of a simple but elegant 18th century Chippendale-style chest of drawers evidenced primarily by its ogee bracket feet and choice of hardware.
This project contains all of the fundamental building blocks found in traditional, dovetailed case construction. Students will learn about drawer making and fitting, intricate application of dovetail and mortise and tenon joinery used in secondary structure, creating molded edge profiles for the top, bottom frame, and drawer fronts and the making of ogee bracket feet based on 18th century design. Much attention will also be given to wood movement properties and their relationship to construction techniques used in fine case furniture. Mickey will also touch upon traditional wood finishing techniques in the use of dyes, shellac and oil. Students will be given the choice of primary wood that will include mahogany, cherry, walnut or curly maple.
This class assumes that students have a basic familiarity in the safe and proper use of machine and hand tools and will be encouraged to complete a significant amount of the chest while in the class.
Sign up today. Tuition: $795.00 plus materials
Section 070813A: Monday - Saturday, July 8 - 13, 9:00am - 5:00pm
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