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Introduction to Box Making

Nov 12, 2018 - Nov 16, 2018 | 9:00 am - 4:00 pm


The Beginner Box Making course builds on your woodworking knowledge and serves as a precursor to larger projects, like cabinets or drawers.

Hands on Creative Box Making

In this five day class, you’ll learn and practice box making techniques: design, carcass construction, resawing lumber, box joints, bevel cuts, and setting hinges and hardware. You will also experiment with:

  • sliding and hinged  lids
  • rabbeted and captured bottoms,
  • 3 and 4 way in matching,
  • footed bases
  • the “architectural aspect” of boxes

You will design and build three to four small boxes, keeping in mind that boxes can be a maximum of 10” in any two directions. You will hone your skills by constructing your designs with safe operation of power tools. You will practice different design and construction for each box.
The goal is to complete your pieces, but not necessarily finish them. An oil wax finish is available. If time allows, we encourage students to complete a shellac finish.

Learning how to make a good box is a great stepping stone into case and cabinetry work and we encourage students who are interested in these classes to take this one first.

Tools Needed:
6” Engineer’s square (Starrett recommended) – See Full List.

Materials & Books Needed: 

Materials List: You can select from the following lumber for your class: Poplar, Maple, Cherry, Walnut, Sapele
Optional book: Basic Box Making  by Doug Stowe – we have several copies at the School that can be used during the week.

Syllabus: Box Making Syllabus

Completion of Beginning Woodwork Foundation is recommended.

Tuition: $750 per person
Studio & Materials Fee: $60
First Time Registration Fee: $45 if you are registering for the first time.

This class qualifies for the no interest Flex Pay program which lets you pay tuition over 6-12 months.  Click here for the sign up form.



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