Make a Half Size English Tool Chest with Derek Jones July 15-19, 2019


$825 tuition, a cut list will be sent so you can BYOW
Key Points:
*Learn how to cut dovetails with complete confidence
*Develop a strategy for a timely build
*Learn the basics of case construction
*Mortise and tennons and frame construction
*Discover the benefits of fewer layout lines

Sold Out. Please Call Paula at 317-535-4013 to be added to the waiting list.


It’s hard to overestimate the role the English style tool chest played in laying the foundations for much of the built environment we know today. Through the 17th, 18th and 19th centuries, at home and abroad, the design remained much the same enhancing the reputation of the craftsmen that built them. This project gives students a chance to continue that fine tradition by building their own version of this iconic piece. The construction methods used throughout this class are the foundation for making all manner of case furniture items back in your own shop. Robust joinery in the form of hand cut through dovetails are at the heart of the build and Derek will show several ways to cut them efficiently. Guides are a good way to start off but nothing beats the satisfaction of creating the perfect joint free-hand, and that’s the goal. Three days into this five day class and students will be cutting dovetails with their eyes closed. At around half the size of a full English tool chest, this version is large enough to accommodate a basic set of essential tools without taking up half the shop. While there won’t be time to fit out the interior of the chest with tills and racks everyone will leave with the skills and confidence to complete that task at home.

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.