Make a Line & Berry Inlaid Document Box – Hands-on Class


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Make a Line & Berry Inlaid Document Box with Chuck BenderDocument boxes were an essential part of nearly every 17th and 18th Century home. Often they were used as a portable home safe. Although many were plain, others were showcase pieces for their owners. Our Line & Berry Inlaid Document Box falls into the latter category. Your box will undoubtedly be the focal point of any room.

Line & Berry Inlaid Document Box

Line and berry inlay is often found on 18th century document boxes from Chester County, PA.Because document boxes were made over a long period of time, you have a few options when making your box. You can make the box with William & Mary ball feet, or mitered or dovetailed bracket feet.

Some of the skills learned in the Line & Berry Inlaid Document Box class are:

  • Installing snipe hinges
  • Creating complex inlay patterns with hand tools
  • Using power tools to speed up the inlay process

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 3 – 7, 2021

Previous Dates:

  • Sept. 28 to Oct. 2, 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 4 students.

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