Build a Benjamin Frothingham Lowboy – Hands-on Class

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Boston area cabinetmaker, Benjamin Frothingham, made some of the area's best furniture including this lowboy.The Benjamin Frothingham Lowboy class is the perfect skill builder for any intermediate or advanced woodworker. In the 18th century, the lowboy (or dressing table) was an essential piece of furniture in any fashionable home. Today, the form remains among the most desirable amongst antique collectors.

Frothingham Lowboy

The 5-day Frothingham Lowboy class begins with a full-scale drawing to include the design elements you find most appealing.  You’ll then jump right into making the pad-foot cabriole legs. And by the end of the week, you’ll be carving the central fan that is sure to be the focal point of your lowboy.

Some of the skills learned in the Frothingham Lowboy class are:

  • How to make cabriole legs with pad feet
  • Mortise-and-tenon case construction
  • Carve a fan

Materials are not included in the class fee. Lumber for this project may be purchased through us or on your own and shipped to our shop at least four weeks prior to the class.

Each student should supply his, or her, own:

  • Safety glasses and hearing protection
  • Combination or machinist square
  • Bevel gauge
  • Bench chisels
  • Carvers mallet
  • Dovetail saw
  • Marking gauge
  • Smooth plane or jack plane
  • Block plane
  • Tape measure or folding rule

If you do not have the tools on the list, don’t panic, there are plenty of tools for your use in class.

Course Dates:

  • October 10 – 14, 2022



The shop opens at 8:30 am. Class begins at 9:00 am.  A delicious lunch, snacks, and soft drinks are provided. Class ends at 4:30 pm – the shop remains open until 5:30 pm.

The class is limited to a maximum of 3 students.

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1 review for Build a Benjamin Frothingham Lowboy – Hands-on Class

  1. gkmillheim (verified owner)

    After years of taking Chuck’s Esherick classes, this was a departure for me to build this Queen Ann Lowboy. Although it looks quite complicated, when broken down to it basic elements, it is fairly straight forward i.e. panels, mortise/tenon, drawer construction, etc. Since we students are not professional wood turners, Chuck did help with the pad feet on the cabriole legs. At the end of the week we did not get to the drawer carving nor did we have time to do any drawer construction. But as Chuck reminded us, this was not a “fundamentals class”. At the end of the week I went home with a pile of case parts and the knowledge to complete the build. I also know that if I have any questions, Chuck will be there to assist. When we arrived to start the class, Chuck had the Lowboy drawing completed to save some time. I do wish Chuck had included us in this part of the build. It would have given me a better overview of the project from the get go. As always it was a rewarding week of learning, friendship and just plain fun.

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