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Shaker Tray

Megan Fitzpatrick

October 14 & 15, 2023

Class Description:  Make a classic Shaker silverware tray in this introduction to hand-cut dovetails and gentle curves. In this two-day class, you’ll learn:

  • Dovetail layout with dividers
  • How to cut the joints, aiming to “fit off the saw”
  • How to wield a coping or fret saw
  • How to pare and chop to a line with a chisel
  • Strategies for transferring the tails to the pin board
  • Techniques for fitting the joint
  • How to lay out then cut and fair the handles (both the hand holds and the curved top edge)
  • How to smooth-plane your surfaces
  • How to use cut nails (to secure the bottom board…if you wish – but there’s an argument for leaving it loose)
  • And of course, how to put it all together (and why I recommend liquid hide glue).

Tool List:

  • Cutting/Marking Gauge (FWIW, I prefer a wheel marking gauge, such as the Tite-Mark)
  • Dividers (two pair if you have ‘em)
  • Marking knife (Ideally, one that has one flat side, but any will do)
  • Dovetail template/marking gauge or bevel gauge
  • Dovetail saw
  • Coping saw or fretsaw
  • Bevel-edge chisels (ideally 1/4”, 3/8” – but bring whatever you have)
  • Chisel Mallet
  • Rasp (11 or 13-grain)
  • Files and/or sandpaper (#80 through #180-grit)
  • Spokeshave (optional)
  • Block plane
  • Smooth plane
  • Double square (a.k.a. diemaker’s square or machinist’s square) or 6” square
  • .05mm mechanical pencil (yes, really – a .05!)

Lunches provided. (…..and bring that .05mm pencil)