Connecticut Flat Top Highboy – Hands-on Class


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Second week of the class – 9/19 through 9/23 * *

The second week of the Connecticut Flat-top Highboy class takes place 9/19 through 9/23, 2022. Be sure to mark your calendar and attend the second week of the class. Price includes the second week and is required for participation in the class. If you do not, or can not attend the second week, no refund or credit will be given. Click the checkbox below to acknowledge you understand this is a two-week class.

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To many woodworkers, the highboy (or tall chest) represents the pinnacle of furniture making. This is your chance to reach that summit. Join me for this 2-week class and build something extraordinary – a Connecticut-inspired Flat-top Highboy.

Flat-top Highboy

You’ll start the first week of the class at the top. That’s right, the upper case is where the project begins. We’ll dovetail the case, make and fit the fluted quarter columns, and even make the generous crown molding. Dovetailing and fitting the drawers is your homework before the next session.

Week two begins with lower-case construction. We’ll jump into making pad-footed cabriole legs, then roll through the mortise-and-tenon construction. The week finishes off with a bit of carving.


Some of the skills learned in the Connecticut Flat-top Highboy class are:

  • Making fluted quarter columns
  • Veneering figured drawer fronts
  • Building two cases that fit together perfectly

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:

  • June 13 – 17, 2022 and
  • September 19 – 23, 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.

Call or email to be placed on the waiting list if this class sells out.



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