Build a Bermuda Sugar Chest – Hands-on Class


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A Bermuda Sugar Chest is the perfect project for the avid dovetailer.In the 5-day Bermuda Sugar Chest class, you’ll learn how to make the complex Bermuda dovetails. As you can see in the photo to the left, Bermuda dovetails are far more than a structural joint. What you may not know is, the patterns on the ends of the tails are unique to the person that made them. These useful and decorative chests were often made from Bermuda cedar – now a protected species.

Bermuda Sugar Chest

While the focus of the class is on learning, perfecting and making a chest with Bermuda dovetails the ultimate goal is to make a complete sugar chest. You’ll make bandy legs with pad feet as part of the frame that raises the chest off the ground.

Wait! Don’t want cabriole legs? It’s your class, customize this piece with straight or tapered legs, or even bracket or ball feet. The choice is yours.

If you plan on supplying your own materials, you’ll be more successful with a softer wood rather than a harder one.


Some of the skills learned in the Bermuda Sugar Chest class are:

  • How to cut and fit Bermuda dovetails
  • How to fit a case to a frame
  • How to make pad feet

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:

  • May 11 –  15, 2020

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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