This workshop is intended to give students maximum flexibility based on their own skill level while making their next family heirloom; a Philadelphia Style Lowboy or often referred to as a Dressing Table. It was common during the 18th century for cabinetmakers to use the same patterns on many pieces but ornament them differently according to the amount in a patron’s wallet! That same theory will apply to this class, but the deciding factor will be the skill level of the student. While the largest part of this class is devoted to the case joinery techniques of the 18th century, the student gets to decide which style of leg their piece will have as Ray will demonstrate both the Queen Anne style and Ball & Claw foot. While the use of machines will be utilized for saving time where possible, hand tool techniques will be demonstrated as well for each joint used for the case construction. Optional ornamentation will be discussed as well, including fluted Quarter Columns, carved shells and a volute carved apron. Students will also learn how to use traditional hand tools (and keep them razor sharp), design considerations, drawing plans, making patterns, as well as learning to think like a period craftsman for problem solving. This class is designed as an enjoyable learning experience where students will gain confidence for more challenging projects in the future.