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The Art & Technicals of Box Making

October 21 - October 25 | 9:00 am - 4:30 pm


This Box Making course builds on your woodworking and power tool knowledge and is a great stepping stone class to larger projects, like cabinets or drawers.

Hands-on Creative Box Making

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

  • sliding and mortised, hinged  lids
  • keyed miters, finger joints, rabbets
  • rabbeted and captured bottoms,
  • 3 and 4-way grain matching,
  • footed bases
  • the “architectural aspect” of boxes

You will design and build three to four boxes, keeping in mind that boxes and you will hone your skills by constructing your designs with the safe operation of power tools.

The goal is to practice different designs, joinery and construction methods 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 first before the cabinet making class.

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 you can use during the week.

Syllabus: Box Making Syllabus

Completion of Beginning Woodwork Foundation class is recommended.

Tuition: $750 per person
Studio & Materials Fee: $50
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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