Build a Spice Chest with Steve Latta July 23 - 29, 2022

about this workshop

Spice boxes were popular among the Quakers of the Delaware Valley during the late 17th and throughout the 18th centuries. The boxes, fitted in the interior with banks of small drawers, were often displayed in the public rooms of homes, functioning as both a repository for small valuables and as a symbol of the family’s prosperity. The cases were most often made of walnut with inlay consisting of holly and red cedar set into the surface for contrast. In this class, students will get their boxes well under way and cover all of the steps necessary to complete their heirloom at home. It may be a small in size, a mere 21 inches in height, but it has all the complexity of a full chest of drawers complete with a dovetailed case and drawers, partitions, molding and bracket feet.

Unique Instructor Steve Latta

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$1250 tuition + $50 materials
supply fee; a cut list will be sent so you can BYOW

Key Points:
*Case construction with dovetails and internal dividers
*A beaded frame-and-panel door with through mortise and tenons
*Inset doors, door lock and butt hinges
*Veneered drawer fronts (optional)
*Bracket feet
*Crown and base moldings made from combined cutters
*Line-and-berry inlay

Workshop Days: Saturday to Friday (7 Days)
Instruction Time: 9:00am – 6:00pm (EST)
Note: During the work week, the shop remains open after 6:00 p.m. for handwork, design, research, catch-up work and socializing.



Build a Spice Chest with Steve Latta July 23 - 29, 2022


Availability: Open

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We have taken HUNDREDS OF THOUSANDS of photos over the years of our students, instructors, and staff — during classes, after classes, and at various gatherings. Throughout this brochure and on our website, you will see many photos that were taken prior to the onset of the Covid-19 pandemic. Images of people without masks or not practicing social distancing were taken before the pandemic and before the safety practices were implemented. Please rest assured, we follow all of the safety precautions and guidelines mandated by our local and state health officials. Community means everything to us —we aim to provide a safe environment for all who teach and learn at MASW. If you have any questions or concerns regarding our practices, or would like more detailed information about the school’s health and safety guidelines, please do not hesitate to call or email us!