Making a Federal Hall Cabinet with Headley & Hamilton April 25 - 29, 2022

about this workshop

Students will not only sharpen their tools but sharpen their skills while building a taller country cousin of a Federal sideboard—the Federal hall cabinet. Although some sideboards are extremely formal, this piece, with its simple lines and gracefully scalloped skirt, is still quite elegant. Students will use a combination of both modern machinery and traditional hand tools during the week. This hall cabinet has a flat front with straight tapered legs, cock beaded drawer fronts and a fine line set in the drawer front as well as the outer edge of the top. During the week students will learn, while executing, how to hand-cut dovetails, cut and fit mortises and tenons and ways to embellish the cabinet. Students will be sent a cut list and asked to bring pieces sized so that valuable class time can be saved to concentrate on joinery and not the milling process. Most, if not all the joinery techniques used in building this piece can be applied to any other furniture project. Jeff says, “When offering this class in the past, I have found many wives or husbands intentionally sign their husbands or wives up for this class. This gives them the double satisfaction of getting a beautiful Huntboard and rid of their spouse for a week. What could be better?”

Unique Instructor Jeff Headley

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Unique Instructor Steve Hamilton

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A cut list will be sent so you can BYOW

Key Points:
*Mortise and tenon case construction
*Hand-cut drawer dovetails
*Straight tapered legs with a scalloped skirt
*Fine line stringing with diamond escutcheons
*Additional Federal embellishments will be discussed
*Veneering a drawer front, both flat and serpentine
*Cock beading a drawer

Workshop Days: Monday to Friday
Instruction Time: 8:00am – 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.



Making a Federal Hall Cabinet with Headley & Hamilton April 25 - 29, 2022



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