Build a Virginia Slant Front Desk with Thirteen Secret Compartments with Jeff Headley & Steve Hamilton October 21-27, 2019 (7 days)


$1155 tuition, a cut list will be sent so you can BYOW
Key Points:
*Traditional Chippendale construction
*Federal details
*Numerous secret compartments and how to keep them secret
*Five generations of shortcuts and jigs
*Ogee bracket feet
*Refined desk interior construction
*Wood conservation and how to get the most out of limited materials

Workshop Available

Pay a deposit of $400.00 per item


During this seven day class students will use both hand tools and power tools to investigate the period construction methods used in building a Shenandoah Valley of Virginia slant front desk. An extra feature to this desk is its additional 13 secret compartments (a baker’s dozen). This desk was originally constructed in 1798 with mostly traditional Chippendale construction techniques. With additional Federal features (cog beaded drawers, refined dovetails, and an exceptional interior), this will allow students to experience many different styles of construction within one piece of furniture. It has true Chippendale construction including solid dust dividers, Ogee bracket feet and quarter columns. The secret compartments alone would be worth taking this class. Jeff says “If you only take seven classes at Marc Adams this year, this would be the one where you will learn so many different joinery techniques; you won’t be able to keep it a secret.” Your biggest problem will be who will get this desk after you are done with it.

There is an annual, nonrefundable registration fee of $45.

This registration fee is not a part of the class fee and is not deducted from the final balance due. This is the financial binding that locks you into the class and starts the registration process. This fee does not apply to students who only take one single day workshop.