Shaker Bench- Learn to Make Hand-Cut Dovetails-

I apologize for the confusion as I had advertised for this class to take place on June 29,30 but had written "July" on this page. My plan is to cancel this class and find a date to schedule another.

If you have two people interested for June 29.30 contact me by phone or email to let me know by June 23 and we will figure something out.

Enjoy the summer weather.


Students will make their own Shaker Bench, approximately 18" by 18" by 10" or so wide while learning to cut dovetails by hand.

June 29, 30, 9am- 4pm price $300. (includes materials)

Register by June 12

The class will take place at my shop at-
2111 Green Street
Waltham, Vermont 05491
(802) 989-3204

Space is limited.



This Shaker Bench class has been a favorite of students for years. The main focus of this class is making the hand cut dovetail joint. We will begin by making a few practice dovetails in small pieces of wood and then get into our Shaker Benches. 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 learn to use handplanes to clean up their joints and to apply edge details. They will also learn to make a wedged mortice and tenon joint that will make up the cross support of the bench.

This class is designed for beginning or advanced woodworkers. All tools and materials will be supplied, but participants are encouraged to bring their own tools and or safety equipment. ,

we will use- small hand planes, chisels, mallets, cross cut dovetail saws- Feel free to bring your own tools.

safety equipment- each student should have their own safety glasses, I will have hearing protection and paper dust masks for your use but please feel free to bring your own.


Lunch will be on your own- You can head to town to pick something up or bring a lunch and we can eat together at the shop or outside if the weather is nice. Coffee will be provided in the morning.

Each student will be required to sign a Waiver of Liability in case of injury. This class does not require that you use any power tools but they are part of the project if you wish. I do require that all students ask questions and never approach/use a power tool or sharp hand tool without being sure of how to use it. I will go over the safe use of any tools that we use.

Please let me know if you have any questions.


my cell phone is best for calling- (802) 989-3204
feel free to text
email- tim@timothyclark.com



Below are some dovetails from a drawer. #1- back of drawer, through doevetails, #2 drawer front, #3, drawer front finished.



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